Subscribe to Fig Weekly

Fig Weekly is your digital guide to all things Lancaster. Every Thursday, you’ll receive fresh content including local stories, special features, upcoming events, and city insights, delivered directly to your inbox.

Suggest an Event

The online Fig calendar is a curated list of community events happening in Downtown Lancaster.

  • Contact Us

  • Search

    Horizon: Empowering Orphans Around The World

    The below story features Horizon, local organization with a powerful global initiative. Find out more on their website and get tickets for their annual fundraising gala


    Cover photo: Left – Jack E. Eans, President & COO. Right – Daryl F. Heller, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board. 


    “Our purpose is to empower orphaned children to long term self-sustainability, permanently breaking the cycle of poverty, by not only providing an authentic family environment where children can thrive, but continuing to provide resources to help them as a young adults. We do this by providing each child a vocational, entrepreneurial, or academic track which will help them effectively transition into adulthood and self-sustainability,” states Daryl Heller, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board at Horizon. Daryl and other entrepreneurial philanthropists wanted to apply their expansive business expertise to solve the problem of ineffective, institutional orphan care and so founded Horizon.


    “The most rewarding part of this work is the essence of what we are doing,” adds Daryl, “we rescue, restore, and empower orphaned children to self-sustainability through a robust and proven Micro Community model.”


    Jack Eans, President of Horizon, has been in international relief and development for 30 years before coming aboard the organization. “I grew up in a broken family and was a foster child myself,” says Jack, “The reality of what these children go through has always been very close to my own experience. Horizon is a fulfillment of a lifelong dream to help our orphaned children to self-sustainability.”


    Horizon’s vision is to radically transform the way orphaned children are cared for in order to break the cycle of poverty thus creating a sustainable and successful future. At the core of the community are family homes where children experience the love of caring parents, new brothers and sisters to grow up with, and a focus on education for life which cultivates unity and


    belonging. Currently, Horizon has two Micro Communities in Kenya and has secured two sites in Guatemala. By 2030, Horizon’s plan is to be in 20 countries and build 30 Micro Communities around the world.


    Save The Date: Horizon’s Annual Gala Event


    Save the date for Horizon’s Annual Gala Event on October 26 at the Lancaster County Convention Center, Marriott at Penn Square.


    Event is from 5:30-7pm, with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and virtual reality stations. The dinner is from 7-11pm with provided entertainment and live auction.


    Get your tickets now!


    Other Horizon Facts:


    • 140 million orphaned children worldwide.
    • 80% of Horizon youth break the cycle of poverty, obtain good jobs, and are able to give back to their communities.
    • 100% Promise: All Horizon’s administrative costs are covered by philanthropic investors, which means 100% of all donations go toward caring for the children.


    Explore for ways you can help Horizon bring hope to orphaned children.