REVIEW: A SMALL ACT
OVERVIEW: A single gesture can have the greatest impact. Students at Mukubu Primary School in Kenya can’t afford to pay expensive school fees and top students rely on sponsors to continue their education. At 11 years old, Chris Mburu was one of those students. Now a Harvard Law School graduate and Human Rights Lawyer at the United Nations in Geneva, Chris finds and befriends the woman who made it possible for him to reach his highest potential – Hilde Back. An 85-year-old Jewish Holocaust refugee and school teacher in Sweden, Hilde supported Chris through primary school and secondary school with a small monthly payment. As a result, Chris completed his school requirements, graduated at the top of his class at Nairobi University and continued his education at Harvard Law School with a full scholarship..
As an adult, Chris created the Hilde Back Education Fund, a program that provides scholarships for top students in Kenya who can’t afford to attend secondary school. At the time, Chris had not yet met Hilde and, with the help of the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, he was able to finally locate her, thank her in person and invite her to the inauguration ceremony of the education fund bearing her name..
Also featured in A SMALL ACT are current students from Chris’s village. Kimani, Ruth and Caroline are at the top of their class and they share their struggles and determination to improve their lives through education. Their story is reminiscent of Chris’s and his belief that education is the key to improving society. Once they are done with their studies, they plan to give back to their community.
SYNOPSIS: When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She never imagined her quarterly donation of $15 would pave the way for Chris Mburu’s journey to Harvard Law School..
Years later, Chris has become a United Nations human rights lawyer working to combat genocide and discrimination. He decides to seek out the stranger who dramatically transformed his life and is astonished to learn his benefactor, Hilde, is a Holocaust survivor. Chris replicates Hilde’s generosity by starting a foundation to sponsor Kenyan students in need, naming it the Hilde Back Education Fund..
Beautifully interweaving seemingly separate lives to illuminate the truly interconnected world in which we live, A SMALL ACT is a testament to the powerful, rippling effects that one single action can generate.
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