HILDE BACK EDUCATION FUND

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Jennifer Arnold

The Hilde Back Education Fund, (HBEF) is a Kenyan Charity that assists children from poor families and disadvantaged communities in Kenya access secondary school education. This is made possible through the Sponsor to Child Program which is its main program. This unique project is led by successful Kenyan professionals, some of whom were once needy when a sponsor reached out to transform their lives by paying their school fees. Having attained success through education, these professionals are positively transforming their communities through supporting the next generation. The kids being sponsored currently, in their turn, are expected to sponsor the education of the next generation. The HBEF project is the subject of an Emmy Nominated US documentary film ‘A Small Act’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010 and has been selected for other international film festivals and  received critical acclaim around the world. The film traces the lives and times of three generations- the story of a Swedish school teacher (Hilde Back) who sent a couple of dollars in the 70s to support Chris Mburu. The then poor but highly bright Chris is now an accomplished international Human Rights lawyer, who founded HBEF in 2001 to support the education of kids in his country.