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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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PULAK GOES BACK TO SCHOOL: CRY EAST VOLUNTEERS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE

Last year, as part of the children’s group we initiated in Dhakuria’s Ward 92 of Kolkata along with 3 other volunteers, we started undertaking sessions with the local children on a regular basis. The sessions which focused on teaching something new to the children be it arts and craft, GK quizzes, theatre etc, elicited much enthusiasm from the children whoREAD MORE

THE NATIONAL POLICY FOR CHILDREN, 2013

Government of India recently approved and adopted the National
Policy of Children (NPC) 2013. Looking at the need to expand the scope of The National Policy of Children 1974, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) prepared the Draft National Policy for Children 2012 and invited comments from public in August 2012. Thereafter after receiving comments, on 26th April 2013, the NPCREAD MORE

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ASPIRATIONS – BUNGED IN BALLOONS!

About two weeks back I saw these kids near Vashi Bus Depot
in Navi Mumbai. They were selling balloons in front of a very famous
restaurant.  When I asked them whether I
could take their picture with what they were selling, they readily and
enthusiastically agreed. I took their picture and showed them. Instantly one of
them instructed rest of theREAD MORE

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CRY EMPLOYEES VISIT THE KALAPANDHARI MAGASVARGIYA AND ADIVASI GRAMIN VIKAS SANSTHA PROJECT.(KMAGVS)

A bunch of new CRY employees visited the KMAGVS project,Latur in August. We learnt about the innovative ways of the KMAGVS to bring about development and create an environment that is enriching and positive. We also interacted with the children of that region and the representatives of the Kalapandhari Magaswargiya and Adiwasi Gramin Vikas Sanstha.(KMAGVS)
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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 governmentREAD MORE