Participating in a service project has always been one of the main highlights of the annual Incentive Trip. This year was no exception. Around 500 Wellness Advocates came together to assemble 300 backpacks and 200 hygiene kits. The kits and supplies were delivered to Neighborhood Place of Kona, Child and Family Services, West Hawaii Child Welfare Services, and Hope Services.
The backpacks were filled with school supplies, products from the Kids Oil Collection, books, and toys. The hygiene kits were filled with doTERRA® personal care products—everything from body wash to toothpaste. All the supplies in the kits were donated by doTERRA and Wellness Advocates. We brought together more than 600 items to fill the kits. There were so many items collected that each organization was provided with a bin of extra supplies.
Ordering and transporting school supplies to Hawaii can be slow and expensive. As a result, these organizations worried about getting the supplies they need for their programs. Child and Family Services reported that, in a recent meeting, they discussed the need for backpacks and were concerned about how to get them. The next day, we contacted them and told them we wanted to donate backpacks.
The organizations were incredibly touched and grateful for the support, and we’ve been able to continue the tradition of always giving back!
Christy Hald, a Wellness Advocate from Nebraska, recently completed a matched project to positively impact children and families in India. Christy worked through the Hope Venture, whose mission is to bring hope and dignity to the most disadvantaged people in the world. Because of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® matching grant, the Hope Venture was able to provide 200 children with backpacks and school supplies, as well as serve over 45,000 meals. We’re amazed by the profound impact our Wellness Advocates and organizations like the Hope Venture have in the world.
The doTERRA Healing Hand Foundation® has supported a community building in the Dolakha District of Nepal, which was built by Choice Nepal. This building is meant for the school community, as well as the local villagers. People of these communities are poor—they don’t have enough income to send their children to school. They never imagined such a building and opportunity in their community. Now, they are incredibly happy to have this community building, where they can gather together at any time—without even having to worry about the weather. In addition to financial support from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, Choice Nepal has invested money into starting a cooperative following choice business model with the school. This cooperative provide loans with low interest to the local communities, where people can invest in potato farming, animal husbandry, plantation of various kinds of medicinal herbs, and more.
Above the buildings at headquarters in Pleasant Grove there are blue halos that cut through the night sky. It’s beautiful to look at but it also has a purpose. It’s in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Here at doTERRA Healing Hands®, we are proud to be partnered with such amazing organizations like Operation Underground Railroad, 3 Strands Global, Rapha International, and Freedom Now Africa who exist to rescue people from human trafficking. With our partnerships, we focus on three areas of preventing human trafficking: Prevention, Rescue Efforts, and Aftercare. With each purchase of dōTERRA’s Hope® Touch Essential Oil Blend the full purchase price is donated to the Healing Hands Foundation initiative to end human trafficking. We are committed to positively impacting its eradication through daily business operations, practices, and philanthropic initiatives.
Human Trafficking is a global problem. But how much does the average person truly know about it? We sat down with Chris Gay, executive director of Freedom Now Africa, to see what everyone needs to know about human trafficking.
“It happens in your community,” Chris said immediately. Trafficking is not limited to developing nations- it’s happening in average communities across the United States as well. “It’s not just overseas or in big cities. This is happening in your backyard,” Chris explained. It tends to happen in plain sight, and it’s likely you have encountered a victim of human trafficking without recognizing it. In order to help fight trafficking, Chris recommended researching anti-trafficking organizations in your state or community. See how you can help.
It’s not just sex trafficking, and it’s not just women. Forced labor is actually a bigger problem, in terms of numbers, than sex trafficking. Men are trafficking into the construction, mining, and agriculture industries, among others. And, contrary to common belief, there are also men and boys involved in sex trafficking. “It’s not talked about or discussed much,” said Chris. “Some shelters won’t even take boys.”
There are signs. “You can learn to identify trafficking in your community,” Chris shared. “Learn what victims look like and how to report.” Some things to look for include physical abuse, fearful attitudes, or freedom of movement. The Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign has excellent resources for identifying victims of human trafficking. The US also has a trafficking hotline for people to report suspected human trafficking.
