Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Due to restrictions put in place because of water shortages, hundreds of thousands of people are without water in Cape Town, South Africa. The combination of population growth and an intense drought have caused South African water sources to deplete quickly, and people are worried that they will soon run out of water completely. Throughout the area, water taps are regularly shut off and water is being rationed for the time being.
doTERRA Wellness Advocate Teresa Beuthin has spent some time in South Africa because she has a close friend who lives there and works to help struggling and disabled children throughout the region. During her visits to South Africa, Teresa has become involved with the Vukuhambe School, a school for severely disabled children. Most of the children that attend the school come from disadvantaged backgrounds and struggle more than others due to their disabilities. The Vukuhambe School provides a place for them to be taught and cared for by a community of supporters who want to help them.
When Teresa became aware of the water problem in South Africa, it became apparent that the children were not able to wash their hands due to the lack of water. Even when water was available, many of the children were unable to reach the water taps, so few of them (if any) were able to wash their hands on a regular basis.
With the help of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® and doTERRA Diamond Sponsor Dawn Behm, Teresa coordinated a donation of doTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist for the Vukuhambe School. Of the project, Teresa says, “I am so grateful to and impressed by the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. It is incredible that we have a way to do some good in the world—even those of us without a big charity behind us. I love the fact that I now feel empowered to look for other good things I can do for others, knowing that the Healing Hands Foundation can help me magnify my efforts.”