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Free the Children - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Free the Children is an international charity and youth movement founded in 1995 by children's rights advocate Craig Kielburger.[1] Funded to large extent by youth, the organization was originally based on the motto, "children helping children". It specializes in sustainable development in the countries of Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, India and rural China. In developed countries, the organization runs educational campaigns, with the aim of empowering youth to become socially engaged.[2][3][4]

Free the Children was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger when he was 12 years old. Craig was reading through the Toronto Star newspaper before school one day when he came across an article about the murder of 12-year-old Pakistani boy called Iqbal Masih, a former child factory worker, who had spoken out against child labour.[5][6][7]

Soon after, Kielburger established Free the Children with a group of his 12-year-old classmates. The organization was formed to expose child labour to North Americans and encourage other children to get involved in the issue.[8] In an attempt to learn more about child labour, he then travelled to South Asia to meet child labourers and hear their stories first-hand. It was on that trip in 1995 that Kielburger captured the attention of the media (in Canada and, to a lesser extent, the United States)

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We Day is an annual "youth empowerment" event organized by the Free the Children charity. Held in cities across Canada and the United States, We Day motivates youth to take action on local and global issues. Since 2007, thousands of Canadian students have attended We Day events, which feature speeches and performances from global leaders, social activists and public figures. Each student group that attends is asked to make a commitment of one local and one global action throughout the year in order to help create positive change in the world.[1]

The event also has one of the largest nonprofit Facebook pages in the world, with over 2 million likes. The associated "1 like = 1 dollar" fundraising campaign, where sponsors of the event donated one dollar for each like on the We Day page, raised over 2 million dollars for Free The Children.[2][3]

Free the Children is a children’s charity founded in 1995 by child’s rights advocate Craig Kielburger. We Day was created to “empower, educate, and above all, inspire”.[4] Since 2007, this annual event has featured a lineup of social activists, speakers and musical performances. It is the start of a year-long initiative encouraging students to participate in Free the Children’s campaigns, which raise awareness and funds for local and international projects.[5]

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Craig and Marc Kielburger: Two Canadian brothers inspiring others by example | YOUTH-LEADER MAGAZINE

Craig and Marc Kielburger: Two Canadian brothers inspiring others by example | YOUTH-LEADER MAGAZINE | Marc and Craig Keilburger | Scoop.it
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the accidental activists craig and marc kielburger - Search Results - Canadian Living

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Craig Kielburger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Craig Kielburger, CM, MSM, OMC (born December 17, 1982) is a Canadian activist for the rights of children. He is the co-founder, with his brother Marc Kielburger, of the Free the Children charity and of the Me to We social enterprise.[1] On February 20, 2007, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.

Kielburger was born in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. He attended Bishop Scalabrini Catholic School, in Thornhill, which is where he did a school project which eventually gave birth to Free The Children and was assigned by Mr. Fedrigoni of Bishop Scalabrini. He graduated with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, a double minor in Psychology and Politics from the University of Toronto.[2] In 2009, he completed his Executive MBA at Schulich School of Business at York University as the program's youngest-ever graduate.

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Marc and Craig Kielburger

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Founders of Free The Children, Marc and Craig Kielburger address 6,000 student leaders at We Day in the Waterloo Region for the first time.
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Me to We - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Me to We is a for-profit social enterprise[1] founded in 2008 by Canadian brothers Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger that provides socially responsible products and services and donates half of its profits to the charity Free the Children.[2]

Me to We began when brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger of Thornhill, Ontario, travelled to Ecuador in their teens to build a school for a developing community. Inspired by their own volunteer experiences, they founded Me to We, originally called "Leaders Today", to offer leadership training and volunteer trips to developing communities served by their charity, Free the Children. They also wrote the book Me to We, with contributions by Oprah Winfrey, Richard Gere, Jane Goodall, Desmond Tutu and others, explaining their philosophy of volunteerism, service to others and social involvement.[3]

Me to We is a socially conscious lifestyle brand, with half of its annual net profits donated to Free the Children and the other half reinvested to keep the social enterprise sustainable.[4] The enterprise has been noted in Canadian media for setting new standards of governance in the social enterprise field.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Marc and Craig Kielburger's do-gooding social enterprise

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Ottawa looks for ways to reproduce the pair's complicated kingdom
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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger

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Craig Kielburger, 24, is an accomplished child rights activist, an award-winning author and a popular speaker.
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