Lack of sanitation and clean water is the leading killer of children under the age of 5 worldwide. 35% of the world’s population does not have access to a clean water source, and 2.5 billion people in the world do not have the ability to practice proper sanitation (clean bathrooms or latrines, hand-washing stations, etc.). Clean water and sanitation initiatives support these communities with this fundamental need.
Have you ever had to worry about having clean water? Clean water is one of the most common elements of first-world countries that people take for granted.
With assistance from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, the people of Kwale County, Kenya, can now cease their worries over clean water. Located near the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® farming operation in Kenya, the project has created three water tanks to supply an adequate amount of clean water to the 950 students who attend the Mwamose Primary School. These water tanks not only supply water to the school, but also to the surrounding community as well.
The limited water supply in Makwanpur District, Nepal has long been a source of conflict among neighbors, deterioration of friendships among community members, and migration to other areas of Nepal with easier access to water. Village locals have often expressed frustration as many organizations promised to solve the water crisis, but none interceded. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and CHOICE Humanitarian Nepal, in cooperation with local municipality, stepped in to help villagers dig trenches and canals, construct water reservoirs, and lay pipe during annual Co-Impact Sourcing® expeditions.
The new water systems will provide clean water to approximately 500 households, or 2,500 people, in remote villages of Nepal. Each house will access the water with a metered system, and pay per use. The money will be used to maintain and repair the water system in the long term. In addition to providing clean water to these households, these new water systems will generate income from agriculture and livestock rearing, improve sanitation and hygiene for individuals, and restore harmony among community members.
Wellness Advocates Alexis Yarrington and Cyndi Schwicht successfully earned a matching grant toward Clean Water in Kenya. During the doTERRA® convention, Alexis was moved by the pieces shared about Co-Impact Sourcing® and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, so she decided to act. With Clean Water in Kenya, Alexis raised $15,000—matched for a total donation of $30,000—which went toward drilling water wells and installing pumps in rural Kenyan villages.
In 2019, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and Co-Impact Sourcing® dug water wells with solar pumps in the Fonfrede, Ducis, and Tricon areas of Haiti. A hurricane-resistant structure that stores and dispenses water for one of the wells was also finished this year. Structures for the other two wells will be completed in 2020.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation traveled with a group of doTERRA® Wellness Advocates and a few employees to Nepal to serve the people and help with a water project. This project provided clean water to 500 families.
In this special podcast episode, we take a look at the quest to provide access to clean water around the world. We talk to Jim and Lara Hicks about their work with clean water projects. We also sit down with Rob Young, doTERRA Founding Executive, about why he is passionate about clean water projects and how the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation works to bring clean water to communities that need it.