Just like you, our founder believes in a world where everyone can thrive

In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger was struck by the story of Iqbal Masih, a child labourer of the same age who escaped slavery and was murdered for advocating for children’s rights. Inspired to take action, Craig rallied his classmates and his brother, Marc, to join his cause. Together they set out to free children from slavery, but soon realized that to end child labour they had to start by breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. That’s why WE Charity and its development model, WE Villages, were born: to empower families to become self-sustainable and put an end to child labour.

Now, more than two decades later, what started as a small group of students has evolved into a growing and powerful movement to eradicate poverty and child labour—WE. From domestic programming that supports students and educators in making a difference to an international development model, WE makes doing good, doable. And today, we are millions of passionate youth and individuals working together to create profound and lasting change. And you can help too.

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When you break the cycle of poverty, you are helping to end child labour.

We created an adaptive international development model built on two decades of working with communities and experts to end poverty—WE Villages. With its five Pillars of Impact (Education, Water, Health, Food and Opportunity: the five different ways to impact a community), which work in tandem to tackle the root causes of poverty, WE Villages empowers developing communities to build brighter futures for all. And you have the power to help. With our resources, we make doing good, doable. We’ve watched students volunteer millions of hours, families fundraise and donors work alongside communities around the world—all for causes they care deeply about. And you can join our global community to make a meaningful impact to end child labour and transform generations.

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Our impacts

30000 women earning a sustainable income, keeping children from slavery
1M plus people have access to clean water, giving girls the opportunity and time to stay in school
200000 children have access to education
5454 causes supported by students in 2018
40M hours volunteered by youth through WE Schools programming
$119M fundraised by students supporting local and global causes

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