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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Co-Founders, Free The Children

Brothers and founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger are two of the world's leading figures in youth empowerment. Free The Children, which works with more than one million youth every year, is the world's largest network of children helping children through education.

Marc and Craig are syndicated columnists and co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, Me to We, and most recently, The World Needs Your Kid.

Their work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as on CNN, BBC, 60 Minutes and The Today Show, and in People, Time and the Economist.

Craig and Marc are represented by Me to We Speakers.

Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger

We Need to Have Greater News Coverage of International Issues

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 8:11 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

The bomb blast ignited the hut's roof. Flaming thatch fell into a foxhole full of cowering children. A young brother and sister died horribly, and six more children suffered terrible burns.

These children were among the thousands of casualties of a months-long indiscriminate bombing...

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Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

(6) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 8:19 AM

For six months, Matt's home was a park in downtown Toronto. In plummeting winter temperatures, he huddled under a bench and took sleeping medication to get through the night rather than brave one of the city's emergency shelters.

When a researcher with Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health...

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We Should Use Compassion to Get Tough on Crime

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:33 PM

In a moment of boredom, two teens in Lanark County, Ont., smash their way into a hardware store and help themselves to the goods.

Police nabbed the pair soon after. But instead of going before judge and jury, the teens faced their victims in a citizen-run "restorative justice" forum. It's...

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Volunteerism Is Creating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 8:36 AM

Remember that gung-ho teen who hit you up at the mall for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow's millionaire entrepreneur.

Sure, manufacturing and natural resources remain an important part of Canada's economy, but the real economic drivers and...

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Young Muslim Canadians You Don't Hear About on the News

(7) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Another young Canadian dies fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq. A new report from the Canadian Senate sounds the alarm about the radicalization of Muslims in Canada, and recommends clamping down on Canadian imams. Ten young Muslim Canadians are arrested at Pierre Elliott...

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Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:11 AM

When Archie Barrie heard pounding on his metal roof, the terrified child bolted into his mother's arms. The two-year-old boy, who lives on a farm in central Australia, had never heard or seen rain before.

Australia has endured chronic droughts for 20 years. Some areas haven't seen a...

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Canadians Need More Love and Respect For Water

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 12:22 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Leaping from a dock under a brilliant July sun into the icy water of a Canadian lake brought a tide of memories.

A few weeks ago, Craig was visiting friends at their cottage on Lake of the Woods, in northwestern Ontario. The experience harkened back...

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Let's Close the Gap Between Canadians and Refugees

(22) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Samer tended the barbeque while his wife, Nisreen, relaxed in a lawnchair and their 9-year-old son, Mohammed, kicked a ball around with his cousins. An idyllic family get-together no different than any you might find across Canada on a warm spring day.

Until that evening, when the sky filled with...

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How Microfinance Helps Developing Nations

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 12:26 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Maxim Zorya had more than a decade's experience as a registered nurse in his native Ukraine, and then in Israel. But when he and his family made Vancouver their home five years ago, Zorya's nursing career floundered.

In a story too familiar for...

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Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

(44) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 7:21 AM

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want?

Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank...

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Here's Scientific Proof That Poverty Can Be Inherited

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:05 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

The story begins with two babies. Alike in potential, a lifetime of possibilities lie ahead. It ends with two adults: a man sporting a tux and sipping champagne, and a woman in a waitress uniform, serving him oysters.

In May, this brilliant online graphic comic...

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Medicine Hat Proves Idealism and Realism Can Walk Hand in Hand

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 7:54 AM

When the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society approached councillor Ted Clugston six years ago with a plan to end homelessness, he was cynical. The group wanted to just give homes to the homeless.

"You're going to end homelessness? Yeah ok, good one," he recalls thinking.

But the society argued...

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Reconciliation Must Come From People, Not Just Parliament

(8) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Day after day, victims of apartheid recounted their stories of unimaginable suffering. The sheer weight of horror drove Archbishop Desmond Tutu to break down and weep.

In the 1990s, we watched with admiration as Archbishop Desmond Tutu united his nation after apartheid through a truth and reconciliation...

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A Changing Battlefield Complicates the Fight to Help Child Soldiers

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Without guns, tanks, or warplanes, the United Nations won a stunning victory on the battlefield.

After months of complicated negotiation, in May the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) convinced 10 armies involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic to stop recruiting children and release all of the estimated...

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A Sense of Purpose Can Make You Live Longer

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:34 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mabel sat in her Chicago apartment, waiting to die.

Once an active social butterfly, the 85-year-old found herself increasingly cocooned at home because of age-related illnesses like arthritis. A downward spiral ensued: the less Mabel went out, the more she lost touch with friends,...

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West Africa Faces a Long Road to Recovery After the Ebola Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:10 AM

Every day for months, Mabinty marched to her school in Magburaka, Sierra Leone. And every day she found the doors locked and windows shuttered. The eight-year-old heard her parents talk about this thing called Ebola, but didn't understand why it meant she couldn't go to school.

In mid-April, Mabinty's patience...

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We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:36 AM

From Canada to the United States to Europe, many families' loved ones made it back from Afghanistan thanks to John Bloggins (his name has been changed to protect his privacy). For months at a time, the Canadian combat medic lived at remote Afghan outposts, mending bullet wounds and severed limbs....

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A Unique Pen Pal Project Brings the Yemen Conflict Home for Ontario Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 7:44 AM

The Facebook message came from the middle of a war zone. "It's people like you that give me and so many others hope that we are not forgotten and alone," wrote Yemeni peace activist Nina Aqlan to Canadian teacher Kathleen Connors and her students.

That online exchange is part...

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The Next 10 Years Will Offer Limitless Options to Change the World for the Better

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 8:31 AM

When we set out in 1995 to end child labour, we stood on a straight road with just two directions to choose from: donate to a charity, or start one.

It's incredible how much has changed in the world of "doing good" since then.

So we started a mostly traditional...

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What 20 Years Has Taught Us: Empowering People to Be Changemakers

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 5:30 PM

Without the shelter of trees, talons of wind rend the vulnerable farm fields of Salabwek, Kenya, stripping away precious topsoil. But one 16-year-old arborist is bringing back the trees.

Mercy Chepchilat, a Grade 11 student at Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School in southern Kenya, saw that deforestation from charcoal burning...

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