In 2017, Winrock International awarded Dorene Petersen, President and Founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, (ACHS) the President’s Volunteer Service Award, for her 27 day volunteer service with the Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the Terai, the southern lowland area of Nepal.
Petersen worked with the Forest Environment Workers Union Nepal to train farmers and forest workers—most of them women—to improve their methods of essential oil processing and quality by focusing on teaching certified organic and sustainable practices so they could strategically market essential oils internationally. Without sufficient water resources nearby these women carry heavy containers of water to the fields for irrigation. Petersen's advocacy was instrumental in attaining one hand dug 95 foot well.
“I am so grateful to the hardworking farmers of Sarlahi district who made fantastic use of ACHS's oil to water donation and hand dug a 95 foot well. It