Health Navigators from both Mfangano East and South sub locations!
The Health Navigation Program aims to improve maternal and child health and reduce critical delays in emergency care through the establishment of a first responder and care coordination network. Together we train a cadre of community health workers to serve as “Health Navigators” for their communities, responding to health crises with basic first aid, coordination of local transport on our fleet of motorbikes & emergency boat, and facilitation of clear communication between the patient and provider, ensuring that each patient understands the severity of the illness and the potential care pathways. In addition, each Health Navigator helps pregnant women in their catchment areas develop a birth plan, to reduce the financial and socio-cultural barriers to accessing skilled care during labor and birth.
The launching ceremony was held in Ugina (Mfangano-South sub-location). During the ceremony, 10 newly trained Health Navigators from Mfangano South were introduced, and the Ministry of Health, along with community elders, and local health partners shared words of encouragement and collaboration. Today, the Health Navigator Program serves 2 sub-locations on Mfangano Island, with 20 Health Navigators trained in total.
Health Navigators role play a health emergency in the community, showing how the care coordination is activated between a motorbike and the clinic.
Health Navigators board the EK Emergency boat (the only 24/7 emergency transportation option on the island), for the official launch into Lake Victoria!
The great Suba ancestors once used a drum to communicate across the rough waters of Lake Victoria. After multiple setbacks and hoops with the Government of Kenya, the Suba people of Mfangano can now hear their voice, although modernized, amplified across the lake. Last week, EK Youth Radio (EK-FM 88.3) received its official frequency license! With a fully regulated radio open for broadcast, your support just got amplified! We could not be more proud to have supporters like you, because without your donations, in-kind equipment, and volunteer hours, we could not create such an invaluable resource for community empowerment and solidarity, education, and global connection! Big thanks for EK Director Richard Magerenge and Radio Coorindator Samwel Karan for making the tireless journeys back and forth to Nairobi to make this possible!
This East African Magazine article highlights EK Radio and the impact on Suba culture.
Have extra radio and IT equipment and not sure what to do with it? Donate it to EK Radio! We are in search of studio production equipment such as microphones, bases, mixers, and other things such as USB flash drives, laptops, and voice recorders among many other things.
The Organic Health Response is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic Executive Director committed to the growth of a young nonprofit organization. The Executive Director will serve as the organization’s leader, working directly with the Board of Directors to ensure our strategic goals are achieved, and the necessary funding is available to meet our set mission and vision. The Executive Director serves as the primary liaison between the OHR Board and the Ekialo Kiona leadership team, and provides capacity building support to ensure the Ekialo Kiona Center has the resources and skills needed to manage our rapidly growing programs. Other primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of OHR’s fundraising strategy, financial management of the organization, and increasing the organization’s profile both in Kenya and in the United States.
We seek an ED who is interested in growing with our organization as a leader in our future progress. The ideal candidate has an aligned vision with the organization’s mission and experience in international development, nonprofit management, and fundraising skills to support the organization’s expanding impact. We seek an individual with strong communication and leadership skills who is excited about working in a team setting.
OHR is seeking a highly detailed-oriented and motivated Development Intern to oversee the successful implementation of the 2016 Fund Development Plan. This position will support the Director of Operations and Fund Development Committee to ensure the strategic goals outlined in the plan are underway and in-line with the set timeline.
- Provide oversight and management of the 2016 Fund Development Plan calendar
- Track progress and accomplishment of strategic goals
- Create individualized development plans with board and committee members and ensure each member is able to successfully complete their development activities by proposed timeline
- Responsible for scheduling Fund Development Committee Meetings
- Collaborate with the development team to create a culture of philanthropy within the organization
- Other activities may include: donor engagement and stewardship management, foundation, corporate giving and individual prospect research, grant writing, special event support, and donor database research.
This year 2 students from the Mfangano community have been chosen among an enormous applicant pool of 3,700 students to receive a full-tuition scholarship by the Kenya Education Fund (KEF). At the beginning of February these students had the chance to travel to Nairobi, to attend the awards ceremony. Such a trip, so far away, is life changing for many students coming from the island.
A big thanks to KEF for their support, as well as the entire OHR-EK team who made this application process accessible and possible. Each year OHR-EK partners distributes applications to the entire community, walks candidates through the requirements and application process, ensures each application is complete, and transports the applications back to Nairobi. It’s a lot of work, and completely worth it! For the remaining part of the year, our staff will check-in with students to make sure they are maintaining their grades and helps them to trouble shoot any areas that may be a struggle.
We are excited to support the next generation on Mfangano!
Participants in our pilot kanyakla program report improved HIV treatment literacy, reduced stigma, a better environment to disclose HIV status, and better support from their communities as a result of their participation in a kanyakla.
We are working hard to extend these important community impacts in our kanyakla expansion, reaching the rest of Mfangano Island, as well as Remba and Ringiti Islands, forming hundreds of new kanyaklas around HIV patients and serving thousands more in the Lake Victoria region.
This year, OHR will kick off a year-end campaign focused around charitable giving and OHR’s origins in the fight against HIV. Tuesday, December 1st marks not only our annual celebration of World AIDS Day, but it happens to also fall on the global giving day called Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is a social media phenomenom focused on bringing giving back to the holiday season. This year, thousands of nonprofits will join the #GivingTuesday movement, and ring in support before the year-end.
OHR’s World AIDS Day-Giving Tuesday Campaign will be packed with multiple ways for supports to engage and participate. Our goal is to increase OHR’s online presence and get more folks to participate, specifically within the 24 hour period of #GivingTuesday on December 1st. We will also drum up support for those working hard in our communities of Mfangano – our fabulous Community Health Workers (CHWs)! Look out for personal stories, pictures.. and even send in a message of support to be read aloud during our World AIDS Day celebration on the island.
Go ahead and “like” our Facebook page to stay tuned for campaign details and ways to give.
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 the guest blog on the Huffington Post, by Michelle Ostertag, co-founder and director of Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust!
What is the role of an architect in a place where the profession doesn’t even exist? Jonathan Dessi-Olive explores this question as he shares his experience building a radio studio on a remote island in Lake Victoria with a team of architecture graduate students and local craftsmen. Working with them, he combined local practices with an academic research agenda to build a community structure.