April 22, 2010

VUMC Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit the Lwala Community Alliance, Friday, April 30

On April 30, Vanderbilt University will host a celebration for Kenyan brothers Milton and Fred Ochieng’,  who founded a health clinic in Lwala, Kenya, to honor their parents, who died from HIV.

The event will reunite local Nashville supporters two years after a city-wide benefit at TPAC that helped launch this rural health clinic. Many will remember the Ocheing’ brothers, who were honored as ABC World News Persons of the Week and as the subjects of the local documentary "Sons of Lwala."

On April 30, the Ochieng's will present recent footage from the clinic and community as well as update supporters on what has taken place in their village since that night two years ago when the documentary’s premiere audience raised $230,000.

The event — Lwala: An Evening of Celebration — will take place at Langford Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. In addition to the main program, the celebration will feature a multimedia village walk-through experience and cultural musical events.

Ticket sales will benefit the Lwala Community Alliance, which is now expanding its programs in Kenya to better address the maternal health and HIV needs in Lwala.

For more information regarding the event, please contact James Nardella at 974-1400 or
james@LwalaCommunityAlliance.org. For tickets, please visit