In collaboration with our Co-Impact Sourcing initiative with vetiver growers and our partner distiller in Haiti, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation has funded several projects to improve livelihoods in communities around the Les Cayes area.
These initiatives, linked to our on-going responsible sourcing program in Haiti as in many other countries, are just a few examples of how the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is making an important difference and creating sustainable, long-term impacts on these partner sourcing communities.
The main activity for several communities surrounding Les Cayes is the cultivation of vetiver roots for distillation at the nearby distillery. This region of Haiti is vulnerable to infectious disease due to the unavailability of clean, safe drinking water. Members of these communities also must walk (sometimes many more than) two kilometers (1.2 miles) every day to access this unclean water.
With the help of doTERRA International, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, and these communities in Haiti, water systems have been installed to serve hundreds of families as well as the local schoolhouse. With wells drilled and water systems installed in the communities of Bois Saint Hilaire, Tricon, and Fonfrede, donation funds are being put to good use and bringing clean water to this area of Haiti.
Each water system includes an enclosed 600+ foot tube well, a solar-powered pump, and a steel tower with an elevated high-capacity water storage tank. These water systems will provide water to these communities for the first time, and are anticipated to serve the area around Les Cayes for many years to come.