What is the Power of 100 People Working Together on Any Project in the World to Create Positive Change?
We are a community of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and individuals around the world collaborating to create opportunities, both locally and internationally, for self-reliance, education, and economic development. We are committed to sustainable projects that support communities, and preserve the culture of indigenous tribes.
One of our major objectives is to help prevent human trafficking within families by eradicating the practice of Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriage.
“To mentor families globally through education and entrepreneurship in an effort to eliminate physical, mental, spiritual and emotional poverty, while preserving culture and tradition.”
Families in Kenya don’t need a handout, they need a hand up. We go a bit deeper by joining hands and teaching each other. We teach families how to leverage their resources through economic development and self-reliance. They teach us about love, gratitude, simplicity, and joy.
If you arrived here, it’s because you were led here. You know that the best personal development is found when serving others. Our expeditions will take you deep into the heart of the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and you will experience two years of personal development in two weeks. Are you ready?
A Brief History of 100 Humanitarians International
Heidi Totten never had any ambitions or desire to go to Kenya, nor did she intend to start a humanitarian organization when she got home. When people ask her how she got started, she responds with, “Peer pressure.” She had friends who invited and encouraged her (rather relentlessly) to join them on an expedition, and after a year and a half of avoiding it, finally booked the flight. Her intention was to go over and have a cool experience, go on safari, and move on with life.
On day two, in an Anglican church in Western Kenya, that all changed.
Over the next two weeks, she developed deep friendships with the Kenyans who were on the expedition with her, and after returning, started thinking about what she could do with her knowledge and skills to help families with economic development and self-reliance. What happened next was definitely a surprise.
July 12, 2015
Heidi started by creating the Facebook group, 100 Humanitarians. Her intention was to use it as a way to share with people her experiences, and give people opportunities to learn about how they could help. It caught the attention of her friend, Tresta, who introduced her to the 7 Pillars Foundation. In order to create the possibility of fundraising, 100 Humanitarians became a branch of the 7 Pillars Foundation, and the first event, “A Taste of Kenya” was held as a fundraiser a few weeks later in her backyard.
That Fall, Heidi headed back to Kenya on a scouting trip to learn what kinds of projects would be the best for the new organization to get involved in. The focus was helping families. Moses, David, and Christine met her at the airport, and she spent the next two weeks visiting communities and having discussions about what type of help was really needed. She decided that putting together a team to go to Kenya was a start, and when she returned, she posted on Facebook something like, “Does anyone want to go to Kenya next year with me?”
The response was overwhelming, and 26 people signed up. After much discussion, the teams were split in two, and a plan was put in place for two back to back expeditions.
Since May 2016, 100 Humanitarians International has taken over 200 people on 18 expeditions to Kenya, working with over 250 families teaching economic development and self-reliance. We have distributed over 5000 “Days for Girls” reusable feminine hygiene kits, built two training centers, helped establish three sewing centers, and educated over 30 children (4 have graduated) in school.
Our vision is to keep going, because what we are doing is working. We have partnered with The USANA Foundation to provide Garden Tower Systems for families to teach stewardship and provide nutrition. We are looking for sponsors for other projects such as micro-chicken farms to provide eggs to eat and sell. We love our monthly donations that help us provide a reusable feminine hygiene kit each month for a girl in our rural communities, and we are always looking to sponsor additional students with their educational school fees.
100 Humanitarians International fundraises on Facebook every month, focusing on a different program. We have monthly donors who help, and the rest of our fundraising comes from expeditions for projects. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 100 Humanitarians International, we would love to talk with you about how we could help you achieve your company’s philanthropic objectives.
Our goal is always to help families rise above extreme poverty in order to feed and educate their children. We believe that this helps to prevent disease, human trafficking, and mental illness. Part of our program includes teaching stewardship. What we provide is a hand up, not a hand out. Our expectation is that each family we serve will pay it forward to another family in need. We strive for every project to be sustainable and successful, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve!
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