July 29, 2020

Every now and then, you are fortunate enough to be connected to the kind of energy and light that this world needs. That’s how I felt after exchanging emails with Pranavi Reddi, Founder of Kindness4All in Frisco, Texas. She is doing absolutely amazing things in the wor...

July 26, 2020

About a decade ago, when my oldest brother was living in Iowa and my mother and I had taken a train across the midwest to visit, I found myself staring at blotchy skin in the mirror. Hours before we had returned from a day at the water park and there I was, freshly sho...

July 22, 2020

Through The Smile Project community, I became connected to Estella Irambona, the CEO and Founder of Mamas For Burundi Association (MAFOBA). This is her story.

Liz: Let’s start in true Smile Project fashion. Give me a “Happiness is.”

Estella: Happiness is wellbeing.

Liz: T...

July 19, 2020

Like many people in my home country of the United States and in other places around the world, I am feeling the strain of what has - in so many ways - been an unprecedented and uncertain year. 

It’s hard to continually be exposed to news that is heartbreaking and anger-...

July 15, 2020

Recently, I had the great joy of connecting with Arya Nalavade, Shivangi Gosain, Eesha Kulkarni, and Amruta Rajeev, four high school students based in Virginia. Arya, Shivangi, Eesha, and Amruta are the founders of The Gift of Learning. What started as a small program...

July 12, 2020

Last year, a friend and I witnessed something traumatic. About a week after the incident, it hit me. I was angry and shocked and deeply sad. I also knew the only person I wanted to talk to, in that moment, was that friend. 

And they were only a text or a phone call away...

July 8, 2020

Even after our first phone call years ago, I felt like I’d known Chris McGilvery my entire life. Chris is the Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of The Leaders Readers Network, an incredible nonprofit based in Canyon, Texas.

I am also extremely fortunate to call C...

This is a guest post written by Taylor Deckant, Program Manager at Smile Project HQ. Taylor lives life by the motto "Dream Big" and is always trying to find ways to give back. She always finds the good in people and is very happy to contribute to a movement she truly b...

July 1, 2020

I’ve often referred to the Service Spotlight series that we run on The Smile Project blog as one of the most eye-opening parts of my work. No matter where I am in the world, I have the incredible gift of being connected to changemakers around the globe.

This week’s Spot...

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