Free The Children's international development model is based on a sustainable Adopt a Village model, designed to meet the basic needs of developing communities and eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education. Adopt a Village is made up of five pillars: education, health, clean water and sanitation, alternative income and livelihood, and agriculture and food security. Water is the thread that runs throughout Free The Children's international development model. It allows girls to go to school and women to earn a living. It gives families the ability to cook and clean their food safely and reduces illness in marginalized communities where 1 out of 4 deaths in children under the age of five is due to a water-related disease.
About Spencer West
Despite losing his legs at the age of five, the inspirational Spencer West hasn't let anything stand in his way. As a Me to We motivational speaker and author, Spencer has travelled the world sharing his humour, humility and message of triumph with millions of people.
Since he began speaking, Spencer has reached millions of people including students, educators, corporations, colleges/universities, faith-based groups and families with his encouraging words. He captivated audiences of tens of thousands at We Day events with his keynote address, and has shared the stage with such influential people as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, Mia Farrow, and his musical idol Jason Mraz.
In 2008, Spencer travelled to Kenya on an international volunteer trip with Me to We and helped build a school in a rural and improvised community in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. He credits this experience for helping him recognize his true calling - to motivate and inspire people around the world.
Last year, Kenya experienced its worst drought in 60 years, and its effects are still being felt. In its time of need, Spencer decided to give back in his own unique way - by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. His extraordinary feat attracted worldwide media attention, including CTV, CBS, The Telegraph, People Magazine, and The BBC. With the world watching, Spencer successfully reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, raising over $500,000 to bring sustainable clean water projects in communities affected by the drought. Once again, he had redefined possible. More information available at www.metowe.com/spencer.
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About Free The Children
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner. Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The organization's domestic programs-which includes We Day, Free The Children's signature youth empowerment event-educate, engage and empower 1.7 million young people across North America, the UK and around the world to become engaged global citizens. Its international projects have brought more than 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water and sanitation, health care and food security to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For more information, visit www.freethechildren.com.
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