Torsten Kremser (27), Germany
Founder, Better Me e.V.
Torsten, a well travelled globetrotter and visionary entrepreneur, had discovered the Korando Educational Center, 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 64, 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 Center.
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!