Having a team member on the ground gives a new perspective to a country its projects. Team member Carlysle Porter is in Hyderabad, India, as part of a HELP International summer internship. While there she is working with HELP and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® to improve education, health, and empower the people of rural India. We are so excited to see the projects that the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and HELP International will be able to accomplish together.
“As I have travelled from Greece to India I have realized the need for humanitarian work in the world. There are so many needs that are not being met around the world and it is our responsibility to help those who are not able to access these needs. Whether it is access to education, clean water, feminine hygiene services, or just emotional support we can all do our part to improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.” – Carlysle Porter
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® recently donated $3,000 to cover the shipping costs of 4,000 Days for Girls (DfG) Kits to Kenya. After getting DfG groups across the United States to contribute kits, Huldah Hiltsley took them to Kenya. Huldah and her family visited 29 schools, a maternity clinic, and a women’s shelter to distribute the kits and provide accompanying health education. This coming year, the Hitsleys will be fundraising for their next big project and applying for the Healing Hands Foundation matching support initiative. The project is to collect 7,000 DfG Kits; however, instead of shipping them from the United States, they hope to employ women in Kenya to sew the kits. Not only does this help eliminate logistic challenges associated with shipping, but it also provides employment opportunities for local Kenyan women. Ultimately, this project supports the mission of Days for Girls, which is to empower women in their communities and make a positive and sustainable change.
Team member Carlysle Porter recently completed an internship in Lesvos, Greece. During her time there, with the help of HELP International Carlysle was able to distribute 100 doTERRA Healing Hands t-shirts, 30 hats, and is in the process of distributing 300 doTERRA Healing Hands 72-hour emergency relief hygiene kits. Carlysle is working with our amazing doTERRA Europe team to set up projects in Moria and Kara Tepe Camp. These projects will commence this summer. “Greece has been a life changing experience. It is amazing to see the potential impact that doTERRA can make in the lives of the people here. I am so grateful to work for a company that believes in doing good in whatever capacity they can and it has been inspiring to see the tremendous results doTERRA has already made in just two short months. I am so excited to see how doTERRA Europe and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation will continue to impact the lives of the people in Lesvos.” – Carlysle Porter
Gangamaya Gole’s new baby boy was born in the Palung hospital in Makwampur, built and funded by doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation®. The birthing center has been renovated and now has central heating so that low-income mothers like Gangamaya can have a more peaceful and safe experience when they birth their children. In addition to having access to proper medical care, Gangamaya received a MamaBaby Kit, donated by the Healing Hands Foundation. It includes a hand-crafted quilt, two onesies, a hat, socks, a doTERRA Serenity ® Bath Bar, and a Lavender Touch. Gangamaya is grateful to the Healing Hands Foundation for the kit, which will help her care for her newborn.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® recently partnered with Brent Andrus of Peace House to donate 300 Angel Rider wheelchairs to special needs children in Rwanda. These wheelchairs are specially made to handle the rougher, rural terrain of the country and adjust in size as the child grows to allow for prolonged use. With these new wheelchairs, Rwandan children will have more freedom and mobility for years to come.
At the March 2019 San Diego Leadership Retreat, Wellness Advocates pledged donations to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®. Gina Truman committed $15,000 that day to the cause. When she returned home from the retreat, she and her team decided to fundraise together to increase the possible donation amount. A month a half later, Gina and her amazing team raised $50,000 in total for Healing Hands. The funds were given to Operation Underground Railroad to fund an aftercare home for boys in Thailand.
In less than three weeks, doTERRA® Silver Rebecca Saltman and her team of visionary leaders contributed $7,000 in product donations—including oil kits, samples, roller bottles, and materials in Spanish—to directly help 58 women and girls in rural Guatemala start their own doTERRA businesses. doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® matched the products Rebecca collected and together we were able to double the impact of this project.
When Rebecca and her team asked the ladies what natural healing solutions their grandmothers and mothers have taught them, many shared extraordinary ways that they’d been taught to use essential oils like Lemon, Oregano, and Peppermint.
One of our goals at the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ is to leave places, individuals, and communities better than when we found them. We are so grateful that many other organizations and individuals share this same goal.
Brian Barthel, a professor at Utah Valley University who shares our goal and mission, leads a student service group that recently traveled to Cambodia. With his students, Brian installed eight latrines, eight handwashing stations, and ten water purification containers. Brain and his team also taught Days for Girls (DfG) personal care lessons and distributed DfG Kits and doTERRA® hygiene kits.
