About One Heart – Foundation
One Heart is a not-for-profit foundation that was established in 2007 out of Australia and working in Kenya. One Heart’s primary focus is to change the future of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty in Kenya, and in turn see whole communities transformed through education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly – love.
We now care for 75 children in three homes and have recently opened our first primary school, as well as a skills training centre to help better equip the surrounding community in health, business and life skills training.
We have set a series of goals to impact on a wide variety of people, all aimed at improving the living conditions and future of the next generation.
Our goals are:
- to break the cycle of poverty that prevents parents from providing for their own children…we do this by providing training and small business funding to empower parents to help themselves.
- to provide nutritional food to children that would otherwise go hungry…we do this by establishing a large farm to generate fruit and vegetables to feed our children and assist the local community.
- to provide hope for a new future to unlock the potential within orphans…we do this by establishing schools and children’s boarding homes that provide a loving family environment and an education where the children can be raised and nurtured.
- to create an environmentally, financially and socially sustainable village where children can flourish for generations to come.
All our initiatives in Kenya are designed to break the aid-dependence cycle so recipients no longer have to rely on hand outs…so they can stand on their own two feet and walk into their future with dignity and confidence, free from poverty, persecution, fear and oppression and have the resources to raise the next generation.
Australian Board of Directors
The Australian board of directors drives the overall vision, growth and ultimate responsibility of One Heart Foundation. The Australian Board operates out of Melbourne, Australia and works directly with the Kenyan Board of Management.
Dean is the founding member and director of One Heart Foundation. He first travelled to Kenya in 2007 to identify how to begin establishing a children’s village to save hundreds of children from the effects of poverty. Today One Heart cares for 75 children and continues to grow.
Dean is also an architect and partner at Melbourne based firm Clarke Hopkins Clarke who has a passion to create environmentally, financially and socially sustainable communities both in Australia and Africa.
With a background in wealth management, property funds management and technology and having visited various parts of the world through travel, Jordan has had the benefit of seeing how the business community can have an amazing impact on people who are impacted by circumstances out of their control.
With specialties in New Business Development and Strategic Planning, Investment Joint Ventures, High level Negotiation Skills, Operation optimization, Go-to-market initiatives, Business Planning with a tactical selling approach and Strong customer Value Proposition and execution, Jordan is incredibly excited to be working with the One Heart team to ensure we are having a tremendous impact in the lives of people who are in need.
Jordan is happily married to Maria and both share a strong passion for family, entertaining friends, world travel, organic markets and looking after their 3 young nephews.
Cain participated in the inaugural One Heart Run from Poverty in 2015 and witnessed firsthand the fantastic work the foundation does for the children in Kenya. After the trip, he was inspired to get involved and joined the board of directors. Cain started his working career with KPMG in their audit division, then moving to Pacific Brands and now at Australian Liquor Marketers as Commercial Manager. A qualified Chartered Accountant with 2 children of his own, he is passionate about the One Heart vision.
Kenyan Board of Management
The Kenyan Board of Management operates under the direct oversight of the Australian Board of Directors. The team is responsible for the day to day operations of One Heart in Kenya. The team has been assembled to offer a wide range of experience and expertise from education specialists to dentists, from businessmen to pastors.
Head of Operations who liaises between the Australian Board and Kenya.
Mr Koech is the General Manager of One Heart in Kenya. He is responsible for the coordination of all One Heart operations in Kenya under the oversight of the Australian Board.
Dr Diana Maina
Dr. Diana Maina is a dentist practicing in Eldoret and provides dental care to the One Heart children.
Mr Leting is the Manager at Kenya Pipe Line Company Eldoret Branch, a major Government petroleum company.
Mrs Simiyu is the principal of Hill School, a high quality Government school in Eldoret.
Irene is a social worker currently based at Ampath Centre caring for those with HIV.
Tom is a pastor and lecturer at EABTC College in Eldoret.
Mrs. Simotwo is a lecturer at Moi University in Eldoret and was previously a high school teacher.