29 Apr Addax & Oryx
The Addax & Oryx Foundation is an independent Swiss non-profit supporting poor communities in Africa and the Middle East to sustainably rise out of poverty.
In 2015, Addax & Oryx supported us by funding Haller Journeys for two impoverished communities in the Kisauni District of Mombasa. This model for sustainable development has kick-started two fragile farming communities and over a 3-year collaborative partnership, educated them to restore their soils, improved their environment and ultimately created capacity to achieve economic resilience.
Before the journeys began, these communities illustrated a lack of farming knowledge, a lack of community organisation and infrastructure. Families often used poor agricultural practice with low yields compounded by farming on depleted and eroded soils, with a lack of water infrastructure to support the effects of increasingly erratic weather patterns and frequent drought.
These communities are now healthy and thriving. Both the land and the communities themselves have been transformed creating a better future where people work in harmony with nature.
Having seen the incredible transformation of these communities in such a short time, in 2020, Addax & Oryx have continued their support to Haller, providing funding for two additional Haller Journeys. We expect that the communities embarking on these life-changing journeys will graduate with the same level of resilience, self-sufficiency and independence that we have seen from our previous communities. The support Addax and Oryx have contributed to Haller has and continues to impact the lives of so many living well below the poverty line.
It is our vision is to empower smallholder farmers across Africa, helping them gain access to the knowledge, infrastructure and tools that they need in order to thrive
In 2015, British Airways sponsored the construction of 3 bio-loos and 1 well in the Tana River community.
In a community that previously had no direct access to clean water or proper hygienic facilities, this infrastructure has been life-changing. Women and children no longer have to walk 5km for clean water, diseases have been reduced because people are no longer drinking dirty water and the Health Clinic doesn’t have to use the river as its water source anymore. The bio-loos also feed a vegetable garden, which has created a source of income for the community.