Wholeness of life in Lwala and Beyond

Help Us Win $50,000 Through Microsoft By Sharing How Lwala Community Alliance is Upgrading the World

We have a chance to win $50,000 through Microsoft, but WE NEED YOU! The competition is based entirely on social media activity — how many likes, posts and tweets we can get through midnight PST Wednesday, Sept. 23. Will you help us? Here’s how you can vote for Lwala (You have 3 options and can [...]

Blood:Water Co-Founder Reflects on 10-Year Partnership with Lwala in “One Thousand Wells”

Nashville, Tenn. — Blood:Water Co-Founder Jena Lee Nardella made her first visit to Lwala, Kenya, in 2005, bouncing along an unmarked dirt path in the back of a pick-up truck. Now, 10 years later, she’s sharing this story of partnership between Blood:Water and what would become Lwala Community Alliance in her new memoir, ONE THOUSAND [...]

The End of My Tenure at Lwala

A personal note from Executive Director James Nardella… With both sadness and joy, I am writing from Kenya to tell you that this will be my final season as Executive Director for the Lwala Community Alliance. My full-time employment will end in September, but Lwala will remain an active commitment for my family and me. [...]

Connect with a Lwala Mama Through Kangu

This spring, we started partnering with Kangu to better connect mamas in Lwala with those who care about them in the U.S. Kangu is an online crowd-funding platform, which allows individuals to fund a specific pregnant woman’s access to clean, life-saving healthcare services. Safe birth services include: prenatal/antenatal care, skilled attendance at delivery, emergency obstetrics, [...]

ONE Blog Features “Men as Difference Makers”

By James Nardella, Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance One evening in 2011, after a day of plowing her family’s fields with a neighbor’s bull, Vivian Okoth* was leading the animal back to its owners. On the way, the bull charged her from behind, caught her with his horns, and threw her into the air. [...]

Lwala Community Alliance Executive Director Pens Two Chapters in Zondervan’s The Mother & Child Project

NASHVILLE, TN — The work of Lwala Community Alliance is featured in two chapters of The Mother & Child Project: Raising our Voices for Health and Hope, which releases today – March 31. This book, published by Zondervan, is a collaboration of 42 essays by notable politicians, celebrities, pastors and global health advocates – including [...]


Lwala is a finalist in a funding opportunity through the Amplify “Zero to Five” Challenge through OpenIDEO.com. In a nutshell, 443 ideas were submitted on innovative projects organizations would like to initiate in their communities. Our idea focuses on how GIS mapping can be used in “Thrive thru 5″ to reduce under-5 mortality. 31 of IDEO’s “most innovative ideas” [...]

10 Reasons Why Lwala is Thankful for Health eVillages

Lwala Community Alliance community celebrated World AIDS Day on December 1 with a benefit gala at Boston University. More than 110 gathered to listen to the reflections of Co-Founder Fred Ochieng’ and to hear from keynote speaker Donato Tramuto, founder of Health eVillages which provides healthcare technology to some of the most under-resourced environments in [...]