At the A.R.K. Foundation we believe that…

 

I. Changing one life is worth the investment. 

The Starfish Story  

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

 
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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.

                                                Chinese Proverb