John Thou may look no different to any other child beggar in Nairobi, Kenya, but the boy has certainly proved himself to have a heart of gold. And when his actions towards Gladys Kamande came to light, they made headlines for all the right reasons.
Thou’s life itself has been tragic, however, since his mom passed away when he was very young. The boy was subsequently left in the care of his abusive father; ultimately, though, Thou couldn’t endure any more time with his dad and so ran away to the streets.
And like the majority of homeless children in Kenya, Thou devoted much of his time to asking civilians for money in order to survive. Beggars in Nairobi tend to approach motorists when they’re in their vehicles, and Thou was no different in that regard.