Recognising the change that could be brought to the lives of children around the world if visionaries from various fields worked together, Kailash Satyarthi envisioned Nobel Laureates and world leaders working together to ensure freedom and dignity for every child in the world. To bring this vision to fruition, the Laureates and Leaders for Children platform was launched in 2016.
The first Laureates and Leaders Summit for Children was held in 2016 in New Delhi where a charter for children, the Will for Children, emerged. The second Summit was held in Jordan in 2018 and ended with a global call to action asking for urgent action for childrens' rights.
The need of the hour is to put in place preventive and protective systems to ensure that every child in India is safe. Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation (KSCF) has set up the Surakshit Bachpan Fund to provide these systems. This fund will provide immediate medical, legal and psychological assistance to child victims of assault and violence. Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his wife, Mrs. Sumedha Kailash were invited to participate in the popular TV quiz show – "Kaun Banega Crorepati" hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan. They won INR 50 lakhs, and donated this entire amount of 50 lakhs as seed money to set up Surakshit Bachpan Fund .
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FREEDOM FELLOWS EDUCATION FUND
Children who have been rescued from child labour, abuse or other forms of violence typically do not have the financial means to pursue their education. The Freedom Fellows Education Fund nurtures the aspirations of these children by providing a scholarship to help them pursue secondary or higher education. The goal of this programme is to create a pool of empowered Freedom Fellows to help more children who like them are trapped in some form of exploitation. To help children pursue their dreams