Rebecca Conte Okelo

Executive Director

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Founder of MED25 International, Rebecca received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Seattle University in 2007. Rebecca excelled in nursing school and was awarded the Sister Mary Ruth Neihoff Award, an award selected by the faculty and presented to the outstanding student who exemplifies professional achievement, academic excellence, and lives out the mission statements of the University and the College of Nursing. In 2008, Rebecca was selected as one of three individuals associated with the University for their campaign- For the Difference We Make. In 2009, Rebecca was also awarded Seattle University’s Young Alumni of the Year Award.

Since graduating from nursing school in 2007, Rebecca has worked as a registered nurse at Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2010, Rebecca began working full time for MED25 International, while still working part-time at Virginia Mason when she is in the country.

Add- received a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington (2011) and currently in the Executive Leadership MBA program at Seattle University (graduating in June 2015).

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Mari Anderson

Country Director

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Mari is the Country Director for MED25 International in Kenya. Having served on the MED25 International Board since 2009, she agreed to expand her capacity in the organization as a full-time volunteer. Mari provides oversight and strategic guidance to its Kenya operations as the Country Director and primarily focuses on income generating projects and partnerships for long-term sustainability of the organization. This role also supports the capable team of professionals who provide medical services at the MED25 clinic. Mari has extensive experience in strategic planning, project management, human resources and labor relations, community relations and organizational development.

 

Mari was VP of Corporate Development at McKinstry in Seattle for 19 years before leaving for Africa to serve MED25. She has served on a variety of boards/advisory committees including Facing the Future, Country Doctor Community Health Centers, Seattle Community College Foundation Board, WSU Architectural and Engineering Leadership Board and worked as Deputy to the CEO on the WA CEO Roundtable and WA STEM Boards, to name a few. She is a 2010 honors graduate of the Leadership Executive MBA program at Seattle University. Mari and Terry have five children and nine grandchildren.

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Terry Green

Construction Manager

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Terry, or “Mister Terry” as he is called in Kenya, is the Construction Manager for MED25’s One Community Project. Terry, along with his wife Mari Anderson, made a life changing decision to move to Kenya and volunteer full-time for MED25, as it was an organization they truly believed in. Terry’s focus is to build an infrastructure to house income generating activities, such as the mortuary, as well as to build a new clinic to provide better access to health care services in a facility that is owned by the organization. Terry is leading the construction activities on these major projects as well as infrastructure projects required to provide electricity and water to this site and to the community.

 

From sheet metal apprenticeship to construction manager, Terry has over 40 years of experience in construction. He has done everything from budgeting to technical design as well as supervising top dollar construction projects. He loves to mentor others and has taught construction methods and drafting at JATC. Terry fondly refers to leaving retirement as his ‘career change’ and is enjoying being out on the construction site again, albeit in a much warmer climate. Terry and Mari have five children and nine grandchildren.

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PROGRAM MANAGER AND CLINICAL OFFICER IN CHARGE

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My name is Soti Godrey and I am the Clinical Officer at the Med25 Mbita Clinic. I grew up near Mbita and I realized my passion for helping others after losing my father at a young age. I attended Kenya Medical Training College for my diploma in Clinical Medicine, Surgery, and Community Health.

 

The clinic is an environment closer and similar to my home area and it is a great honor serving here. My long term goal is to see rural, poor communities access quality, affordable, and sustainable health care. hobbies are listening to Blues & R&B music and watching movies.

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CLINICAL OFFICER

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My name is Jacob Otieno and I am the Clinical Officer at MED25 Mbita Clinic. I grew up on Mageta Island, a small community on Lake Victoria. I am passionate about medicine because during my last year in high school, my mother was diagnosed with diabetes. I felt that I needed to learn more about medicine to help people with diabetes like my mother as well as learn general skills to help many others as a medical practitioner.

 

In 2010, I received my college degree in clinical medicine in Siaya. I provide curative and preventive patient services, identify medical issues through laboratory diagnosis, and document patient care to meet the Ministry of Health reporting requirements. I am married to Evelyn Otieno and we have a beautiful daughter named Metrin Tracie who is almost 3 years old. I am jovial, welcoming to everyone, and easy to approach.

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NURSE

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My name is Vincent Ogosi Oyoko and I am a nurse in Mbita. I am 28 years old and I am the second youngest of nine children. I was born in Kisumu County and my parents still live there where they raise livestock and do crop farming.

