One Horizon recognises that the nature of our work puts us at risk of being targeted by those wanting to exploit or harm children. We are also aware that the effects of abuse on children are both devastating and long term. Therefore, we take all necessary steps to prevent this from happening.
- All One Horizon centres, including our schools and orphanages, are in secure grounds that are patrolled.
- One Horizon does not allow impromptu visits by members of the public and all visits are conducted as organised tours under the supervision of One Horizon staff.
- All One Horizon activities at our children’s centres are conducted in an outdoors group environment. Our operational and humanitarian staff members are always present and our visitors are never in a one-on-one isolated situation with children.
- One Horizon does not identify the exact location of our centres as a protective measure.
- One Horizon is aware of – and alerted to – potential problems through both our local and global networks.
- One Horizon is against any form of exploitation of children. We request all to adhere to the Children’s act. According to the Kenyan Constitution especially the child’s protection phrase “A child shall be protected from sexual exploitation and use in prostitution, inducement or coercion to engage in any sexual activity, and exposure to obscene materials.”
- In all circumstances of allegations of child abuse made against a person participating in a One Horizon program, we will invoke local country administrative and policing procedures to manage the process.
ONE HORIZON ORPHANAGES
The focus of all One Horizon sustainable initiatives is to keep families together, but sadly this is not an option for many young people in Kenya – the unfortunate reality is that 2.4 million Kenyan children are orphans.
We receive many requests from travellers who want to visit our orphanages because they want to help disadvantaged children. Their intent is genuine and the impact they have on the children in our communities is always positive. These children want people to nurture them and show them they care. The interaction they enjoy with visitors boosts their also self-esteem and shows them there is another way to live – they are not sad when our guests leave, rather they eagerly anticipate the next visit.
With regards to publicity about organisations that exploit children by claiming they are orphans when they are not, we can assure you that this is never the case with One Horizon. We manage and run the orphanages we visit on our sustainable tours – and we know that all the children we shelter, educate and care for at our orphanage centres are without parents. We wish they weren’t and we wish we could accommodate more orphaned Kenyan children … in time we will.