One of the Nobel Peace Prize winners has a Lexington connection.
Nathan Cryder, a senior policy adviser for State Auditor Adam Edelen, has worked with Kailash Satyarthi and brought him to Lexington to speak in 2007.
Cryder, who founded a non-profit called Global Gain with several Kentucky-based doctors from India to help other non-profits grow, learned about Satyarthi in the documentary The New Heroes.
He contacted Satyarthi and offered to help his group.
"To my great surprise he responded and within a month he offered to come to Lexington and speak," Cryder said. He set up speaking engagements at the University of Kentucky and several high schools, where Satyarthi explained to students that their clothes were almost certainly made by child slaves.
Cryder also hosted a fundraiser that raised several thousand dollars for Satyarthi's work to free and rehabilitate child slaves in India.
And Global Gain helped them develop a template and system to replicate their work in other cities, which enabled Satyarthi to rescue more children.
Cryder said Thursday he's been in contact with Satyarthi to extend his congratulations and hopes to bring him back to Lexington soon.
"His work is so amazing," Cryder said.
Here's the 2007 story:
If there's one thing Kailash Satyarthi wanted all 870 Lexington Catholic High School students to question, it's where their clothes come from. Chances are much of what they were wearing has been made by the hands of millions of child slaves. Satyarthi, a leading advocate against child slavery, spoke before the student body about the horrors of child slavery and his nearly three decades of work liberating children.
Satyarthi, from Delhi, India, gave up a lucrative career as an electrical engineer to travel across India rescuing child slaves and speaking to politicians worldwide about the issue.
"Many people feel that slavery has been abolished," he said. "But over 70 million children are still enslaved."
Satyarthi's appearance was organized by Global Gain, a Lexington-based nonprofit group that works with nongovernmental agencies in developing countries. Nathan Cryder is executive director of the agency and an alum of Lexington Catholic.
Satyarthi also spoke at Bryan Station High School and had planned appearances at the University of Kentucky's W.T. Young Auditorium and Sayre school.
Satyarthi imparted a clear message: Child slavery, like terrorism and global warming, is a problem that affects the entire world.
"The whole planet is one family, and if something happens in any part of the world, others cannot remain unaffected," he said. He encouraged students to write letters to local politicians and even asked them to email the White House.
After Satyarthi's speech, Shannon Brown, 16, a junior, questioned what she could do as a young consumer.
"I didn't know there was that much child slavery going on in the world," she said. "We need to be aware of where things come from. This is something that we can help change."