John Omondi is a resident of Rabuor Village, and also Mwanzo Education Center’s (MEC) security guard! A very soft spoken and gentle spirit, John describes himself as one of the lucky people with a regular job living at his now bigger hut that he is working to enlarge. John’s need for a larger hut came about because he recently became a father to two orphaned girls, in addition to his son.
Mwanzo is lucky that all our staff members go above and beyond call of duty; and this can be said of Omondi!!! He oversees the safety of our school property at night (his official duty starts at 6:00pm and goes until 6:00am!). Similar to a night duty nurse, he goes home in the morning to sleep. He says sometimes it is hard to fall asleep because of the playful shouting of MEC’s children on the playground, which he can hear from his hut.
During this period when Mwanzo is constructing a new primary school building, John can be seen helping to haul heavy building materials and organizing them to ensure the children are safe. At other times throughout the year, he volunteers his time as the school caretaker working with our school janitor, Risper, to ensure our school is clean and the grass/hedges well trimmed. He expresses that Mwanzo has created big changes in the lives of many in the community!
With a big smile, John says that as a man he is stronger financially because of the salary that he earns. He is grateful because he can pay tuition for his three children and provide them with food both of which are important duties for a man in Luo society.
With a deep breath he says to me: “Jonathan, TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS.”