In response to the natural disasters that devastated cities across the Midwest, doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® shipped Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits to Wellness Advocates, who began distributing them in disaster zones straightaway. Wellness Advocate Stephanie Budreau and her family provided emergency kits to the American Red Cross near an area of destruction. The Red Cross plans to distribute the kits immediately to those in need. These terrible tornado disasters caused calamitous damage: wrecking homes and even ending the school year early for some students. Stephanie said, “It was a humbling experience, and my family and I are grateful for doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation.”
Days for Girls International, a partner of the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, continues its global mission to distribute reusable feminine hygiene kits and offer education about women’s health. Founder Celeste Mergens recently had the privilege of traveling to the cloud forest of Písaq, Peru, and spending time with the women there. “As they experienced the education, they lit up,” Celeste said. “It was magical.”
Attendees shared stories about their struggles. One woman said that her daughters have to walk two hours to school. Before Days for Girls arrived, they had to use rags to manage their menstruation, with no ways to protect themselves from infection. Now, with washable, reusable pads and other hygiene products, these students no longer fear disease and are excited to share what they’ve learned with the other members of their community. Learn more about their story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6vcdu-YUrQ&feature=youtu.be.
In partnership with dōTERRA Wellness Advocates, the dōTERRA China Helping Hands is contributing 5 million RMB over 4 years to the National Children’s Medical Center (Shanghai Children’s Medical Center). These funds will be used to help children with rare and complicated diseases receive treatments. The donation will also help the hospital introduce the most advanced diagnostic tool for children’s autism, set up a database for these children, and provide educational courses for parents on improving their communication with their autistic children.
Help is on the way! As of today, doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® has shipped 2,000 kits to 12 Wellness Advocates who along with their teams are distributing Emergency Relief Hygiene kits in disaster zones across the Midwest. In addition to the 2,000 Emergency Hygiene kits sent to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma and Ohio, doTERRA® is matching up to $10,000 the amount of money being raised by a group of Diamond Wellness Advocates and their teams.
So far, we have shipped Emergency Hygiene kits to:
Abilene Texas tornado evacuees-
Oklahoma flood and tornado evacuees-
Missouri flood and tornado evacuees-
Pendleton Indiana tornado evacuees-
Ohio tornado evacuees-
Arkansas flood evacuees
Kristin Van Wey is a Blue Diamond WA and the founder of LETS. She was the Elevation Award winner at the 2018 doTERRA Dream Convention, and just returned from speaking at the 2019 Europe Convention. LETS believes that when adults get access to open and appropriate education about basic health, the fertility cycle and menstruation, and the tools to manage this natural process effectively, the result will be fundamental and positive change in communities.
“Working in Haiti I began to realize that there is an international problem with lack of awareness as well as sex trafficking, so my vision expanded to include educating all women. This has become my passion. THIS project may be the MOST important gift we bring to our communities.” - Kristin Van Wey
After a natural dike broke, water from the Lake of Two Mountains came rushing into the community of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac (Quebec), flooding it within minutes. Evacuation began immediately; many families only had to time to get in the car and go—leaving their homes and valuables behind. Wellness Advocate, Agata Labeck and her team were able to provide and distribute Emergency Relief Kits in the area. Agata noted that “People were very welcoming despite their misfortune and were happy to receive any help.” A total number of 1,250 Emergency Relief Kits were sent to Canada, helping those in Quebec, Ottoawa, and Sainte-Marthe-su-le-Lac. The people of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac are working hard to recover their homes and rebuild their community.
Getting supplies around the world can be tricky especially when entire regions are flooded. In Malawi recent floods affected more the 900,000 people across 14 districts and displaced more than 125,000 people resulting in nearly 60 deaths. Thankfully through the determined efforts of Wellness Advocate Doris Viastikopoulos and partners on the ground, 100 doTERRA Emergency Relief Hygiene kits were distributed to individuals in need of sanitation supplies. Locals Chifundo and Ishmael drove 5.5 hours to pick up the kits and deliver them to their village.
With the backing of the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, Utah County Search and Rescue purchased a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, which has a fiberglass V-hull that cuts through heavy waves and inflatable sides to cushion impact. With very little draft, the boat can operate in shallow water and is equipped with radar, sonar, and thermal imaging equipment to better aid in recovery missions. After displaying the boat for employees to view at Corporate headquarters, Founding Executive Greg Cook, UT County Sherriff Search and Rescue team, and HHF staff went out on Utah Lake for a ride.
