Mr Kailash Satyarthi changed my world.
It was October 2014. I was making my rounds of farewell calls as I was finishing my diplomatic posting at the Singapore High Commission in Delhi. Upon hearing about my interest in child rights and child protection, one of the Members of the Indian Parliament said to me, “Why don’t you come over and have a cup of tea at my residence with Kailash Satyarthi this weekend? He’ll be there.”
And so I did. This was before Mr Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. He has rescued more than 85,000 children over 35 years.
Over tea, I asked Mr Satyarthi: “Sir, I know that you’ve been working hard on the issue of child labour. But would you partner me to do a campaign against child sexual abuse?”
He replied with alacrity, “Yes, why not?”
And so I took no pay leave from the Singapore Foreign Service in 2015 for a year. I learnt so much from Mr Satyarthi and his colleagues that in December of that year, I resigned and joined his team as Director for Campaigns (India) at the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
We want to change your world. Our world.
Join us as the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation launches a global campaign against child labour, starting in Delhi on 2nd October this year. We hope to leverage 100 million youth and children to reach out to another 100 million who are child labourers. Our partners include AIESEC, the BMW Foundation, Twitter India etc.
There are 168 million children toiling in labour, of whom 5.5 million are child slaves. In this day and age, there is no space for such wanton exploitation of young lives. There are three ways you can help:
First, become our campaign ambassador. Sign up online at email@example.com and get your respective organisation, children and community involved.
Second, spread the word. Follow our social media accounts (@kscfindia on Facebook & Twitter) and share and repost.
Third, listen to Mr Satyarthi himself this Friday evening in Munich. Retweet what he has to say and pledge your financial support.
See you in Munich!