Our Local Community Partners
One Horizon’s partners (in terms of sustainable projects that help alleviate poverty) are local Kenyan communities. This includes private and public sector community based organisations accredited by government. One Horizon is a humanitarian and project based organisation whose mission is to alleviate poverty. Our endorsement by the County Governments attests to our reputation within Kenya.
Our Mission and Ethos
One Horizon exists to provide the stepping stones for communities to help overcome poverty. Our role is to work with communities to help them develop solutions to the problems they face. It’s a truly collaborative approach.
We work with communities existing infrastructure. We do not build our own centers as this would compromise the funds available for our sustainable projects. All our staff are local Kenyans. We do not use foreign volunteers simply because employing locals is the best option given that they speak the language, understand the culture and have the education and experience required.
One Horizon receives no government financial assistance and has no religious or political affiliations. We do receive donations from the public and donors nominate where they want their funds spent or, on other occasions, they may indicate for the money to go into general revenue to support our work. We do not provide cash to communities.
Encouraging Travelers to Get Involved
One Horizon wanted to find a way to take more programs into more communities. Our solution was to launch the sustainable tourism arm of One Horizon. It not only offers travelers rewarding experiences, but the fees earned from the Go Granny Go, Empowering Mothers and One More Bite tours help fund the specific sustainable programs that underpins its work.
A Not for Profit Organisation
Our sustainable programs have been part of One Horizon in Kenya for over 10 years. These programs go on irrespective of whether we receive fees from tourism or not. Our community programs occur with the support of a community of donors and travelers fees. Our ever-growing global community of travelers are a key partner.
Our Ecotourism Credentials
And long before the terms of Responsible and Sustainable Tourism became in vogue, One Horizon was doing its humanitarian work in South Africa and Kenya for years before this. We are a proud member of The International Ecotourism Society, whose covenants encapsulate our approach to the interactions between our communities and travelers. The word ‘profit’ is not a part of the ethos of One Horizon but the words “respect, well-being, dignity and happy futures” are