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.


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

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. 


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