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Football, Frolic and Fun

The ides of July will be a day to remember always. Soccer for Child Rights, at last, and my first soccer event at CRY making it all the more enthralling. Soccer has always been synonymous with excitement, nerve-wrecking minutes, all the dramatics, and high-octane energy; add an underlying cause to the game that unites more than half the world and you have Soccer for Child Rights. With an ideology of ensuring that children, not as privileged as you and I, are entitled to their basic rights, Soccer for Child Rights over the years has made wonders, a truth I have learnt as a CRY volunteer.READ MORE

Raj Bhushan

Big dreams from a small town…

I am Rajbhushan Awadhiya coming from a dreamy small town-Jhumri Talaiya- mostly heard in radios and nowadays in films too. Even today, a lot of people think it does not exist in real life.

Back at home, I have three younger brothers. My father is a government employee and a social worker.  For the last 10 years, I have seen him offering tuition and even providing scholarship, from a part of his salary, in Sainik School. As a kid, I remember telling people how I want to be able to help people when I grow up.

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Before you complain

Every time I go for a project visit, what gives me an immense high is interacting with our project children who allow me a little window in their lives- their perspectives, ideas, wishesand their whole little world that strike me with the realisation that despite the plethora of challenges that life throws at them, they never stop dreaming, no matter what the circumstances are.

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Leaving no stone unturned to ensure children achieve their dreams

When CRY supported project Pragathi came to know of the impending child marriage of 21 girls from the community, they came up with an innovative idea to prevent it and help the girls live their dreams.

The girls, between 16-17 years of age had dropped out of school and worked as child labourers. The easy solution would have been to help the children back in to school. However, their parents could not send them to high school or junior college as the nearest school / college was anywhere between 3- 15 km away.  After missing out significant years of schooling, the girls too were hesitant to join school.

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This film made me think…

So I watched this movie, Poorna by Rahul Bose which released lately this year. A film, rather an incredible life story of Telangana’s Poorna Malavath, who became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest at the tender age of 13. Belonging to a tribal family in the district of Nizamabad, Poorna dodges her fate of an early marriage and finds her calling in mountaineering. No, I’m not really up for a movie review here but definitely highlight few points shown in the movie which caught my eyes.

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Going the extra mile…

CRY – Child Rights and You has partnered with Marks and Spencers to ensure lasting change in the lives of underprivileged children in the country. While customers of Marks and Spencers are encouraged to donate the change from their billed amount towards the cause of child rights, sometimes, we come across beautiful stories of extraordinary human beings that we cannot resist ourselves from sharing.

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Changing minds, Changing behaviors – Beliefs and practices of tribal women about breastfeeding

The village of Vijayanagar (Patparpali panchayat, Chura block, District Gariyaband) lying near the border of Chattisgarh and Odisha, is inhabited by tribal residents. Rukamani Bai Markam, 28 and her husband, Kaliram Markam, are permanent residents of this village. Rukmini a mother of three, Tankeshwari (9 years), Priti (4 years) and Isa (14 months) gave birth to her first two children at home, and due to prevailing stereotypes they were not fed colostrum (the first milk produced by the mother after giving birth).READ MORE

Internship with CRY NGO

An internship with an NGO is a great way to play an important role in shaping the way Child Rights progresses in our country. A rewarding opportunity, to work closely with causes that affect humanity in an impactful way. Making a difference by way of an internship is a great way to start working for something meaningful, a trait that helps when making future life choices.

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Life with CRY

This July, I complete my 3 years of volunteering in CRY, and it feels like I have been associated with them since forever, which is partially true because of my parents association with CRY, I will always be a ‘CRY baby’.

But looking at those 3 years, I know things have changed, in kids, in school, in the PAG and above all in me, myself.

I still remember my first class at Jai Bai school and I ended up with moist eyes. I was sharing the class with Varsha didi, the pioneer of our pag in Kalyan, so being the first day we started with introduction, their daily routine and aspirations. And their answers left us numb.

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Coming together for children

How collective action in a village helped bring a school back to life.

A small village of 352 families of Karipatti in Salem district teaches us all the power of collective action.

When a well functioning government high school teaching 150+ children was demolished to dust because of a Four Lane National Highway plan, none of the authorities in the education department came in to protect the rights of the students of the school.

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