Meet any doTerra seller and you will likely find a person who is passionate about natural health and wellness. Their enthusiasm comes from a real belief in the products they sell and from the goodness that the company they represent shares with the world. Buying from these sellers, known as doTerra Wellness Advocates, you are enhancing your life with natural remedies supported by essential oils while enhancing the incomes of these passionate providers. However, did you know that by selling or purchasing doTerra products you are also supporting a large list of charities and partnerships that are making real changes in the lives of people in need around the world?
Surpassing their initial giving expectations with the great success of their company, the brand created the 501c3 nonprofit doTerra Healing Hands Foundation in 2012. Now sellers and consumers alike can contribute to a multitude of world changing partnerships and endeavors, making the world better smelling, healthier and happier place.
"I love that I can help someone while I'm helping myself," says doTerra Wellness advocate Angela Petrak. Wife, mother of two boys and one fur baby, Angela says that working with the brand has truly enhanced her life. "I've been given the ability to take care of my health and wellness with simple easy to use solutions that are quick and effective. Solving everyday problems through the use of essential oils gave me healthy alternatives to toxic chemicals, she says. "I am happier and healthier because of doTerra and I am working on being wealthier." Like many of doTerra's Wellness Advocates, Angela uses Instagram (Check Out her Feed Here) and other channels to connect with her customer base while sharing her personal use of the company's products.
Although the brand has collaborated with and has the support of prominent figures that value natural health and wellness (Look for our Upcoming Exclusive with Famed Yogini and doTerra collaborator Elena Brower), the brand has also empowered everyday people to take charge of their health and exercise their entreprenuerial abilities. Moreover, the brand allows seller and buyers to be a part of the company's charitable initiatives, programs and partnerships designed to generate positive change worldwide. Major areas of involvement include micro-credit lending (in partnership with Mentors International), which encourages commerce and sustainable incomes in economically disenfranchised communities.
Another focus of the group is to create impact in the regions from which they source the ingredients for their products. For example, doTerra as partnered with Social Teahouse, an organization they say, "...is dedicated to creating equal opportunities for children in Bulgaria as they age out of the orphanage system. Bulgaria is where much of the brands Lavender and Mellisa is harvested for distillation. In fact, doTerra has a distillation operation in the country and supports Social Teahouse's education endeavors which include educating interns on farming and the distillation process. DoTerra has also built playgrounds near their distillery in Dobrich, Bulgaria for the community's children, and has also partnered with the region's non-government organization Mothers' care Club, providing youth scholarships that aid in the continuation of their education.
Similar projects have been installed in other areas from which they source ingredients, generating good like clean water and education improvements in southern Kenya and mobile health clinics and medical supplies (including doTERRA oils) in Madagascar. DoTerra also plans to have distillation operations in the country, utilizing the structure additionally to provide maternity care for the surrounding community. In Nepal, where doTerra sources Wintergreen, doTerra matched the contributions of their Wellness Advocates to aid in the relief of the devastating earthquake that affected the region in April 2015. In total $636,000 was used to provide critical relief that saved lives and helped rebuild communities. Part of the rebuild included the construction of two earthquake-resilient schools in conjunction with CHOICE Humanitarian.
Causes that specifically concern females around the world have been a major focus of doTerra's outreach partnerships. In 2015 doTerra donated $250K and 1,000 hyiene kits (assembled by doTerra employees) to Days for Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides feminine hygiene products to girls around the world in over 100 countries. The group also focuses on sexual hygiene and health education, prompting females to seek medical assistance for common infections.
Another cause that commonly affects females and is majorly supported by doTerra's Healing Hands Foundation is the extirpation of sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. Although each and every way doTerra contributes wellness to the world is amazing, we invite you to take a special look at three organizations this brand has partnered with to tackle this worldwide issue that affects innocent children every single day.
1. Operation Underground Railroad
One of the brand's partnerships that really touched Angela's heart is the Operation Underground Railroad, a group that rescues children from the world's sex trafficking trade. The organization is coordinated and lead by a team of former CIA, Navy SEALS and Special Ops personnel. The group literally goes undercover to arrange the purchase of a child or as a client requesting sexual services. The group then moves in with the assistance of police to arrest those responsible and ultimately rescue the children involved. The group does not stop there, and offers support in the rehabilitation of victims by supporting in-country aftercare centers.
2. 3Strands Global Foundation
The doTerra's main outreach group, Healing Hands, has also partnered with the California based non-profit 3Strands Global Foundation in combating sex trafficking. The group is committed to stopping the practice in vulnerable places like Nepal, Cambodia and in the United States where the issue has grown to epidemic proportions in recent years. Specifically, the group focuses its efforts on the rehabilitation of victims and their ability to thrive living normal lives.
Part of the groups outreach and fundraising is achieved through sponsored foot races called the Break Free Run - The Race to End Human Trafficking. Education about the issue of sex trafficking is also a major concern for the group. In order to help with this initiative, doTerra has helped fund a pilot program at a school district in Utah.
3. Rapha House
Last year (announced at the 2017 doTerra Global Convention) doTerra partnered with Rapha House, a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on the rehabilitation of children rescued from sex trafficking around the world. They also aim for prevention, educating those vulnerable as potential victims. Although the group is affiliated with those who practice the Christian religion, they seek to help those in need of their services regardless of faith and religious beliefs.
Rapha House operates safe houses in Cambodia, Thailand, Haiti that have the capacity to provide a total of 165 girls loving homes. Food, shelter, clothing and basic necessities are not the only offering of their housing communities. Girls are also offered counseling, medical care, education and vocational training in addition to reassurance that justice is being sought on their behalf via social work and legal advocacy initiatives.
Our insider, doTerra Wellness Advocate Angela, was particular drawn to the company's work with Operation Underground Railroad. She cannot stress enough how rewarding it has been working with the company and encourages others to join. When asked what she would tell someone who is interested in becoming a Wellness Advocate she says, "Do it! Don't wait!," and that the brand has truly changed her life. "It’s inspired me to become a better me. I’ve changed greatly for the better in the few years of using oils. Mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually I have grown."
Wellness Advocates like Angela are not only contributing to the overall giving capacity of doTerra and their Healing Hands Foundation. The company greatly encourages it's sellers to stand for their own causes and help generate change where they deem needed. On many occasions the company has supported individual Wellness Advocate's causes by matching donations and fundraiser generated funds. On the company's WEBSITE you can read about over fifty different causes individual doTerra Wellness Advocates have partnered with the brand to support.
Stay tuned for our EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with acclaimed yoga teacher, author, speaker Elena Brower about her collaborative efforts with doTerra!