An inspiring article by Virginia DeSimone, of derma e,® about their worldwide commitment to The Paraguay Project.
Not only is derma e® committed to producing the highest-quality, natural skincare products, the company also believes that they have the social responsibility to help those in need both locally and globally.
To touch lives globally, derma e® founded The Paraguay Project. This three-tiered charitable program supports the disadvantaged people, rainforest and land of Paraguay.
Why Paraguay? Sondra Miles, the daughter of Dr. Linda Miles, D.O.M. (Formulator of derma e®), served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural community in Paraguay. There she taught environmental and health education. While living in Paraguay, Sondra saw and felt the needs of the Paraguayan people for educational opportunities, sustainable incomes and empowerment, especially empowerment of women and youth. Sondra also observed the rapid destruction of the forest and other natural resources upon which much of the country is dependent, and felt their need for these resources.
How it Works derma e® purchases beautiful, hand-crafted Spiderweb Lace at a fair market price directly from co-ops in Paraguay. The company then sells it to US boutiques and online, and donates full profits as well as a percentage of all product sales to two non-governmental organizations: Global Infancia and Guyra Paraguay.
• Global Infancia works with the Paraguayan government to promote legislation and public policies that defend the rights of children and youth.
• Guyra Paraguay conducts a variety of biodiversity conservation projects as well as environmental education campaigns to ensure there is space and resources for future generations.
Significant Progress derma e® is proud to have contributed to the following progress:
• In 2012, Guyra Paraguay purchased and monitored land, and organized educational programs, campaigns and trainings to conserve and protect the environment.
• In 2011, dermae® made a donation that will help Global Infancia build sanitary facilities and install a new drainage system for Padres Unidos, a rural school in Carapegua, Paraguay. This will help maintain minimum standards of hygiene and reduce the risk of disease in the school and the community.
• In 2010, derma e® made a donation that enabled the community of San Pedro, Paraguay to purchase building materials in order to build an additional classroom for their school that educates 80 students (grades 1 through 9) in core subjects.
• In 2009, Guyra Paraguay focused on biological monitoring of bird species and scientific research as well as sustainable development to protect the bio-diversity of Paraguay.
• In 2008, derma e®’s donations helped build a nursing school in Paraguay with full accreditation from the Paraguayan government. How You Can Help derma e® needs your help to make a difference.
2.) You can also purchase authentic handcrafted Paraguayan Spiderweb Lace that will provide income directly to the hardworking Paraguayan women and their families.