Things fall apart

I grew up in Kibera slums where I  attended my primary education, born in a family of six my, childhood years where very tough as we lived in extreme poverty, I was raised by a single mother who did casual jobs and sometimes sell groceries in the market, the family income was less than US$1.00 per day for many years.  Unemployment rates was high and as a result my mother really struggled to provide us with basic needs. There were a lot of cases of diseases and deaths as persons living with HIV in the slum are many. Cases of assault, teenage pregnancy and rape were very common growing up. There were few schools, and most parents could not afford basic education for their children. Children living disability were chained and locked in houses most of the times, and majority ended up illiterate, Clean water was very scarce. Diseases caused by poor hygiene were prevalent. A great majority of people living in the slum lacked access to basic services, including electricity, running water,  and medical careWith a population of about 1.2 million people Kibera Slums neighbourhood is divided into a number of villages, including Kianda, Soweto East, Gatwekera, Kisumu Ndogo, Lindi, Laini Saba, Siranga, Makina, Salama, Ayany and Mashimoni. as a Community development consultant helping nonprofit organisations and socially-minded small businesses apply technology and strategies for sustainability. I engage with community-based organisations and youth groups by providing training and workshops aimed at supporting their business and strategic planning, to improve their program administration, and raise funds to meet their goals. My work extends to over 10 years in Technology and Nonprofit.

Most of the people living in slums in Nairobi lack access to modern technology, textbooks and reading materials, as many live-in small houses without electricity supply, so most of the time school libraries provide them with place to study in the evenings and weekends. There are very few resource centers which is equipped with computers and digital reading devices. I am currently working with some community-based organization to launch project click, this will be a resource center to help women, children and people with disabilities develop necessary know-how skills/knowledge as technology provide a lot of opportunities that will expose them to diverse reading materials.

I shared my story; Things fall apart as this particular book is very prominent among student readers in Kenya. The book is about the degeneration and destruction of a society. One of its grimmest lessons is that force, not virtue, generally triumphs. Okonkwo the main character is initially a success because of his strength and physical violence. He can dominate all those around him and does so very harshly. His power is vanquished not by love or courage or any other positive quality, but simply by greater force. This particular story is a very relatable account of my childhood struggle through harsh living conditions and hardship which grew up in. My goal in life was to change and improve the living conditions I was exposed to. My encounter with books and reading materials had a greater impact, as it shaped my understanding on how lack of self-confidence, fostered by insidious external influence, can bring about personal self-destruction.There are many major lessons to be taken from Things Fall Apart. One is a historical lesson about how colonialism impacted Africans, specifically the Igbo tribe. Another lesson is how violence and pride can bring down an individual as societies generally decay from within before being attacked from without.

My passion for technology and books makes this particular story very resourceful as it’s a digital documentation of an oral story which can easily be shared through the communities via libraries or other online platforms and devices.

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