Famous South African explorer Mike Horn has shared his passion, knowledge and experience with the youth through the Pangaea Young Explorers Project and Expeditions since 2008.
With the world and its elements as his playground and passion, Mike Horn is acknowledged globally as one of the greatest modern day explorers. He’s crossed and swum the rivers, sailed the oceans solo, survived near-death environments, brutally extreme conditions and confronted nature at her most unforgiving. In two decades, he’s probably seen more of the earth than any other human.
Yet every step he took opened his eyes more to the alarming changes occurring in our environment. Ones that could affect our very existence…
Having accomplished his personal exploration goals, which armed him with a wealth of experience, Mike knew it was now time to lend his unique knowledge and expertise to motivate solutions for the challenges the planet faces.
He realised that the future of our planet lay solely in the hands of our youth, who if properly educated and informed, can save and sustain our world for generations to come. The Pangaea Expeditions came to live in 2008… the rest is history!
Mike Horn's partner Geberit has led to an annual collaboration in social-aid projects around the world.
The Geberit Group is the European market leader in sanitary technology with global presence with over 40 representation offices around the world.
More than 40 percent of the world's population today has neither clean drinking water nor sanitary facilities. Their absence accounts for the death of a child every twenty seconds. Geberit wants to use this collaborative initiative to contribute to the building or renovation of sanitary systems in schools and other institutions along the Pangaea route, and thus also to improve the lives of many children.
Mike Horn has a simple philosophy to explain his extraordinary achievements:
The impossible exists only until we find a way to make it possible.
Geberit is also convinced of this, which is the reason Geberit is setting an example through its collaboration with Mike Horn. It is not impossible to change something in the world - but it only works if someone is actively searching for a path to the solution. Geberit and Mike Horn want to lead the way with a good example - hand in hand.
Each year since the start of the Pangaea Expeditions, Geberit SA and Mike Horn have setup a unique collaboration: Geberit SA renovates and build adequate state-of-the-art sanitation facilities in a school, while Pangaea, Mike Horn and the Young Explorers interact with the school children in an exchange that proves to be a two-way cultural exchange as much as a knowledge transfer. They also help renovate the school and its facilities, organise workshops and presentations, and bring useful and necessary equipment for the kids through fundraising activities organised by the Young Explorers.