Our Journey To Changing Lives
The seeds for One Horizon were planted when two visionary Australian businessmen looked for a way to solve poverty in Africa. They approached an impoverished African community to ask if they could start a feeding program in one of its schools. The answer was yes and the result was immediate.
Children, who were used to rummaging through garbage tips for food, quickly realised that if they turned up for class they’d also receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch. School attendance sky rocketed and the playground decibel meter also rose as they became healthier and happier.
Next they introduced an education program to the school and worked to ensure it was on par with the curriculum offered in more more privileged African schools. These initiatives were starting to make a difference, but to truly solve poverty they knew they had to look for other ways to break Africa’s generational cycle of extreme disadvantage.
Again they approached the community, this time to ask if they could introduce training programs that would enable single mothers and grandmas to start sustainable businesses so they could keep their families together.
Their innovative programs all centred around forming strong partnerships with African communities and providing African people with opportunities to take ownership in changing their lives. Their approach resonated with community leaders who embraced the opportunity. The programs truly were starting to solve poverty and One Horizon was born.
One Horizon wanted to take more programs into more communities and found a way to do this by launching people safaris – our holidays that change lives.
One Horizon now partners with communities in and around Nairobi to take our programs into schools, rescue centres and other community facilities as well as farming communities and a traditional Masai village.
We deliver and manage about 50 different programs, some of which help entire communities by providing them with irrigation, fresh water, electricity, biogas and ablution blocks as well as sporting and housing resettlement programs.
Our holidays that change lives are people safaris that offer unique sustainable tourism experiences for people from around the world who choose to travel with a purpose. They connect with Kenyan people in meaningful ways as they lend a hand with our programs.
One Horizon’s sustainable tourism is a two-way street and the genuine bonds that form change everyone’s lives. Our travellers also experience authentic Kenyan culture and the added bonus is that their tour fees help to fund our programs.