Posts Tagged: IT

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 »

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, craigconnects.org. 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 »

Proud To Be Suba!

Recently, EK Radio Presenters have been writing a blog series for Craigconnects.org. This week, EK’s “Naz” writes about her experience as a young Suba woman on Mfangano Island. She reflects back to her first time in the EK computer lab and highlights how such technologies as computers and radio can connect Suba youth to our… Read more »

Saving the Suba

Saving the Suba: East African Magazine Highlights EK Radio’s Come-back for the Olusuba Language “All over the world, indigenous communities are being assimilated into more populous neighbours, and oral traditions are fading with the passing of each generation. One of these East African communities is the Suba — a Bantu-speaking community on the Kenyan side… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »