Giving Kids A Helping Hand

Kenyan hotelier John Ngata Kariuki takes on a grim national problem

John Ngata Kariuki, executive director of Sarova Hotels, a leading hotel chain in East Africa, is used to housing high-profile business people, politicians and international dignitaries in style. But last August, as he opened his newest facility, he was uncharacteristically nervous. The people waiting to come through his doors were not his usual patrons. For a moment they just stood and stared, taking in luxury to which they were clearly unaccustomed. Then, with shouts of delight, 20 boys between ages 6 and 13 rushed into their new dormitory bedroom, gleefully threw themselves onto the bunk beds and rolled on the clean,...

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