Hygiene Kits Delivered to Children in Ghana Thanks to Donation

dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Julie Reneer collected donations to provide hygiene kits during a trip to Ghana with the nonprofit organization Acacia Shade.


In 2009, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Julie Reneer adopted her son from Ghana. Julie established a relationship through this process with Helena Obeng-Asamoah, a Ghanaian government official that oversees the welfare of Ghannian children. When Helena informed Julie about a service opportunity to assist Ghannian children with disabilities, she got to work immediately. In 2012, the nonprofit organization Acacia Shade was officially organized with Julie as a co-founder.

Acacia Shade serves vulnerable children in Ghana, including those that are orphaned because of disability or sex trafficking. In 2017, Julie was planning to attend the first women’s service trip to Ghana with Acacia Shade when she asked about support from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™. Materials were provided to fill hygiene kits for children in a Ghannian orphanage.

The trip was a wonderful success. Volunteers educated the children and caregivers about the importance of proper hygiene, and explained to them what each item in the kit was and how to use it.

“We have learned that a hygiene kit is very valuable, meaningful, needed, and useful to everyone in Ghana,” says Julie. “We took the time to educate about the different items in the kit each time. It seems simple to us, but most of the recipients had probably never used the items in these kits before. Education was very important, especially in the more rural areas.”

Volunteers also participated in additional projects in this area of Ghana, including painting a special needs school, delivering educational tablets to children with disabilities to supplement their education, and distributing additional hygiene kits in the community. And although there is a lot of work still to be done in Ghana, Julie is grateful for the opportunity to serve and hopeful about the work that is already being done.

“We are grateful we were able to help who we could and look forward to the next trip,” Julie says. “Thank you doTERRA for bringing light and love to many souls in Ghana!”

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