The Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series
An Inspirational Evening with Chris Mburu

Artists for Human Rights presented an inspirational evening with Chris Mburu, founder of the Hilde Back Education Fund and a United Nations Human Rights Officer.
 
CHRIS MBURU - Documentary A Small Act

Chris Mburu has been doing human rights work for the last 20 years - first as an activist in his home country of Kenya, while earning his LLM at Harvard Law School. Currently Chris works with the anti-discrimination section at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights based in Geneva, Switzerland. His work involves research on discrimination and intolerance that could result in the commission of serious crimes.
Artists for Humnan Rights Chris Mburu
"How can you change the world? Where are you going to start?
You can't change the entire world as a whole,
so sometimes it's just as good to help one child." -
Chris Mburu

The documentary, A Small Act, is an inspiring story depicting the struggle of young Kenyans to emerge from poverty through education with the help of the Hilde Back Education Fund founded by Mr. Mburu and named after Hilde Back who sponsored Chris' education in the 1970's under the Swedish Sponsorship Programme. For a simple donation ... about $15 a month ... it allowed him to finish secondary school, eventually graduating from Harvard Law School to become a human rights lawyer for the United Nations. Inspired by Hilde's generosity, in 2001 he started a scholarship program in her name to help other bright Kenyan students who cannot afford school fees. The film, produced and directed by Jennifer Arnold, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for "Best Documentary" and shown at the Sundance Film Festival and on HBO.

 

 
Artists for Humnan Rights Chris Mburu
Artists for Humnan Rights Chris Mburu
 

The HBEF supports the education of talented children from poor families and disadvantaged communities in Kenya. It now provides scholarships, material, medical, leadership training and psychosocial support to needy talented children at the secondary school level. HBEF'S focus is promotion of education as a fundamental human right. The Fund seeks to give support through academic scholarships; regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Today, the Fund has supported the education of 598 beneficiaries who are enrolled in different schools across the nation.

"How can you change the world? Where are you going to start? You can't change the entire world as a whole, so sometimes it's just as good to help one child."

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