Survivors need help after rescue. According to Chris, there is a massive problem with knowing where to place people who are rescued. “If we rescue 50 people, where are they to go? There are only 4 shelters in all of Kenya,” he explained. Aftercare is an enormous part of the recovery process, especially for children. Many, or even all, shelters are at maximum capacity. “When the people who provide the best care don’t have space, what do you do?”
Forced marriages happen in the United States. “Forced marriage is a pretty big issue in America, but nobody is talking about it,” said Chris. “There aren’t effective laws protecting minors.”
You can help change laws. Chris suggested writing local representatives and elected officials to let them know this issue matters to you. “Make the issue important and get it on their agendas,” he urged. “It’s been proven to be effective.” Get in touch with local faith groups and organizations that fight trafficking. Talk to people and raise awareness. Starting conversations within your community can go a long way in preventing trafficking.
William Hervey coordinated the distribution of 60 wheelchairs—41 type 2 and 19 type 3—to children in the Nyagatare and Gicumbi Districts of Rwanda. Each wheelchair was appropriate for the child and free of charge. These children were also assessed by orthopedic technologist Eric Habimana.
Because of the dedication of twelve Wellness Advocates and their amazing teams, the Healing Hands Foundation is shipping and distributing 2,050 Emergency Relief Hygiene kits in Puerto Rico. Wellness Advocates living in the disaster zones are stepping up to help people in their communities recover from earthquakes and aftershocks that continue to jolt the island. Thousands of families have fled their homes in fear there will be another quake and their roofs will collapse while they are sleeping. If not in a community shelter, they sleep in tents and tarps set up in stadiums, in fields, and next to highways.
In response to catastrophic bushfires in Australia, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is shipping 2,325 Emergency Hygiene kits to the doTERRA warehouse in Melbourne Australia. doTERRA staff and Wellness Advocates in Australia will be distributing the hygiene kits to wildfire evacuees and first responders. This week’s shipment along with a donation sent in December brings the total number of kits to 2,925 for bushfire relief efforts. We greatly appreciate all the Wellness Advocates who donate kits to the emergency relief program.
Following the massive destruction of Hurricane Dorian, Wellness Advocates Alexis Krcelic and her husband, 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. In appreciation, Bishop Walter Hanchell, president of Great Commission Ministries International, gave the Krcelics an award of appreciation for “faithfully supporting the poor and needy in the Bahamas.” They also provided food and supplies to Bilney Lane Children’s Home in Nassau, Bahamas.
Through Schuyten Bruno Jean-Paul Alain, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® had the opportunity to support women and children living in impoverished communities in the Katwe and Kisenyi areas of Kampala, Uganda. Many individuals served were teenage mothers who struggled to get access to nutritious meals, healthcare, and feminine hygiene products. Because of support from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, 23 children have had all their school fees paid, which has empowered them to continue their education instead of dropping out. Additionally, the money raised has provided food, clothing, reusable feminine hygiene products, and vocational training mentorship to those in need.
Empowering women empowers the whole community. Wellness Advocate Mackenzie Banda believes this and was given the opportunity to impact the lives of women in Marungu Hill, Kenya, through the Zawadisha Fund. With help from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, Mackenzie raised $9,610 for the Zawadisha Fund. These funds went toward the creation of the Change Makers Garden, in which the women of the community planted 250 trees. They also planted another 150 trees in their homes. In one year, these trees will bear fruit that can be sold to generate revenue for these women and their families.
Wellness Advocate Victoria Harshall recently raised $15,615 for the Mount Moriah Children’s home orphanage near Nyahururur, Kenya. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation matched this making the total donation $29,615. These funds will allow children and staff to have fresh water year-round to drink, cook, clean, and grow gardens. Because of this access to clean water staff and children will no longer need to carry water from a pond that is a long way from their home. The water will also allow the orphanage to plant crops on all seven acres of their land even in a drought. Thank you, Victoria, for making a difference in the lives of those in Kenya.
