Little John Thuo is one of the many homeless youth living on the streets in Nairobi, Kenya. Street urchins in Nairobi are oftentimes looked down upon, seen as dirty beggars and pick-pockets, but John just proved that even a beggar, with the lowest social status possible can have a heart of gold.
One day, while John was asking for money from the drivers of cars stopped in traffic, he met a woman named Gladys Kamande. Gladys suffered with collapsed lungs causing shortness of breath. She constantly relies on an oxygen concentrator, oxygen cylinders, and a generator to breathe, carrying the supplies with her at all times.
Not only that, but the 32-year-old has gone through 12 surgeries; one surgery ruptured her optical nerve causing her to go blind.
Being a curious little boy, John asked what all of her gadgets were for. As she explained her situation to him, his eyes welled with tears. He began to cry, realizing that– as difficult as he life on the street may be– Gladys had it so much worse than him. He cried even harder as he realized there was nothing he could do for her.
John took Gladys’ hand and prayed that God would provide her all she needed for treatment. After that, he reached into his pocket and gave her what little money he had.
A passerby noticed the incident, took some photos, and told the story on the internet. And within a few days, the story had gone viral and triggered a a chain of events that would change both John and Gladys’ lives forever.
After Gladys’ story spread, thousands of donations poured in. In total, kindhearted strangers contributed $80,000 to enable her to travel to India and receive treatment.
And how is John doing? Well, after all of the attention he received on social media, he was finally rescued from the streets and adopted into a loving home.
The woman who adopted him, Nissy Wambugu, also gave him the opportunity to start studying!
In the end, John’s gesture of kindness helped not just Gladys—but also gave him a mother and a home.
Please share this touching story with your friends and family. And let them know that sometimes all it takes for a miracle to happen is a little human kindness.