Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala, Kenya to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala, Kenya to advance their own comprehensive well being.
The Lwala Community Alliance was founded by Kenyan brothers Milton and Fred Ochieng’, who are natives of Lwala, a rural village in Western Kenya. Milton and Fred lost their parents to HIV while in college in the U.S. and 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 start 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.
In April 2007, after 3 years of fund raising, the Lwala Community Health Center finally opened. Through a staff of more than 25 Kenyans, we treat an average of 1,200 patients each month, 55% of whom are patients under 5. Over time the program has become more multi-dimensional to include small scale micro-finance, public health outreach, water and sanitation, and education programming. Currently we are expanding our programs to better address the maternal health and HIV needs in the area.