Wellness Advocates Dr. Darren and Kristi Taylor spent a week in Pasitos de Luz Mexico,whose mission is to provide physical rehabilitation, special education and nutrition for children with special needs. The Taylors trained the Pasitos staff on the use of Essential Oils and worked with several patients including 13-year-old Fatima. In Dr. Taylor’s words, “Fatima is filled with love, joy, smiles, and determination” as she is learning to walk after several spinal surgeries. Thanks to an amazing physical therapy team Fatima is beginning to walk. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is so excited for the bright and beautiful future that Fatima has ahead of her.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is passionate about helping every population and is thrilled to have one of its team members on the ground in Lesvos, Greece to help with the refugee crisis. Carlysle Porter, a doTERRA Healing Hands team member is currently working in the Moria Refugee camp which houses approximately 6,000 refugees. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation sent supplies of Emergency Hygiene kits, hats and tee shirts with Carlysle to distribute in Greece and are anxious to see the results unfold.This impact is all thanks to the generous donations made by Wellness Advocates and doTERRA enthusiasts around the world.
As Iowa prepares to rebuild after the devastating floods that ravaged the surrounding areas of the Missouri River, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is providing disaster relief. Through Wellness Advocate Janice Kolomaya, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation was able to donate 200 Emergency Relief Hygiene kits to her community in Iowa. The clean-up in Iowa is estimated to take over two years and cost approximately 6.5 million dollars.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is proud to partner with Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) as well as Mentors International. Together O.U.R. and Mentors International offers small loans to sex trafficking survivors in aftercare homes and to people who are susceptible to being trafficked. Zorka, a micro loan recipient in Peru stated, “With the money that Mentors loaned me, I could grow my business and help my parents. Without this support, I would never be where I am today. I’m not going to stay here, I’m going to keep growing and progressing.” We are grateful to be associated with these amazing organizations and continue to be inspired by the impactful change that they are making in the world. To read more about how O.U.R. and Mentors International are working together visit http://ourrescue.org/blog/fighting-human-trafficking-with-mentors-international-microloans/
We are very pleased to announce that with the help of very generous Wellness Advocates, doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® raised a combined total of $433,419 at the San Diego and Atlanta Leadership Retreats. These funds will be used to impact lives for good and create positive change in communities both in the United States and around the globe. We thank you for choosing to support the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.
With an estimated $1.3 billion dollars in flood losses Nebraska and Iowa are facing a harsh recovery after the recent flooding of the Missouri river. Thankfully the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® was able to work with Wellness Advocate Louisa Maas to distribute 72-hour emergency hygiene kits to those affected in areas surrounding the river in Nebraska and Iowa. Individuals in this area have little to no access to clean water and many are displaced from their homes because of the floods. We are so thankful that Louisa was able to distribute 200 72-hour emergency hygiene kits to individuals who needed them.
We are excited to announce that at the 2019 Atlanta, Georgia, Leadership Retreat, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® was able to raise a total of $102,758. When Wellness Advocates gather together in one place, amazing things can happen. We saw this at the Atlanta Georgia Leadership Retreat. The leadership retreat is an event attended by Wellness Advocates who have reached the rank of silver or above. At Leadership, Wellness Advocates are able to improve their leadership skills, meet other Wellness Advocates, and give back through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. We are thrilled by the amount raised in Georgia and cannot wait to see how much we raise this week at the San Diego, California, Leadership Retreat.
After Diamond Joy Tarpley completed her first project with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® in 2017, she came back to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation in 2018 to match another project. The projects specifically benefit Mission Mbale and help feed the children in vulnerable communities, build an orphanage and a school, and support the grade 1 clinic that takes care of the families in the nearby village. Mission Mbale provides, education, clothing, food, and clean water to the Namatala community in Mbale, Uganda. Mission Mbale also works with local farmers and food donation services to provide farm fresh local produce to those who cannot afford it. Together, Joy and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation were able to raise funds for Mission Mbale and the people of the Namatala Village.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is committed to fostering the potential of women around the globe. Many of the projects that the doTERRA Healing Hand Foundation participates in directly benefit women. The doTERRA Healing Hands foundation is involved in keeping women safe and helping women heal through our partners, Operation Underground Railroad, Rapha House, and 3Strands Global. The doTERRa Healing Hands foundation actively donates to and supports Days for Girls. During 2018, doTERRA employees and Wellness Advocates volunteered for 2,901 service hours sewing and preparing various components for Days for Girls kits. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation hopes to empower change for women and communities around the globe.
