“Since it was the only computer for miles, there was always a crowd to use it. Many children lined up just to try typing and see how the keyboard felt on their fingers.” Antony Kochiyo, Uyoma Kagwa, Kenya
A Kenyan Improving Opportunities in Rural Areas, One Computer at a Time
Kenya, a developing nation with over 39 million residents, faces malaria, HIV, and poverty as well as rural areas lacking 21st century technology. Many Kenyans are dedicated to improving their country, but we found one man determined to change his rural village one computer at a time. Kenya also celebrates an emerging generation of local technology leaders and innovators.
Antony Kochiyo is passionate about technology and applied to become One Global Economy’s Computer Knowledge Center manager in Nairobi. Although Antony wasn’t selected to fill the highly competitive position, he met Moustafa Mourad, President of One Global Economy, and was inspired to purchase a refurbished computer and bring the power of technology to his hometown, Uyoma Kagwa.
Antony opened the first computer lab in Uyoma Kagwa in 2010. Before the computer lab was in place, most local residents had never seen a computer.
“Since it was the only computer for miles, there was always a crowd to use it. Many children lined up just to try typing and see how the keyboard felt on their fingers,” said Antony.
Today, they wait for hours to use Antony’s computer to go online and read articles in their native Swalili language, practice their typing skills and email family members.
Not only does Antony run the computer lab, he also produces content for the Beehive. Over 80% of the population in Kenya farms for a primary living, so Antony wrote an article about using small rivers for irrigation. The article helped residents understand irrigation principles and practices and Antony said that “many farms are flourishing now.”
Antony hopes one day, to install a computer lab with an Internet network at the local school and develop a localized Beehive website for his village.