No Dream is too Distant!

We often take education for granted. However, for a lot of girls in India, education is a distant dream. For a host of different reasons, girls across the country are forced to drop out of school.

But when given the opportunity to pursue education, girls can bring about a cycle of positive change. Not only do they stay away from early marriages and child labour, they also go on to become strong and independent members of the society. As they grow, they make better choices for themselves. Choices that only helps them transform and secure their lives but also grow up to become empowered women capable of influencing their communities for the better.

Jagruti’s story is a live testimony to that.

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The Sky is NOT The Limit!

“The path from dreams to reality does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get onto it and perseverance to follow it” -Kalpana Chawla

When Muthumanoranjini read about Kalpana Chawla as part of her English curriculum in Grade 11, she was in awe of the fact that a small town girl from her very own country was able to reach for the stars and get there too!

But she could still see some stark differences in her and Kalpana Chawla.  For someone who is part of the Arunthathiyar community, she was constantly being told by society that her community was meant to do only one thing – manual scavenging. In an attempt to break free from it, her parents, with the support of CRY supported Human Rights Education and Protection Council (HREPC), found alternative professions.

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From a dropout to a role model!

The line goes – “When you educate a man, you educate an individual and when you educate a woman, you educate an entire family” – and in fact, education is the only tool with which a girl or a woman can empower herself and eventually her family.

However, in a country like India, poverty often decides whether a girl can continue her education or not. Such is Sumi Godsora’s story as well.

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From Fighting Depression to Being Herself!

13 year old Tithi is known to be the tomboy amongst her peer group. From the slums of south Dumdum Municipality, she lives with her father, grandmother and sister. Her mother left the family last year, leaving Tithi depressed and confused.

For someone already facing issues with peers for not conforming to the gender norms so prevalent in her society, her mother leaving was a big hit to Tithi. Tithi’s mother was the only one in her family who encouraged her passion for dance and left with a father who is detached from them and barely even sees them, her confidence in herself and her abilities dwindled. She was shy and unable to even ask doubts in the classroom.

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A Mother’s Take on Exclusive Breast-Feeding

‘It takes a village to raise a child’

This famous saying comes to my mind when I think about my exclusive breast feeding experience. It was not an easy one and required a lot of patience and perseverance, intake of proper nourishment and most importantly devoted time.

I had a very difficult pregnancy, where I was largely home-bound for the whole term. As a development professional and a child rights crusader knowing the benefits of exclusive breast feeding, I was determined to offer my child nothing but breast milk for first six months. The phase, though extremely fulfilling, wasn’t an easy one and I owe it to a lot of people who guided and supported me during the period.

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Need To Start A Holistic Discussion On Menstruation

It’s often discussed in hushed voices behind closed doors and locked windows. Boys are urged to explore, giggle and often pass sarcastic comments when the topic comes up, while girls are taught to avoid uttering the word openly in public. ‘Menstruation’ or  ‘periods’, a quite naturally occurring process, is thus marred by appalling misconception and disturbing superstitions .Yes, women ‘bleed’ for six-seven days every month, but in a country like India the physical pain that they have to undergo during the cycle is surpassed by the mental turmoil created by the society.

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The Two-Way Process!

It was a little before Teachers’ Day that I joined CRY. Sick of a life where the only things that mattered were a university degree and café visits with friends, I wanted a little something to confer meaning to my life, a little more to look forward to every week. However, when I walked through the door on my first day at CRY I wasn’t sure how much I could help the kids.

The kids seemed shy and even scared of me. So, when on my second session, a kid I had never taught came over and shyly wished me Happy Teachers Day, I was overcome by a sense of guilt. It was then that I decided I had to work to live up to the image of a teacher.

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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.