Born: December 17, 1982
Place of Birth: Thornhill, Ontario
Craig Kielburger has been instrumental in setting up hundreds of primary schools throughout the world's developing countries.
When he was only 12 year old, Kielburger became aware that, in some parts of the world, parents were selling their children as slave workers.
He was inspired by reading of another 12 year old boy, Iqbal Masih, who was a civil rights leader and who had been murdered in Pakistan.
With help from his classmates, his parents, and older brother Marc, Kielburger set up an organization called Free the Children.
This organization was set up with the thought its members would be children and youth determined to help other children.
Kielburger was able to raise funds through the group and travelled to several Asian countries to meet poverty-strickened children and their families.
Free the Children felt that if such families received support, the parents would not be forced to sell or hire out their children as labourers.
Even though Craig Kielburger was often criticized for being too young to understand the problems at hand, he and Free the Children proved effective in getting their message out to the world.
The organization has helped in the building of hundreds of schools in developing countries by focusing on letting children help children.
While his work often required travel to other nations, Kielburger did not neglect his education and is a graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program.
He and his brother have also set up a new organization called We Is Me which works together with Free the Children.
Craig Kielburger has received many awards including being made a Member of the Order of Canada.
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