In 1949, Ismaili John Karmali, a member of the club, was worried about educating his children. He had married an English woman, and this was “almost the first mixed marriage in that mini-South Africa, which Kenya was in those days,” as his wife Joan recalled nearly four decades later. Indeed, she and her husband could not eat in the same restaurant. In segregated Nairobi, the Karmali children were not allowed to enroll in white schools. With five other Asian parents in 1950, the Karmalis founded the Hospital Hill Primary School, began in the Karmalis’ home and later located on what is now State House Road, which was open to children of all races. Within several years, it gained financial assistance from the colonial administration.
John Karmali is a prolific author and has written several books including “Beautiful Birds of Kenya” and “Beautiful Plants of Kenya”.
A School in Kenya: Hospital Hill, 1943-1979 (Paperback)
The Beautiful Plants of Kenya (Paperback)