During a recent team retreat at Corporate, Cynthia Patience and her team members helped Healing Hands with a mini-service project for Peace House. Peace House is a shelter in Park City, Utah, that provides services to women and families dealing with domestic abuse. Cynthia’s team members put together 50 ‘after-school’ snack packs for kids at the Peace House facility.
Each snack packet includes a warm flannel blanket, three types of snacks, and an inspirational card for children to enjoy upon returning from school. Thank you Cynthia and team!
doTERRA® Receives the Utah Philanthropy Day: Corporate Spirit of Giving Award Mark Wolfert was honored to stand on behalf of doTERRA’s Founding Executives and its wonderful employees and wellness advocates as he accepted the Corporate Spirit of Giving Award at the Utah Philanthropy Day awards ceremony. This award recognizes a for-profit business that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to philanthropy and community service by providing direct financial support, leadership involvement, volunteer participation and commitment of its workforce, and by becoming a role model for other businesses in our community.
Wellness Advocates Darren and Kristi Taylor are working with an incredible community in Pasitos de Luz, Mexico, where they’re striving for improved health, transportation, education opportunities, and inclusion of children with special needs. With funding from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, the Taylors have been instrumental in helping repair and refurbish a school bus. After being in a state of major disrepair, the bus is back in action and now safely transporting children, staff, and volunteers to Pasitos de Luz. This bus service is critical for single-parent families, where driving a special needs child to school means the parent has to take time off work. These Wellness Advocates are making an incredible impact in this community by providing love, care and support of disabled children to live the best life possible and also giving single mothers the transportation support they need to keep their jobs and care for their families.
Last weekend, the Ute American Indian Tribe held an important event to address community concerns reflected in the event’s name: the 2019 Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Conference. Participants were given a bottle of doTERRA Hope® Touch oil blend. They also learned about the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® and its anti-human trafficking efforts. One conference attendee who received the essential oil blend commented that “this is the most beautiful thing someone can give.”
Wellness Advocate Natalie Hill recently led a service project at the JK Community Farm on a post-convention tour. This project empowered Wellness Advocates in the community to bag fresh food for those who would otherwise not have access to healthy produce and protein. During the project, Wellness Advocates bagged 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes for the JK Community farm, which will be distributed to individuals in need during the holidays. The JK Community Farm provides children, senior citizens, and families who are facing food insecurity with fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and protein. The farm focuses on purity by growing food without chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
For the past three years Salt Lake City, Utah has hosted an event to serve the homeless population in Utah. Project Homeless Connect is an event that links individuals to resources to help alleviate the hardships of being homeless. This event attracts approximately 1000 individuals struggling with homelessness and 1000 volunteers. Each volunteer is paired with an attendee and acts as a resource to help them navigate the event to access the resources they need. Some of these resources include; medical and dental, legal, substance abuse services, haircuts, and feminine hygiene support. This year the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation donated 1000 72-hour emergency relief hygiene kits to our friends at the Utah Food Bank who were also distributing meals at the event.
In the wake of raging forest fires, a team of Wellness Advocates lead by Ilse Helbing distributed 72-hour Emergency Hygiene kits to an indigenous community in Paraguay. With their homes in ashes, the survivors are now living in a school. The doTERRA team taught the people how to use melaleuca, Deep Blue®, plus made masks with Breathe® oil to serve as a protection from smoke. Helbing and team also held two classes for local firefighters in order to teach them how to use the Emergency Relief kits and to deliver more Breathe. They hope to continue efforts to help forest fire evacuees in Paraguay.
Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center, serving women, children and gender nonconforming individuals who are experiencing trauma, poverty, or physical and mental health challenges. doTERRA® recently provided 300 winter emergency kits for Rose Haven’s guests, to be used as the colder months approach. These kits include sleeping bags, warm hats, blankets, gloves, feminine hygiene products, and assorted doTERRA products.
