Poem by the CRY team.

Our dream for children, we share today –
to live, to learn, to grow and play.

For all, a happy, healthy childhood we seek.
No matter how young, no matter how meek
Our dream for children, we share today –
to live, to learn, to grow and play.

For each, good education is a must,
A school and good teachers is right and just.
Our dream for children, we share today –
to live, to learn, to grow and play.

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Project visit to Satna

I would like to term this visit to the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh as an eye opener of sorts and bringing me face to face with realities of life in rural India. Though would not negate that it left me disturbed and depressed but has also helped me value life much more.READ MORE

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I want, I want, I want

A common refrain we hear from our world around us in urban India – “I want lesser pollution & dust in the air I breathe”; “I wish the traffic would disappear”; “I want the water supply to be 24/7”; “I must go on a holiday abroad this year”…blah. All of us have been guilty of griping about our lives sometime or the other, if not on a daily basis.

Meet the ‘Maldharis‘ (owners of livestock) of Barda, Gujarat. They live without basic necessities like accessible medical care; safe, drinking water (as we know it); roads; schools or electricity.

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Children victims of meagre wages

NEW DELHI: Thousands of crores may have been spent on setting up venues and the village for Commonwealth Games, but the men who actually lay the brick do not even get enough wages to afford one square meal for the family every day.

A study by Child Rights and You (CRY) at the Siri Fort construction site has revealed 84% labourers are paid much less than the stipulated minimum wage of Rs 203 per day for unskilled workers.

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Majboor Kisko Bola!

A BBC World Service Trust Programme on bonded labour
Bandhua village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradeshhas an infamous claim to fame. The village name, which literally means bonded in Hindi, owes its origin to the fact that all its residents were bonded labourers about 20 years ago.READ MORE

Campaign to encourage parents to enroll kids in BMC schools

Did you know that every child in a BMC-run school is covered by a health insurance scheme? Or the fact that the BMC spends about Rs 25,000 per year per child? Also, that the BMC’s rules stipulate that it has to provide 27 items to every child free including shoes, school bag, tiffin box and even a raincoat.

For probably the first time ever, citizens have now taken to the streets trying to get these points across.

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Those faces

(written by Krishna, a CRY Mumbai volunteer)
My sole reason to sit among these children is to learn what goes on in their mind. What causes them to grow up so fast and look at this world through those oceanic abyss eyes?

Last Saturday on Anti Child Labour day, I was once again among them. Almost all those faces were new for me, but within 2 hours they become so close that I can close my eyes and those stark faces will be right in front my eyes.

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The View from Gadchiroli

We are in Chandrapur: Rediscovered tehsil headquarters, wannabe city.
The town-to-be sits leeringly at the edge of Gadchiroli, Vidharba’s beleaguered tribal district. We are here to join CRY’s team which is on an annual evaluation reporting visit with three ‘partners’, CRY-speak for activists and small NGOs that CRY helps to grow into fully-sledged NGO: Able to gather funds and resources for itself, able to plan and monitor the work they do. Able, above all, to channel government’s attention and resources to the area’s crying needs.

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A photographer’s perspective by Kaushal Parikh

I always wonder whether the work NGOs do actually has any concrete constructive results. And as I head off to a village in Allahabad with CRY the same concern niggles at my consciousness.

As a photographer, the CRY Sanchetna project is fascinating. But as a person, it is a revelation. The project touches me on various levels – the harsh conditions people live in, the stark poverty they deal with, and the dignity they uphold in spite of their hardships are just some of the immediate reactions I have as I sit down to share a basic home cooked meal with a friendly village community.

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