Sika’abe Training Center Project

dōTERRA builds training center in Guatemala to break the cycle of poverty.


A partnership with the nonprofit organization CHOICE Humanitarian and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ funded an exciting venture to build a new training center, Sika’abe, in the Polochic valley of Guatemala. In Q’eqchi, the indigenous Mayan language of the locals in the Polochic valley, “Sika’abe” means “seek your path.” Suitably, the primary focus of the Sika’abe Training Center is to break the cycle of poverty by teaching Guatemala locals skills from construction, to hospitality, to agriculture.

As part of a Co-Impact Sourcing and doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation expedition to Guatemala in February of 2015, two groups of doTERRA executives and Wellness Advocates traveled to Alta Verapaz, Guatemala to offer humanitarian aid to the locals. Volunteers painted the walls at the Sika’abe Training Center, terraced the soil on the mountainside, placed septic tanks, and worked with nonprofit organization Days for Girls to educate women on personal hygiene and provide the local girls who have reached the age of maturation with reusable feminine hygiene kits. 

The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation also provided enough funds for a one-year salary to hire a new doctor in anticipation of a newly-built, self-sustained hospital in Guatemala. Subsequent trips with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation have allowed participants to continue working on projects involving agriculture and farming, vented stoves, the construction of additional buidlings, and Days for Girls training and distribution of kits.

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