Craig Kielburger

Malala's Father Is Also a Hero

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Malala Yousafzai has recovered to become a crusader for universal education. Less often do we hear about Ziauddin -- or "Zia", as he is affectionately known -- who was the family's first crusader. He is his daughter's greatest champion and confidant.

Kofi Annan: Global Solutions Will Be Defined by Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Is it just us, or does the world feel a bit scarier lately? The world needs experienced leaders -- grizzled global firefighters with the wisdom to staunch the flames and guide us through turbulent times. One is Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Remembering Greatness: Happy Birthday, Madiba

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Nelson Mandela would have been 96 this week. It's the first birthday since his passing -- celebrations replaced with mourning and reflection. With the passing of Mandela, humanity lost a quiet voice of reason -- one we still sorely need in an increasingly polarized world. In honour of Mandela's birthday, here are some of our own fondest memories of "Madiba."

To Save Lives, Canada Needs More Diverse Organ Donors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The chance to save lives is simple--become an organ donor. The chance that someone from a particular ethnic group will receive an organ, like Canada's aboriginal and South Asian populations, is a little more complicated. We're a diverse country, but does our donor pool match that diversity? In Ontario's predominantly caucasian communities, up to 50 per cent of residents are registered. But in more diverse areas like the GTA, the registration rate is around 14 per cent.

Why Are There Mostly White Males on the Canadian Heroes List?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Make no mistake, everyone on that list is worthy of inclusion. They all made great contributions to our country and our world. But where are the women and non-whites who have contributed just as much? A pantheon so steadfastly monochromatic and male hardly reflects the diverse and multicultural nation we claim to be.

Afghan Illiteracy Can't Be Solved by Simply Slapping Up More Schools

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Since 2006, Canada alone has pumped more than $180 million into education in Afghanistan, according to the Canadian Foreign Affairs project browser. Thousands of schools have been rebuilt or rehabilitated by western nations. Afghan government statistics show more than -- up from just 5000 in 2001. So why is it that, despite this decade of massive investment, the literacy rate for women is still only 22 per cent according to UNICEF? It's the same problem we've seen so many other places: failing to realize that building a school is not the same thing as providing an education.

One Child's Education Is a Whole Community's Dream

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For us in the West, it's hard to imagine life without education. But what if you couldn't read the words on a basic contract, write your name on a job application, or count the money you earn at work? Imagine no one in your community knew how to prevent your crops from failing, basic accounting to run a family business, or how to treat a common illness.

Smart Philanthropy: Big Hearts Should Have Big Impact

Craig Kielburger | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig Kielburger

It's difficult to criticize philanthropy. The desire to give back should never be put down. However, it seems to us that some philanthropists do not always take the same thoughtful, researched approach to giving that they do to their stock market portfolio.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

The Human Rights Issue In Sochi You Haven't Heard About

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Cheaper? As we gather excitedly before our televisions this month to marvel at Olympic quadruple jumps and backside 1440 triple corks (yes, these tricks look as cool as they sound), yet another human rights issue in Sochi marks a stain on the ice rinks and ski chalets themselves.

Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens originally designed for emergencies now struggle to meet rising, chronic need. And in both the grocery store and the food bank, the cheapest and easiest food to come by is processed, packaged, and unhealthy.

Qunu Mourns Mandela and the Barriers to Education

Craig Kielburger | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig Kielburger

If the community and the government really want to honour Mandela, they should be investing in schools and children. It is a shame that schools where his descendants and others in his community live are so poorly funded that they can't support educational ambitions.

Why the Holidays Aren't So Happy For the People Making Your Gifts

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Get informed about the products to avoid, and the products to embrace. Flaunt our best finds to our friends, in person and online. Share the knowledge and the excitement of shopping with a conscience, especially during this month of frenzied consumption and "great deals."

Passing Mandela's Torch to a New Generation of Leaders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If there were such a thing as a rock star politician, the man known affectionately around the globe as "Madiba" is one. Today's youngest generation did not witness his historic struggle, release or election. Yet they know his extraordinary messages of equality, hope and forgiveness. And they are ready to receive his torch.

"Wheelchair? Whatever": Thriving as a Paraplegic Teenager

Craig Kielburger | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig Kielburger

Through her energy and determination Emily has brought her community together to become more inclusive. She has also inspired others who face similar challenges. On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, what will you do to be a difference maker and create an inclusive world for everyone?

Canada Should Have Been Better Prepared to Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It is almost inconceivable how little the world has actually invested in helping the most vulnerable countries be prepared. As we join the people of the Philippines in grieving, and helping them rebuild their shattered lives, we can also rejoice in the lives that were saved by good preparation.

The One Canadian I Admire And Will Celebrate Today

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For me, no one represents what International Day of the Girl Child intends to celebrate more than a young Canadian friend who is making a profound impact in the country of my birth. Hannah Godefa, only 15, exemplifies the best of what it means to be an international Canadian citizen.

Terry Fox Draws Crowd, 33 Years After His Death

CP | Adrian Lee, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox's attempted cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research earned him a place on Canada's Walk of Fam...

Me To We Awards Honour Six Everyday Canadian Heroes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Impact

It's one thing to be idealistic and mean well in life, but it's another thing to go out there and kick the world's butt to actually make a difference....

My African Adventure with Artbound, Maasai Warriors and Nelly Furtado

Sara Graham | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Sara Graham

This is where sh*t got medieval. And by this I mean we were building walls old school brick and mortar styles. The guys had to chip away at massive stones in order to make them fit. And then there was the "flicking". The process basically involved throwing mud at the new wall to reinforce the bricks.

Visiting Maasai Mara Changed My Life - And I'm Not Even The Camping Type

Sara Graham | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Sara Graham

In 2010, I joined Artbound, a nonprofit volunteer organization committed to championing the power that an arts education has on creating sustainable change. Our first 80s-themed fundraising event was an incredible success and raised $150k in order for Free The Children to build an arts centre at their Kisaruni High School for Girls. This would be the first of its kind in East Africa.

Celebrating 50 Years of "I Have a Dream" (Video)

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It was the speech heard around the world. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" are some of the most recognizable words in history, and 50 years later, the March on Washington Square is an enduring example of the struggle for basic freedoms through peaceful assembly. Now, it's time for reflection.

Star Power: What Jesse Giddings Would Say to His High-School Self

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The story of how Jesse Giddings got his break in the entertainment industry reads like the opening act of a Hollywood film: star-hopeful moves from the suburbs to the big city with nothing but a duffel bag and a dream. We caught up with Giddings to find out what motivates him, and what he would say to his high-school self.

How a 10-Year-Old Blogger Is Changing the World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Hannah Alper is a 10-year-old blogger with a resume that would make recent journalism grads jealous. She earned a press pass for the 2013 Juno Awards, where she worked backstage as their official blogger. The reach of her environmental blog, callmehannah.ca, has landed her in the hot seat as interviewee with the likes of CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos.

Behind the Headlines: Copying Celebs? Look Beyond Their Locks!

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last Wednesday, singer Beyoncé Knowles posted a photo on Instagram that sent star-gazers into an uproar. Just once we'd love to see a Facebook status update like: "OMG! Beyoncé was collecting food for the food bank. I am so, like, going out tomorrow and doing a food drive!"