Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Joy Tarpley and her team first set out to raise money for construction of the Ebenezer Christian School and Orphanage in Mbale, Uganda. They called themselves Mission Mbale, and team hoped to raise $10,000 which would be matched by the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®. With those funds they wanted to provide the foundation for the school to be built on eventually. Within the first three weeks of fundraising they exceeded their goal by earing $11,491.
Beyond these first weeks, Mission Mbale’s efforts created further excitement for the project which generated a tremendous response. In the end, they raised an additional $40,000 in donations. The team had originally wished to “lay the foundation” for the school and then later earn more money to pay for the school over the next year. Fortunately, because of the generosity of the donations they were able to build the entire school, housing complexes, an additional Prayer Shelter, and water tower.
As soon as the foundation was laid, Mission Mbale completed a fence around the entire eight-acre complex in order to have students live at the school. Many of the students now living at the school had previously lived in tents. Their new home includes amenities they have not had before, including electricity and running water. But the project does not end there—in addition to creating a place for students to receive a quality education, the school will also be a place of employment for many adults.
Mission Mbale is extremely grateful to everyone who has helped fund this project along the way. Joy Tarpley says, “Your investment is not only changing lives today, but the ongoing results of your generosity are going to transform the lives of these people for years to come. I'm not sure that any of us from the civilized "West" can even begin to grasp how life-changing what has taken place is to these people.”