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” Here, you belong to everyone” – It takes a village to raise a child, so what happens when the children return to fill the hand that raised them? The Sons of Lwala film about the medical duo of brothers who became doctors and returned to bring healthcare to their village in Kenya has to be told. Earlier in 2008, in Nashville, TN area held a benefit screening of the story of the two young doctors who returned to Lwala to build a hospital after being educated in the United States.
Milton and Fred Ochieng’ are two brothers from Kenya whose village sent them to America to become doctors. But after losing both parents to AIDS they are left with a heartbreaking task: to return home and finish the health clinic their father started before getting sick. Unable to raise enough money on their own, the brothers are joined by students, politicians, and a rock band – Jars of Clay who launch a fund raising drive among young people across the United States. ‘Sons of Lwala’ follows Milton and Fred on their incredible journey as they find a way, despite all odds, to open their village’s first hospital. Milton is currently pursuing his residency in St. Louis, MO and Fred is a third year med student at Vanderbilt in Tennessee. Both have been speaking all over the northeast lately to doctor’s conventions while Barry Simmons been showing the film in over a dozen venues, from universities to medical conferences to church gatherings.”
The Location: Lwala
The Lwala Community Alliance paints us a portrait of an African community struggling to keep afloat. – “In Lwala poverty, impassable roads during the rainy season, lack of electricity, unsafe drinking water and poor nutrition create an environment where poor health is rampant and access to care practically nonexistent. Malaria, diarrhea, skin diseases, respiratory diseases and tuberculosis are rampant. Women give birth in their dirt-floored huts, and complications in delivery often lead to death. Children suffer from malnutrition, which exacerbates the problems of malaria, diarrhea and skin diseases. But despite their severity, these problems pale in comparison to the problem of HIV/AIDS, which is the primary cause of death in Lwala and may infect as much as a third of the population.”
How To Take Action
After Fred and Milton completed the hospital, with the help of well wishers and friends, they realized that they needed to keep it open, and created the Lwala Community Alliance to continue funding the initial donation. You too can keep that fund going. It is already on your Christmas list – DONATE Here – And just in case you are wondering what your donation will do:
In other news,I got in touch with ‘Sons of Lwala’ director, Barry Simmons: “The film has raised nearly $250,000 (KSh 17.5 Million), which is partially being used to build a maternity wing in Lwala.In January, the production team is going back to Lwala in January to film an epilogue to the documentary, and also to show the villagers their film. We’ll also be going to look at how health in the village has changed since the clinic opened a year and a half ago.”
For those of you who have not yet purchased a copy of the DVD, it includes a little mini-documentary on how “Sons of Lwala” got made the trailer and a hilarious movie-let filmed in the village called “Omondi’s Crib.” Simmons adds that “If you’ve seen MTV’s “Cribs” then you’ll get a kick out of this.” The “Sons of Lwala” DVD is available and on sale for $19.99 at www.sonsoflwala.com. Orders made by Dec. 16 will arrive on doorsteps by the 24th!
Many thanks to Barry Simmons for the update! If you use Facebook, join the Sons of Lwala group to receive regular updates on where the film is being shown and how you can make a difference in this project.
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