CRY Empowers Many Children Like Naveen, A National Award Recipient

All children require the right opportunities to expand their potential and nurture their dreams, to go on to become some of India’s future leaders. This is how Naveen, a 12-year-old hailing from a poor family in Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) went on to win a National Science Award by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The young boy was always affected by how the smoke from the chulha troubled his mother while cooking dinner every night. Naveen’s concern for his mother is the reason behind his invention of a smokeless chulha that has been created using easily accessible raw materials like coconut shells. The smokeless chulha is a great initiative that is eco-friendly and easy-to-use and is being adopted by nearby villages as well.


Girl Child Education In India

Importance Of Girl Child Education In India

India is still far from achieving gender equality and its skewed sex ratio of 940 females per 1000 males bears witness to this fact. A girl child in India is often seen as a liability, a ‘burden’ to pass on. Given the prevailing influence of patriarchal values, right from their birth, a lot many girls bear the brunt of gender inequality, gender stereotypes and are treated inferiorly, as compared to boys. No matter how talented and ambitious she is, the girl child often receives the shorter end of the stick. In fear of exploitation and abuse, many girls are not sent to school and kept at home only to be married off early. And even if she is not married off, the young girl is still denied a deserving education, quality healthcare, employment opportunities and equal rights that a boy easily gets. While some girls manage to ‘escape’ from the shackles and try to build a bright future, most resign to their ill fate.


Child Labor In India

Reality Of The Practice Of Child Labor In India

Did you know that according to the National Census 2011, there are over 33 million children engaged in child labor in India in the age group of 6 to 18 years? An estimated 80% of child laborers are concentrated in rural areas. The Census study paints a grim picture of the situation, stating that 1 in 11 working individuals in India is a child in the age group of 5-18 years.


Educate Girls NGO

Help CRY NGO Educate Girls In India For A Brighter Future

India is home to millions of underprivileged young girls. The girl child is still a victim of discrimination and stark oppression, particularly in the case of the education of girls in India. In many regional belts as well as urban areas, several girls are not allowed to attend schools or are required to drop out and take care of the household chores, or even start earning, anything but receive an education. India is a progressive nation but unfortunately, the girl child is still devoid of her basic rights.


Section 80G of Income Tax Act

Donate and Avail Deduction Under Section 80G of Income Tax Act

An act of kindness can truly go a long way. It is a worthwhile effort to extend one’s generous good fortune to the underprivileged. It makes the donor feel glad and grateful for their contribution to a worthy cause(s). There are constantly limited means and NGOs can always use support in any form – volunteering, donations, collaborations etc. Donations help NGOs in providing many more opportunities in lesser time, be it regarding education, essential utilities, electronics etc; financial support helps run varied short-term and long-term programs dedicated to uplift and empower the underprivileged.READ MORE

Non Profit Organization in India

CRY: A Non Profit Organization That Helps In Educating Underprivileged Children In India

The current school system in India comprises of three main sections, elementary/primary, secondary, and higher education. Typically, children are enrolled in schools from a tender age and are promoted to a higher standard each year. Children gain a lot of theoretical as well as practical knowledge, based on reasoning and techniques.READ MORE


Grappling With the Odds

Aarti, a spunky 16 year old living in a quaint little village called Lohagal near Ajmer, belongs to the scheduled caste community. After her father’s death due to tuberculosis, Aarti’s mother Vimla became the sole breadwinner for the family. Making ends meet was tough and there were too many mouths to feed. That’s when, Aarti’s family decided to get her married – against her and her mother’s wishes.


The health of your child is in your hands

Kavita (age 2)* and her parents belong to the village of Dediyapada in Gujarat. Both parents are labourers, and to make ends meet, they often migrate to different villages. Due to this, and the lack of basic facilities for the child’s health, Kavita’s heath started deteriorating. She started losing a lot of weight. The problem remained persistent and this made the parents come back to their village. They took her to a private practitioner, however she was not recovering. Feeling helpless, they showed her to a quack (a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have medical skill). Days went by, but Kavita did not show any good signs of recovery. She lost weight drastically and had severe acute malnourishment.

It takes a village to raise a child

When Vaishnavi lost her parents at the age of 12 to ill health, she and her brother were directionless and confused. They didn’t know who to go to and what to do. Luckily for them, their paternal aunt and uncle took them in.
But things didn’t get easier for them there. Their aunt’s family sustained themselves as agricultural labourers who earned just Rs.4000-6000 a month. As a family of four with two additional mouths to feed now, the family began moving from their village in Chittoor, AP to Bangalore and back in search of work. In order to make things easier, the family enrolled their two children, Vaishnavi and her brother in a gurukul in Chittoor. But in 6 months, the family was uprooted again and taken to Bangalore.READ MORE

Unstoppable Marthal

23 year old Marthal is currently an accountant at a BPO in Chennai. Her small stature and pleasant smile hides a lot of what she has had to go through. While for many in her community of Vyasarpadi, the job of an accountant might be coveted, Marthal has bigger dreams.
The slums of Vyasarpadi have been infamous for crime and its decrepit status. For the longest time, children were an extension of the working class and girls who hit adolescence were bound to get married in order to “protect” them. In a community that still struggles with these issues and is at the brink of change, Marthal was a ray of hope.READ MORE

Ashwini AYP Nomination

In Renigunta Mandal, tucked in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh are 4 quaint villages which are soon going to see transformation; thanks to one fierce girl – Vengavasi Ashwini, currently a student of nursing, is on a mission!

Ashwini has recently been selected by Ashoka Youth Venture as a change maker and here’s why. As a student of nursing, she is working to debunk myths regarding personal hygiene and adolescent health and strengthen the community in adolescent care.

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.