Suba Voice, Amplified!

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.

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.

Email khines [at] organichealthresponse [dot] org to learn what to donate and how!

Executive Director & Intern Positions Open!

Interested in working with a young and growing nonprofit? The Organic Health Response has new opportunities for passionate and motivated individuals to join our team!

Executive Director

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.

2016 Development Intern

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.

Key Responsibilities
- 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.

Check out our full listing of opportunities and how to apply!

Two Mfangano Students Awarded Scholarships by Kenya Education Fund

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.

2016 KEF scholar awards

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!

EKFM Blogs again for Craigconnects!

Check out EK Radio’s recent blog post for Craig Newmark’s blog, Craigconnects! Our radio team has been sharing stories on Craigconnects for the past two years. What an amazing opportunity!

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Wan Kanyakla (We Are Together) : Community Transformations in Kenya following a Social Network Intervention for HIV Care

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.

Read more in an article published in Social Science & Medicine.


OHR Announces #WorldAIDSDay – #GivingTuesday Campaign!

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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.

Call to action

Go ahead and “like” our Facebook page to stay tuned for campaign details and ways to give.

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 the guest blog on the Huffington Post, by Michelle Ostertag, co-founder and director of Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust!

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TEDxPenn – Building of EK-FM Radio Studio!

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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.