It all started simply enough. Years ago, Lorna Macleod, an employee of Micato Safaris, was waiting in a parking lot when a little boy approached her carrying a note that indicated he was trying to collect 700 shillings for a school uniform. Once he had the uniform, the message said, he would be admitted into school. Macleod quickly gave the boy what was the equivalent of $15. Instead of dashing away, as most shy youngsters expectedly do, he started crying and said, “God bless you.”
Jane and Felix Pinto (sitting) and Dennis and Joy Pinto with their children, Sasha and Tristan, in Kenya's Amboseli National Park
It struck Macleod: Micato brought thousands of people to Kenya every year and had access to an affluent clientele. Why not put these people in touch with the most vulnerable citizens of Nairobi, those women and children who had been impacted by the brutal HIV/AIDS pandemic?