Craig Kielburger : Change is Possible

by catherinefournier on March 16, 2014 - 9:44pm

For many weeks now, I decided to concentrate on problems related to youth while trying to find solution or ways to end these problems in our society including organizations where you can go and make a change yourself. During this research, I found many organization and people who tried to make a change, but one of them really inspired me : Craig Kielburger.

Craig Kielburger studied at the University of Toronto in peace and conflict studies. He received many prizes for his impressive charity work and 15 honorary doctorates and degrees. Also, he writes two weekly columns with his brother Marc appearing in multiple newspaper such as The Huffington Post, the Vancouver Sun and the Globe & Mail. On top of this, Kielburger wrote twelve books and his a New York Times bestselling author.

Furthermore, he is the co-founder of two major organizations focusing on making a change in the life of younger groups. At twelve years old, he co-founded Free The Children, an organization that offers education programs for youths in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom. The programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America are child-focused to provide them with skills that will help them get out of poverty forever. It is known has the “world’s largest network of children helping children through education”. Free The Children has built more than 650 schools which provides education for 55,000 children every day. Me to We, also co-founded by Craig Kielburger, is a social enterprise that offers many things in order to make the world a better place and rasing awareness about the environment. Me to We proposes volunteer trips and a shop where the clothes are not harmful for the environment. The organization does not only focus on education; accessibility of clean water, health care, food security are also targeted. Half of the profit of Me to We is donated to Free The Children.

His work demonstrates how when you truly want to make a change you can, and his organizations offer you simple ways to make a small change yourself. Craig Kielburger said that “together we can make a world of difference”, and he makes me believe it.

                               Works Cited

Free The Children. Free The Children. n.d, Web. 16 Mar. 2014. <http://www.freethechildren.com>.

Me to We. Me to We. n.d, Web. 16 Mar. 2014. <http://www.metowe.com>. 

Comments

Well done on this post. I must admit I have never heard of Craig Kielburger before I read your post; I now hope to find out more about his program Free the Children. It is one thing to talk about helping; it is another to actually help. Building more than 650 schools is a great way to help change for the better. I believe that education is one of the most important elements in the process of change; the more education a person has the options they have for success. This information is important to me because I wish to become a counselor and suicide prevention activist. With a better childhood from Free the Children, children will have less stress and be less prone to suicide.

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