 

I’ve always known I wanted to be a nurse and pursued this career at an early age. I love healthcare and care a lot about improving the health and wellbeing of my community. I am particularly passionate about pediatric care and I think that I can do a lot of good work in this area by working for an NGO. I earned my nursing certificate at the Kenya Medical Training College. I worked both as a volunteer and employee at Lwak Hospital where I earned the title of Nurse in Charge.

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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

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My name is Owano Daniel Onyango and I come from Awasi Town in Nyando District. I currently work with Med 25 International as a Pharmacy Technologist. I came to learn about Med25 International Clinic as a patient at the Kisumu District Hospital. The clinic is situated at a place where the majority of the people living around are poor and vulnerable. Before the Med25 Clinic, they used to walk for a long distance seeking health services. The existence of the clinic is like a Godsend to them in the sense that, they can now access quality healthcare cheaply and with less effort than before.

 

As a Pharmacy Technologist, I deal with interpreting and dispensing prescribed medication to the patients. I control movement of pharmaceutical commodities within the facility and do this by maintaining inventory records every day. My main dream for the clinic is to streamline the inventory system and pharmaceutical services by developing standard operating procedures and establishing a Medicine Therapeutic Committee.

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LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST

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My name is Julius Wendo and I am the Laboratory Technologist at MED25 Mbita Clinic. I am from Waondo Village, a 30-minute drive from the MED25 clinic. I am from a large family of 8 brothers and 9 sisters. I am knowledgeable and enthusiastic about my work at MED25.

 

I grew up in Mbita, studied at Kenya Medical Training College, and received a diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Educational opportunities like these are rare for people from my community, and the chances they gave me to work as a Laboratory Technologist are even harder to come by for many people of my age in Mbita.

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VCT COUNSELLOR

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My name is Juliet Adoyo and I am the VCT Counselor at MED25 Clinic in Mbita. I received my certificate in Medical Technology from Kisumu Polytechnic. Last year, with support from MED25, I studied Psychological Counseling at Sindo Amani School. My husband, 3 daughters and I live in a homestead about 25 km from the clinic. I enjoy singing in my church choir and playing netball in my spare time.

 

I have always wanted to work in the medical field because of the inspiration from my relatives that work in the same field. I love helping people in my community by working in a proper medical health care facility and to educate them on health issues such as malaria, cholera, and HIV. I enjoy counseling families as well as individuals.

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ACCOUNTANT

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My name is Collins Ochieng , and I am the Accountant in charge of the financial management and oversight at MED25 Clinic and the One Community Project site in Mbita. I was born in 1982 in Rusinga Island. My parents still live there and I am the oldest son in a family of two boys and eight girls as well as three stepsisters and one stepbrother. I am married to Linda and we have one son named Gift. I spend my free time listening to and singing gospel music, reading inspirational books, and watching soccer.

 

I attended Sony Primary School in Awendo, South Nyanza until Class 6 and then proceeded to Uya Primary School, where I successfully completed Class 8. I went on to Lambwe Secondary School where I successfully completed my high school studies. In 2007 attended Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA). After completing CPA Section II, I started working for Prime Time Trading Company in 2009 in Kisumu. In July of 2011, I joined MED25 and I have been an integral part of its operation since.

UNDERSTAND ME: After high school I returned home for 4 years working at the homestead and fishing because I could not afford college education. I applied for and was awarded a work-study program at the college I attended, which helped me pay school fees, upkeep, and extra expenses. I appreciate the role that I play at MED25 as it involves challenges and gives me responsibilities to a level that I treat the organization as my own. I have gained a lot of experience in my role, especially on how to manage and problem solve for others and to help colleagues in a reliable way. I feel trusted and I enjoy being relied upon.


 

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SOCIAL WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Beatrice Atieno Orwa and I am the Social Worker at MED25 Clinic in Mbita. I am 26 years old and I am married to David Apollo. We live with our two daughters, Felicia Edith and Celine Marion in Kasagunga East in Mbita. I enjoy photography, reading magazines, stories, and taking care of my daughters and husband. My favorite part of my role as a Social Worker is how I am able to help people who come from many places.

RESPECT ME: My passion for health care started at an early age. As I went to nursing school, I was introduced to social work and felt that it was very important in helping people in health care and other facets of life. This led me to earn my certificate in social work.

