Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
The Lwala Community Alliance aims to prepare the next generation of local leaders through universal quality education. School has the potential to create social capital, building stronger connections between people of different tribes, networks for future businesses, and support systems that can better adapt to social ills like HIV. Our efforts to build capacity through educational opportunity include the following:
The positive effects of keeping girls in school are well documented: higher wages, later age of sexual debut and marriage, better farm productivity and family nutrition, smaller family size, lower infant and maternal mortality, higher rates of school enrollment for future children, and, notably, a reduction of HIV rates.
Through the support of our partner, Blood:Water Mission, we conduct school-based health outreach at all 13 schools that includes water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) trainings and the provision of clean water resources and latrines. At the same schools, we work with our partner PPFA to host ongoing health clubs and to connect young people to needed health services.
Secondary school is not free or universal in Kenya. Thanks to our partnership with the Kenya Education Fund and Education for All Children, each year 15 talented students who lack the means to go to school receive scholarships to secondary school.
Through a partnership with Development in Gardening (DIG), we have established permacultures at three schools that function to improve student performance by beautifying the grounds with lush productive gardens, promoting sustainable agriculture to the larger community, and providing food on school grounds.
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.
March 4th, 2014
Founders Drs. Milton and Fred Ochieng' had the honor of sharing their story with Brown University's Alpert Medical School. Brown hosted a screening of their documentary, "Sons of Lwala." Thank you to Brown University for the great photos!