One Horizon Africa

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Economic responsibility

We Use Only Local Suppliers
In the initiation of our projects (funded either through donors or travelers fees), the services that are
supplied include those to do with builders, carpenters, plumbers, food security, irrigation and water
management, tour guides, agriculture, medical support and transport.
In all out projects, 100% of the suppliers required to enable a project to be implemented are sourced
from our local communities and we employ local and community members to provide those services.
Providing Infrastructure to Schools
• An example of this is that when we equip a school with desks and chairs, all of these are
sourced from local tradespersons.

Building Pig Pens for Grandmas
• When we work with grandmas to set up small scale farms, all the local resources (pigs,
veterinary, carpenters etc) are local tradespeople.

Employing Youth in Community Work
An Example
Building Fences to Secure Property Associated with A Farming Project
• As an example, in a recent building project of 3 classrooms in a disadvantaged community,
One Horizon managed the project in a 5 stage project. Funds were only released by the
donor when One Horizon was satisfied that the stages of the project (quality considerations
and other milestones were achieved). The donor then directly paid the builder for their
services directly.

Sustainable Projects for Women and Grandmas
In other projects such as our women’s and grandma’s farming projects, our overall aim is to assist the
women achieve economic empowerment and hence assume responsibility for their families.
This is achieved by One Horizon funding the vocational training schemes that equip the women with
skills that they can leverage to earn a stable income going forward. All those that deliver the training
and vocational skills programs to the women are Kenyan. This is another example of where One
Horizon does not take a dominant role in determining the content of the program and where it leaves
decision making in the hands of the community. Of course, One Horizon has an opinion on matters
to do with the training, but it exercises a very cautionary approach to providing any advice.
Helping Grandmas Achieve Economic Empowerment
Hence helping our communities achieve economic empowerment is a fundamental part of the work of
One Horizon. For grandmas this leads to them owning and running their own piggeries. Upon
completing the program, the grandmas also become mentors to the new grandmas coming into the
program. As part of our agreement for funding the initial start-up operations, grandmas return a single
piglet (when their litters achieve a minimum of 10 piglets) to One Horizon so that these can be used
for stocking new piglets with the new intakes of grandmas.

Helping Women Achieve Economic Empowerment
For the women in our vocational retraining programs (these last for 18 months for each class) the
woman are able to establish their own small business with a range of support mechanisms for the
next 2 years. And during the program they learn how to manage a small business, how to save and
undertake re-investment in their businesses. For those unfamiliar with Kenya, there are 2.4 million
street children. The children do have families but because of the crippling impact of poverty, most of
these children have simply abandoned their homes in the search of food. And equally, child
abandonment is a huge problem in Kenya. Our sustainable projects aim to keep families together
and empowering grandmothers and women, is one strategy to achieve this.

Environmental responsibility

What does One Horizon do to protect natural ecosystems?
• Introducing Biogas Systems in Farms
Protecting Underground and Above Ground Water Supplies and Reducing the Use of
Chemicals on Farms
Annually we install around 70 biogas systems in farms (images provided). Biogas systems use the
manure from farms and converts it into cooking and heating fuel for homes. This eliminates the
degradation and pollution of ground water supplies by capturing the waste, breaking it down so that
cooking fuel is provided to communities. The other essential output (apart from cooking gas) is a
high quality, organic fertiliser. This also provides a free source of organic and environmentally
fertilizer for a family shamba (small farm). The organic fertiliser is also a source of income for the
family as it is highly sort after by neighbouring farms as it contributes to higher yields. In third world
countries like Kenya, access by famers to fertilizers is often beyond their reach financially. Many
farmers resort to toxic chemicals which pollute ground water supplies, and which has catastrophic
impacts on family’s health.

Introducing Biogas Systems in Maasai Homelands
Protecting and Conserving Forests and Wildlife Habitats
Within Maasai communities and with herds of cattle, they have access to an abundance of manure.
Similarly, and in Masai communities we install on average, 35 biogas systems a year. The positive
impact is felt on forests. Maasai women forage each day for firewood to use in 3 stone fires for
cooking. The activity of foraging consumes a woman for 4 to 6 hours a day and the amount of
firewood collected each day is estimated at 20 – 30 kilos per person. With an increasing population
and limited forest, the impact on forests has been devastating and widespread soil erosion and loss of
habitat for wildlife has occurred as well.

Ablution Blocks and the Local Community
In Kenya, 60% of all hospital admissions for children under 12 years are related to poor sanitation
management occasioned by inadequate sanitation systems. Furthermore with 50% of the population
living on or below the poverty level, the overwhelming majority of toilets in communities are pit toilets.
In the communities in which it implements its programs, it is axiomatic that ablution blocks that deal
with waste management are important for a variety of reasons. These are:
• Pit toilets contribute to the contamination of ground water supplies and the spread of disease.
• Ground water supplies (creeks and drains) are often the source for water for cooking and
washing clothes.
Protection of Ground Water Supplies and Community Health by One Horizon
One Horizon undertakes a program of the replacement of pit toilets with a variety of solutions that
eliminate discharge of waste (hence stopping the contamination of underground water supplies).
Our solutions include:
1. Construction of flush toilets connected to town water supplies and the sewerage system
2. Septic tank construction which breaks down waste to non-hazardous fluids contains the fluids
and matter until it is safe to release.

Social responsibility

All of the sustainable projects that One Horizon implements are designed with the intent to make a
positive contribution to the community, the surrounding eco systems and wildlife habitats. Hence
none of the visits to our projects are purely tourist type activities. Our tours are designed to inform and
educate visitors of how basic steps can be taken to improve all aspects of life in communities and in
the natural systems to which they are linked.
The impact of poverty on all communities (and inclusive of the impact on people and in their
interaction with the environment). And so One Horizon believes that economic empowerment which
leads to a sustainable income, is one way for people to lift themselves out of poverty and that their
interaction with the environment will change. Of course, that becomes the second part of the journey.
A Briefing and De-Brief is Conducted at the Beginning and End of Each Tour
• It is crucial that our guests are totally prepared for their experience. Whilst the experience is
always inspirational and motivating for our guests, they have many questions that need to be
answered. And after the initial briefing, it is our model of engagement between community
and our guests which is revealing, enlightening and educational.
We Constructed Our Tours in a Specific Way
• One Horizon constructed its tours in a way which enabled our guests to sit down and chat
with our community members. It’s akin to a discussion or catch up with your neighbours and
enables them to ask the questions that they really want answered.
• And for this reason, our team dinners that are held of an evening were designed for that
purpose of Q & A.
• Our tours are not ‘tour bus ‘experiences. They are tours which engage people and we have
always declared that we are ‘redefining’ what a holiday can be.
Our Social Responsibility
Like all committed citizens we believed that our social responsibility extended to implementing
initiatives which would keep families together. And economic empowerment runs as an important part
of our strategy.
• As women and grandmas in Kenya are the main parent responsible for raising families (76%
of women and families have no male role model) then the burden has fallen to women
• Hence our programs are based around keeping families together and our programs for
women and grandmas are targeted to them consistent with our aim “to assist people to lift
themselves out of poverty”
Visits to our Projects
• With over 30 – 50 projects operational at any one time, we encourage visits by travelers (with
the following caveats)
? Visits will not compromise the daily life of our communities.
? Guests can undertake to assist with daily life chores (or sit back and watch
? All our hosts are the local community members.
? rrespective of whether we have guests to our communities or not, the work of
One Horizon goes on in terms of the implementation of initiatives consistent
with the organisations aim.

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