Do you really want to have some fun when you visit our Masai community? Well how about joining them in their Masai Moves dance class. And by the time you finish this 30 minute exercise you will be moving to the rhythmic beat with dance steps that signal your entry into all things Masai. It’s full of fun, laughter and a repetitious beat that is mesmerising. And, if you think you can’t dance, the Masai warriors and women will prove you wrong because you can!
Sometimes at One Horizon we just have to stop for a moment, think about what we are doing and give everyone a pat on the back. Because we simply couldn’t change lives like Maria’s without the support of our travellers. Maria came into One Horizon’s orbit when she entered our peer support and small business program for Masai women. She’d had a tough time over the last few years. As the third and most senior of her husband’s wives, Maria had become isolated and unsupported. In a community without social security safety nets, hunger and depression had consumed her. But now that’s all changed and she wants to say thank you.
We’ve had a terrific month hosting sustainable travellers from around the globe who’ve embraced our concept of hosting ‘holidays that change lives’. By travelling with us, they’ve not only helped changed Kenyan lives but also enjoyed amazing experiences that have impacted their lives as well. Here’s what some of them are saying …
‘That day is still resonating in my heart … an epic memory of joy, fun and intense uniqueness …”
“One Horizon is a great organisation that is striving help girls/women within the Masai community by providing hope, education and a means of earning income … It was a fabulous day…”
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.
Sadly, we said farewell to Eddie the Boar this week, the notorious and aging Lothario at one of our communities where we’re helping Kenyan grandmas start pig farms. In fact, Eddie set the gold standard among our boars when it came to mating with anything at any time. He once fell in love with a fence post! Eddy’s moved onto neighbouring green fields of retirement but you can still visit him – and his replacement Barry – on our Go Granny Go one-day tour as well as some of our longer Connect With Kenya safaris.
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.
This week One Horizon launched a new two-day people safari, All Things Masai, which is a total immersion in Masai culture as the people of the traditional village we visit invite you to share their lives, customs and traditions. This village is a special place that tourists rarely have a chance to visit, but One Horizon guests are always welcome because our sustainable programs are changing the lives of the Masai people who call it home – and, whom you’ll come to call friends – as you connect in genuine and meaningful way during two unforgettable, fascinating and fun days experiencing All Things Masai …