Starehe alumni come to the rescue of John Kariuki, offer him a home and complete make-over

Ken Ogutu, one of Starehe Alumnus reached out to Kariuki after his heath wrenching story come to the public limelight after it was aired by local media house.

 

The alumnus of the prestigious school came to the rescue of John Kariuki, an old boy of the Starehe center who has been reduced to sleeping rough and roaming the streets in search of a job.

Ken Ogutu, one of Starehe Alumnus reached out to Kariuki after his heath wrenching story was aired by local media house.

As a result of their inventions, Kariuki has now been admitted at Eden house foundation for counselling before he can rejoin society.

“Streets does things to you which you cannot just wash off immediately, you cannot just get in a bathroom and come out a normal person,” Mr Ogutu told a local daily.

According to them, the former student at the moment needs more than just money or a job in order to put him in the right frame of mind.

He also received a complete make over and in place of his unkempt hair, a clean shaven well-dressed Kariuki is almost unrecognizable, just a day after his story broke.

“My life can now progress from point A to point B and it also feels good to have friends who can care for you,” Karuiku said.

According to the acting Director Starehe Boys Centre, Charles Masheti, when he heard of Kariuki’s suffering he contacted his class group who mobilized each other and went looking for him at Uhuru Park which has for long been his home.

The cabinet secretary for gender and youth affairs, Sicily Kariuki has also promised to assist John secure employment.

Kariuki was orphaned at a young age, Starehe boys come to his rescue for the first time and offered him a full scholarship for his secondary school education from where he attained a mean grade of A minus.

He later joined Kenyatta University with the assistance of HELB loans and graduated in 2013. But since then he has been trying to get a job but with no luck.

In the true spirit of Starehe’s leadership and service, Kariuki disclosed that once he lands a job he plans to create a venture capitalist firm to assist many job seekers who might be going through a similar experience.

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