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Filipino homeless boy wins $130,000 prize at International Children’s Peace Prize 2012 (Video)

By on Sep 27, 2012 in Asia, Europe, Lifestyle, Parenting Comments

Cris “Kesz” Valdez, a Filipino homeless boy, wins $130,000 prize during the recent International Children’s Peace Prize 2012, held at the Ridderzaal (also known as Knights’ Hall), the main building at the Binnenhof in The Hague, Netherlands. The video of the award presentation is available below.

Kesz Valdez International Children's Peace Prize 2012 winner

Cris “Kesz” Valdez, beside his International
Children’s Peace Prize 2012 award

Image Credit: Kesz Valdez Facebook

According to a press release at ChildrensPeacePrize.org on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 13-year old Kesz Valdez was the recipient of the Children’s Peace Prize this year, and he was awarded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu during a simple ceremony that day.

As noted in the report, the Expert Committee chose Valdez over the two other nominees, Amina, 15, from Ghana, and Anwara, 16, from India. Kesz has already helped over 10,000 fellow homeless children by setting up his own organization Championing Community Children (Gifts of Hope) at the age of 7.

“My message to all children around the globe is; our health is our wealth! Being healthy will enable you to play, to think clearly, to get up and go to school and love the people around you in so many ways.” Kesz Valdez was quoted in the report; whose aim is to give hope to street children and to teach them how to help others.

“To everyone in the world, please remember that every day, 6,000 children die from diseases associated with poor sanitation, poor hygiene, and we can do something about it! Please join me in helping street children achieve better health and better lives.” Valdez added.

Based on his profile at ChildrensPeacePrize.org, Kesz was abused and was forced to beg and scavenge at the dumpsite when he was two years old. Three years later, he ran away from home after he suffered sustained burns on his arm and back, and promised to himself that he will help other children.

Meanwhile, local officials are being set to give Kesz Valdez, who grew up a slum area in Julian Felipe Boulevard in Cavite City, a hero’s welcome when he comes home in the Philippines. He is being expected to arrive in the country this coming Saturday, September 29.


Kesz Valdez, Filipino homeless boy, wins $130,000 prize at International Children’s Peace Prize 2012
Video Credit: KidsRights/YouTube



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