SALT LAKE CITY, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — doTERRA International and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ are pleased to announce the completion of several rebuild projects throughout Haiti, following the devastating Category 4 Hurricane Matthew that struck the impoverished country in October, 2016.
In just three months, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation rebuilt three damaged water wells in Les Cayes, Haiti. The water wells provide potable water, eliminating the need for locals to walk more than an hour each way to get clean water. The wells make it possible for children to go to school rather than spend their days gathering water for their families. doTERRA also provided 588 families affected by the storm with roofing supplies including metal, wood, and nails to rebuild damaged roofs.
Additionally, doTERRA and its Wellness Advocates donated $263,000 to the rebuild efforts of several buildings, including an elementary school for 152 students in Les Cayes, and two new well and water systems.
“It has been extremely gratifying to assist these communities in rebuilding including homes, schools, and valuable water wells,” said Corey Lindley, doTERRA president and CFO. “We are blessed to be able to give aid to people who have become our partners and friends.”
doTERRA first established a partnership with Haiti in 2008 by bringing doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing®, an initiative that seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. Initially, doTERRA built three water wells for the communities and constructed a distillery and drying facility for its Co-Impact Sourcing partners.
doTERRA sources vetiver—an expensive and complex essential oil that thrives in harsh conditions—from Les Cayes. doTERRA created growers’ cooperatives to facilitate leadership and provide professional training for our local partners.
“Vetiver is one of the hardest plants to grow and harvest but these Haitian farmers go to great lengths to cultivate it properly and ensure we get the best possible oil,” said Emily Wright, founder and vice president of sales and marketing for doTERRA. “As our partners, these wonderful people are committed to sustainably sourcing vetiver and the success of Co-Impact Sourcing. We are committed long-term to the people of Haiti, and will continue to help families reestablish themselves and grow the local economy.”