UNDERSTAND ME: I support and counsel patients with their issues, connect the Community Health Workers with patient follow up care, and assist the nurse with patient care including the clinic immunization program. I also work with local schools and youth clubs for health outreach and keep records to meet the Ministry of Health requirements. I am good at connecting with others as they are going through their problems. I enjoy socializing with people and working within the community which helps me connect with more people.

EDUCATE ME: My long-term goal is to work at MED25 Clinic and later continue my education to better understand how to meet patient’s needs.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of me and this clinic provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. We have the potential to impact many rural communities and households through our health outreach and services.

 

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GROUNDS MAINTENANCE MANAGER

KNOW ME: My name is Joshua Adory and I am the youngest of six children. I was born and raised in Migori District which is about 50 miles from the MED25 clinic. I have been living in Mbita for the last 3 years.

RESPECT ME: After my high school education, I received training in sustainable building techniques. Luckily, I was part of the technical team constructing an eco-toilet at the current clinic. My appreciation for MED25 led me to apply for my current position.

UNDERSTAND ME: I did not have an idea on the importance of affordable health care until I moved to Mbita. After suffering from malaria and water borne illnesses and also witnessing countless others suffer and receive no medical attention, I wanted to help. Working at the MED25 clinic has allowed me to contribute to the work of MED25 even though I am not a health care provider.

EDUCATE ME: As MED25 establishes businesses for income generation for the project, I would like to grow within the organization and receive additional training that will serve the MED25 mission.

ELEVATE ME: Your support for MED25 clinic in Mbita also supports me and my family which then, in turn, supports my own community.

 

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I AM THE GROUNDS MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT MANAGER.

KNOW ME: My name is Patrobas Okongo and I am enjoying my experience at the MED25 Mbita Clinic. I was born and raised in Mbita and still live with my parents two miles from the clinic.

RESPECT ME: I completed my high school education in 2009. During my education, I volunteered at Kenya Red Cross Society. I am passionate about serving others which is why I volunteered at MED25. I received training and became a full-time staff member in July 2010.

UNDERSTAND ME: I feel honored to serve my community through a professional health care team. I am motivated to be a part of quality services that are creating change within my village.

EDUCATE ME: As MED25 continues to grow, I hope to grow into new roles that will continue to impact the lives of others in my community. I am interested in learning more about community outreach and self-sustaining aspects of community projects.

ELEVATE ME: I am from the same village where the clinic is located and have witnessed the impact the clinic is making in our community. I believe that your support will enable the clinic and myself to double our impact in the community which is interconnected to the economy of the area. If we have a healthy population, we will make a positive impact on our world.

 

SPONSOR ME: SECURITY MANAGER

KNOW ME: My name is Peter Otieno Ogutu and I am the Security Manager at MED25 Clinic in Mbita. I was born in 1983 in Miriya Village in Western Division of Suba District which is about 54 kilometers from the MED25 clinic. I have two brothers and five sisters. I am married to Christine Achiend and we have three children. I enjoy music, learning, and catching up on current events in politics and business through radio.

RESPECT ME: I attended Koga Primary and Sanjueri Secondary School in Suba District and after completion of my education, I moved to Nairobi where I studied Auto Repair and worked in the auto repair industry before joining Radar, a security company based in Nairobi. I am the security shift manager at MED25 and my strong work ethic is a positive contribution to Med25’s mission.

UNDERSTAND ME:: My favorite thing about working at MED25 is being close to my home. I am a pioneer staff member at MED25 and I am very committed to ensuring the security of the clinic, its staff, and clients.

EDUCATE ME: My hope is to continue working at MED25 Clinic, to grow, and prosper together with the projects and programs.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of me and this clinic provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. We have the potential to impact many rural communities and households through our health outreach and services.

 

SECURITY GUARD

KNOW ME: My name is Kennedy Ochieng and I am a security guard at MED25 where I patrol both the clinic and the mortuary. I was born in Homa Bay in the Rangwe District. I married my wife Mary in 1995 and we have five children. The youngest is three years old. My family lives in Kamenya, but I live in Kisui so that I can work. On my days off I visit home and sometimes my children come to visit me in Kisui. I have all of their birthdays saved in my phone for safekeeping!

RESPECT ME:. I finished Form 8 at Manga Primary School, but I had to leave due to financial reasons. I moved to Nakaru where I worked as a mortuary assistant for two years and then moved to ElDoret where I worked in a garden nursery. I then worked as a fisherman before joining MED25 where I first did landscaping and construction.

