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New Vision Learning

Any new student writers out there? New Vision Learning has kicked off their first annual Best College Essay Competition. All proceeds go to the EK Scholarship Fund!! A huge thanks to all who participate! The mission of Best College Essays is to celebrate and showcase the dreams, lives and stories of students about to embark… Read more »

Nourish UMN and OHR: Reforestation Program 2013

OHR volunteer, Mae Hanzlik, spent the summer on Mfangano as part of the Nourish group at the University of Minnesota. Mae talks about her experience this summer in a recent blog post. Here’s a tidbit from her post: “So, how’d you spend your summer?” Those six words unleash a rush of emotion, passion and nostalgia for… Read more »

OHR IN THE HUFFINGTON POST BLOG

Highspeed Internet access is provided freely at the EK Center with the condition that all Internet users must check their HIV status every 6 months. The “Free WIFI for Mfangano” vision has been partly funded by the Craigslist Charitable Fund. Craig Newmark of Craigslist recently posted about the Organic Health Response on the Huffington Post… Read more »

BAREFOOT RACERS WIN THE MOTHER’S DAY MILE!

OHR’s Sisterhood Exchange Program hosted the 2nd annual Mother’s Day Mile on May 12th, honoring mothers from Mfangano Island to Colorado. Mfangano’s race had over 50 participants, 25 volunteers and hundreds of spectators watching women, men and children run cross the rocky finish line. The fastest woman finished the mile with a time of 6:39… Read more »

SOLAR UP FOR SUMMER!

Help Us Raise $10,000 to add 1,000W of Sustainable Power! The Ekialo Kiona Center, OHR’s community-owned resource facility, is buzzing with activity this summer. Since opening in 2010, over 2,300 Mfangano residents have become Ekialo Kiona ‘members’ by undergoing HIV testing through our Cyber Voluntary Counseling and Testing program and new participants learn their HIV… Read more »

WORLD AIDS DAY 2012

Each year, December 1st is celebrated throughout this planet as World AIDS Day. Last week was EK’s first annual World AIDS Day event at Kitawi Beach on Mfangano Island that was broadcast LIVE by our very own community radio station, EK FM. With a crowd of over 700 people, we gathered together to raise awareness,… Read more »

A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE

In April 2012, 365 bicycles arrived on the shores of Lake Victoria. “A Piece of the Puzzle” by Mark Piquette of B4H is a short film that highlights the impact of bikes on Mfangano Island. Today, a majority of all 365 bikes have been dispursed throughout the community. Watch this short film to see how… Read more »

LOCAL FARMERS RECEIVE CERTIFICATE IN ORGANIC FARMING TECHNIQUES

Following a 3-day “Organic Farming Level I” seminar held at the EK Demonstration Farm last month, the organic farm team handed out it’s first certificates to 6 local farmers. The training outlined the importance of organic farming and provided hands-on instructions for interested agriculturalists.  Moving forward, this team of newly trained farmers will work in… Read more »

WORLD’S FIRST TO GRADUATE “MICROCLINIC” PILOT PROGRAM FOR HIV/AIDS

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, over 500 participants representing 46 “microclinics” across Mfangano East, graduated from OHR-MCI’s Microclinic Pilot Program for HIV-affected communities. Over the course of a 6-month curriculum, each self-chosen group completed trainings to empower themselves in topics from HIV pathology & adherence to the effects of deforestation on the health of their… Read more »

WIND-POWERED RADIO ON AIR!

If high-speed Internet was something, Mfangano can now boast of Africa’s first Wind-powered Suba Youth Radio Station, EK FM – “Turi alala,” we are together! Mfangano residents have waited for over 4 years to hear their own voice over the radio. Completed last month, OHR teamed up with Nepalese Engineer, Pawan Prakash to install a… Read more »