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

- Kailash Satyarthi

My Innocent BrotherS and Sisters

- Anisa S. Bhandari, 11 years

 

"Please, get me out of these shackles”
The movement of the chain crackles
Men with hearts of concrete
Coming on with violent tackles

My brothers and sisters taken in the night
Forced to work in factories and mines,
with sweltering heat but no light

Vulnerable cherubs whose smiles are stolen
Punished and beaten until the mind is dimmed,
and bruises swollen

Confined by strict limitations
Being cornered by fear
Then, hope flickers its last song
No smiles
No dreams…only tears

School bells with a friendly toll
The mind enlightened and caressed
Stampeding to the fields to play
The joys of scoring a goal!
These are things slavery never offers.

But there does exist a man so caring
Too, he was very daring
With a burning desire
To abolish this human tragedy
Battling only with affection and humanity

The caring man fights for rights
Freeing the children from danger
Filling their hearts with elation and might
Passion and caring is all he engenders

Entering the core of the fire and bringing out the good hearts
Each of us can dowse this fire with at least one drop
Together, billions can ensure that this practice stops
The unknown still lies for us tomorrow,
Yet through awareness and action, there will be less sorrow

One way to end this downward human spiral,
is to help this man's compassion go globally viral.

 

 

Our Vision



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

Our Mission

A CHILD-FRIENDLY WORLD

TO CREATE, IMPLEMENT, AND ADVOCATE CHILD-FRIENDLY POLICIES THAT ENSURE THE HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT OF CHILDREN WORLDWIDE.

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.

About Us

 

The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) is the global umbrella for the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation-India based in New Delhi and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation-U.S. based in Washington, D.C.  Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi serves as the Global Chairperson of the Foundation.

What began as one man's drive to fight for the rights of children, has manifested into a global foundation of like-minded people committed to creating a world fit for children. The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation’s Global Advisory Board is comprised of strategic partners, leaders from the private, public, and NGO sectors, and subject matter experts in a variety of areas.

The three pillars of KSCF are Outreach & Engagement, Direct Action, and Policy & Training.

At the heart of our work is ensuring the well-being of children everywhere, by also directly empowering children to stand up for their rights. We believe that to achieve our mission,  there is a need for evolution in the approach to policy, law and practice – away from a single issue to an interdisciplinary approach – across child protection, education, health, peace and conflict resolution.

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 mobilising resources where they will have the strongest impact and an outcomes-based approach based on transparency, accountability, and collaboration.

“We need collective actions with a sense of urgency. Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters."

Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

 

Financial Update

The Problem

 

Protecting and educating the world’s children is one of the great moral challenges of our time. The good news is that thanks to the collective efforts of governments, NGOs, human right organisations and socially responsible businesses and individuals, significant progress has been made.  Over the last 15 years, we have seen the numbers of child labourers reduced by 30% from 24.8 crore to 16.8 crore. Significant progress has also been made to enroll children in school and to improve quality of learning.  However, in India, big challenges still remain as not all children enjoy the basic rights to be safe and healthy and educated. As per official estimates 6 children go missing every hour in India nearly and half are never found. According to the Census 2011 figures there are 43.5 lakh working children in the age group of 5-14. Non-governmental sources pitch the number to be a much higher 6 crore.

Get Involved

 

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.

Our Founder

Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate (2014)
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 labour since 1980. Child labour is a human rights issue that has staggering effects on poverty, illiteracy and humanity. Mr Satyarthi and the grassroot movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 84,000 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 Labour, 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 labour in 1999.

He is also the founding president of the Global Campaign for Education, an exemplar civil society movement working to end the global education crisis and GoodWeave International for raising consumer awareness and positive action in the carpet industry.

Mr. Satyarthi is a member of several High Level Groups on Child Labour and Education. As one of the rare civil society leaders he has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, International Labour Conference, UN Human Rights Commission, UNESCO, etc. 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.”

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Victory for the world’s children

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SAVING CHILDREN FROM SLAVERY

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BUSINESS CAN HELP END CHILD LABOR

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TWO KEYS TO SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

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HOW WE CAN MAKE EDUCATION FOR ALL A REALITY

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WE MUST RAISE OUR VOICE FOR CHILDREN EVERYWHERE

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WHERE DOES MORAL COURAGE COME FROM?

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A CHILD FRIENDLY WORLD – WITHIN OUR REACH

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