Lessons From A Street KidBook - 2011
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When Craig Kielburger was twelve years old, he was horrified to read a newspaper account about a boy of the same age, Iqbal Masih, who had been killed for speaking out about the deplorable child labour and exploitation conditions in his country, Pakistan. As a child slave, the boy had worked in a carpet factory from the ages of 4 to 9 years, chained to a loom in the factory.
Craig started a group of concerned students, “Free the Children”, to carry on Iqbal’s work. The students held fundraisers to raise money to send to needy children in countries such as India, Kenya, Brazil and Haiti. In time, Craig began to travel to some of these countries. One of his first visits was to Brazil, to meet with some of the thousands of children who live there on the streets without their families.
In Salvador, Brazil, Craig met Jose and his “family” of fellow street kids. They talked, enjoyed playing soccer together, and became friends. When it was time for Craig to leave, he learned an unforgettable lesson in friendship and generosity when Jose, who had so little, presented Craig with his treasured soccer jersey and insisted that Craig accept it.
Today, the red and black soccer jersey still hangs in Craig’s office at the Free the Children as Craig continues his work of helping children in developing countries across the world.
Free the Children is now the world’s largest network of youth helping other children to escape exploitation, slavery and poverty, so that they can attend school. Free the Children works in 45 countries.
The colourfully-illustrated story of Craig and Jose is easy to read, thought-provoking, and immensely inspiring.
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