News & Notes from 2016 Winners
On March 31, Ash Rogers (United States) emceed a gala in Nashville, Tennessee, celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Lwala Community Alliance, where she is executive director. Community partners and supporters came together to celebrate a decade of impact in Lwala, the village in rural western Kenya where Lwala Community Alliance has concentrated its efforts. As emcee, Ash (pictured above, center, with Lwala Community Alliance's U.S.-based staff and co-founders, far right) introduced several special guests throughout the night, including Lwala Community Alliance co-founders Milton Ochieng’ and Fred Ochieng’, Grammy Award-winning artists Jars of Clay, Emmy-nominated actress Connie Britton, and Health eVillages founder and Tivity Health CEO Donato Tramuto, who surprised Ash at the gala by announcing a $500,000 grant to the organization.
Since becoming Lwala Community Alliance’s Executive Director at the end of 2015, Ash has helped steer the organization toward developing services in family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and education. The organization operates under a community-led model, building the health, educational and economic capacity of community members so that they in turn can “advance their own comprehensive well-being,” according to their website. In her remarks as emcee at the celebratory gala, Ash attributed Lwala Community Alliance’s success and longevity to its community-centered approach: “From our founding, we have built a community-led model of healthcare that works. Our story is proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting.”
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