The massive gap between the funds required and the funds available for humanitarian response to disasters is a major factor behind why the world’s most vulnerable people are disproportionately impacted by these events. We work with organizations and Wellness Advocates around the world to bring aid to communities when they need it most.
Record-breaking temperatures and severe drought conditions in Australia have resulted in one of the worst fire seasons in recent memory for the country. At least 25 people have been killed, and more than 15.6 million acres have burned since the fires began in September 2019.
In response to the catastrophic bushfires in Australia, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is shipping 2,325 emergency hygiene kits to the doTERRA warehouse in Melbourne, Australia. Staff and Wellness Advocates there will distribute the hygiene kits to wildfire evacuees and first responders.
Following the massive destruction of Hurricane Dorian, Wellness Advocates Alexis Krcelic and her father, Gene, sprang into action by gathering food and supplies for evacuees living without the basic necessities. Together with Premier Foundation, they gathered provisions, partnered with like-minded nonprofits, and delivered aid to Great Commission Ministries in Nassau, Bahamas. Supplies included water, nonperishable food, canned goods, emergency hygiene kits, baby diapers and supplements, cleaning supplies, tools, and pet food.
Because of the dedication of 12 Wellness Advocates and their amazing teams, the doTERRA® Healing Hands Foundation is shipping and distributing 2,050 emergency hygiene kits in Puerto Rico.
Wellness Advocates living in the disasters zones are stepping up to help people in their communities recover from earthquakes and aftershocks, which continue to affect the island. Thousands of families have fled their homes in fear that there will be another earthquake, causing their roofs to collapse while they sleep. If not in a community shelter, these people sleep in tents and tarps set up in stadiums, in fields, and next to highways.
In March of 2019, Wellness Advocates from Malawi, Africa were reaching out to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation to provide relief after massive flooding in the area. The flood caused more than 200,000 people to become displaced and caused many deaths. After several attempts we were finally able to ship 100 emergency relief hygiene kits to the DHL Chikwawa office. This was a success, however it was a considerable distance from the location of our Wellness Advocate. Our Wellness Advocate and his team drove five and a half hours to pick up the kits and return to his village where they were distributed. We are grateful for our Wellness Advocates who are always looking to help others. We are proud to support them in their efforts around the world.
“My family passed Relief Kits to those camping or living in their cars this week. They were so grateful. Many expressed to me that emotions are high and it’s challenging to rest and relax. Thank you for bringing some relief to our community.”
-Cherie Brewer, Wellness Advocate