Richard Magerenge

Executive Director, Ekialo Kiona Center, OHR Co-Founder

Richard has been the Executive Director of the Ekialo Kiona Center since its inception in 2007. Richard is a trained VCT Counselor and talented organic farmer. He oversees all programs out of the EK, monitors daily activities within the center, directs finance and accounts, and manages the EK staff. Richard also coordinates with the Kenyan… Read more »

Joel “Organic” Oguta

Ekialo Kiona Organic Agriculture Coordinator, OHR Co-Founder

Joel Magioki is a founding member of OHR. Like his father, he broke tradition and donated his piece of land for the construciton of the EK Center. Joel operates the EK organic demonstration farm and coordinates visiting WOOFers, hosting visitors from all over the world. He has conducted extensive research on organic farming, including the… Read more »

Robinson Okeyo

Ekialo Kiona Program Coordinator

Robinson has been a dedicated member of EK since its inception, participating in early planning meetings down at the beach, coordinating materials for transport from Kisumu, and hosting numerous volunteers at his home in Kitenyi. Originally EK’s IT Assistant, Robinson is now the EK Program Coordinator, lending support to EK Executive Director Richard Magerenge and overseeing… Read more »

Berlin Atieno Njiri

EK Operations Coordinator

Originally from Homa Bay on the mainland of Kenya, Berlin moved to Mfangano 4 years ago with her husband and daughter and is now an essential member of the EK team. Berlin wears an important hat at EK as the Operations Coordinator. Primarily, she serves as the Executive Director’s right hand as the Administrative Assitant,… Read more »

Washington Nyaura Otieno

EK Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Counselor

Originally from Ugina Village on Mfangano Island, Washington lives in his home village Ugina with his two wives and 5 children. Before becoming a VCT counselor he served as a community mobilize on HIV issues with IMC (international medical corps). Throught his work he became interested in VCT work in order to serve the entire… Read more »

Gor Bernard Ouma

Kanyakla Team Leader

Gor is originally from Ndiwa District on the mainland of Kenya and resides in Mbita with his wife and 3 children. He is a pastor by profession and call and having worked with a community in the Christian aspect, he finds himself “to be a social worker who works to help the community”. He has… Read more »

Brian Mattah

ICT Coordinator; Data Team

Brian started with EK in June 2010 as our first IT Professional for the EK Center. He maintained the computers and equipment as well as taught EK members about computer programs and the internet. Brian remains in charge of membership cards and all organizational data input at the center.   In 2010, Brian joined the… Read more »

Pamela Mohamed

Kanyakla CHW Coordinator

Pamela has been with EK since the very first beach meeting at Kitawi Beach in 2007 and is a member of the Ekialo Kiona Steering Committee. She helped to establish and coordinate the Sisterhood Exchange Program. In 2012, Pam was hired to serve as a Community Health Worker Coordinator for the Kanyakla Program. Today, she… Read more »

Mary Anyango Otiento

EK Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Counselor

Mary joined the EK Team as a VCT Counselor in November 2015. She is a Certificate Holder in HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) as well as social work and community development. She continues her steadiest at Mawego Technical Training Institute. Mary is 23 years old, coming from the Village of Kodya, near Oyugis town…. Read more »

Joyce Tom

Kanyakla CHW Coordinator

Joyce originally became involved with Ekialo Kiona as a translator  for the Mfangano Health Baseline Study and liaison for women within EK’s catchment area. As a Community Health Worker herself, she facilitates outreach and and research for the Mfangano Health Net Program and is the CHW Coordinator along with her partner, Pamela Mohamed. Joyce is… Read more »

Ligawa Niva Veronica

Nutritionist

Niva joined Ekialo Kiona as a Nutritionist in April 2016! After completing her nutrition course at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) at Homabay campus in 2014, she did an attachment with the District hospital in Mbita. She later went on to finish an HIV Testing and Counseling course in 2016 January. Originally from Homabay district,… Read more »

Nicholas Olambo

EK Agriculture Officer

Nick Olambo was born and raised on Mfangano Island. Nick is a dedicated organic farmer who can be found most days hard at work on the EK Organic Demonstration Farm. Along with Joel and Sam, Nick teaches organic agriculture courses for local farmers, takes care of our native tree nursery, and mobilizes community members to… Read more »

Peter Otindo

EK Chief Security Officer

Peter works 12 hour shifts as the security guard at the EK Center. He has been keeping the properties secure and safe since October 2009. Prior to EK, Peter worked for the government administrative police force for 3 years and became a security man and security supervisor at the Moroni Sugar Factory, working from 1974 to… Read more »

Francis Wambo

EK Security Officer

Francis has been with OHR from its beginning. He helped clear land for the center, build our fence, and worked for months with our crew building the foundation of the building. In September 2009 he became an official EK Security Guard. Francis watches for anything that could happen to the center, keeping everything safe during the day… Read more »

