When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor. Using a strong narrative, the film interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole. With clarity and grace, A SMALL ACT, bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create.


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  • Hans

    I was inspired to eat a bagel.

  • Pam

    It's important that we have meaning in our lives. Happiness and fun are good, but helping bring more love, peace, unity & healing on Earth helps the entire planet! I challenge you ALL to pay it forward....it truly is the giving in which we receive! Namaste'

  • sethi

    Truly Inspirational . Thank you .

  • Tara

    What inspired me was that in the face of all the violence Christopher just grew more certain of the need to educate children.

  • Jami2d

    What didn't inspire me about this video. Wonderful woman helping a stranger, great kid remembering the stranger who helped him. He gave her the ultimate gift by getting an education and helping other kids get educated and become leaders. *The Ripple Effect* So Beautiful:)

  • Shweta Gupta

    Very very touching to see the effect of small acts you do ...May more kindness spread in this world.

  • Varsha

    I would like to do work like Chris for fellow Kenyans. I want to connect with him and see what contribution a person like can make.

  • Bernie Nagle

    Mother Teresa famously said, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one". Here is the living proof of the validity of her advice. God bless all the Hilde Backs of this world!

  • Judy H

    It makes me even happier that our family has supported a child (they've changed over the 25 years we've been doing this) through Save the Children. Even though our children may not ever achieve the prominence of this young man, we can hope it's made a big difference in their lives.

  • Merton

    Thank you for showing us the connections of our humanity across our cultures and differences! there are so many needs, and each act of compassion and justice brings hope and loving energy into our lives.

  • Professor Jagdish P Dave

    Inspiring. I wish and hope we have such stories presented on CNN, PBS, ABC and other channels. I share such inspiring stories of small acts with children and families. Thease are not just stories. They are real lfe tranfroming acts and expereinces. Thanks. Professor Jagdish P Dave

  • Steve

    One drop of water can cause a dam to collapse. Thanks for your drop,

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  • Each of us has the ability to create change. Each of us has the power to do something small. Do something small.

  • Send someone to college with a gift of $25.

  • Reflect on what you have received and pay it forward.

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