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A Small Act

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Students featured in HBO film "a small act"

kenya, education, youth, children

Students in Kenya featured in the HBO film "a small act"

 “A Small Act”

Presented By American Friends Service Committee & the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center

HBO’s A Small Act—an extraordinary film that reveals just how powerful a gesture of kindness and generosity can be, and that an education is perhaps the  most generous gift of all.

Students featured in HBO film "a small act"

kenya, education, youth, children

Students in Kenya featured in the HBO film "a small act"

Myanmar (Burma)

Burmies preschoolers playing

Preschool classes give older siblings a break from childcare responsibilities

Children at a monastic school learn social and environmental lessons that support the harmony of their local communities. 

AFSC’s support for Myanmar’s monastic schools touches the lives of children, parents, teachers, communities and spiritual leaders.

These community schools, run by teachers, monks and abbots, share the responsibility of giving the most underprivileged children an education that builds self-reliance, life skills, and critical thinking. Boys and girls attending monastic schools learn literacy, math, sciences and ethics.

Nargis Cyclone orphans get a new lease on life

Today, 80 Nargis orphans are gathered at a monastery for their monthly get-together.  The children are learning to play a game called “Chickens and Eagles”.  Young volunteers divide the children into groups of three and tell them to pretend to be “chickens”.  Each time they hear, “Eagles are coming,” the little “chicks” quickly run into the arms of their "parents".  Those who do not run back in time will be caught by the “eagles”.

Cyclone Nargis orphans

Orphans, who lost their parents to Cyclone Nargis, enjoy a game of "chickens and eagles".

Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:00pm

Carol Spaulding-Kruse

Carol Spaulding-Kruse

Author and professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse is also a member of the AFSC Iowa Area Program Committee.

Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys From Around the World to Iowa is a new book by authors Kay Fenton Smith and Carol Roh Spaulding about twelve children aged 6 to 16 from nations around the globe whose families now make their home in Central Iowa.

The collection, due out in November 2010 by Des Moines-based Shrieking Tree Publishing, is the result of a collaboration with several individuals whose interests and talents have made possible a book for classrooms, coffee tables, and libraries that tells fascinating contemporary stories of immigration and resettlement.

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