Homeless Boy Wins $130,000 Peace Prize

The obstacles seemed insurmountable for a 13-year-old Filipino street kid. Forced to scavenge for his survival from the age of 2, sleep in a coffin and run away to seek help after he was badly injured, Cris “Kesz” Valdez had every reason to merely look out for himself.

But at age 7, he started a foundation, the Championing Community Children charity, to help fellow homeless kids, and his selfless work has been recognized with the $130,000 Children’s Peace Prize.

You are wonderful,” Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu told the young philanthropist at a ceremony at The Hague. According to the KidsRights Foundation, Cris has helped about 10,000 kids by distributing flip-flops, toys, sweets and clothes in Cavite City, just 18 miles south of the capital Manila.

“My message to children around the world is not to lose hope,” he said. Cris also wants to educate them on good hygiene and their rights.  The prize money will go to fund charities of his choosing. Cris would like to get an education and eventually become a doctor.

Cris’s plight is not unique in his country. About 246,000 street children in the Philippines are subjected to abuse, violence and child labor.

source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/homeless-boy-wins-130-000-peace-prize-142221812.html

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2 thoughts on “Homeless Boy Wins $130,000 Peace Prize

  1. What an amazing kid this is!! This is the kind of child/person that makes one wish you were able to help everyone in need. I am so moved by Kesz and his dedication as well as the man who chose to become his guardian. Thank you for all your reminders, Silawn. While there is so much to make one sad in this world, there is also so much to be thankful for.

    • You’re welcome. The many negative and sad stories that surround us is the main reason why I added a ‘Positive News/Events’ section. I was moved, as well, as I read this child’s plight. He is truly a blessing. With all that he has been through, at such a tender age, he still had it within him to try to help others. God Bless him, and I know that this isn’t the last that we have heard of him. He definitely has a bright and rewarding future ahead of him.

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