Craig Kielburger

How the U.N. Exists in Thunder Bay

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready to pass. Then one councillor rose to remind his colleagues of their promise to the city's young: the Children's Charter.

How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

September 8 is International Literacy Day, marked with events in schools and communities around the world, and highlighted by a United Nations celebration and conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite the promising gains of the UN's worldwide "Literacy as Freedom" decade that ended in 2012, more than 770 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write.

The Schools Keeping First Nations Kids From Turning into "Phantoms"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them "phantoms." Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them. His life changed when Moricetown teachers Tom and Lorna Butz came knocking in 2012,

The World's 51-Million Refugees Are Living in Limbo

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Clemantine Wamariya went years without taking a shower. Living with the filth and stench was still preferable to risking rape in a refugee camp bathroom. It would be six more years before she again had a home not constructed out of blue and white United Nations tarps, and several more years before she became a Yale University grad and activist for displaced peoples. Wamariya's incredible success story is a testament to what refugees can achieve when every day is not just a fight for survival.

Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Africa's 600 million hectares of uncultivated land -- more than half the global total -- adds up to a recipe for a better food future. Agricultural innovation, education, and the resulting empowerment of women and girls promises to make the coming population boom a turning point toward truly sustainable development.

If You Give Women in Poverty the Right Tools, They Will Flourish

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Although she attended primary school, Daisy's family couldn't afford the fees to send her to high school. But when Barengetuny was 19, development workers began travelling from village to village by motorcycle, including her community of Motony, introducing women to the micro-finance "merry-go-round." Now she's an established businesswoman.

Why Archbishop Desmond Tutu Is Focused on Forgiveness

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

What astounds us is that, despite everything he saw and endured during the apartheid years, Tutu remains one of the most joyful human beings we know. A laugh is never far from his lips. When music plays, he is the first on his feet dancing. We can only attribute this to his mastery of the art of forgiveness. Tutu's soul remains unburdened by anger and vindictiveness.

Humankind's Deadliest Foe Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mosquito-borne diseases kill 725,000 people a year -- including one child in Africa every minute from malaria alone -- making the seemingly innocuous bugs responsible for more human deaths than every other creature combined.

Access To Water Is No Longer Just A Third World Problem

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On July 28, 2010, after years of pressure from many countries, the United Nations General Assembly declared access to clean water for drinking and sanitation to be a universal human right. But many places in the world struggle to guarantee this human right. Access to water is no longer just a third world problem.

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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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.