Besides Mathare, the Kariobangi and Kibera slums, also in Nairobi, host schools with thousands of children just like Elias. Reaching 10,000 children in 3 different slums proved to be a much more difficult experience than anticipated but an incredible adventure. We searched, contacted and vetted enough schools to reach the 10K mark. We were looking for schools that had the minimal infrastructure to use a-ACADEMY and who would commit to using it on a regular basis, the latter was the easy part.
Have you ever driven through the city of Nairobi at rush hour to get to an important appointment? If you ever do, you will feel like Indiana Jones at the end but you will probably not make it on time to your appointments. Sometimes, even if you make it to the school on time, equipment in hand, ready to rumble, you will find that the only viable computer that you were going to use to project a-ACADEMY on a beautiful big screen, for a class of 50 children at a time, turns out to not be usable. Perhaps the mouse is missing, the power cable, its keyboard or any other apparently unimportant thing that all of a sudden becomes crucial. At that point, you will remember the spare mouse, cable or keyboard that you have in the office and will arrange to come again the following day. From that day on, you will never again leave the office without an ‘emergency technology kit’ in your car.