Orthotic, Prosthetic Clinic Built in Guatemala; Second Clinic under Construction

doTERRA Wellness Advocates and founders of the FOOT Foundation used the money from a matching campaign with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ to support children and adults in Guatemala in need of prosthetics.


doTERRA Wellness Advocates Dino and Lisa Scanio began the nonprofit organization FOOT Foundation (Florida Orthopedic & Prosthetic Outreach Team) in 2007 after Dino became an American Board Certified and State Licensed Orthotist and wanted to begin a humanitarian clinic. The FOOT Foundation provides orthotic and prosthetic services to children and adults of impoverished countries.

In 2008, the first FOOT Foundation clinic was established in Guatemala City. Since then, hundreds of children have received life-changing prosthetic and orthotic care. In 2016, a planning trip to Guatemala allowed the Scanios to connect with government and hospital officials so that a clinic could be established within the Virgen de Socorro Hospital in Antigua. 
 
Upon their return to the United States, the Scanios reached out to doTERRA leader Jennifer Accomando about supporting them during a fundraiser with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. Lisa joined Jennifer’s team in September of 2014, and they became close friends as Lisa began building her business and using Jennifer as a resource. Jennifer, in the meantime, came to learn more about the FOOT Foundation by reading social media posts about the organization and the upcoming project.
 
“I really felt that heart tug to want to help,” Jennifer says. “Dino and Lisa are truly selfless individuals who are doing a lot for these people, and so many of them are kids.”
 
By the spring of 2017, after a successful matching campaign with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, construction of the clinic was complete and all of the equipment, tools, and supplies to outfit the clinic in Antigua had been purchased and delivered to Virgen de Socorro Hospital. 
 
“We are honored to be partnered with doTERRA,” said Dino. “We sincerely thank the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation for recognizing our mission and our dedication to those in need. You are the reason we are able to improve lives, one person at a time!”
 
The clinic is scheduled to begin seeing patients in September of 2017, and additional funding from the matching campaign will allow a second orthotic/prosthetic clinic to be built in Antigua, Guatemala. 
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