Lasarus Okumu, a former Mango Tree beneficiary, graduated from medical training college in 2012 and now runs his own community medical clinic. Lasarus was one of nine brothers and sisters. He and his siblings sadly lost their father to HIV when he was still at Nyawango Secondary School. Soon after his father died, Lasarus was due to sit his exams. He had pinned all his hopes on doing well, achieving a good grade and studying to become a doctor. Unfortunately, Lasarus didn’t manage to achieve the grades he needed. He couldn’t afford to re-take his exams and without the guidance and support of his father, he felt lost.

In 2007, Lasarus went to a Mango Tree consultation day, along with 200 other young people, which was being  held at a local primary school. Here he met Consolata and the team for the first time. With their support Lasarus was accepted back into Wang’apala School, where he was able to re-sit his exams and achieve the grades he needed to gain a place to study medicine at college. Before taking up his place at medical college in 2009, Lasarus completed a 10 month community service volunteer placement for The Mango Tree.

After graduating in 2012, Lasarus gained a hospital internship and spent almost two years developing his skills, alongside working for a small community-based treatment centre called the House of Hope Medical Centre in Katito.

Working at the medical centre helped Lasarus realise that he wanted to set up a similar health project in his own community in Homa Bay County. He began looking for a suitable location and eventually the Lakeside Medical Centre was opened. His medical centre now offers affordable medical services for communities living around the shores of Lake Victoria.

Lasarus employs two staff, a laboratory technician and clinical officer, both of whom are former TMT supported students. Together they hope to expand the facilities offered at the clinic to reach even more rural poor people from their community.

Lasarus would like to thank The Mango Tree and our donors who have made this possible.