Globally, 39% of rural girls are unable to attend school (oftentimes because they’re fetching water), and women who work invest 90% of their income back into their families. Women in developing countries are also 25x more likely to die during childbirth than women in developed countries. Empowering women to get an education, pursue a career, and meet their healthcare needs is work worth doing.
The founders of this organization believe that girls are key to solving the world’s greatest challenges, and it starts with healing and well-being for themselves and their communities.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation matched funds raised by Wellness Advocate Eileen Flannigan, founder of Girls on Fire Leaders, to establish a program that trains, supports, and uplifts disadvantaged and abused girls in Kenya, transforming their lives and families by becoming social change leaders in their own communities and beyond.
This aim is being accomplished through camps and workshops for over 2,000 HIV+ or HIV at-risk girls from eight different villages and four ethnic tribes. These Resilient Health and Well-Being camps bring girls together to help build social and emotional health and leadership skills. They also emphasize healing in all stages of growth to ensure girls can finish school, stay healthy, overcome violence, and become the leaders that the world needs.
Alice Wambui Mwangi grew up in Kenya, where she excelled in school. After her first period arrived, she struggled to manage her menstruation. Her family did not have money to buy feminine hygiene products.
Desperate to continue her education, Alice often used whatever materials she could find to absorb her menstrual flow, including old rags, pieces of a mattress, or pages from books. Often, she experienced infections that set her further back in school.
Despite setbacks, Alice went on to graduate college at the top of her class. “After my first degree, I remembered all I had gone through as a teenage girl and promised that—one day—I would do something to help the lives of girls who might be suffering from lack of menstrual supplies, like I did.”
Alice started the Days for Girls Smile Star’D Social Enterprise in 2018 and has reached more than 1,000 girls in rural schools across Kenya. She did not stop there. In order to fulfill her mission, she knew she needed a sewing center, where women could produce Days for Girls Kits.
Presidential Diamond Corinna Barrus and Wellness Advocate Giada Hansen wanted to help. Together, they raised $6,439 to fund the sewing center. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation matched that contribution, doubling it. The Smile Star’D Enterprise sewing center in Nakuru, Kenya, is now complete and open for business!
Women across the world, particularly in developing countries, lack knowledge on how to best manage their menstruation and fertility. That’s where organizations like LETS can help. LETS is a revolutionary education initiative that encourages men, women, and youths to make informed choices about fertility, health, wellbeing, and general life. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is pleased to support a pilot of the LETS program in the Port Salut, Haiti, area. In just a few months, four full-time educators were hired and trained to teach the LETS program and more than 700 people received this vital education.
One of the primary tools of the LETS program is a beautiful bead bracelet created by teams of local artisans. The Lunar Essential Tracker bracelets are a fundamental part of the education initiative, as they empower women—and the men who support them—to track their reproductive cycles. So far, more than 500 bracelets have been distributed. (Photo by Hearts for Kenya)
Kris Flecken and Arla Leins started working with Live Love Malawi in 2017. They’d previously met a special friend in Malawi named Alina; however, they later learned she’d passed away from malnutrition. After Alina’s passing, Kris and Arla were at convention and learned about partner projects with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. They knew they wanted to turn their grief into action, and this was the perfect opportunity. These women had a dream of building a kitchen that would provide meals for the nearby school that Alina once attended. This kitchen would also be used to sell goods and provide incomes.
Kris and Arla raised funds which the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation matched for a total of $10,760, which was donated to Live Love Malawi, helping build their dream.
doTERRA Wellness Advocate Kristin Van Wey is the Founder of Let’s Empower Women, a groundbreaking program empowering the people of Haiti with sustainable employment options, fertility tracking and health education. The bracelets are made from recycled trash by a team of over 50 industrious women artisans. The sale of the bracelets allow families to stay together, eat every day and have their education and medical needs met.
In this podcast episode, we sit down with Celeste Mergens who founded Days for Girls, a non-profit partnered with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation that strives to increase access to menstrual care and education as well as shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls around the world.