Posts By: Rose Carr

MFANGANO JOINS THE MOTHER’S DAY MILE

From Glenwood Springs, CO to Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, the 2012 Mother’s Day Mile was a racing success! While this was the thirteenth annual race in Glenwood Springs, Ekialo Kiona members joined the run for the influential women in their lives in this first OHR solidarity event. Hosted by the Sisterhood Exchange Program (SEP), men,… Read more »

PORTLAND, MAINE FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS!

Friday, May 18th our OHR team in Portland, Maine held a highly successful fundraiser for our Ekialo Kiona scholarship fund. Our ambitions were high: we were to throw joint silent auction/variety show with only three weeks of planning beforehand. We pulled it off and are thrilled to report that our fundraiser was a roaring success…. Read more »

REFORESTATION ON MFANGANO

Recent OHR volunteer, Emily Lowery, helped us kick-start a much needed Reforestation campaign as part of a capstone project for her completion of a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Her article published in Friends of Africa Magazine offers a window into our quickly moving, community-driven reforestation program! We celebrated our second annual Earth Day Event… Read more »

SEEDING AN EMERGENCY SOLUTION

Home to high risk home deliveries, active children around open fires, deadly snakes and endemic infectious tropical disease, emergency health services are virtually non-existent on Mfangano Island. This Spring, the Organic Health Response is seeding an Emergency Health solution! A local Mfangano Island boat owner jumpstarted our efforts through a generous donation of a 30ft… Read more »

WIND POWER!

Mfangano can now boast of it’s first-ever wind turbine. Last week, the OHR crew worked alongside Dr. Sam Duby and his team from Access:Energy to install a hybrid wind + solar power system on top Soklo Mountain on Mfangano Island. During 4 hardworking days this crew completed a challenging install amidst several setbacks in a… Read more »

TOWER UP!

Ekialo Kiona has successfully erected a 56-foot communications mast near the top of Soklo Mountain on Mfangano Island. This mast was designed, welded, transported, constructed, and safely grounded entirely by hand thanks to the tireless efforts of the EK Sustainable Design Guild, dozens of volunteers from Soklo community, and our international team of engineers including… Read more »

SUCCESSFUL APRON OPEN HOUSE

On November 18, 2011, Glenwood Springs, Colorado was the location of a successful fundraiser for the Sisterhood Exchange Program. Nancy Reinisch, the mama of OHR Executive Director, Chas Salmen, turned her house into an all-day market and showcased products made by the Sisterhood Exchange Program of Mfangano Island and the Imani Workshop of Eldoret, Kenya…. Read more »

MFANGANO CELEBRATES WORLD AIDS DAY 2011 WITH A ROAD RACE

In honor of World AIDS Day, OHR organized the fourth annual World AIDS Day celebration on the island. This year, the communities of Mfangano participated in the island’s first-ever road race!  Over 50 residents registered to run, each knowing their HIV status before the kick-off. The race started at EK’s opening gates, headed towards the… Read more »

B2H GEARS UP TO SHIP 400 BIKES TO MFANGANO!

In a Denver warehouse on December 3rd, a gang of bikers, OHR supporters and a slew of friends will assemble a holiday package for Mfangano Island: 400 mountain bicycles! Thanks to Bicycles for Humanity – Colorado a crate loaded with 400 bikes will ship from USA to Kenya in mid-December. Have an extra hand? Come… Read more »

OHR FEATURED ON NPR!

On October 6th, 2012 OHR was featured on Worldview: “Global Activism,” an NPR program from Chicago’s WBEZ. NPR hosted an hour-long discussion with Founder Chas Salmen and Program Coordinator Marco Salmen highlighting OHR’s continued work within the HIV-affected fishing communities of Lake Victoria, Kenya. The interview sheds light on the fascinating origins of the Suba… Read more »