At the beginning of a new calendar year, every blog, radio and TV show discusses resolutions and one of the most popular is about reducing debt. According to Time magazine, ‘get out of debt and save money’ is on the top 10 list of New Year’s Resolutions. One of my favourite CBC Radio shows, DNTO was no exception with its first program of 2013 titled ‘How are you managing your debt?’
One of the many reasons I love this program and its charismatic host, Sook-Yin Lee, is she brings such refreshing perspectives to the wide variety of theme every week. In addition to the predictable money-saving tips, she had a riveting interview with Chris Mburu. A young boy growing up in Kenya, his family could not afford to send him to school, so he relied on the donation from a stranger through a charitable organization. Chris went on to become a Human Rights lawyer for the United Nations, and vowed to find the stranger from Sweden who changed his life. He described this random act of generosity as life-altering for him and decided to create the Hilde Back Education Fund in the name of his donor to assist bright children from poor families and disadvantaged communities access education by providing scholarships and other opportunities at the secondary school level.
The beautiful story of Hilde’s ‘One Small Act‘ has been made into a documentary and was a 2011 Emmy nominee. With an estimated 200,000 children in Kenya in 2011 who were not able to transit from primary school to secondary school, Chris Mburu is repaying his debt to the woman who changed his life.
You can sponsor a child in Kenya for $55 a month to make a difference in one person’s life.
I was sharing his story after listening to DNTO with my mother and aunt, and they were both captivated by it. Chris’s repayment of his debt for a random act of generosity is now helping others.