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About Us

FTCJ member

Free The Children (FTC) began with a story one boy couldn't ignore.

How We Started

Free The Children's mission is to create a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. And we couldn't have a better blueprint for success: the organization was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he gathered 11 school friends to begin fighting child labour. He was 12.

A morning to remember.

That morning, Craig flipped through the Toronto Star in search of the comics, he was struck by a story. A raw, but courageous story of a boy his age named Iqbal. Iqbal Masih was born in South Asia and sold into slavery at the age of four. In his short life, he had spent six years chained to a carpet-weaving loom. Iqbal captured the world's attention by speaking out for children's rights.

A dream is sparked.

Eventually, Iqbal's wide media coverage caught the attention of those who wished to silence him. At 12, Iqbal lost his life defending the rights of children. What Craig learned from Iqbal's story was that the bravest voice can live in the smallest body. Craig had to do something.

A movement begins.

Craig gathered together a small group of his Grade 7 classmates from his Thornhill, Ontario, school and Free The Children was born. Free the children from poverty. Free the children from exploitation. Free the children from the notion that they are powerless to effect change. Those are the messages that sparked Craig's passion, and continue to fuel the mission of the organization today. Every day the movement grows and every day more young people are free to achieve their fullest potential.

A network of young people grows into a movement.

Today, Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner, with more than 2.3 million youth involved in our innovative education and development programs. Since its inception, Free The Children has worked in more than 45 countries. Free The Children currently works in eight developing countries with its Adopt A Village program.

How We Started in Japan

Sanae Nakajima, current Chairperson of the Board, read an article about the Free The Children in the magazine when she was in the US in 1997. She was very moved by Craig's action and sympathized with the organization's principle, so decided to establish the Japanese chapter to introduce Free The Children to Japanese youth in 1999. Since then FTC-Japan has been growing and now there are more than 1,000 youth members.

Our Missions

An international charity and educational partner, Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We work to empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.

FTCJ missions

Our Partners and Supporters
(Corporate and educational Partners)

  • Schools that have Free The Children group:
  • Schools that support us:
  • Schools we have held workshops/speeches:
  • Corporate partners, sponsors, major donors:

Contact Us

Have questions? Need support? We're here to help. Give us a call, e-mail us or catch us on Twitter and Facebook.

Our office : 6-6-5 Minami-karasuyama 3F, Setagaya, Tokyo 157-0062 JAPAN
TEL: 03-6321-8948
FAX:03-6323-6504
Email: info@ftcj.com

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