"Let every child be free to be a child."

- Kailash Satyarthi

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The Huffington Post
July 20, 2016

The upper house of the Indian Parliament has just passed the much awaited Child Labour Amendment Bill. If the Lok Sabha also clears this bill, we will not see an end to child labour any time soon.

It's always good to walk a few more miles but we should not celebrate unless we have reached our destination.

Our Vision

A world free of violence against children -- a child friendly world where all children are safe, healthy and enrolled in a quality school.

Our Mission

A CHILD-FRIENDLY WORLD

The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) envisions a world where all children are free, safe, healthy, in school, and have the opportunity to realize their potential. Our mission is to end slavery and child labor and ultimately end violence against children.

The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation US is dedicated to eradicating child labor and child exploitation by educating and mobilizing the public, engaging the private sector to prioritize children in their business models, building capacity of partners on the ground and advocating for the protection of children in national and international policies.

Protect Children from Trafficking, Slavery & Child Marriages

Governments, businesses, and civil society must do more to protect children from the worst forms of abuse such as child trafficking, child slavery, and child marriages. Ensuring that children aren’t harmed is the critical first step toward a child-friendly world.

 

Child Labor Elimination & Child Empowerment

The only way to permanently eliminate child labor and break the cycle of poverty is for every child to receive a quality education. An education cannot be considered a quality education unless it emphasizes children’s rights and empowerment.

Our Philosophy:

At the heart of all our work is the prioritization of children’s well-being, including directly empowering children to stand up for their rights.  We believe the secret to achieving the results we seek lies in forging strong partnerships across sectors (civil society, business, government, academia). We also believe in mobilizing resources where they will have the strongest impact and an outcomes-based approach based on transparency, accountability, and collaboration.

About Us

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s more than 35 years’ experience and proven track record—rescuing and rehabilitating child laborers to prioritizing children in national and international policy to building public and corporate awareness—uniquely positions him to expand and build upon his previous work globally through the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation (KSCF).

We believe that all children must live freely with dignity and have the fundamental right to be safe, healthy and educated in order to realize their potential. In order to make this a reality, the Foundation will focus on the 3Ps: Policy, Practice and People.

Central to our work is partnership (our 4th P) – building trust and collaboration between and among key stakeholders. The Foundation will bring together governments, the private sector and civil society (including youth) to create a solid alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and nations, standing together until no child anywhere is deprived of their freedom.

Most importantly, at the heart of all our work is the prioritization of children’s well-being, including directly empowering children to stand up for their rights.

  • Policy: Identify gaps in policy, share research and practical solutions, and build capacity to ensure national/international policies and laws meet children’s holistic needs.

  • Practice: Scale proven child-friendly programs and practices to restore the freedom, health and education of children and youth.

  • People: Tap the power of 100 million children and youth to know their rights and mobilize them to act for another 100 million exploited child slaves and laborers through history's largest campaign to globalize compassion.

Central to our work is partnership (our 4th P) – building trust and collaboration between and among key stakeholders. The Foundation will bring together governments, the private sector and civil society (including youth) to create a solid alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and nations, standing together until no child anywhere is deprived of their freedom.

Most importantly, at the heart of all our work is the prioritization of children’s well-being, including directly empowering children to stand up for their rights.

Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Laureate (2014) Kailash Satyarthi - Ending violence against children globally

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980. Child labor is a human rights issue that has staggering effects on poverty, illiteracy and humanity. Mr. Satyarthi and the grassroots movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 85,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.

As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers' Union and Trade Unions active in 140 countries. Mr. Satyarthi’s efforts led to the adoption of ILO Convention 182 on worst forms of child labor in 1999.

He is also the founding president of the Global Campaign for Education, a civil society movement working to end the global education crisis, and GoodWeave International which raises consumer awareness in the carpet industry.

Mr. Satyarthi’s advocacy and work on global child labor and education policy has impacted the lives of tens of millions of children.

Mr. Satyarthi is a member of several High Level Groups on Child Labor and Education. As one of the rare civil society leaders he has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, International Labor Conference, UN Human Rights Commission, UNESCO and has been invited to several Parliamentary Hearings and Committees in USA, Germany and UK in the recent past. He has also been conferred some of the most prestigious awards from countries like US, Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, among others.

In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation - US
Board of Directors

KAILASH SATYARTHI

Founder

CONSTANCE J. MILSTEIN

Founding Member and Chairman of the Board

Kerry Kennedy

Board Member

SENATOR TOM HARKIN

Board Member

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You may ask; what can one person do?  Let me tell you a story I remember from my childhood: A terrible fire had broken out.  All the animals were running away, including the lion, king of the forest.  Suddenly, the lion saw a tiny bird rushing toward the fire.  He asked the bird, “What are you doing?”  To the lion’s surprise, the bird replied, “I’m on my way to extinguish the fire.”  He laughed and said, “How can you kill the fire with just one drop of water in your beak?”  The bird was adamant and said, “But I am doing my bit.”

~ Indian folktale recounted by Kailash Satyarthi,  2014 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

The hummingbird believed that she had a responsibility to do her part.  Join us and do your part to help ensure every child is free to be a child.

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