dōTERRA Leader Supports the Empowerment of Women in Kenya

dōTERRA Leader Natalie Goddard works with nonprofit organization Global LifeVision to support women empowerment centers, a local orphanage, and a clean water project in Kenya, Africa.


Shortly after joining doTERRA, Natalie Goddard became interested and involved in the efforts of the nonprofit organization Global LifeVision and their mission to aid women around the world. Global LifeVision seeks to empower individuals in developing countries and break the cycle of poverty by helping them explore and identify personal goals, adopt healthy mindsets, and learn valuable life skills. In 2016, Goddard participated with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ in a matching campaign to support a mission trip to Kenya where three large projects would take place.

First, funding was used to support two Women’s Empowerment Centers in Kenya, which is one of the areas of greatest emphasis for Global LifeVision. The centers focus on training women in vocational skills including: tailoring, sewing uniforms for school children, learning computer skills, and general literacy. During the expedition to Kenya, funds from this campaign also helped provide four cows to the women’s group. The cows are taken care of by the women, and the milk that is sold will be used to purchase chickens and establish a “poultry project.” The funds from these projects will allow these women to send their children to school just 18 months from when the project began.
 
The second project for which funds were utilized on this expedition was to build a two-bedroom dormitory in a local orphanage. The orphanage has supported itself without outside help since its inception, but over the last few years they have outgrown the space they have available to them. Until the construction of this new dormitory, 33 children had been sleeping on just six mattresses. Additionally, 10 beds were provided to furnish the orphanage (five of them bunk beds), and included mattresses, sheets, blankets, and pillows. Donors also provided the children with school uniforms, and an Eagle Scout brought hygiene kits to distribute to the children in this orphanage.
 
Finally, biosand filters were used to purify water from a dirty spring in a local village by filtering the water through gravel, rocks, and sand. The installation of these filters took only a few hours and were ready to use immediately. Villagers assisted in the installation and celebrated their access to clean water with eating and dancing. 
 
“I’m grateful to be involved,” says Goddard. “I’m grateful to see how many lives the expedition impacted on both sides of the world!”
 
For more information about Global LifeVision and the work with which they are involved, please visit their website
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