Like I mentioned in my introduction post, I am actively involved with my school newspaper, Viking View. My article on Free The Children was published in the June issue this year, and be sure to check it out!
Digital Version (if the pictures are not clear enough)
“The whole concept [of FTC] is just youth helping youth,” says Sanaya Rau, an executive member of Burnaby North’s Free the Children club.
Free the Children is one of the largest international charity organizations that educates, engages, and empowers youth to become agents of change. Most famous for its global event, We Day, FTC proves that anyone can make the world a better place. It all started with one person and one idea. When he was twelve, Craig Kielburger read a newspaper story on Iqbal Masih, a young child who worked as a slave in a carpet-weaving factory and subsequently died after standing up for children’s rights. Craig knew he had to do something to stop this insanity, and started FTC alongside a group of friends with the goal to free children from poverty, exploitation, and neglect.
Even as you are reading this article, children around the world are mistreated, thirsty, homeless, abused, and without a voice to speak safely about their opinions on human rights. FTC spreads awareness about this issue and encourages youth like us, to lend a helping hand in creating freedom for children in need. With its Adopt A Village program, FTC has successfully provided help for 8 developing countries, and over 2.3 million youth are involved in their revolutionary instructional projects and programs.
Five main pillars are established to end poverty: Education, Water and Sanitation, Health, Alternative Income and Livelihood, and Agriculture and Food Security. FTC tries to obtain the most benefit for communities by ensuring that all five pillars are present in the village, with the idea that success is to never require charity again.
What can you do to help? Burnaby North has its own Free the Children club, with over 40 participants organizing events such as Krispy Kreme sales to We Scare Hunger canned food drives. On June 14th, North’s FTC club will be on Grouse Mountain participating in One Climb, a great initiative to provide clean water for more than 10 000 people. Anyone is welcome to join. Another opportunity is a 10 day leadership development camp starting on June 27, with all profits going to Free the Children to build a school in a developing country.
If any of this interests you, remember: FTC Vikings are helping youths all around the globe, and you can be a part of it too.
Ariel Jingjing Cao
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