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.

Update from the field: health navigation in action

After tallying up our emergency transport logs and health coordination plans, it looks like we made some progress over the last year!

Since July 2014, our Health Navigation (HN) team has coordinated:

*176 Emergency Transfers
*107 Birth Plans

The Ekialo Kiona Emergency Boat gets a new shade to protect patients from the intense sun and dangerous waves.

From the island itself, here is an update – written by Health Navigation Coordinator, Peres Okinyi, and EK Boat Captain, Walter Opiyo:

The HN program has greatly changed and improved the health logistics and coordination of good care to community members of Mfangano Island. All is well with our team, and with the Health Navigators (HNs) that represent the various villages around the island. Though we have been faced with challenges due to weather changes, with big waves, rains and strong winds, the E-boat transfers to mainland facilities have been successful with safe driving.

The communities and villages are very happy with the program and ready to support it fully. Many of our pregnant mothers are now well coordinated with facilities on Antenatal Care, and Birth plans are coordinated up to the day of delivery with facilities. Most of the birth complications within our mothers are now low, since our team of HNs are trained to identify such cases and call for help to hospital. A large majority of pregnant mothers in Mfangano East are planning for there birth, both financially and where to give birth.

Through our marketing efforts, visits to the facilities both in mainland and island, relationship building with facility staff and management, our work as Health Navigators comes easy during emergencies both day and night. There has been good coordination on care with our teams, both from USA and Kenya, and in future we hope that under good leadership and management things will continue to improve.

We really appreciate the team for the good work through supply donations, funds, health talks, and training. The whole Mfangano Island communities and facilities are so happy with the E – Boat transfers and the idea of constructing it to help people during day or night emergency transportation to mainland hospitals. Ero Kamano (thank you)!!