About Us

Caritas Smile Story

It all started in 2010.


3 generations of Dominican-Americans living in Rhode Island and 1 packed suitcase of 200 stuffed animals landed in Dominican Republic. Their time in Monción was spent spreading laughter and joy to all those in the community. It was there when our founder, Sixcia Devine, wanted to take action and started a happiness movement to create Caritas Smile.


We strive to bring happiness wherever we go, and one of the main ways we do this is by surprising communities! When we travel, we always incorporate the element of surprise into everything we do. Each Take A Trip Change A Life program is unique, but surprising communities and children is embedded into who we are as an organization.


Since 2010, we’ve impacted countless communities across Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Colombia, and most recently, Honduras.


Want to lean how YOU can make an impact? Learn more about our Take A Trip Change a Life program today!

Want to learn how YOU can make an impact? Learn more about our Take A Trip Change A Life program today!

Learn More About Our Team

I am humbled and excited in knowing that this experience has been shaped by the people and experiences in my life. As you will see, the pictures posted on our site embrase our work.  Each smile tells a story. The Caritas Newsletter will share with you stories and tips of Sharing and creating your own Happiness.

– Sixcia Devine


Sixcia Devine

Founder & Creative Director, www.SixciaDevine.com

David Varone

Build Director / Volunteer, Cushman & Wakefield

Anya Fisher

Caritas Smile Program Director

Olga Perdomo

Caritas Smile Co-Founder, Take a Trip Change a Life

Dr. Warren Simmons

Board of Directors / Volunteer, Brown University Sr. Fellow

Dr. Shelly Perdomo

Board of Directors / Volunteer, UMASS Amherst

Maria Henderson

Board of Directors Volunteer, Community Organizer, Henderson Learning Center CEO