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Ezra Otenga

Ezra Otenga - 29 years old


We met Ezra at the corner shop and he was a nice dressed man with expensive clothing (on the contrary of the local people). He is 29 years old and works in Nairobi. The jobs he has aren’t the type of jobs he wants, but he hasn’t been able to find a good job yet. He comes back to Okana every month to see his family. He studied computer science and he has a master in international management. Ezra himself wouldn’t come back to Okana unless he could find a good job here. His main priority is getting a good job, so he can provide money for his family. Now he works at a fumigation business treating houses.

We asked of his family would come to the Pavilions and he said they would come. He and his guardians knew about SRI and the project and they are excited about it. He would like to readhistory books in the library, because he think that is interesting. He would also read aboutpsychology, because he could use that knowledge in his further career. His siblings would want to learn better English and they would like to read some nice stories. They would be able to pay a fee for using the books; he couldn’t mention a fair price for the fee. We asked if they want to use the Internet and for what they would use it. He replied that they want to use it for three things, namely for research and learning, but also for his social life, therefore we had to think about Facebook, Instagram, Gmail and Google. Also here paying a fee wasn’t a problem.

He proposed another idea to make the Pavilions more interesting for children: the possibility of playing games. He gave us a few examples he thought were good. He mentioned volleyball, basketball and football. In his opinion children then could relax, but they could also learn if they wanted to.

Ezras mother is a widow who sells fish at the junction in Ahero, a town next to Okana. She walks every day to Ahero, because she doesn’t have a bicycle. Her neighbour has a motorbike and he sometimes helps her with the transport of her fish. He thought she would be interested in the BamGoo System, but he feared that she couldn’t afford it, because a bike is quite expensive here. A bike costs namely around 6000 Kenyan Shilling (60 euro) and the income is very low here, about 200 – 500 Kenyan Shilling a day (2 – 5 euro).