Erick Obudho was one of the first children to be taken into the Tusaidie Watoto Nursery 20 years ago when it first started. He is the eldest in a family of five whose parents are casual workers in the Kibra slum. His father has worked repairing watches, but since the advent of mobile phones, watches are obsolete and work is diminishing quickly. His mother buys omena (tiny dried fish – a popular food from Western Kenya) from the city market and sells them at the side of the road.
The family lives in a small basic two-roomed house in Kibra.
Without the support of Karibuni, Erick would have had little hope of an education. From the nursery he progressed to the local primary school, achieved high marks and continued to secondary school. In the exams at the end of secondary education, he achieved a grade of A-. This is a huge achievement for a boy from such a poor, humble background and he was granted a scholarship by Equity Bank, supplemented by a grant from a Karibuni supporter, to go to Strathmore University where he gained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.