UNDERSTAND ME: My father died when I was 10. I left school in order to work and support my mother and siblings. I miss living with my family, but I have to find work where I can in order to support them. I was excited to start work with MED25 because of the good work they are doing in the community and I was proud to be promoted to the position of guard due to my good work ethic.

EDUCATE ME: I hope to keep working with MED25 so that I can give my children a good life. It is my dream that they will one day go to a university.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of me and this clinic provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. We have the potential to impact many rural communities and households through our health outreach and services.


 

KNOW ME: My name is Gordon Otieno Oketch and I am one of the security guards for MED25. I grew up in Kisui where I met my wife Nancy. We were married in 1999 and have one boy and three girls ranging from six months to ten years old. I help my wife cultivate crops in the garden where we have banana trees, maize, and many kinds of vegetables. I enjoy art and I craft items like a jiko (used for heating food and tea). If you visit the clinic you will see some of my work as I helped make the sign at the Kisui junction for the MED25 clinic!

RESPECT ME: I finished grade school at Kirindo Primary. I started work with MED25 in 2011 and juggle this with cultivating crops and looking after my family. I take an enormous amount of pride in my work and in being closely affiliated with the one Community at a Time Project in Kenya. I take my job very seriously, but I always like to greet the patients and visitors with a big smile, as I know that many people have come from far away and worked hard to be able to attend the clinic.

UNDERSTAND ME: It is difficult for people to get enough work to support their families and access health care. In rural communities people take work wherever they can get it, but it is often not stable work. MED25 has brought economic stimulation to the community. I am lucky to have a job with the guard team, and with the opening of the mortuary and new clinic, more of our people will have access to work.

EDUCATE ME: Further training and education provides people like me better opportunities for getting a stable job, and will help us to staff and run the clinic. The MED25 clinic is important to my community as it is making affordable and culturally appropriate health care available to people who have not previously been able to access health care.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of me and this clinic provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. We have the potential to impact many rural communities and households through our health outreach and services.

 

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KNOW ME: My name is Dickens Opiyo and I am a security guard at MED25 Mbita Clinic. I am from Sangla Village, a short distance from the MED25 clinic. I have lived in Mbita for so long, and I think I know everyone because of that. I love the area and people in my community, which is why my family and I plan to live here for the rest of our lives.

RESPECT ME: I attended Kirindo Primary School and later joined St. Williams Osodo High School in Mbita. I started working as a security guard while also studying computer maintenance and HIV/AIDS awareness creation in Mbita.

UNDERSTAND ME:: I love farming maize in small-scale and a variety of local vegetables. I also like helping people in need in my community by involving them in my small farming projects along Lake Victoria.

EDUCATE ME: My plan is to advance my skills to allow me to grow together with MED25. In the future, I would like to learn how to use modern security equipment.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of me and this clinic provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. We have the potential to impact many rural communities and households through our health outreach and services.

 

SPONSOR ME: SECURITY GUARD

KNOW ME: My name is Charles Odoyo Waga and I am a security guard at MED25 Clinic and the One Community Project site in Mbita. I was born in 1965 in Kirindo Village which is where the MED25 One Community Project site is located.

RESPECT ME: I am a crop farmer and livestock keeper. I enjoy having conversations on how we can better people’s lives in our community.

UNDERSTAND ME: : I am the only surviving member of my family and although life has been very hard, I still manage to smile and offer kind words to everyone I encounter. My homestead is next door to the MED25 project and I have seen many changes in my community which has been very uplifting to us.

EDUCATE ME: I am a continuous learner through observation. I am happy with my work and that is my focus for now. I am excited to continue learning on the job at MED25.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of me and this clinic provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. We have the potential to impact many rural communities and households through our health outreach and services.

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

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KNOW ME: My name is Mary Auma Okello and I was born to Consolata Oyugi and Dominic Nyandiko of Gem Raugwe in 1956. I married Festus Okello in June of 1973. Sangla Village, where I live, is 2 kilometres away from the MED25 facility. The people of Sangla are doing subsistence farming. They are poor and are depending mainly upon charcoal and fire wood which they cut from the forest.

RESPECT ME: I went to school at Kumoni Primary, where I sat for my CPE in 1972. I then joined Sr. Aggrey High School in 1977 to 1980 and attained 4th Division. In the year 2007, I completed an English course and received a diploma with a credit. This was distant learning. I have been a Community Health Worker (CHW) since 1998.

