Various organizations have attempted for years to get national governments to give 1% of their money to international development. We say, why wait for them to decide? With your 1%, students in Lwala can stay in school, people can earn an income for their families, HIV+ patients can receive treatment and care, babies can stay healthy, and the community can access clean and safe drinking water. That is an investment that LASTS.
The Lwala Community Alliance was founded by Drs. Milton and Fred Ochieng’, natives of Lwala, Kenya. Milton and Fred lost their parents to HIV while attending college in the U.S., and they took this as a CALL TO ACTION to provide access to primary care in their community. During medical school at Vanderbilt, the brothers did all they could to raise the funds to build a clinic back at home. Their story is the subject of the documentary “Sons of Lwala” and has been featured on ABC World News and CNN.
The Lwala Community Health Center finally opened in 2007. In 2011, construction on a new wing was completed, thereby tripling the space of the original clinic and giving it a new designation of LWALA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. Our clinical staff provide more than 20,000 patient visits each year, and over 1000 people are enrolled in HIV care. We employ 100 Kenyans through our various programs.
The long term vision is for
HOLISTIC TRANSFORMATION of the entire region, not just through healthcare, but through education opportunity and economic development. Sustaining this growth takes mutual commitment.