Co-founder of Free The Children (the world’s biggest youth-driven charity), Craig Kielburger is pushing forward the boundaries of charity, philanthropy, social justice and creating change. Passionate about enabling the voices of oppressed children from all over the world, he is a leading global voice on corporate social responsibility, social activism and youth empowerment.
Co-founder of Free The Children with his brother Marc, Craig Kielburger heads up the world’s biggest youth-driven charity, whose activities have so far reached over 1.7 million children. The brothers are passionate about enabling the voices of oppressed children from all over the world, to be heard.
At the age of 12, Craig came across a story in a newspaper about the plight of a young kid called Iqbal who was sold into slavery at the age of 4, and when he decided to speak out against his captors he was killed. Naïve but outraged, Craig rallied his school friends together to take action, and Free The Children was born.
Free The Children has built more than 500 schools in South America, Asia and Africa, providing over 50,000 kids with access to education. Health and clean water initiatives, and the Adopt A Village project are other offshoots of the foundation, as well as the creation of over 23,000 alternative income projects put in place to help women and their families to maintain a steady income.
Once Free The Children was established, the brothers started the Me To We project. With its aim to promote ethical living and social responsibility, the organisation comprises volunteer based leadership workshops, a publishing house, clothing line, speaker bureau and a music label.
Craig has written 10 books and writes a weekly column about world problems. His book ‘Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World’ is a New York Times best seller.
Craig’s efforts and achievements have been lauded by many organisations including the Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (often called the Children's Nobel Prize) and The Order of Canada. He has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates and degrees.
In 2013 Craig and his brother Marc were inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame for for their humanitarian work and their efforts to emower young people to change the world.
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