The film A SMALL ACT follows the story of Chris Mburu. He was the top student in his Kenyan village. But with no money for school fees, he had little hope of a future. Then, a total stranger named Hilde Back sponsored his early education through a “sponsor a needy child” campaign. She paid roughly $15 dollars a term to keep Chris in school. Little did she know that her tiny contribution would pave the way for Chris to go all the way to Harvard Law School. Today Chris is a human rights officer for the United Nations. He has decided to find his sponsor and thank her. He wants to start his own sponsorship program to educate a new generation of kids in his village. Here is a video that previews the movie that tells Chris’ story. It shows that one small act of kindness can have a tremendously positive ripple effect on many lives.
- Check out this website to learn more about Hilde and Chris and their amazing story.
- Check out this website to learn more about Hilde and Chris and their movie.
Topics for Discussion:
- What do you think made Hilde Back decide to donate to a stranger halfway around the world?
- What difference can one person make in the world?
- What small act of kindness can you do to make a positive difference in someone’s life?
- See the Random Acts of Kindness website to learn more about kind acts you can do every day!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.