The Journey To Improving Lives
The seeds for One Horizon were planted when two travelling Australians looked for a way to help solve poverty in Africa. They approached an impoverished African community to ask if they could start a feeding program. The answer was yes and the result was immediate.
Children, who were used to rummaging 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 centered around forming strong partnerships with local 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 in grass-root communities and One Horizon was born.
One Horizon wanted to take more programs into more communities and found a way to do this by getting other travelers involved – holidays that changed lives.
One Horizon now partners with communities in and around Nairobi. Its programs target the aged (grandmas), young women raising families as well as farming communities and the Masai.
One Horizon has, on average, about 50 different programs, some of which help entire communities by providing them with irrigation, fresh water, electricity, bio-gas and ablution blocks as well as housing resettlement programs.
One Horizon set up holidays for like minded travelers who wanted to get involved. Its holidays offer unique tourism experiences for people from around the world. It’s holidays are centered around people in a truly collaborative effort. One Horizon does not dictate to local communities what needs to be done. Decision making is left in the hands of local communities who need to determine their own future and how to achieve it. One Horizon does not own facilities, but works will existing facilities that are owned by the community. But through the programs it implements it provides many jobs to the locals. And in doing so the end result is that small businesses are set up which benefits the communities immensely.
One Horizon’s model of sustainable tourism has gained an international reputation for the outcomes it achieves. One Horizon is a not for profit organisation registered in Kenya, is non-denominational and apolitical.