In his column on The Daily Nation, Larry reveals how her late mother, Treazer Anyango Madowo, rode on a bicycle for almost an hour each way from their rented house to her place of work at Usingo. She rode back and forth for 6 years and somehow still managed to find time to run two businesses to supplement her modest income, and raise Larry and his sister, Liz.
Larry spoke fondly of his mother saying;
“She loved teaching and spoke proudly of many of her former pupils, who had gone on to be more successful than she would ever be. Because of her passion, inspired by the dignity and enthusiasm she brought to the profession, several others in our extended family chose the same path to the classroom. It was an honour to be her son.
My sister and I have both had the privilege of studying for degrees and options for higher education far more advanced than my mother ever had. Even combined, our dedication and sacrifice in our respective occupations cannot match hers. It is inconceivable that teachers still face the same challenges that she did when we were growing up.
I respect those who give of themselves every day to instruct impressionable young ones, having seen first-hand the patience, grace and fortitude required in that career. They do us an invaluable service in what is largely a thankless job. They deserve better.
My mother died four years after the 1997 agreement. She never got her big payday and we never moved into that house with electricity.”