A Small Act: Creating Limitless Possibilities

Do Good Lab supports the education of a young girl in Kenya with a scholarship. On February 10th we are hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary A Small Act to raise funds for this scholarship. You can read more about the project and the scholarship here.

The documentary tells the story of Chris Mburu in Kenya and how his life changed dramatically when a Swedish women, Hilde Back, sponsored his primary and secondary education. Today Chris is a Harvard absolvent and he invites Hilde to Kenya to see what her generosity helped to create. Please see below for more details about the film.

Screening Information

When: February 10th, 6:30 – 8:30pm (Please arrive early – screening will begin at 6:45pm.)

Where: 285 Main Street, San Francisco

What: Please register here and bring $10 for your ticket in cash. Your money supports a girl in Kenya with a full scholarship! Read more..

The Documentary

A Small Act tells the story of two very unlikely philanthropists whose modest acts of charity shine a light on the incredible power of giving—no matter how small the gift. Chris Mburu was a child living in a village in Kenya when he first received a $15 scholarship from a Swedish woman named Hilde Back. Her humble but steady sponsorship put Chris through school and eventually launched him into Harvard Law, paving the way to his job as a United Nations attorney. Now in her eighties, Hilde meets Chris for the first time as he launches his own small act of benevolence: the Hilde Back Education Fund for the children of his village. Hilde’s astonishment at the potency of her long-ago gift is matched in scale by Chrisʼs surprising discovery that Hilde is not Swedish at all, but a German Jew who escaped the Holocaust.

Exploring the enduring challenges of achieving an education in the developing world, A Small Act goes on to follow Kimani, Ruth and Caroline— each at the top of their class at Mukubu primary—who are pinning their hopes on winning one of Chris’s scholarships. Interweaving their stories with those of Hilde and Chris, A Small Act reveals just how powerful a gesture of kindness and generosity can be, and that an education is perhaps the most generous gift of all.

Posted by Kathrin on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 3:14 pm.