Simi Valley, CA (March 2010) – derma e® Natural Bodycare, a pioneer in formulating cutting-edge effective natural skin-care products, is pleased to announce that donations from the company helped build a classroom in San Pedro, Paraguay. In addition to making a positive impact on the biological and environmental conditions, as well as encouraging personal empowerment in Paraguay through The Paraguay Project, this donation reinforces derma e®’s commitment to supporting the Paraguayan people. 

With the community of San Pedro growing quickly, derma e® was asked to participate in a joint project where a donation from the company would enable the community to purchase building materials in order to build an additional classroom for their school. This past winter, with the combined efforts of the San Pedro community and derma e®, an additional brick classroom was built. The school now encompasses two classrooms that educate 80 students (grades 1 through 9) in core subjects. 

Sondra Miles, the daughter of derma e® vice president, Dr. Linda Miles, L. Ac., D.O.M., served as a Peace Corps volunteer in San Pedro, a rural community in the heart of Paraguay. There she taught environmental and health education, and saw and felt the needs of the Paraguayan people for educational opportunities, sustainable incomes and empowerment. In light of this awareness, derma e® created The Paraguay Project, a three-tiered charitable program supporting the people, rainforest and land of Paraguay. derma e® purchases beautiful, hand-crafted spiderweb lace at a fair market price directly from co-ops in Paraguay, sells them to U.S. boutiques and online, and donates full profits as well as a percentage of all product sales to three nongovernmental organizations: Guyra Paraguay, Clyde E. Bay Foundation and GlobaI Infancia.

“We are very pleased that derma e® was able to expand on the efforts made through The Paraguay Project and make a donation that supplied building materials for a classroom that was so desperately needed to support the growing community of San Pedro,” says Miles.

For more than 25 years, derma e® Natural Bodycare has pioneered the development of high-performance antioxidant skin-care solutions. The comprehensive line of natural products is paraben-free, cruelty-free, 100 percent vegetarian and includes more than 90 SKUs. derma e® can be found in 5000-plus retail outlets across the U.S., with additional distribution internationally and on derma e® is family owned and operated and dedicated to serving the natural products retailer.