dōTERRA International and CHOICE Humanitarian Complete First Two Earthquake-Proof Schools since Nepal Earthquake, Making Progress amid Slow Recovery Efforts

200 temporary homes, 20 earthquake-resilient homes, 550 desks, and two schools completed in just over a year


August 2, 2016

CHOICE Humanitarian, in partnership with doTERRA International and doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, recently announced the completion of the first two earthquake-resilient schools in Nepal, helping advance the nation’s slow recovery efforts over the past year.

The new Sansktiri Sadan Archaleni School and Sharada Secondary School are the first schools to comply with new structural post-earthquake government regulations resulting from last year’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. 

“Building these earthquake-resilient schools is a huge accomplishment, and we are so grateful for doTERRA’s continued support in these efforts,” said Leah Barker, CEO of CHOICE.  “Completion of this school is just the beginning. With our inspiring and committed teams, we continue to rebuild several Nepali communities. We are also helping grow the local economies through micro-enterprise development and tuition scholarships to hundreds of children attending schools such as the Shree Sanskriti Sadan School.”
 
During the past year, doTERRA and CHOICE have been working to help Nepal rebuild after the mass destruction that resulted from the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history. In addition to the physical work, doTERRA and its Wellness Advocates have donated $636,000 to the rebuilding efforts, and doTERRA has sent several expeditions to assist with those efforts. In addition to the rebuilding efforts, doTERRA has invested in some of the most affected regions through its Co-Impact Sourcing of Wintergreen essential oil. Teaming with local harvesters and distillers of this wild-crafted oil, doTERRA and CHOICE are able to help families in Nepal by providing jobs that truly impact the local economy.      
 
“It is a blessing and a privilege to work side by side with the beautiful people of Nepal in helping them rebuild their lives. Seeing the devastation of the earthquakes first-hand makes it all too clear how this tragedy took almost everything from so many,” said Emily Wright, Founding Executive, Sales & Marketing. “Through the amazing generosity our doTERRA Wellness Advocates and those working in Nepal, together we’ve been able to help families begin to reestablish themselves. Something as simple as having a school to attend or a simple, safe home makes all the difference. We are honored and happy to be able to play a part.” 
 
With help from doTERRA and numerous other partners and volunteers, CHOICE has completed several projects in just over a year, including the construction of 550 desks, 200 temporary homes, 20 earthquake-resilient homes, as well as three more schools expected to be completed this year. 
 
CHOICE is still seeking donations to continue its efforts in Nepal. doTERRA has offered to match all donations up to $100,000. Those wishing to donate may visit Meridian Magazine at http://bit.ly/1WFuqH4
 
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