Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, International

Location: 233 Carlton St. Toronto, Ontario M5A 2L2 Canada

Mission: Free The Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in our innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has a proven track record of success. The organization has received the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (also known as the Children’s Nobel Prize), the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards, Oprah’s Angel Network and more.
Results: Free The Children has built more than 650 schools and school rooms around the world and has reached more than one million young people through outreach in North America and the UK.
Geographic areas served: Internationally
The Adopt a Village program runs in rural and marginalized areas in Kenya, Ghana, China, India, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua. Designed to meet the basic needs of developing communities and eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education, Adopt a Village is made up of five pillars crucial to lifting communities from poverty: education, alternative income, health care, water and sanitation and agriculture and food security. Building a healthy community through the Adopt a Village model is like building the framework of a house. Each pillar provides crucial support, without which the whole thing would eventually crumble. The Adopt a Village five pillars for community development are all based on the idea that no problem and no solution stands alone.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Free The Children is absolutely amazing. I'm so thankful to be involved with this organization as it does many great things for people all across the world. We Day and Free The Children have changed my life for the better, and I say this with all honesty. By being a part of this organization I've built many friendships and learned how to take action within the community. Their staff has become my second family. I learned to stand up for issues that I believe in and to never be afraid to ask anyone to help take a stand with you. We Day has taught me that it is cool to care. From this one event one can really see how powerful Free The Children is. In Toronto alone, 18,000 students gather to celebrate social change and it's empowering beyond belief. It shows that no matter how young you may be, you have the ability to change the world. I've had the opportunity to speak on stage at We Day and these kids are amazing. They want to learn about different ways in which they can help change the world, and this is often hard to find. Through Free The Children and We Day, I was given the opportunity to inspire thousands and I thank them for this opportunity. I could never have asked for anything better. I'm honored to be a part of Free The Children and I hope I will be for the many years to come!

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