One Horizon’s five day people safari, It’s All Possible, is a close up and unique look at the diversity of Kenya and the different communities that make up this magical country. At the heart of all this are the Kenyan people – innovative, inspiring and resilient. It’s All Possible is an amazing mix of connections as we visit grandmas and single mothers, who are setting themselves up as entrepreneurs so they can lead their families out of poverty, traditional Masai villagers and families.
A mother’s love is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Sadly in Kenya it’s often trumped by poverty – grinding hardship, so extreme and so crippling, that single mothers are forced onto the streets with their children. One Horizon works to step in before this happens. We understand the Kenyan circumstances that leave these women with no resources and little hope. When we bring them under the One Horizon umbrella, we give them the opportunity to create new lives for themselves and their families.
How does a young Masai man straddle two worlds successfully?
Risa is the son of a Masai Elder at the traditional Masai village that we visit on some of our people safaris. He lives in the world of ancient traditions that the Masai hold dear, but also he’s increasingly exposed to the developing world that Kenya embraces. Like many young Masai men with this ‘dual citizenship’, Risa is already navigating the inevitable challenges in amazing ways and exemplifies credentials that make him a great ambassador for both his tribe and his nation.
One Horizon is such a great organisation that helps poor communities establish sustainable futures in Kenya. Our guide, Carol took us to a village of the Kikuyu tribe on the outskirts of Nairobi to get a first hand look at their way if life. We sat with them, cooked and ate with them. They told us stories (translated from Swahili by our guide), they braided my hair, they hugged us and wouldn’t let go. It was a heart warming day.
Building new classrooms changes the lives of disadvantaged Kenyan children who come into One Horizon’s orbit. In many of our communities, parents either struggle to send their children to school or, in their despair, just give up. An education can be way down on the priority list, not because parents don’t value it, but simply because obtaining enough food takes every bit of money, effort and energy they have.