Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
The Lwala Community Alliance is a non-profit health and development agency founded by Drs. Milton and Fred Ochieng’, who are natives of Lwala, a rural village in Migori County, 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 fundraising, the Lwala Community Health Center finally opened. Over time the program has become multi-dimensional to include public health outreach, economic development, and education programming. A focus on girls’ and women’s empowerment is a significant component of many of the program areas. In April 2011, construction on a new maternity and integrative care wing was completed, tripling the space of the original clinic. As a result, the facility is now designated as the Lwala Community Hospital. Then, in November 2014, we broke ground again to expand the hospital. Our clinical staff at the hospital provide around 30,000 patient visits each year, and we around 1,000 people enrolled in HIV care. Our education program reaches out to 15 schools and we employ over 180 Kenyans through our various programs. All of this work is made possible through the support of numerous individuals and a network of partners.
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.