The current Refugee Crisis in Lesvos is heart breaking. This Greek Island hosts the biggest refugee camp in Moria where more than 14,000 refugees are “living” in a site initially designed to accommodate 3000 people. Any donations received, Healing Hands Europe will match up to €25,000 and this will help shape the future of refugees and make this project a reality. Read Story
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On October 11, we celebrated International Day of the Girl as girls everywhere as they break boundaries and take charge of their own futures. For the holiday, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® hosted Celeste Morgan, the founder of Days for Girls (DfG), and her team, who shared their vision and innovations being made by the organization. One of these innovations is a reusable transport bag, included with the DfG Kits, which we worked together to sew and assemble. By the end of the event, nearly 2,000 were completed and are scheduled to be shipped to refugees. These new transport bags will replace plastic bags and greatly reduce environmental waste. We love and appreciate Days for Girls and the amazing impact they have had globally.
This year on the post-convention tour, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® and doTERRA Wellness Advocates are joining together to give service in their local communities. Recently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wellness Advocates Jen Frey and Amy Sabella spearheaded a project at the Center of Life. The Center of Life is a community engagement center that provides services to children, teenagers, and families in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Some of these services include, afterschool tutoring, athletic activities, and music classes. During our day of service Wellness Advocates from all around Pennsylvania came together to assemble furniture, paint and finish an accessibility ramp, and clean up trash around the center. Thank you to all Wellness Advocates who supported this day of service and a special thank you the Jen and Amy for setting up this amazing service project.
Our disaster relief efforts have brought nearly 71,000 72-hour emergency relief hygiene kits to individuals around the world. Recently Wellness Advocate Anne Heintzelman distributed 300 emergency relief hygiene kits to the Bethesda mission. The Bethesda mission has both a men and women’s recovery house for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction as well as a mobile mission which brings resources to homeless individuals in the Harrisburg area. These kits will be used to give relief to those admitting themselves to the recovery homes as well as those individuals living on the streets in Harrisburg. We are so grateful for Anne’s hard work in receiving and distributing these kits.
Mentor’s International CEO Curtis Bennett presented doTERRA Founding Executive Mark Wolfert with a beautiful bronze sculpture: “The Good Samaritan.” Feeling that the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® captures the essence of “Go and Do Thou Likewise.” Certainly Wellness Advocates, partners, and employees around the world seek opportunities to aid those in need. Mentors International, first partner of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation specializes in finding financial solutions for those with no one else to turn to. We believe that exiting poverty is one of the most critical steps in helping someone become self-reliant,” says Healing Hands Foundation Executive Director, Anne Wairepo. “We love the work of Mentor’s International!”
At Saturday’s opening of the Peace House, Board of Directors Chairman, Karen Marriott, expressed gratitude to the doTerra Healing Hands Foundation® for completing their Thrive campaign. Marriott said, “I know God sent doTERRA to us as the final donors so we could begin building Peace House and have survivors living here today!” With a total of $12 million locked in, construction of Peace House began. Today, women and families are living safely in the new facility. There is now space for social workers and counselors on sight. The community is also invited to come and make donations. This new Peace House is at the cutting edge of safety and therapy; all thanks to the amazing donors who care about this community.
Because of the amazing participation of our Wellness Advocates at the 2019 doTERRA® Together global convention we not only were able to supply each MammaBaby Kit with hand-decorated onesies but we also were able to donate hundreds of onesies to Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby is an organization that provides children living in poverty ages 0-12 years old with diapers, clothing, and other necessities they may need. We were able to donate 2400 onesies which will be distributed to approximately 35 cities around the United States. Thank you to all of our amazing Wellness Advocates that made our 2019 doTERRA Together Global Convention service project a success.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to enhance the quality of life for those who have memory loss and their caregivers. After hearing about this wonderful, life-changing mission, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® gladly donated hundreds of essential oils to the Alzheimer’s Association and its patients, making sure to include some of their favorites, such as Rosemary, Wild Orange, Peppermint, and Lavender. By relieving anxious feelings or improving sleep with the powerful benefits of essential oils, other issues related to memory loss are supported, enhancing patient quality of life.