Wellness Advocate Spalding Jugganaikloo and Diamond sponsor Stephanie Newton have completed an amazing matching campaign with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®. This project was able to provide school supplies, wireless connection, and computers to a school in Africa. Jugganaikloo and Newton partnered with The American Campus to provide American educational opportunities to Africans.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Wellness Advocate, Dr. Mariza Snyder and her team, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® made a significant donation to Days for Girls. We love working with Wellness Advocates and you too can join any of our projects or submit your own by applying online at doTERRAhealinghands.org
This Valentine’s Day, show some love by donating to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®. Donations can be made through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation website or by purchasing the doTERRA® SPA Rose Hand Lotion or the doTERRA Hope® Touch Essential Oil Blend. One hundred percent of your donation goes to help those who need it most.
The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is excited to announce that single 72 Hour Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits are now available for purchase on doterra.com. Every kit purchased is used to give relief during natural disasters and will be distributed on your behalf through our partners around the globe.
The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is excited to announce the completion of a project with the Corral Riding Academy in North Carolina. Through the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and through the determined efforts of our Wellness Advocate, Kea Brooks, we were able to provide school supplies, college preparatory books, and financial literacy workbooks for 20 girls in an equine therapy program.
The construction of a new building is something that can inspire. From the first day the foundation is poured to the last day when the final brick is placed, individuals are able to connect with the idea of a new beginning and new opportunity to build a future. The Peace House in Park City, Utah helps survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives and helps them start a new life filled with respect, happiness, and love. At the Peace House, they will learn how to lay a new foundation, build sturdy walls, and protect the love that they have within their lives. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation along with several donors is proud to fund the building of a new Community Campus which will be used to house survivors of domestic violence, rehabilitate them, and help reintegrate them back into society. This shelter will be able to accommodate various sizes of families and will provide long-term occupancy of 6-24 months. No one should ever have to suffer domestic violence but we are grateful to be associated with an organization that focuses on improving the lives of those who do.
doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation is proud to announce the successful delivery of 500 Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits to migrants at the Tijuana Border. Over the weekend Heather Stevenson and her team of 150 people carried doTERRA Emergency Relief Hygiene kits over the border in Tijuana in backpacks to bring relief to those suffering in the border camps. Stevenson reports, “The kits are there safe and sound. The migrants were so grateful to receive the kits. The sweet mama’s let their kits open it like it was a little Christmas gift.”
On December 1st 2018, the state of Illinois reported at least 20 tornado touchdowns. With dozens of people injured and hundreds of homes being destroyed the people of Illinois report being simply grateful that these destructive natural forces did not claim any lives. The city of Taylorville was impacted the most with at least 100 homes sustaining major damage. With support from doTERRA Healing Hand Foundation, Diamond Anne Tetzlaff and team distributed 200 Emergency Relief Hygiene kits door to door in Taylorville to the affected tornado victims.
This #GivingTuesday, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® will match donations helping our partner Rapha House and their trafficking aftercare facility in Haiti.
Our continued thoughts and concern are with the residents of California. So far we’ve shipped 8,000 Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits currently being distributed by Wellness Advocates in affected regions. Continued shipments are underway. Thank you again to our Wellness Advocates rallying to help.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the many communities in California, currently facing wildfire devastation and evacuation in many parts of the state. We’ve been working with Wellness Advocates to coordinate the shipment and distribution of thousands of Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits and other donated products supplies to help in the efforts.
Operation Underground Railroad stopped by the doTERRA® offices recently with representatives from the Mesa, Arizona Police Department, with the newly-completed mobile forensic lab the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® helped sponsor. The mobile forensic lab is on its way to Arizona to begin service, which will significantly cut down on the length of time to process evidence and information, allowing perpetrators of child sex trafficking to be arrested and held.
We recently donated 1,000 backpacks to children at the Kids Club in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They arrived at Children of Hope in Takhmoa City in Phenom Penh earlier this week and have been distributed to the kids will be using them for school.
Theara, the Kids Club Director, posted a lovely “thank you” video to share. See her message here.
Thank you again to the Wellness Advocates in Florida, North Carolina all throughout communities affected by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew. Wellness Advocates helped distribute over 7,375 donated 72-Hour Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits to those in need. We are inspired by the many stories of Wellness Advocates reaching out, lending a hand and taking part in communities coming together and caring for each other.
