While Emily came to Nyaka with a few assignments, probably none carry the significance of helping Allan become proficient on the computer. For him, it’s starting not at the beginning, but remedially, before the beginning, as he only has complete use of one of his hands. Under such circumstances, the keyboard is daunting. The night before Allan’s first lesson here at the guest house – for which he has to negotiate the famous Nyaka highway, aka boulder strewn war zone, uphill and then be carried in to his seat by the table – Miss Big Heart was drawing out a practice keyboard for him to take home and practice his fingering. Only, after the first lesson, it became clear he was one handed, so the next night, Emily went to the Web (it’s still amazing to me that we can do that even in the western boonies of Uganda) to find teaching models of one-hand typing. Only, Allan has limited use of his pinky, so Emily further modified the one hand typing paradigm the next night – sort of an Allen modification for Allan.
|The custom keyboard designed by Emily for Allen|