Ananya

Of Fathers, Daughters and Faith…

“You know what, I am pretty sure I should have scored more in History and Education. I missed the cut off required to move from Humanities to Nursing by a very thin margin. Of course, I’ve given my answer scripts for a recheck. But for now, I am concentrating on taking up English for my graduation and then doing my Masters in Social Work. My end objective remains the same. I want to help people. May be now, I will be able to help a larger number of people if I take up MSW.” History does repeat itself. Ananya Ghosh, a lanky teenager from Dhenua – a small, unassuming little village in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal – recreated history twice when the Higher Secondary Examination results were announced last week.

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Phoenix mall

Books, bricks and a lot more…

 

One of the hardest things to do is break the truth to a child about how the world isn’t as rosy as they are told it is. These words often come from loved ones, parents, family and friends, but when it comes to harsh realities that these very individuals would never wish upon children, they risk raising them in an environment of ignorance. In matters like this, it is up to total strangers to do the needful, often at the expense of seeming purely informative and emotionally removed from the equation.

In an attempt akin to the above, members of the Intern team, here at CRY West, set off to Phoenix Marketcity Kurla, a major shopping centre in east Mumbai to engage with visitors through a few interesting interactions on the occasion of World Against Child Labour Day.

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anitha

Back on the right track!

At 14 years, when most school kids are obsessed with movies and friends and gossip, Anitha had her head on a completely different set of things – grazing the landlord’s cattle and doing his household chores. And this would have been her life – a story of untapped potential and lost childhood – if the CRY supported project, Association for Social Economical Educational Cultural Health and Environment Development (PEOPLE) hadn’t rescued her from the venomous fangs of child labour.

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tanya

Taboo Talk

Tanya Dhingra wanted to take a tabooed conversation to them. Them. The girls whose voiceless cries always went unheard. And, she wanted to make sure that they’ll always remember it. Remember that they are not impure, not unworthy, that God doesn’t hate them.

She wanted to talk to them about periods.

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missing children julie

Helping Victims of Child Slavery and Giving Them a New Life

A phone call at the dead of the night is seldom good news. However, for the Aimol* family what followed was not only shocking but also something that would change their lives forever. Their daughter Julie* had bagged a job opportunity abroad the month before and the family had been ecstatic. The employment agency had taken her and seven other girls. The family was waiting for good fortune to unfold. Little did they know that the reality would be dark, dangerous and gloomy. Julie and the other girls were taken to Myanmar, where their identity documents were forged and then to Singapore. They realised they had no clue about their final destination. As luck would have it, they were forced to lodge in a hotel in Yangon enroute to Singapore. Luckily, Julie managed to call home from there.

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MH Day

Breaking the Silence

I still remember the day I got my period. I was in the sixth grade and I came back home to a stained underwear. I remember being so scared that I locked myself up in the bathroom and cried.

I cried because I didn’t know what was happening. While each woman’s menstrual experience is unique, there definitely are aspects which we can prepare young girls for; and that’s what I hoped to achieve. Knowing about our bodies and the changes we go through can relieve us of the stress we’re likely to face when something unexpected happens.

I’m glad I approached CRY. To my surprise, Tanya had already started a program with a similar end goal. Thus, I must begin by thanking Menstrupedia for providing us with the most amazing video.

I must also thank UCB for making my vision of providing good quality cotton pads possible. As mentioned earlier, most women are still using cloth during their periods. Thus, it was important for me to give them a safer, yet familiar alternative.

Finally, I must thank the CRY JMC team for coming onboard and giving it their very best. The relentless effort put in by these 16 girls has set an example for the rest of us.

 

Devika Chopra, Facilitator

nitha

A chance encounter –and memories to cherish

As an intern, I don’t very often get to spend time with kids. So when presented with an opportunity to train kids for “World Dance Day” celebration, I thought, “why not?”

They had no idea what World Dance Day meant but it didn’t matter. Cause the word “dance” was there and they knew what that meant. They also understood that there was going to be a video recording. Suddenly a question sprouted from one of the tiny mouths – “Are we doing Kuthu dance, Belly Dance or Bollywood Dance?” And suddenly the room erupted with different kinds of dances. Some of which, I suspect, were original forms.

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khooshi

CRY – Through an intern’s eye

“Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

As most of you would observe, a powerful quote is what I began with. Why so, you must wonder. The answer is pretty easy, a powerful quote best describes a powerful experience. Not many are lucky enough to be able to comprehend what this quote means, as they have no reason to support it. However, in the course of my internship at CRY, I have come to believe it.

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Satarupa

Breaking out of my comfort zone

CRY- Child Rights and You provides you with a platform to learn things about the society and their day to day life which no books can teach you within the four walls of a classroom. The tasks, given to us here, teach us things with the help of the practical field as your text book. This one month spent by me in this organisation has taught me skills which were my fears a few months back.

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Naveen

Story of Stopping Child Labourer And an Activist Nestled Inside a Child Labourer

Child abuse in India is not an odd news, it is something that badly needs to be addressed. Here is a story. Naveen is a slight boy with a bright smile. But don’t let this 15 year old’s demeanour fool you because he is a powerhouse. He has just been selected as an Ashoka Youth Venturer by the Ashoka Youth Venture Programme (AYVP) for his community initiatives.

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BKR

The Colours of Childhood

Bachpan ke Rang is a small function that is held in Rajabajar, Kolkata by CRY – Child Rights and You. It is organised for the kids from different schools in the Rajabajar community who come and participate in this event. They play  certain games prepared by CRY volunteers and participate in sessions on art and craft. A bit of dancing, singing and play acting is also roped in that eventually gives a message. The main aim of this event is to ensure that the kids have a lot of fun. All the volunteers give in their 100% to make this event a success. This year as an intern I got the opportunity to be a part of the event and I experienced how in spite of a lot of difficult situations the kids who came to the event really enjoyed themselves.

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About Us

Child Rights and You (CRY) is an Indian non-profit that believes in every child’s right to a childhood – to live, learn, grow and play. For nearly 4 decades, CRY and its 200 partner NGOs have worked with parents and communities across 23 states to ensure sustainable change in the live of over 2 million underprivileged children.