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Rescue. Restore. Empower.


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Who We Are

Horizon Empowers is determined to break cycles of poverty through empowering orphaned children, vulnerable children and at-risk youth to a life of self-sustainability.


Horizon was formed in 2004 by Jim Pesce and Daryl Heller, two people with a shared passion to rescue children in need, restore their identity and hope, and empower them toward a thriving, healthy, self-sustaining life. From the first Micro Community in Kenya, to new locations in Guatemala (2017) and Honduras (2019), Horizon continues to come alongside children and at-risk youth by providing safe places to live, grow, and learn.

The first generation of Horizon children are now adults. Their stories of transformation, opportunity, and motivation to advocate for today’s generation of Horizon children puts the “power” in empowerment more than anything could.

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It really does take all of us! Meet our passionate and dedicated team who courageously work together, bringing to life our mission and vision.


Radical transformative care.

Children and youth are our central focus. Our team advocates for the best interest of each child within our care and guides them through the process of being rescued, restored and ultimately empowered based on their individual unique needs.

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Rescue. Restore. Empower.

Children and youth experiencing poverty, neglect, and abuse are rescued into a Horizon Micro Community. As their rights are restored, living in a healthy family environment with access to livelihood opportunities, these children and youth become empowered to dream and participate in the flourishing of their own lives and communities.


See us in action.

Over the years our impact has rippled out to many children, youth, families, staff, partners, donors and countries. It continues to multiply as more individuals and corporate partners, just like you, join our global family.