We believe that education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty. So in 2008, we launched THE Onederworld – our Sustainable Village Community programme, with education at its heart.
Teaming up with Free The Children on our Onederworld projects, we work with villagers on five-year plans towards self-sufficiency through holistic community development. We focus on 5
• Quality Primary Education
• Healthcare Services
• Alternative Income Projects
• Drinking Water and Sanitation Services
• Agriculture and Food Security
We are focusing on neglected regions in the world where our employees come from, our manufacturers are based or wherever it just makes sense to help out. We are placing special emphasis on areas where there is a high incidence of child labour, exploitation of children and minimal opportunities for girls. We consult with and involve the local community and get their full participation in implementing a plan towards self-sufficiency.
We kicked off our Onederworld programme with the Pimbiniet community in Kenya in August 2008. During the course of this 5-year project, which we completed in 2013, THE One funded the building of ten classrooms of a new Primary school, a library, school kitchen and four latrine blocks, besides providing the community with clean running water by drilling a borehole in September 2011, allowing girls to attend school instead of having to fetch water from the river. We are very proud of our achievements in Pimbiniet where we have truly helped bring about sustainable change through THE Onederworld.
In March 2012 we launched two new Onederworld projects, this time in Rajasthan, India. The Barind community is comprised of two hamlets, Bhilo ki Barind and Solankiyo ki Barind, home to around 300 households. So far we have built a new school block, containing two classrooms outfitted with large windows and a chalkboard. Moreover, gender-specific school latrines are also under construction, which will help increase female school enrolment, leading to more girls pursuing a higher education. The school’s hand pump was also completely rehabilitated with new piping. A hydrogeologist tested the pump to ensure its safety and longevity, ensuring long-term sustainable access to clean water for the community. We have also established a new school garden that hosts six different types of herbs, which will provide added medicinal and nutritional benefits to the school community. In addition, we are very excited to announce that we have started the construction of a brand new Anganwadi or Community Health Centre.
This blog is designed to keep you posted on the progress we are making with all the projects of THE Onederworld. Be sure to check back regularly!