Tillien Masanga

EK Bicycles and Electrical Technician

Tillien started at EK as the Groundskeeper in the Fall of 2009. He helped plant our trees, fixed doors, maintained our solar power system, and built most of the EK furniture.  In 2012 , Tillien was promoted to serve as the technician of the new Ekialo Kiona Mountain Bike Shop. Today you can find Tillien… Read more »

Oliver Ogutu

EK Groundskeeper

Oliver is originally from and currently living in Wakinga Village on Mfangano, he lives with his wife and 3 children. He is a star defender on the Maji Maji football team and one of the original crew members to help build the EK Center. Oliver is talented carpenter. Today, Oliver works hard to keep the EK property… Read more »

Phylogonah Atieno

EK Bike Manager, Reception

I am Phylgonah Atieno from Rusinga Island. I am 27 years old and am married with one son. I am a diploma holder in Business Administration and I work in the Ekialo Kiona Center, organizing sales and inventory at the EK bike shop. I also work as the receptionist.

Walter Opiyo

EK Emergency Boat Pilot

Walter has been a member of EK since 2008, and one of the first to join the EK Club during World Cup VCT. He has worked for years as a skilled boat pilot. Walter gained much experience on the lake piloting the 3-hr long daily shuttles to Mbita point, each boat packed with 50-60+ people, lumber,… Read more »

Peres Okinyi

Health Navigator Coordinator

Peres Okinyi has worked with the Ekialo Kiona Centre since its inception in 2007 as an active Kanyakala leader and volunteer. Now she serves as the Health Navigator Coordinator where she manages 10 Health Navigators to respond in the time of medical emergency. She is available day and night to support the health of her… Read more »

Samwel Otieno Karan

EK Radio Coordinator

Samwel was born and raised on Mfangano and has been an active member of EK since the beginning. He has also played a very important role in the conceptualization and implementation of the Radio/Media Program. His role as Radio Coordinator encompasses many responsibilities including, but not limited to, organizing and recruiting new Media staff and… Read more »

Benard Oketch Ongong’a – “Nyakwar Nyombalo”

EK Radio Presenter

A local from Mfangano Island, Benard is known around the Lake for his outstanding MC-ing at community sporting events both on and off the island. When Benard became an active EK Club Member, he became interested in the radio, hoping that someday he could broadcast football matches over the Radio. Using his skills and experience,… Read more »

Suleiman Ogweno Ballack – “Professor Onjikois”

EK Radio Presenter

Originally from Ugina Village in Mfangano Island, Suleiman is known by EK Radio fans as “Professor Onjikois.” His daily shows include the Business and Development Program, Suba Express, and playing Lingala, Reggae and Luo Rhumba music. Suleiman likes comedies, jokes and drama and enjoys making his listeners laugh by his sense of humor when on air…. Read more »

Vkta Anuro

EK Radio Editor, Producer and Co-Presenter

Vkta, also known on radio as “Vik Limpopo Jeep,” just finished high school a couple of years ago. While he waits to join one the Kenya’s leading media college, he currently works with the EK Radio. In high school, Vkta was very pivotal in starting a journalism club where he presented news articles in the… Read more »

Grace Awino Auma

Hospitality

Grace is originally from Sakwa on the Mainland of Kenya and currently married to her husband from Wakinga Village in Mfangano Island. They are blessed with three children. Grace began working at EK Center in June 2010, under the hospitality department. Grace works hard to keep the EK Center is clean and functioning,ensuring there is… Read more »

Erick Odongo Olo

EK Radio Producer and Suba Presenter

“Odo” as known by EK radio fans, was born and raised on Mfangano Island in the western part of Wakula. Before joining EK Radio Odo was working as a trained tour guide, as well as with TARA (Trust for Africa Rock Art) under the Abasuba Peace Museum, which gave him the opportunity to interact and… Read more »

Maurine Atieno Ongao

Hospitality

Maureen is originally from Mfangano and currently lives in her late husband’s home in Wakinga Village with her four sons. She has been working in EK Center tirelessly since June 2010 under Hospitality Department assisting with cleaning offices, ensuring that there is enough water in the tanks for drinking and washing hands, collecting waste, and… Read more »

Ouma Beatrice Awuor

Enumerator

Born in 1995 in Wakula Village, Mfangano Ward, Homa BayCounty, Beatrice sat for her KCSE exams in 2012. Previously and shortly after completing her high school education, Beatrice worked as an ECDE teacher at her village school for 6 months. In September 2013 Beatrice joined the community based research team here at the Ekialo Kiona… Read more »

Okumu Kevin Omira

Enumerator

Okumu Kevin Ouma works as an enumerator for the Research on Environmental and Community Health (RECH) Study, conducted here on Mfangano Island. Kevin is from Homa Bay County, Mbita District, Mfangano Division in a village called Masisi. From experience with RECH Kevin is now able and fit to conduct other studies in the area. He… Read more »