Education, Housing Structures Built in Greece Refugee Camp Thanks to Matching Campaign

doTERRA Wellness Advocate Tanya Kern and leader Joan Coon raised funds to build two geodesic structures for refugees in Greece with the organization 109 World. 


One-hundred-and-eight is universally acknowledged to be a sacred number, and is used in a number of religious and spiritual symbols and practices. One of these symbols is the Buddhist Mala, which consists of 108 beads. The circle is held together by a 109th bead, the Guru bead. 

The nonprofit organization 109 World was created to inspire goodwill and positive change in the world; it was created to essentially be a Guru bead in humanity. 109 World specifically focuses on projects relating to clean water, children, education, animals, food security, women, and the environment. This is done by utilizing social media platforms to connect individuals wanting to participate in humanitarian work to projects around the world. 

In 2016, Wellness Advocate Tanya Kern had the opportunity to participate on a project with 109 World to benefit refugees in Greece. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 171,248 refugees arrived in Greece between January and November of 2016 after traveling by sea from the Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Iran. Thirty-seven percent of these refugees were children.
 
When 109 World began fundraising for this project with the organization ArmandoAid, Tanya reached out to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ about a potential matching contribution campaign. The funds raised through this campaign allowed 109 World volunteers to build two geodesic domes that will replace the current school building and will provide housing for residents of the refugee camps; purchase notebooks, pencils, crayons, educational toys, and stationary for the school; purchase water filters and water tanks; purchase hygiene products including soap, toilet paper, and baby wipes; purchase fruits and snacks for the children at the school at break time; develop emergency curriculum for the school; hire teachers temporarily if volunteers are not found; and build a community garden containing fruits and vegetables.
 
The matching donation by the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation will ensure that these materials are available to the schools that were built as part of the project for at least the first six months. Of this project and Tanya’s involvement, sponsor Joan Coon said, “I am very proud of Tanya’s desire to make a difference in the world with her humanitarian efforts to serve. I totally support her and endorse this sponsorship!” 
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