Lwala Community Alliance (LCA) is a community-led, nonprofit health and development agency working in Migori County in rural western Kenya. Through the Lwala Community Hospital, the organization provides 30,000 patient visits each year. The LCA’s mission is to meet the health needs and build the capacity of all people living in North Kamagambo, including the poorest residents. The Lwala Community Hospital is part of a larger effort to achieve holistic development in Lwala and the surrounding community, including educational and economic development.
RMF funded maternal and child health costs including:
Basic Primary Care Services
Treatment of TB
Maternal and Child Health Services
Comprehensive care for HIV
Lwala is a village of approximately 1,500 people near Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Within an hour’s walk, approximately 3,000 additional people live in nearby villages accessible by dirt roads. Poor physical infrastructure, including impassable roads during the rainy season, lack of electricity and lack of reliable drinking water, have helped to create a critical healthcare challenge in Lwala. The mission of the Lwala Community Hospital is to meet the holistic health needs of all members of the Lwala community.
Outpatient – 3,914
Child Welfare Clinic – 1,787
Family Planning Clinic – 423
Inpatient Ward – 333
Antenatal Clinic – 415
Deliveries and Postnatal Care – 150
Total – 7,022
Approximately 30,000. The total population of North Kamagambo is 16,500, and programs are a magnet to people beyond North Kamagambo.
Before joining LCA’s girls’ mentoring program, Rehema had problems with her husband and mother-in-law that resulted from a lack of money, food, and her respect in the family. She argued with her husband and mother-in-law quite frequently, which caused Rehema a lot of frustration and unhappiness. At times, she even moved back to her parents’ home to avoid this difficult situation. She then joined the Minyenya mentoring group and became a star participant. She was asked to join an “advocate” training because of her strong participation in the mentoring program. After completing mentoring sessions, she went on to join the DIG (Development in Gardening) apprenticeship program, where she learned how to farm for income and nutrition. Throughout the mentoring sessions and DIG trainings, Rehema put a lot of effort into learning and growing through the programs.
A few months after Rehema graduated from the mentoring program, LCA’s education team asked her if she would be willing to be a mentor herself. The team recognized her ability in working with other young women and her knowledge in areas of sexual and reproductive health, family communication, and making positive life decisions. Rehema agreed to serve as a mentor, as she really had changed positively because of the program. She was already giving good advice to newly married women in the community, maintaining a clean and hygienic household, and working a fruitful kitchen garden. Furthermore, she had strengthened her relationship with her husband and mother-in-law. Now as a mentor, and with the positive changes in her life, Rehema has become a role model in the community, and other young women admire her and want to follow in her footsteps. Rehema says that her husband is proud of her and always encourages her to work hard. She is currently training to work in a hair salon and hopes to start her own salon one day. She thanks LCA for changing her life and is glad to play a role in creating positive impact in the community at large.