Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
For most of her life, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Julie Hernando has spent her time teaching and tutoring children. In addition to her love for children and teaching, Julie has a passion for serving others. This passion has lead Julie and her husband Junell to start their own non-profit organization, known as the Lighthouse Sanctuary, in hopes of helping children in need—specifically children of the Philippines. Junell is originally from the Philippines, and when he and Julie saw a great need for helping and rehabilitating children who have been victims of sex-trafficking, they decided to start Lighthouse Sanctuary.
In 2017, Julie, Junell, and their four children moved to the Philippines in order to truly commit themselves to this cause, and in hopes of helping children who have been affected by the traumas of human trafficking.
The mission of the Lighthouse Sanctuary is to provide children who have been victims of trafficking situations with a safe place to recover and reintegrate into normal life. As the only long-term shelter for survivors of sexual exploitation in the area, the Lighthouse Sanctuary works to provide children with a safe environment where they can be rehabilitated and nurtured. The Lighthouse Sanctuary works with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help provide children who are rescued from trafficking or exploited situations to make a smooth transition into the shelter.
Once at the shelter, the Lighthouse Sanctuary provides the children with resources like counseling, education, and support. After a suitable amount of time (and when the children have made adequate progress), the organization helps to reunite the kids with their families, or to find good families who will take care of them following their time in the shelter.
Working with Diamond Sponsor Melissa Taeu, Julie Hernando helped to coordinate a matching campaign with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® to provide the shelter with a safety wall surrounding the building. This wall will help to protect the facility from outsiders, helping the children to feel safe, and will also include security cameras to further secure the shelter.
To learn more about the Lighthouse Sanctuary, the work they do, and how you can help, visit their website.