About Us

Founder: Torsten “Toto” in 2015.

Logo of the initial project 2015-2016.

Our Story

It all started with a simple promise.

Torsten, a well travelled globetrotter and visionary entrepreneur, had discovered the Korando Educational Centre, near Kisumu, Kenya, in 2012 during his first journey through eastern and southern Africa.

By absolute coincidence (or destiny) he met Mama Dolfine, a Kenyan woman who, at 69, keeps on giving all her time and energy to provide food, shelter, healthcare and education to the orphans, vulnerable children and widows of her local community.

Her devoted commitment touched his heart and he was able to raise small funds immediately to build a new classroom, showers, buy two dozen chickens and a computer. His time was limited and so he had to leave after just 7 days. But Mama and the children stayed in his heart and he promised himself to return.

And so he did. In January 2015 he made his promise come true. Together with his good friend Mathilde he started a long 5200km journey from South Africa to Kenya, crossing Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda on their way, to raise awareness but also funds for the Korando Educational Centre.

What started as a simple idea to help Mama Dolfine and her children, turned into a big vision then called Cheap Trip Big Impact. Later the vision evolved into the Better Me Foundation and Torsten, his team and the volunteers are working tirelessly to turn its ever-expanding vision into reality. This transparent and rapidly growing grassroots organization is aiming for nothing less than the stars and you can be part of this journey!

Our vision

A world of self-responsibe, compassionate and curious human beings who work together to strengthen life in all forms.

Our mission

We empower vulnerable Children & Youth with Education, Training and Life Skills to bring about positive change for themselves and their communities.

Our Kisumu Office

Our Kenyan team is based at the Korando Educational Centre, in a semi-developed laid-back community just outside Kisumu in western Kenya. This is also where our story started. Korando is a beautiful place to live and work, it’s green and the air could not be fresher, and although things can be challenging at times, the Korando Educational Centre we are embedded is incredibly warm and hospitable. From our office, it’s just a short 15 min. drive to the Kisumu International Airport and about 25 mins. to Kisumu town.

Office hours: 8-5pm
Time zone: GMT+3
Office contact: [email protected]

Keen to help?