Sons of Lwala

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This morning, Sandra Britt (Nana) and I visited the Pri-Med East 2008 conference in Boston as guests of to watch the Keynote presentation. my brother-in-law, Frank Britt (Nana’s oldest son), who runs Pri-Med in the US and is part of the management team of M|C Communications, the parent of Pri-Med.

Besides seeing one of the Pri-Med conferences in action, our other reason for visiting was to attend the Keynote presentation by Milton and Frederick Ochieng, who are becoming more well-known as The Sons of Lwala. If you visit their website, you can watch the trailer for the award-winning documentary of their story. They grew up in the small, rural, destitute village of Lwala in southern Kenya. Their father was a science teacher at a local seconardary school who was always fascinated with science. He instilled this fascination into his two sons, Milton and Fred, who at the ripe young age of ~13 decided they wanted to become doctors to break the cycle of death that they constantly witnessed in their village.

When it was time, local villagers sold some of their chickens, oxen and other things in order to raise the $900 necessary to fly Milton to the US, where he would attend Dartmouth College on a full scholarship. The villagers’ only request of Milton was, "Don’t forget us". Two years later, Fred joined Milton at Dartmouth. They each graduated from Dartmouth and then attended Medical School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. They are now 1st and 3rd year residents, and they have not forgotten their village.

The story is too long to recount in much detail here, but to sum it up, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to open a health care clinic in their home village of Lwala. Their older brother, Omondi, now runs the clinic full-time, while Milton and Fred continue their journey to full doctors AND, at the same time, run the Lwala Community Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds to improve and maintain the ongoing operations of Lwala’s health care clinic.

I highly encourage you to learn more about this courageous and inspirational story and to consider making a donation.