Well, we’re finally back in Nairobi after a refreshing week without network access – time to catch up everything that’s been going on the last few days!
Our team left Nairobi last Thursday to head west for a visit with the Lwala Community Alliance (LCA), an organization that focuses on multi-dimensional aspects of community development and empowerment. Our team’s connection to LCA is James Nardella, current Executive Director of Lwala and Project Pyramid alumnus. After driving a occasionally cooperative transmission across a blistering hot Great Rift Valley, we arrived at the LCA in western Kenya late on Friday. Lwala had been without power for two weeks, but this only added to our experience on the ground.
Overall, a few key themes were apparent from our many discussions with members of the team here at Lwala. The goal of empowering the community to sustainably own the programs resonated across the local leaders of LCA. While many of the programs are started with outside funding, we were impressed with how each module is transferred to community ownership and accountability. Based on the last few days, LCA is one of the better examples we’ve seen of addressing the various aspects of development. By bringing together public and personal health initiatives, education, and economic development, the surrounding community of 22,000 Kenyans is benefitting significantly.