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A Moment Of Thought To Spare Upon

“Pardesi…Pardesi jana nahi…… muje chodke….muje chodke………”,like this, they go on singing non-stop, from one end to another.And hey…they have background music too.Not the kind that you think.Not the kind that man invented,but standard instruments that man hadn’t thought of during the Flintstone age- two pebbles or two pieces of a wood are all what they use and the music it creates is so loud and clear.probably,their musical instruments aid to disguising their non-professional voice to an extent as well.READ MORE

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“Will not allow child abuse to continue!”

In January this year, residents of Devenandapur, a village in Hooghly, West Bengal, found an 11 years old girl hiding near a basement. If anyone so much as approached her, the girl screamed. As a crowd gathered, someone contacted the NGO Praajak, a CRY partner.READ MORE

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On Volunteering

By Lara Shankar

What does volunteering mean? Does it mean going to your local NGO (non government organisation) to help do their work or add value to their programs by teaching children or beautifying their work place? Usually we approach an NGO, we see them doing ‘good work’ and we join to ‘help’. We thus continue to forget our role in society. And that is to fight against injustice. Do we, as citizens, have a sense of what we ought to be doing as our duty? If we don’t ask ‘why’ then how will we be able to participate and demand accountability? Isn’t that why we must vote? So that each and every one of us matters.

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Going to School With Pushpa

“I wake up each morning looking forward to another day at school,” says Pushpa, a lively 10 years-old from the village of Kumiapalli, Orissa. “Our teacher tells us about a lot of new things that I had no idea about. It’s as if she is opening up new windows for me to look out through. Me and my friends have a lot of fun too! ” she exclaims. READ MORE

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Freeing Mahendra

Freeing Mahendra

Mahendra Rajak was 6 when his family work pulled him in to work in the stone quarry where his father, mother and other siblings worked. Along with other children his age, Mahendra broke stones at the quarry in Geenj village of Allahabad district, where extreme poverty often pushes children to work. “School was some place other children went, not children like us,” recalls Mahendra, now 15 years old.

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Yes, she can!

In Jharkhand, Anita Marande firmly told the Divisional Commissioner, “If children are given proper opportunities, we can do anything!” Any guesses as to where Anita is from? No, she is not from a plush, urban school. READ MORE

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We (children) too have rights.

We (children) too have rights.

Where there are only 07 ICDS centres to cater 5000 huts from 5 pocket of slum in Sub Urban Mumbai and also the distance from the slum pockets to the nearest BMC School, it becomes really difficult to get a space and quality education as well as adequate facility for children like Chenya. Also where the situation of parents is such that there is no surety of even earning for the day due to which the children are bound to work and forget their dreams of becoming a Doctor/an Engineer.

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Should you be forced to pay for what should come free?

Children’s education is a major chunk of household expense…and most Indians can’t afford private school fees. All this when education is a RIGHT – an entitlement.

The new Right to Education Act seeks to achieve just this…Perfect? Not really. Half of India’s children are left out of the Act…And it is not backed by enough funds. Now, if only the government could include pre-primary and high school as well, AND put its money where its mouth is…

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The Girl Child in India

She has only half as good a chance as her brothers at good healthcare, at enrolling in school, at not dropping out by Class 5. She is as interested in sports the same as the boys, she likes her dolls but is not beholden to become a mother and wife. In fact she wants to spend her childhood like any other child – well-cared for, fed, educated, protected, and heard.READ MORE

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CRY Launched Photo Signature Campaign to Send Children to School, Not to Work

Officers from Sarva Siksha Abhiyan pose for the CRY photo signature campaign

Today – on World Anti Child Labour Day, CRY launched a year-long campaign to ‘Send children to school, not work’. CRY sent out a placard “Children should go to school, not work” to supporters on online portals. The invite is to get as many people as possible to pose with the placard in as creative a manner as possible and get a photograph taken and send these photos to CRY.

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A story I got from Pakistan “Are we Different ? “

Life Story: Nadeem

Nadeem is a 9 year old boy who works as an apprentice weaver for a wealthy man named Sadique. Nadeem’s father is Mirza, a 30 year old brick worker. Sadique is describing the “advantages” his son will “enjoy” in his job position. “I’ve admired your boy for several months,” Sadique says. “Nadeem is bright and ambitious. He will learn far more practical skills in six months at the loom than he would in six years of school. He will be taught by experienced craftsmen, and his pay will rise as his skills improve. Have no doubt, your son will be thankful for the opportunity you have given him, and the Lord will bless you for looking so well after your own.”

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