At the A.R.K. Foundation we believe that…
I. Changing one life is worth the
The Starfish Story
While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me.
As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea.
When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die.
I said to him that I thought he was foolish there were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference.
He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one."
I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.
Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley
II. It is important to empower people to make their own lasting, sustainable, and positive change.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.