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Free The Children

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Janie T

on 1 November 2012

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Free The Children Free The Children has many campaigns and helps internationally and domestically. Internationally they build schools with their "Brick by Brick" program that helps to raises money to build schools from the ground up. Another campaign internationally is the "Vow to Silence" campaign. the "Vow to Silence" symbolizes the malnourished children, and the silent children of child labor. People can also have other people sponsor them for every hour they are silent, $50 can provide school supplies for a school and $8500 can build a school or a school room. Campaigns and Programs Free The Children is committed to empowering children around the world. They want to end poverty around the world, to do these they focus on these five things; Education, Health, Clean Water and Sanitation, Alternative Income and Livelihood, and Food and Agriculture Security. These five pillars are what essentially is going to end poverty and give the children a better life. Goals and Missions Progress Over the course of 17 years Free the Children has helped 45 countries with programming and building projects, had 650+ schools and school rooms built, helped 1,000,000 children and families get clean water. They also provided $16,000,000+ of medical supplies around the world. As a result of Free the Children's Adopt A Village Program, there was a 17% increase of children with access to nutritious food in the communities where Free The Children works. Also now because of Free The Children 91% of households practice healthy water usage at home. Domestically they have a program called One Night Out, where students learn about being homeless or in poverty, where they can spend a night in their school gym to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness in North America and England. In Canada they have "We day" where people come to the fundraisers and can come give speeches on empowering, educating and inspiring children around the world. Free The Children basically begin with one man, a child back when they started it, decided to speak up for children around the world and fight against child labour His name was Craig Keilburger, he had gathered 11 of his school friends to speak up. He was inspired by boy name Iqbal Masih who had tried to speak up for all the children, including himself, that were forced to child labour. He had died defending children against child labour. He had changed Craig's world. Marc Kielburger, Craig's brother had helped to found Free The Children. Key People Involved History Founded in 1995 by children's advocate Craig Keilburger when he was just 12 year old, the foundation began with a group of his classmates. After that Craig traveled to South Asia to learn more about child labour. It was there where he first caught the eye of the media, when Craig held a meeting with then Prime Minister Jean Chretein, hoping to put child labour on Canada's radar. When Kielburger came home, he and his friends starting to take on fundraisers and petitions to stop child labour. People can take part in any of their campaigns; from we scare hunger to mini we day to brick by brick. They can also find ways to fundraise such as adopting a village or host a third-party event. Schools can get involved by also adopting a village, but they can also visit the "Adopt a Village" communities. How You Can Get Involved Iqbal was born in Pakistan, but shortly after that his father left him and his mother. His mother found work as a house cleaner, but still needed more money to feed her children. She then borrowed money from the local money lender Hussain Khan. To revive herself of her debt she sent her son Iqbal to child labour. Iqbal worked in a carpet factory where they came them little food so their fingers wouldn't grow, making it easier to make carpets. One day Iqbal cut the carpet he was working on and was sent to a "tomb", the tomb was an old cistern buried underneath the courtyard. They were chained to their looms so they couldn't escape their master Hussain Khan. At 10 Iqbal escaped from child labour and joined the BLLF (Bonded Labour Liberation Front of Pakistan. Iqbal visited America in 1995, and shortly after he came back he was shot to death. Iqbal Masih's Story JANICE TSANG Craig Kielburger Marc Kielburger By Janice Tsang 8M Why Free the Children Helps   Free The Children doesn’t just empower children when they succeed in their projects; they also help the families in that area. Building a school for a community gives families hope for their children to get jobs. Giving people food, helps basically everyone, Free the Children provides hope.
Free the Children is different amongst most charities, they act and let students be involved in the action that they do. Most charities focus on one thing and that’s either helping internationally or domestically, but Free he Children works to help both parties with almost the same campaigns.
I think that Free the Children is very good at wiping out poverty in a sense that they don’t try to just give an individual a hand-out. They give a community something such as a school or giving a community a safe farm where they can grow things for their children and families. They believe that it is not about giving people a certain thing it is about giving a community five pillars; health, education, clean water and sanitation, alternative income and livelihood, agriculture and food security the communities can raise from the poverty. Once they have the five pillars they believe that it can be successful. They believe giving someone money or clothes won’t help them, it’ll just tide them over for a period of time, what Free the Children wants is to keep the people and the community out of poverty forever. Free the Children One thing about Free the Children that is somewhat bad is that they have a lot of campaigns. Having a lot of campaigns gives people choice of what they want to help the foundation do, but it also doesn’t give a lot of money to each of the operations. If a lot of people are looking for what to do, and they each chose a different operation, the money would be scattered everywhere. Each movement would get money, but not as much money as if they only had a few things for people to choose. If for example they only had 10 activities, they would get the same amount of money, but it would also have a lot of money for the specific campaigns so they could do more with it.

Free the Children were inspired by children to help children; that is a wonderful thing, and they still let children take part in their events. To me Free the Children helps children both ways. It helps the children that get what the charity funds for get a better life, but it also helps the children giving learn about how these things work and helps them to understand empathy too. It helps them learn about how to live a better life feeling good about giving these people what they have. It basically changes both lives in a sense of everyone feeling better.
Free the Children also tries to give 90% of their donations to the cause. They also work with a company called Me to We which sells things such as environmentally friendly clothes, books and accessories. Me to We also has leadership training, inspiring speakers and transformative travel experiences. Me to We measure not the money Free the Children has gathered but the amount of people that Free the Children has help. Half of the net profits from Me to We goes to Free the Children, the other half goes to sustaining the company for further generations.
Free The Children helps tons of people around the world, but they also help the people who give letting them to see a different part of the world, and that is priceless.
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