Posts Tagged: development

The positive, creative power that emerges with idea sharing

Thanks to the Segal Family Foundation, and their Active Partnership Learning Visit Program, we had the privilege to host fellow Segal grantees, Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust at the Ekialo Kiona Center. As community-rooted organizations, both OHR and Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust were able to share ideas during the visit. What an amazing opportunity! Check out… Read more »

Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program Grant

Organic Health Response is proud to have received a Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program (NEEP) grant from PATH / DFID. The grant will allow us to evaluate our pilot kanyakala nutrition programming, which includes curriculum sessions and food security planning with the East kanyakala groups. Our evaluation will assess whether community members and Community Health Volunteers… Read more »

Anonymous Google Employee Boosts EK Broadband Speeds

Last month, OHR received a $7,500 donation commitment by an anonymous Googler to help boost Ek’s slow broadband Internet speeds. This generous dontion will allow EK to upgrade it’s current IT bandwidth from 1 to 3mbs, as well as to purchase new IT equipment for the center! In addition, this donation will be 100% matched… Read more »

Health Navigators Receive 2014 Awesome Without Borders Grant!

We are thrilled to announce we are now a grantee of Awesome Without Borders! A chapter of the Awesome Foundation, AWB gives $1,000 no strings-attached weekly grants to awesome initiatives worldwide. OHR has received this grant to support our Health Navigators Program in Kenya. Health Navigators A much needed link between patients and treatment. Western… Read more »

EK Radio Wins $8,000 to “Scale-Up!”

  Thanks to Big Ideas @ Berkeley, EK-FM can now “scale-up” its broadcast hours from 5 to 12 hours a day! Out of 186 applicants, our team was chosen to participate in the final round of the “scaling-up” category competition. EK Youth Radio has 3 goals on the horizon: (1) Upgrade solar-power and production equipment… Read more »

Craig Newmark Blogs About EK-FM

In the recent months, blog posts from EK-FM Youth Presenters have been featured on Craig Newmark’s (Craig from Craigslist!) blog, Each piece explores rural technology, globalization, community radio, and it’s connection to Mfangano Island, Kenya. I Could Not Press the Computer Keyboard Buttons.. Proud to Be Suba! The Future of EK Radio Local-Global Youth… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »