SXSW Film Screening “Building Hope” [Education Shouldn’t Stop After 8th Grade]

Today I was welcomed by Nobelity Project’s founders, Turk and Christy Pipkin, to attend the first-ever screening of their documentary “Building Hope” for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

All I could do was smile as soon as I got there because their altruism and dedication to education around the world fills me with one prominent feeling: hope.

My sister (left) and I (right) with director Turk Pipkin

No one said facing the challenges in global education was easy, but you have to start somewhere. For Turk and Christy, Kenya chose them (where primary education did not become free and mandatory until 2003).

The film “Building Hope” documents the trials of constructing the first high school in rural Kenya, Mahiga Hope High, that ultimately welcomes 366 children to continue their education beyond the 8th grade and generations to come.

The 1000 Voices for Hope campaign was heard and only proves the power of how one individual can make a difference. If you believe in something, you’ll find a way.

You can support the Nobelity Project on if you would like to make a donation towards their Kenyan Schools Fund or other education initiatives here.

If interested in reading further, last year I wrote about their documentary “One Peace at a Time” that initially educated me about issues regarding global education.

For more screening information, visit.!

– Amy Chait


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