dōTERRA Wellness Advocates Fundraise to bring a New Classroom to Children in Madagascar
After raising twice as much money as they originally planned, this doTERRA team is making a major difference in the lives of Malagasy children.
When doTERRA Wellness Advocate Julie Haslem and her team first set out to raise money to benefit children who are vulnerable to sex trafficking in Madagascar, they hoped to simply provide the children with a classroom. Julie became familiar with the problem of trafficking among Malagasy children when she learned about Elevatus, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to families in Madagascar. Elevatus was founded by the Micheal O’Day, the brother of one of Julie’s doTERRA team members. After learning about the many problems facing children in Madagascar, including the sex trade, Julie wanted to help Elevatus to provide these children with a safe place to learn.
As Julie and her doTERRA team began fundraising, their goal was to raise $10,000 to be used by Elevatus to build a classroom for Malagasy children. Julie’s team partnered with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® to create a matching campaign, in hopes of donating a total of $20,000 to Elevatus to help fund the building of the classroom. After tireless fundraising, Julie and her team, along with other doTERRA Wellness Advocates, were able to raise more than $20,000. Although the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation originally agreed to match up to $10,000, they matched the $20,000 that Julie’s team raised—providing Elevatus with $40,000 to use to benefit the children in Madagascar.
With the additional funds, Elevatus not only built a classroom, but was also able to build a library and teacher offices. The extra funds also allowed Elevatus to purchase a school bus that would help to transport kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend school because they live far away.
In August of 2017, Julie and several other doTERRA Wellness Advocates visited Madagascar to help with the building of the classroom and other projects. With a viable place to learn and adequate transportation, these children will be less vulnerable to sex trafficking, and can enjoy the benefits of safety, education, and friendship thanks to Elevatus, concerned doTERRA Wellness Advocates, and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.