UNDERSTAND ME: In the year 1998, there was an outbreak of cholera in our area. This was due to lack of pit latrines and clean drinking water. My brother-in-law was one of them. This caused me go to Mbita to inform them about the outbreak. They asked me if I could mobilize about 50 women who were ready to be trained as Community Health Workers (CHW) and go back to advise the community about cleanliness. That is how I became a Community Health Worker.

EDUCATE ME: Training me and these 50 women helped serve many in our community by educating them about simple things such as water safety and hygiene. Other diseases that plague my village are are malaria, bilharsia, (shistosomiasis), typhoid, and dysentary. If properly trained, we could help reduce the outbreaks of these, and other diseases, through information and preventative care of our community.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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KNOW ME: My name is Judith Adhiambo Ochieng and I live in Mbita, Kenya. I am 36 years old, married, and have six children. The main activities in my community are fishing and farming. I have many interests and activities including politics, farming, walking, participating in group activities, watching football, and of course, counseling patients in their homes.

RESPECT ME: I was originally trained as a Community Health Worker (CHW) in 1998 and worked over eight years for SHARE Kenya as a home-based health counsellor. I have continued building my skills and knowledge as a Community Health Worker by attending several trainings and workshops. I achieved my KCPE certificate at Usunga Primary School.

UNDERSTAND ME: I chose this job because I had developed an interest in health care activities and creating instant awareness on HIV/AIDS. There are many diseases where I live including malaria, typhoid, measles, HIV/AIDS, eye infections, dental problems, amoeba parasites and colds. Those are only a few. I know that providing counseling to patients at home can improve their health in positive ways as many do not have access to assistance. This is a good service to my community members.

EDUCATE ME: Continued training is important to me to be able to help my community and provide for my family. I am a counselor. If I am taught, I will teach and advise others. I can make a difference for those I serve.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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KNOW ME: My name is Penina Awino Areto. I was born in 1967 and live 4km from the MED25 Clinic in Mbita, Kenya. I am married with a family of seven children. I have worked wholeheartedly and fearlessly in my community to improve the health of others.

RESPECT ME: I began serving as a Community Health Worker (CHW) in 1992 for an NGO called UNICEF. I was posted to work within Chamakowa Village where we distributed medicine that dealt with different diseases that were seriously unfavaourable to human health. These diseases included malaria, tapeworms and cholera among others. Based on my previous hard work, I became Assistant Pharmacist at Gembe Kasgunga community pharmacy at Mbita in 1994. This led to improvement in health condition within the area where we worked. I am very grateful to note that I worked with the organization until the branch collapsed in early 2000. In 1995, I immediately joined a related organization, Community Based Distribution (CBD).

UNDERSTAND ME: I have devoted much of my life to issues surrounding health improvement. I am hard working and diligent in my commitment to improving the lives of those impacted by harmful and deadly diseases. I look forward to continuing my service to my community through MED25.

EDUCATE ME:I have and will share my knowledge and skills with others. I am grateful for my formal school training at Nyamasare Primary School and Magare Girls Secondary School. This provided me with a foundation for continued learning. To truly improve the health standards of those living in my community, additional training for me and other Community Health Workers (CHW) will be necessary to make that happen.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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SPONSOR ME: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Mary Achieng Okombo and I live in Mbita, Kenya. I was born in 1964 and am married. I have continually been active in my community serving as the Chairperson of the Kirindo Catholic Church, Committee Member of the St. Stephen Kirindo Secondary School, Committee Member of the Angiya Dispensary and Secretary of the Mbita Community Health Workers (CHW). I believe in working hard on behalf of the interests and concerns of others. In addition, I enjoy listening to music groups and travel.

RESPECT ME:In addition to my community involvement, I have been a Community Health Worker since 1992, owned my own business, and provided home-based care to others. I received my ECD Teacher Certificate in 1997 and successfully completed Bishop Okullu Secondary School and Magare Primary School.

UNDERSTAND ME: I am a concerned Kenyan citizen who is active in my community and passionate about teaching and counseling others. Malaria is a deadly disease in my area and the distance to the nearest hospital is 6km. The reason why I decided to be a Community Health Worker (CHW) is to get knowledge and to help people in my area. I am a teacher have been in service to my community for many years. I believe in educating and meeting the health needs of those around us.

