Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.

Who We Are

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Integrated Approach

When a family in Lwala, Kenya, is affected by a HEALTH CHALLENGE, like HIV, they are simultaneously impacted by FINANCIAL INSTABILITY and EDUCATIONAL BARRIERS. Our communities are not looking for vertical solutions or silver bullets. They see the causes of poor health as complex and nuanced – so do we. It’s not enough to run a stellar health facility, so Lwala also delivers services in people’s HOMES, FIELDS, and SCHOOLS.

Bottom-Up Innovation

Founded by Drs. Milton and Fred Ochieng’, brothers from our community, the DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, and EVALUATION of our programs continue to be driven by the communities they benefit. We employ more than 180 staff from our region and follow human-centered design and participatory approaches. We source, measure, and share bottom-up innovations that yield lasting change, reinforcing the value – NOTHING FOR US, WITHOUT US.

Systems Change

Not only are we impacting the communities we serve, WE ARE REFORMING SYSTEMS. Our education programs are delivered by 17 government-owned and -operated schools. Our health facility is an integrated part of the county’s health system – delivering services and collecting data in partnership with local government. Our economic programs are built off market-based models and, after our initial investment, run independently.

OUR 2020 Strategy

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  • Goal 1
    Promote physical health through the provision of wellness, preventative and medical care.
  • Goal 2
    Prepare the next generation of local leaders through universal quality education.
  • Goal 3
    Build self-reliance by growing the local economy.
  • Goal 4
    Advance equal rights and opportunities for women and men.
  • Goal 5
    Foster sustainable and ethical use of natural resources.
  • Goal 6
    Create and share a replicable model in community-led development.
  • Goal 7
    Collaborate with Kenyan and international partners to move from dependence to ownership.


  • 98% HIV-exposed infants testing HIV negative at 18 mo

  • 300% Increase in family planning since 2011

  • 89% Access to improved sanitation

  • 30% Decrease in under-5 child deaths

  • 5,155 Students with Clean Water

  • 1,107 Patients on HIV Care

  • 1,234 Farmers Trained

  • 30,000 Total patient visits in 2015

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