100% of your donation will go to purchase and ship dental supplies to those in need.
Our products are delivered after they reach ground through the use of partners in each specific country that will direct the items to their destinations, which could be villages, hospitals, clinics, schools, or specific individuals. There are in-country costs to distribute these dental supplies but these costs are handled by our supporting organization, the Malawi Project. When delivering supplies to other nations, these costs will be addressed on a case by case basis.
Toothbrushes individually cost on average $1.76 each but we are able to buy in bulk for approximately $0.05-$0.08 per brush.
We are currently using our partner organizations to assist us in shipping and distribution and are using their resources. In the case of the Malawi Project, they will go in 40ft shipping containers along with medical, agricultural and educational supplies. Each container costs $15,000 to ship to Malawi and donations to help with this cost are needed when sending dental care supplies. In the future, we hope to establish our own distribution and shipping networks and will acquire costs similar to this.
We currently have 4,400 supplies and enough money to supply approximately 5,000-10,000 more. In March, we are planning to send a shipment to Guatemala. We are additionally working with other nations to plan more shipments throughout 2019.
Our goal is to supply 250,000 toothbrushes to nations around the world, but we will not stop there. We will continue until we eradicate poor oral health habits around the world.
The World Smiles Mission is an not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to deliver oral care tools to citizens in need of these materials around the world.
The World Smiles Mission is committed to provide health education, medical support and to establish a global culture that prioritizes oral health.
We are a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization. Our EIN is 83-1264858.