EDUCATE ME: My previous education and training have helped me be a strong part in building this community. Learning more will further my ability to share my knowledge with those who can help others and who need the help themselves. I am committed to uplifting my community.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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KNOW ME: My name is Milka Auma Huma. I grew up in Sindo and after getting married in 1990, my husband and I moved to the village of Kirambo. We care for seven children; five of which are ours, and two who were orphans. When I am not working, I cultivate crops including millet and maize.

RESPECT ME: In 2010, a Kirambo clan community elder specifically asked me to be a CHW, and I proudly accepted this responsibility. I then received training from UNICEF where I gained valuable knowledge about improving community mobilization around prevalent health issues like malaria, tuberculosis and pneumonia. I also spend much of my time leading a youth counseling group where I provide sexual and reproductive health advice to teenagers.

UNDERSTAND ME: We have many serious health problems in my community. Many children are not immunized against preventable diseases, and antenatal care is poor with many expectant mothers giving birth at home, leading to high levels of maternal morbidity and mortality. My community, Kirambo, is at a higher elevation than Mbita, and so during the heavy rain seasons it is very difficult for people to make the journey down to the clinic. Therefore, my job as a CHW is very important, especially at these times. I am proud to be able to help bring health care to homes where it is needed and spread my knowledge throughout the community.

EDUCATE ME: By funding education and training for me and other CHWs, you will assist us in increasing the number of children that are immunized against preventable diseases as well as assist in educating and empowering mothers before and after birth to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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SPONSOR ME: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Grace Akinyi Ouko and I am originally from a village called Gem in the Homa Bay area of South Nyanza. My husband, Silus Ouko Orima, is a technician and driver with ICIPE (International Centre of insect Physiology and Ecology), and we have four children, three boys and one girl. When I am not working as a CHW with MED25, I care for my children, work in the garden cultivating skuma wiki, millet and maize, and I work at the local market selling cups and bowls.

RESPECT ME: I went to grade school at Usare Primary on Rusinga Island and have worked hard all my life to grow staples and sell goods at the markets to support my family. I became a CHW with MED25 in 2010 and since this time I have received training in family planning sponsored by the Essential Health Services, and further training in this area through Devlink (Development Knowledge Link Africa) and also ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Kenya.

UNDERSTAND ME: In my community, Kisui West B, many of the homes are on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is a very dirty lake, as people wash here and it gets the runoff from the villages, but this is the only source of drinking water for most people. This means that we have many health problems due to waterborne illnesses and parasites. I recognized that my community has major health issues and so when MED25 came to the area, I felt compelled to join and help change the fate of my village.

EDUCATE ME: I love providing health information to members of my community on waterborne illnesses and malaria prevention, but what makes me most proud is my work in family planning with expectant mothers. By donating to MED25 CHWs, you will help to run our continuing medical education (CME) so that I, and others like me, can help expectant mothers through their pregnancy and give birth safely and reduce maternal deaths.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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SPONSOR ME: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Pauline Odira. I grew up in the village of Alego Kogelo in the District of Siaya, where US President Barack Obama’s father was born. After marrying in 2008, I moved to the village of Kisui East. My husband and I have three children and care for three other children belonging to deceased family members. Although I am not a farmer by trade, I cultivate maize and beans on a small farm.

RESPECT ME: After becoming a CHW in 2010, I received training from UNICEF about the importance of linking CHWs to local health facilities and improving community mobilization around prevalent health issues like malaria and water borne illnesses. In my spare time, I volunteer as a worship teacher every Friday when school is in session.

UNDERSTAND ME: I am very passionate about my community and I attend regular meetings held by community elders to stay informed and involved. I see the amount of suffering that occurs in my community due to diseases such as malaria and water borne illnesses. I strongly believe that prevention is better than cure which is why I am passionate about counseling people in my community on the use of mosquito nets and water treatment.

EDUCATE ME: Mothers with young children often find it difficult to make the trek to the clinic. By educating and training CHWs, you can help us spread health information among the residents of villages and improve their access to health care so that we can fight against preventable diseases to become a stronger and more vibrant community.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

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SPONSOR ME: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Fredrick Ogolla and I am the leader of the MED25 CHWs. I was born in Mbita and grew up in nearby Kisui. I married in 2007 and we just had our third child who is about to turn six months old. She has an older brother and sister who are six and three. My wife teaches at Orwa Blessings Academy and I run a boda boda (motorcycle) transport business along with my role as the CHW leader. In my free time I enjoy playing games with friends and family.

