Hope for Lwala
by Barry Simmons
Seven years ago, Milton Ochieng became the first person from his village in Kenya to receive a college scholarship in the United States. There was only one problem: His family could not afford the airfare. So neighbors in Lwala sold their cows, took out personal loans and raised nine hundred dollars. At his send-off, village elders handed Milton a plane ticket worth more than their annual incomes. The gift was offered with one request: “Just don’t forget us.”
Milton attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where, during his senior year in 2004, his world...