Not only do our Wellness Advocates give their time and resources to those who need it, but they throw a party while doing it! At the 2019 doTERRA Together Convention, the Healing Hands Foundation had Wellness Advocates and attendees decorate infant onesies for our MammaBaby Kits. These kits will be going to Guatemala, Nepal, Kenya, Haiti, and the US/Mexico Border. Thanks to the determination of our Wellness Advocates and events like this we were able to decorate and pack 8,000 infant onesies.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is excited to announce the distribution of 100 Days for Girls Kits to members of Kumari Village in Nepal. Through HELP International’s on the ground team, the residents of Kumari were taught proper feminine hygiene, self-defense, and Days for Girls kit care. Because of the remote location of Kumari, members of this village have little to no access to feminine hygiene resources. We are grateful for the hard work of HELP International’s on the ground team to transport and distribute the kits to the women of Kumari.
doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is proud to attend and participate in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference.
Girls rescued from sex-trafficking engaged in art therapy at the new dhhf Art Therapy Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Under the careful guidance of Rapha House counselors, these girls are able to express themselves, find their voice, and release the pain they have endured through artistic curriculum. These methods as designed specifically to help them make the long journey toward healing and health. Thank you to all those who have helped in the fight to end human trafficking!
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is excited to announce the construction of three borewells in Hyderabad, India, made possible with assistance from on-the-ground partners and HELP International. Now approximately 240 families will have access to clean water. In addition to the wells, HELP International’s team will be teaching hydration and nutrition courses to the people where the wells are being built. Each community has contributed 12 percent of the overall borewell cost, proving how much they want and need these wells. We’re thrilled to fund the remaining 88 percent and are excited to inaugurate the wells later this week.
The Days for Girls sewing center Smile Star’D Enterprise was made possible by Presidential Diamond Corinna Barrus! Corinna was able to raise money to establish a Days for Girls sewing center in Kenya. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® then matched the donations, completing the necessary funding and doubling the efforts and benefits. Construction included fencing around the building for additional security.
The sewing center is now complete and open for business!
Young girls and women in Chisapani, Makwanpur, have been unable to easily access feminine hygiene products to sanitarily manage menstruation. As a result, their day-to-day activities have been restricted—until recently. They were happy with and grateful for the curriculum (AWH training) and Days for Girls (DfG) Kits provided to them by doTERRA®. After three hours of class training, these women and girls were optimistic that they could bring about change in their community regarding menstruation. They were also eager to share principles of health education and the advantages of using reusable pads with their relatives, friends, and remaining village members. Both the class participants and the doTERRA team felt honored to share life stories and experiences with one other and to learn more about each other’s culture.
David Stirling made it possible for the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® to assist with the construction of new dormitories at G.S. Mere du Verbe Kibeho, a school in Rwanda. These beautiful new facilities will help the students have a better, more effective learning environment. Sister Maria Marie Bridgette Uwizera, the school’s head teacher, said, “A good syllabus, food, and professional teachers alone cannot guarantee excellent grades from students if the housing facilities are in a sorry state. One has to have a good night’s sleep after schoolwork so as to be productive the following morning.” Before the renovation, the school had no piped water. Students were using buckets to shower and do their laundry. The bathrooms were outside. Sleeping arrangements were uncomfortable, with many students not even having space to keep personal belongings. The renovated facilities have been fitted with new beds and mattresses, showers, sinks for laundry, and wardrobes so that every student has a place to keep belongings and an overall healthy environment to continue developing his or her mind and character.
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 completed a collaboration to send 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 working to employ women in Kenya to sew 7,000 DfG Kits. Having women in Kenya create these kits not only helps eliminate logistic challenges associated with shipping, but also provides employment opportunities for local Kenyan women to support their families. 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.