Last October, when Hurricane Matthew rolled through the Orlando area, it brought rain, wind, and power outages. For the Central Florida communities of Windermere and Winter Garden, and the nearby Dr. Phillips and Bay Hill neighborhoods, Matthew afforded a day to be unplugged from technology, curl up with a book, and listen to the rain.
This late-season hurricane never fully made it onshore in Florida, although it passed close enough to Cape Canaveral to record wind speeds as high as 107 mph. The storm dumped deluges of rain on cities from Melbourne, FL to Jacksonville, before heading north into Georgia and the Carolinas. There, Matthew’s presence resulted in as much as 17 inches of rainfall in some areas and substantial flooding.
But Matthew dealt far more harshly with the people of Haiti. Having made landfall on October 4 as a Category 4 Hurricane, Matthew left an already impoverished nation with ruin, destruction, and a death toll that reached more than 1000.
doTERRA International Helps Rebuild Haiti Following 2016’s Devastating Hurricane Matthew
In the aftermath of the storm, doTERRA International and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ launched a series of projects to help the people of Haiti. Within three months, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation had rebuilt three damaged water wells in Les Cayes. Without these wells, Les Cayes residents were left to walk more than an hour each way to get clean water.
doTERRA and doTerra Wellness Advocates donated $263,000 to help rebuild several buildings within the community, including an elementary school in Les Cayes, and to build two new well and water systems. doTERRA also provided 588 families with roofing materials, metal, wood, and nails.
doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing®
The compassionate hearts and helping hands of doTERRA were drawn to Haiti to help after the hurricane, but in fact, a strong bond between doTERRA and the people of Haiti was already in place through the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing initiative.
“Vetiver essential oil,” said Emily Wright, founder and vice president of sales and marketing for doTERRA, “is one of the hardest plants to grow and harvest.” However, doTERRA has been in partnership with Haiti since 2008, helping Haitian farmers have the tools they need to grow the plant for essential oil distillation. Long before Hurricane Matthew, doTERRA had already built three water wells and constructed a distillery and drying facility for vetiver farmers in Haiti. As Emily explained, “We are committed long-term to the people of Haiti, and will continue to help families reestablish themselves and grow the local economy.”
Vetiver … And a Good Night’s Sleep
Many people value vetiver for how it facilitates for them a sense of calm, which helps them prepare for sleep. In statements not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, doTERRA describes vetiver, saying “...a unique, exotic aroma, Vetiver is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions—making it ideal for massage therapy and promoting restful sleep.”
However, we are also certain that helping the vetiver farmers of Haiti rebuild after Hurricane Matthew is yet another a good way to help you sleep better, knowing you’re doing the right thing for your fellow man.