Film Chronicles How “A Small Act” Changed Lives

July 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Inspiring People

New York (CNN) — Ever see those late night ads on TV searching for money to support children in Africa?

A woman in Sweden started sending money to a children’s charity in Africa and little did she know that because of her small payments a Kenyan youth she had never met would up going to Harvard Law School. The story, as depicted in a new emotion-packed HBO documentary, doesn’t end there.

The film “A Small Act” tells the story of Chris Mburu, who grew up in poverty in Africa. Today, he is the acting coordinator of the anti-discrimination section of the United Nations Human Rights Agency based in Switzerland.

Mburu’s benefactor, Hilde Back, was a Swedish pre-school teacher and a Holocaust survivor who fled Germany when she was only a child.

“If you do something good, it can spread in circles, like rings on the water,” Back said.

As an adult, Mburu went on a search to find Hilde Back, and when he did, he brought her to Kenya so she could see first-hand how far her small act went.

Mburu paid tribute to his benefactor by establishing the Hilde Back Education Fund in 2003 before he had even met her in person. The organization offers financial support to children of Kenya who have distinguished themselves academically.

After some viewers saw “A Small Act” at the Sundance Film Festival screening, donations quickly soared. One anonymous donor in London gave $250,000 to support the fund…Continued

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