RESPECT ME: I finished primary school in Kisui and traveled to Rusinga Island to attend Tom Mboya Secondary School. After finishing school I studied at the Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology, stopping just one year short of completing the certificate to start my own transport business and pursue my love of community by becoming a volunteer CHW. I have received training in Maternal Health sponsored by Essential Health Services (EHS) through the Kenyan Ministry of Health and have a certificate in HIV/AIDS Care Management. For two years, I also worked for the Nagasaki Institute as a Field Assistant, going door-to-door collecting demographic and health information from the members of my local community.

UNDERSTAND ME: I became a CHW in 2010 because I saw that my community was in need and I knew I could help. I have seen the devastation that diseases like malaria can cause and I have a great passion for counseling the people in my community, and encouraging them to be knowledgeable about important health issues like sleeping under nets to help avoid Malaria. I have experience doing door-to-door canvassing and felt that I could help my community and so I joined the MED25 team in 2012.

EDUCATE ME: Education and awareness is important to me and is necessary to improve the health of my community. I have worked hard to bring much needed health information to Kisui and I am confident that over time the use of mosquito nets will continue to increase and the people in my community will take pride in using them, but to achieve this we need to continue training, educating, and sharing knowledge.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

SPONSOR A COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER TODAY!

 

SPONSOR ME: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Alice Olouch and I grew up in the village of Kamkumbe where I lived until I was married in 1982. My husband and I have five children, four girls and one boy, ranging from ages 12-27. When I am not working as a CHW I am a dedicated mother and a hard-working farmer cultivating goats, cows, hens and sorgum, rice and beans. I have been volunteering as a CHW since 1992 and joined the MED25 team in 2010.

RESPECT ME: In 1992, a clan elder bestowed on me the honor of being a CHW. Over the last 20 years I have received training from UNICEF giving me the tools I need to help link patients with nearby health centers and effectively mobilize my community around health issues. I have also been certified as a Community Health Distributor so I can provide medication during visits with people in the community who need it. I have also been trained in counseling to improve health awareness and mobilization concerning common health issues.

UNDERSTAND ME: The most common health issues affecting the Kasagunga Central community are malaria, and water borne illnesses. The lack of pit latrines and understanding about water safety and hygiene leads to devastating outbreaks of disease. After attending several community meetings and seeing a real need for volunteers, I decided to volunteer as a CHW to help my community.

EDUCATE ME: In the time that I have worked with MED25, I have helped increase the use of Water Guard treatment and mosquito nets and have educated people on water hygiene. Many of the residents in my community have now constructed and use pit latrines. I am eager to learn more so that I can bring this knowledge to my community and build a stronger and healthier Kasagunga Central community.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

SPONSOR A COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER TODAY!

 

SPONSOR ME: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

KNOW ME: My name is Betty Adhiambo Onyango. I was born in a Kano, a small village located within the city of Kisumu where I completed grade school at Rongo Primary. I was married in 1999 and now live and work in the village of Uhaga. My husband and I have three children; a boy age seven and two girls who are eighteen and twenty years old. In my free time, I work on our farm where we grow mostly maize and beans. I also help provide for my family by selling food at the local market.

RESPECT ME: I first started work as a CHW in 2011 in a nearby village called Kirindo where I worked on Malaria Prevention and Education, an area that I am especially passionate about. I joined the MED25 team in 2012 where I have worked hard to promote the health and well being of the community as a whole and to educate and empower each individual member of Uhaga.

UNDERSTAND ME: I started volunteering as a CHW in Uhaga after seeing the devastating effects of a measles outbreak. I go door-to-door in Uhaga visiting the residents and I see people struggling every day to make ends meet and feed their families. It is very hard to also prioritize health care in this situation.

EDUCATE ME: During my home visits, I see many people in need of diagnosis and treatment and I refer them to the clinic. Word is spreading that MED25 is a kind and welcoming medical facility where they can receive quality and affordable health care. I hope that I can continue learning and training so that I can pass on my knowledge and that more and more members of my community will utilize the clinic.

ELEVATE ME: Your support of this Community Health Worker (CHW) provides an opportunity for broad impact in this community. An individual Community Health Worker (CHW) has the potential to impact over 120 households through their health outreach and services. Sponsoring ONE impacts the lives of so MANY.

SPONSOR A COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER TODAY!

