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Lalmba is a non-profit, tax deductible, humanitarian organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3). We are incorporated in the state of Missouri, and registered and headquartered in the state of Colorado.
Lalmba Association was started by “mom and pop” Hugh and Marty Downey from Kansas City, Missouri. Hugh founded Lalmba after seeing (and immediately meeting) the needs of two orphan boys he met while serving in the US Army in Keren, Eritrea. He went home, married Marty, and together they have served the people of Africa ever since, meeting the needs where they seem the greatest. Little did they know that over the years, Lalmba would treat well over two million patients in our hospitals and medical clinics, and care for thousands of orphaned or at-risk children.
As Hugh and Marty grew older, they included many others in the work that they consider a blessing. In September 2013, they officially retired, and handed over the reins to their successors, Jeff and Hillary James. Jeff and Hillary are no strangers to Lalmba, having previously served as volunteers in Ethiopia. Various volunteers in the US assist Jeff and Hillary with accomplishing the details of this work. At this writing, several expatriate volunteers are serving in Kenya and Ethiopia for one to two years. Like us, their reward is in the work they do, and the lives they touch.
We are all grateful for the immense privilege of doing this work.