I recently had the incredible honor of celebrating with Kailash Satyarthi as he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for his work to promote children’s rights and education. My time shared with Kailash and his extraordinary family was amazing. I am deeply honored to have had the honor of being with him during this exciting time.
The best part of Kailash’s speech during the award ceremony wasn’t originally supposed to be in the speech. He told the story of a huge fire in the forest, and all the lions started running away from the fire as far as they could get. A little bird went for a sip of water, and holding that water in his mouth he flew straight into the fire. The bird opened its beak and let droplets of water fall on the fire. The lions asked him what he was doing flying directly into the fire. The bird replied, “I was doing my part.”
This story is so symbolic of what the Nobel Peace Prize is all about, and why we’re all here on Earth.
When I think about the recent school shooting in Pakistan, and after listening to both Kailash and Malala Yousafzai give their Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches, I can’t help but think that if more individuals did their part, our world would be a better place.
Kailash is not only doing his part, but he’s doing the part of the masses. For one man to stand up is all you can ask for, just like the little bird that did its part while the king of beasts ran away. Kailash has no fear, he just does his part, as we all should be doing.
Many children have been injured or killed trying to escape prostitution and sweatshops, and Kailash has risked his life to help those enslaved children. He has incurred bodily injury, and friends have been killed while helping him fight for the cause. But the sacrifices have saved more than 80,000 children from horrible servitude.
Kailash is an extraordinary man and meeting him was the most incredible experience. I enjoyed every minute we were together and feel so honored to know him.