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CRAIG KIELBURGER


Birth date & Place of Birth
Craig Kielburger was born on December 17th 1982, in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Craig is a Canadian activists and is the founder of the worlds biggest children charity organization "Free the Children."


Education

Craig Kielburger has numerous degrees. He has got a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto, and just recently got his Executive MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Craig travelling from place to place around the world being extremely busy, still went back to school and learned more about worldly affairs and problems in developing countries.


Influences
Craig Kielburger found Free the Children in 1995; when he was 12-year old. Craig was reading the Toronto Star when something suddenly caught the corner of his eye. An article which claimed that a 12-year old Pakistani boy named Iqbal Masih had been killed; because Iqbal had risen against child labour. The death of Iqbal Masih had made Craig furious. Which was mainly why Craig acted upon humanity, and putting an end to child labour.
Craig was also influenced by his brother Marc Kielburger. Marc was also someone who was strongly concerned about stopping child labour. Marc's confidence is what made Craig realize that having beliefs against the wrong is not enough. Acting upon your beliefs is what will make a difference. Afterwards, with Craig as the founder and his Marc as the co-founder, together were able to form a children charity organization "Free the Children".

Accomplishments
Craig Kielburger helped millions around the world meeting humanitarian rights and needs by raising a plethora of money from numerous fundraisers and donations. Craig's aim was to educate teens and children who didn't have the means of education, and those who were illiterate. With the money he raised from his organization Craig built over 500 schools in 45 developing countries such as Kenya, Ecuador, India, Pakistan. Till today people have donated over 30 million dollars to his organization which he used to teach over 2 million teens and children how to read and write. Craig continues to donate hundreds of thousands of clothes to those who are in need. Craig Kielburger truly helped millions around the world by educating them, providing clothes, and other basic necessities. Craig Kielburger has given various speeches against child labour in front of world leaders in the United Nation for which he received over 10 million dollars in funds. After that speech many leaders such as Bill Clinton, and Jean Chretien worked with him on ending child labour. He had also appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in which he received over 5 million dollars worth of donations. While most young adults would be in university attending their courses, but Craig Kielburger made a difference by alleviating and providing a helping hand to people around the world being his biggest accomplishment.


Did Craig Kielburger Achieve His Goal?
Craig Kielburger achieved his goal to educate needy children in developing countries. Craig Kielburger changed many adolescents whole world by acting on what he believed was their rights which made a huge difference. Most importantly, he wanted children to stand up to their full potential and wanted to show that they are not alone. After all the work Craig had done, Craig didn't expect to see another headline about a child like Iqbal Masih , a martyr for human rights, and continues his generosity to make sure his expectations stay reality.


Differences He Made

"Child labour is an issue of grave importance. It must become a top priority for all governments of the world." How can the world move into the twenty-first century with children still being exploited for their labour and be denied to their basic right to an education?"
Regarding Regarding this quote, it's clear that Craig's first priority is "Education". He travelled from country to country and aided those in poverty; by providing them with clothing, education, and a sense of belonging to humanity. He also freed innumerable children from slavery and labour. He believed that one child shouldn't have all the comforts of the world and another one just the same, instead having to suffer through slavery and scarcity of food and water. Craig Kielburger is currently facilitating the people in Haiti, because of the massive earthquake and after shock.Craig aided many people who didn't have the resources and facilities like us. This is how Craig Kielburger made a huge difference around the globe.


Why is Craig Kielburger A Great Leader?

Craig Kielburger is a great leader because he has all the qualities that every leader should possess. Craig honours equality, honesty, integrity, perseverance and all other respectful traits which all leaders should, possesses great feelings about certain matters going on. Unlike most people, he took action on what he thought was wrong doing the right thing. But like most great leaders, Craig as well has a few inspirations, like his brother Marc Kielburger and Iqbal Masih. He was someone who not only knew how to manipulate situations where there is something wrong going on, but also has the presumptuousness and tenacity to take action. And became a successful leader, who now has influenced millions of people worldwide.


Interesting Facts

In Honour of Free the Children and Craig Kielburger there is a day that is known as "Me to We Day." This event is to educate youngsters about global issues around the world and encourage them to fund-raise for Free the Children.
After reading the article about the murder of Iqbal Masih, Craig started a petition on stopping child labour which signed over 5,000 people in Thorn hill.
At the age of Craig and his colleagues fund raised by having mini carnival days, lemonade stands, dances, community barbeque's (e.t.c.). Still today, Craig and his organization continue to fund raise with the same way's.


Bibliography

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