Arrived In Nairobi

Hello Read and Prosper supporters!  I arrived safely in Nairobi in the early morning hours yesterday.    Thanks to our Kenyan friends, I made it through customs unmolested.

My first day in Africa consisted of walking to a nearby mall for groceries, toiletries, lunch, and a local SIM card for my phone.  Telecom service here is remarkably inexpensive — about $20 for 500 minutes of talk time and 1.5 GB of data!  I picked up a few words of Swahili and most importantly, I began my apprenticeship as a mosquito assassin.

Valley Arcade, Nairobi

The view from my apartment balcony in Valley Arcade, Nairobi

I am looking forward to connecting with our GIVEWATTS partner, Jesper Hornberg, in the next few days, as well as other Nairobi contacts.  If any of you can give me other introductions, they would be most welcome.

The internet and electricity here are both only semi-reliable, but I plan to keep updating regularly.

 

Evan

 

 

About Evan

Evan Colton is a big thinker with a passion for leadership and improving the world through the use of technology. His experience includes working on energy efficient street lighting for Echelon Corporation, low-carbon development projects in Latin America for Global Climate Strategies, smart grid technology and energy efficiency for Incenergy, and commerical solar project development for Distributed Sun. Through his studies and extensive travels, Evan became interested in human development, the differences between societies, and technology’s potential to improve people’s lives. This exploration led to Evan’s vision of sustainable human development, hinging on access to renewable energy, education, and forward-thinking social organization. He holds a B.A. in History from Rice University, is fluent in Spanish, and is based in Washington, DC.

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3 Responses to “Arrived In Nairobi”

  1. Roberta Colton September 28, 2012 at 4:03 PM #

    Nice view! Are you in a highrise?

  2. Evan September 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM #

    The building is probably about 5 or 6 stories and I’m on the third floor. It’s a pretty neighborhood!

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