From North Carolina Wellness Advocate Audrey Clay, “We are so grateful for your contribution! The look on people’s faces warmed our hearts and they were moved by your generosity. You gave us hope, uplifted our spirits, and we are so grateful!”.
The United Nations’ International Day of the Girl is observed annually on October 11th to show “support for girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future”.
This year, we teamed up with our partner, Days for Girls, who is currently hosting events around the world helping supply girls with menstrual health solutions allowing them to regularly participate in school. dōTERRA® employees and volunteers gathered together at the doTERRA Corporate Office in Utah to help assemble Days for Girls Kits.
The Days for Girls Global Girls Festival runs now through November 11th. Check out their website to get involved and learn more: https://www.daysforgirls.org/copy-of-global-girls-festival-tools
Thank you to the many Wellness Advocates’ generous donations of Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits - helping communities affected by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew in the southeast areas of the United States. As always, we are touched by the outreach and care shown by our Wellness Advocates, who are so quickly willing to give of their time and resources to help those in need. Additional shipments of donated Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits are currently on their way to the doTERRA® Atlanta warehouse.
Wellness Advocates have been busy helping in the community recovery from Hurricane Florence. Connoe Booth-Danhorn said, “We are so thankful that we are able to distribute emergency kits to those hardest hit by Hurricane Florence in Brunswick County, North Carolina.”
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, in partnership with Rapha House and Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), announced the funding and construction of a new safe house campus in Haiti. This project will provide basic care, counseling, medical care, education, and vocational training for children rescued from sex trafficking in Haiti.
Since 2016, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation has been working with O.U.R. to liberate victims of human and sex trafficking around the world. Recognizing the need for an expanded approach, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation partnered with 3Strands Global Foundation and Rapha House in 2017 to address needs in prevention, aftercare, and rehabilitation. Together, these partnerships offer a four-pronged approach to put an end to human trafficking.
“doTERRA’s partnership with O.U.R. and Rapha House in Haiti touches many lives and provides true freedom,” said Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of O.U.R., in an address given on the main stage at the doTERRA Global Convention. “There has never been this type of facility for survivors of human trafficking in Haiti. Through the partnership with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, O.U.R., and Rapha House, children will not be left without hope. When the child is rescued, healing begins. Thank you so much to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation for funding such an important mission.”
“These Hands Will Speak”, written and performed by Nadia Khristean and the One Voice Children’s Choir at the 2018 doTERRA® Dream Convention. The song highlights the impact and partnerships of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® as we continue our work together to empower people and communities worldwide.
doTERRA Healing Hands® is helping 348 native Taiwanese schoolchildren with after school learning programs. Programs are run by the Heng-Chun Christian Hospital, who for the last 13 years has been dedicated to providing after school education in the remote area, helping students overcome learning disabilities, develop talents, and receive educational support that helps break the cycle of poverty.
Since 2017, doTERRA Taiwan has helped support the programs through financial support and by providing computers for distance learning, which is helping to narrow the rural-urban education divide. doTERRA® Diamonds have been visiting villages annually with the Taiwan doTERRA Healing Hands Day of Service, connecting with children and learning how to better help these remote communities receive better access to education and supportive programs.
Last week Wellness Advocate Kimberly Erickson-Nichols and her team delivered 200 Emergency Relief Kits to the Coon Valley & Chaseburg communities of rural Wisconsin to help community members affected by recent wide spread flooding.
doTERRA® Shanghai received a visit from the Vice Governor of the Jing An District to thank them for their work in helping children and families who have to travel to Shanghai for treatment of rare diseases. “Thanks for all your support in making some good progress and we will keep working to carry the doTERRA Healing Hands spirit forward here in China.”
Thank you to Season Johnson, doTERRA® Presidential Blue Diamond, who along with her team, distributed over 300 Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits to help families affected by wildfires in the Redding, California area.
The community of Tzuncoc, Guatemala recently celebrated a newly-built suspension bridge that helps children cross the river and travel safely to school. Previously, especially during the rainy season, children would either have to brave dangerous river currents or stay home.
We’re supporting community development projects in doTERRA® Co-Impact Sourcing® areas, like Guatemala where cardamom is sourced, to help improve the lives of community members.
Hawaii Wellness Advocates are busy helping their local communities on the Big Island recovering from the ongoing Kilauea volcanic eruptions that have affected and displaced many locals. They are currently in process of delivering over 8 shipments of products donated by the dōTERRA Healing Hands FoundationⓇ, including Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits to those affected. Thank you for your work and care in service to others - for showing up, sharing and inspiring us all on how “Aloha” is done.