In a world where indigenous communities often go unheard and are left behind, Unspoken Smiles embarked on a local outreach journey that led us to the Colegio Indigena de Shiroles Talamanka. This surreal experience not only shed light on the oral health challenges faced by this remarkable community but also provided an opportunity to make a lasting impact. Our mission to address oral health challenges took us to the heart of Limon, where we witnessed firsthand the resilience, beauty, and unique culture of the indigenous community.

This unforgettable encounter has left an indelible mark on our hearts, and we are excited to return to Limon to continue our work.

A Journey of Discovery:

As we embarked on our journey to Colegio Indigena de Shiroles Talamanka, we were filled with anticipation and curiosity. This remote community, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Costa Rica, is often overlooked and underserved. However, what we discovered there was beyond our wildest imagination.

The warmth and hospitality of the Shiroles Talamanka people welcomed us with open arms. We immersed ourselves in their rich traditions, vibrant art, and captivating stories. The students of Colegio Indigena, with their contagious smiles, reminded us of the resilience and strength that lies within indigenous communities.

Addressing Oral Health Challenges:

Unspoken Smiles recognizes that indigenous communities often face unique healthcare challenges, including limited access to oral health resources. We believe that everyone deserves access to proper oral healthcare, regardless of their circumstances. Unfortunately, indigenous communities often face barriers to receiving such care. We were determined to tailor our solutions to meet the specific needs of the Shiroles Talamanka community. This collaboration aimed to improve oral health education and provide sustainable solutions for the community’s dental care.

We extend a heartfelt gratitude to the American Dental Association for their generous in-kind donation of dental supplies. This support enabled us to provide each child at the Colegio Indigena de Shiroles Talamanka with a yearly supply of toothbrushes. Such partnerships are a testament to the immense impact that can be achieved when organizations come together to uplift marginalized communities. Witnessing the transformation in their smiles and the gratitude in their eyes was a deeply rewarding experience.

While addressing oral health challenges, we also recognized the importance of preserving indigenous traditions. We worked closely with the community to integrate their cultural practices into our healthcare initiatives. By incorporating traditional wisdom and herbal remedies, we not only promoted oral health but also celebrated their ancient knowledge.

Looking Ahead:

Our time at Colegio Indigena de Shiroles Talamanka was a life-changing experience. The resilience, strength, and unwavering spirit of the indigenous community left an indelible mark on our hearts. As we reflect on this journey, we eagerly anticipate returning to Limon to continue our work. We are committed to ensuring that the smiles of the Shiroles Talamanka people continue to shine brightly, radiating the beauty and strength of their culture.

Indigenous Day is a time to honor and celebrate the diverse cultures and communities that have shaped our world. Our experience with the Colegio Indigena de Shiroles Talamanka community has reinforced the importance of recognizing and supporting indigenous voices and their unique oral health needs. Through our work with Unspoken Smiles, we hope to inspire others to embrace cultural diversity, foster inclusivity, and work towards a world where every smile is given the care it deserves.


  • Jean Paul Laurent

    Founder & CEO


    Jean Paul Laurent is a visionary leader and unshakable optimist who has dedicated his entire professional life to making a profound impact on the lives of those who have been left behind. As the founder and CEO of Unspoken Smiles, he has become a beacon of hope and transformation for countless individuals. With his unwavering commitment to social change, Jean Paul has created a global platform that uplifts and empowers the forgotten voices. Unspoken Smiles, under his guidance, has transformed countless lives by providing vital preventive dental care to underprivileged children and communities, enabling them to experience the joy and confidence that comes with a healthy smile.