Australian Architect Builds Better Life For Kenyan Children

Architect Dean Landy calls for support to aid international charity event

It’s reported that one in every two children in the world live in poverty; a statistic that doesn’t sit right with ClarkeHopkinsClarke architect and partner Dean Landy.

When visiting Kenya in 2007, Landy was confronted by the nation’s poverty, inspiring him to found the One Heart Foundation.

Through the financial support of Australian sponsors, the not-for-profit organisation has since grown to care for 75 orphaned and abandoned children, but more assistance is needed.

Landy is calling on more people to become involved with the charity’s work through the upcoming event, Run From Poverty.

A maximum of 20 participants will travel to Kenya for this opportunity, where they will be trained and mentored by world class athletes, attend workshops and be immersed in the country’s culture.

No ordinary boot camp, mentors include current Olympic champions, such as 2010 world athlete of the year and current 800m world record holder David Rudisha.

In between the daily training program, participants are exposed to the realities of poverty as they visit slums, street kids shelters and One Heart’s own children’s villages.

After five days of training, each participant will undertake the ultimate test– a run to the One Heart Village. Participants can choose a distance to suit their ability for the run that can extend to a full 42km marathon.

A life changing opportunity, Run From Poverty hopes not only to transform the lives of those in need, but also perspective of members and their social responsibility.

Landy’s work as an architect as undoubtedly helped the development of One Heart, enabling him to build functional buildings to suitably house orphaned children.

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His work considers the health and wellness of the community and provides an important link between government and industry.

100 per cent of the funds raised from Run From Poverty will contribute towards constructing more classrooms, children’s homes and farming initiatives, and sustaining the children’s village established by the One Heart Foundation in 2012.

Landy believes these education initiatives are key to ending the cycle of poverty in underdeveloped areas.

Those who register for Run From Poverty are required to fundraise a minimum of $10,000 in order to qualify, which can be achieved through individual fundraising or by corporate sponsorship.

While team members are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Kenya, One Heart arranges all travel, accommodation, meal and training within the country, at an estimated cost of $4,750.

People can also choose to sponsor runners participating in Run From Poverty to help raise much-needed funds for Kenyan children.

The event will be held in Kenya from July 19 to 28, 2015.

To find out more about Run From Poverty and the work of the One Heart Foundation, visit www.runfrompoverty.org

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David Rudisha, current Olympic and 800m world record holder, and a Kenyan national hero, pictured with architect Dean Landy. Rudisha will participate in the Run From Poverty in July.