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

<insert profile pic> David Kregenow, MD- Chair

Dave attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and established a medical clinic in a neighborhood soup kitchen that is still operated by medical students today. In 1995, Dave moved to Seattle for residency and fellowship at the University of Washington and later undertook Pulmonary and Critical Care at Virginia Mason in 2002. Dave soon became a board member of Med25 International and later travelled to Kenya to see first-hand the work that MED25 was set out to do in Mbita.

 

Dave’s vision for MED25 International is to build lasting relationships within the communities. In order to provide a valuable service, our organization needs to be integrated with the lives of our patients and the economies of their community such that we reach for mutually beneficial opportunities. He believes that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts when objectives are aligned properly.

 

<insert profile pic>J. Michael Rona, MHA- Vice Chair

A health care executive for over 30 years and recognized internationally as an expert in organizational transformation in health care by applying the Toyota Production System model, Mike has led a distinguished career in health care, which includes serving as the President of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington for 16 years. He currently serves as the Founder and Principal of Rona Consulting, a management consultancy serving the health care industry around the world. Mike’s passion for improving health care while incorporating a sustainable business model is what attracted him to get involved with MED25. Mike graduated with his masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington and resides in Mercer Island, Washington. Regardless of where he has been during the week, he will almost always make it back for Sunday night dinner with his family.

 

<insert profile pic>Anita Jablonski, PhD- Secretary

Anita first met Executive Director Rebecca Conte Okelo while she was studying nursing at Seattle University from 2005-2007. Rebecca’s passion for promoting health in underserved countries was evident even as a student. Anita has been supportive of Rebecca’s work since she was a nursing student and continues to support her as a member of the MED25 board. Anita has travelled to Nicaragua with Seattle University but took a sabbatical in Fall 2012 to volunteer at the MED25 clinic in Kenya. Anita was able to see firsthand the excellent care provided to patients by an exceptional clinic staff. After receiving her PhD at Michigan State University, Anita accepted a position in the College of Nursing at Seattle University where she currently is an Associate Professor.


 

<insert profile pic>Jon R. Conte Ph.D- Treasurer

Jon is a Professor at The School of Social Work at The University of Washington where he teaches courses on various aspects of clinical social work. He is the editor of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Trauma, Violence, & Abuse: A Review Journal. The Founding President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, he received the 2009 Ron C. Laney Award for Distinguished Service from APSAC and in 2010 was awarded President Emeritus of APSAC and serves with a lifetime appointment as a board advisor. He is a Councilor on the Board of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. He travelled to Kenya with MED25 in 2009 and created outlets for children in the community to use to share their story. Jon maintains a private practice in Mercer Island, Washington specializing in forensic mental health issues related to child abuse and trauma. When he is not teaching or seeing clients, he can be found playing with his dog or watching his grandchildren.

 

<insert profile pic>Brie Stranahan

Brie first met Executive Director Rebecca Okelo in 2009 while in Kenya. She wanted to get more involved with MED25 and their work in Mbita and subsequently brought her children to Africa to see the progress of the project. Brie specializes in conflict resolution and restorative justice and is involved in helping communities to help themselves. She remains very impressed and confident in the work of MED25. Brie is  most excited about MED25’s vision of income generation and the model MED25 is setting for other NGOs to create self-sustaining projects in developing nations. Brie lives in the mountains of Colorado with her two teenage children and their plethora of animals. They enjoy traveling and creating new adventures. Brie’s passions lead her to create her own Mediation Business, which she runs today.

 

<insert profile pic>Paula Kett, MPH

Paula worked as a Critical Care nurse for 5 years before leaving to follow her passion of public health. Her interest in international health sparked her involvement in MED25. Paula was a volunteer in 2010 before the clinic opened and returned to Kenya again in 2012 to complete a community assessment for maternal health and maternal care preferences for her graduate thesis. Paula joined MED25 because she believed that incorporating community preferences and advocating for community involvement are key to an organization’s success, and she saw firsthand how MED25 achieved that in Mbita.

 

Paula currently works as the Program Director and Instructor for a nursing assistant training program in the Seattle Public Schools. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Calvin College in Michigan and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle. When Paula is not working, she is volunteering with a neighborhood non-profit coffeehouse, working towards becoming a certified birth doula, and is teaching CPR Provider classes. She loves to explore the outdoors, play the piano, cook, and spend time with her beautiful niece.

 


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