We were founded by a community that dared to fight back against health inequity
In 2007, the community of Lwala, Kenya was suffering from the dual burden of high maternal mortality and HIV prevalence. Rather than wait for help to come to them, village members organized and donated land and resources to build their region’s first health clinic.
The Sons of Lwala
When Kenyan brothers, Milton and Fred, lost their parents to HIV, they resolved to fulfill their father’s dream of bringing health to their community. They worked with their home community and thousands of supporters in the U.S. to launch Lwala Community Alliance. As Milton says “Our status as two of Africa’s 1.3 million HIV orphans galvanized us. We realized we couldn’t wait until it was convenient. Too many children were losing their parents.”
To build the capacity of rural communities to advance their own comprehensive wellbeing.
“While visiting the hospital, I helped deliver a baby girl who was in respiratory distress shortly after birth. The mother looked me and asked, ‘Is she going to live, or should I call my husband and the rest of the family and tell them to prepare for a funeral?’ I fought back tears, thinking of my own two girls. This mother deserved to bring back a bundle of joy to her family. We worked feverishly to resuscitate this baby, suctioning her little nostrils and giving her supplemental oxygen. As the life-giving oxygen flew into her precious lungs, her heart rate increased. A decade ago, she would have perished – but because she is now part of our over 97% of babies being delivered under the care of a skilled attendant, she lived.” – Milton Ochieng’, Co-Founder of Lwala Community Alliance