Gov: Civic Participation Article



Craig Kielburger set out to change the world as a wide-eyed, 12-year-old full of hope and vigor. Kielburger knows now there are some things you can’t change, but that hasn’t dampened his spirit or his commitment to Free the Children, the charity he founded in his parent’s living room. Kielburger’s charity is now in 45 countries and takes in $30 million per year. It’s the largest organization of children helping children in the world. It all began in the 1990s when he read about a boy in Pakistan who was killed for trying to stop child labor. He knew he had to do something about it. So, he went to Asia, and with the help of activists and government officials, helped shut down sweatshops and brothels manned by children.

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