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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 »

EK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HOSTS FIRST COMMUNITY HARAMBEE!

The new Ekialo Kiona Scholarship Program hosted its first community harambee, or fundraiser, at Kitawi Beach. Community members joined together to support the EK Scholarship Fund, raising money to send a select number of local students to school for the full duration of their secondary school education. In a community where 8 in 10 households… Read more »

INVENEO BLOGS ABOUT MFANGANO’S 1MBPS INTERNET CONNECTION!

The Making of a 90Km Wireless Link…” is the name of Inveneo’s Chief Technology Officer’s latest blogpost. OHR and Ekialo Kiona have worked closely with CTO Andris Bjornson to push the capabilities of long-distance WiFi, with amazing success! Check out his blog for all the details on constructing and installing the tower and impressive link.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET GOES LIVE!

Over five years ago, a group of Mfanganoans gathered around a tree to discuss the possibility of high speed internet and a health-focused community center. While the community center opened its doors in 2010, OHR can now officially offer high speed Internet to its members, provided through the recently completed solar and wind powered tower… Read more »

EK AQUAPONICS IN FULL SWIM!

Led by OHR’s Sustainable Design and Technology Coordinator Matthew Tierney, Aquaponics is swiming forward. OHR received UC-Berkeley’s Big Ideas Award in 2011 for the OHR Aquaponics pilot. Jonathan Dessi-Olive of Penn State and Amanda Bednarz of the University of Oregon join Matthew and the EK Sustainable Design Guild to construct the Aqauponics system and conduct… Read more »

EK BIKE SHOP MOVES INTO GEAR!

The Ekialo Kiona Bike Shop has opened with over 126 bicycles already tunes and distributed! Community members have eyed the hundreds of bikes transported in four separate boats to Mfangano this past April and May, stopping by the EK Center to study the different models and pick favorites. From road to mountain bikes, from Mondales… Read more »

MFANGANO HEALTH NET HOSTS HERBS AND ARVs PANEL DISCUSSION PART I!

The Mfangano Health Net or Micro-Clinic Program, has completed session 8 of the 12-session, 6-month curriculum! This session focused on interactions between herb use and ARVs, and included a unique panel discussion with local nurses and traditional herbalists. Many Mfanganoans commonly see herbalists before of while consulting a nurse for any ailment, including HIV/AIDS. Bringing… Read more »