Ujjawal

I cycled 2500 km for CRY, here’s why

Each one of us has gone through the anguish of having to witness children begging at traffic lights. Their eyes are filled with hopes shrouded by misery and helplessness. In between these 60 seconds of glimpse into violated lives, we take out a coin from our pocket to give it to them. That coin is allegoric to the pity that brims our heart for these children. But with this act, we comfort ourselves that we did our share for them.

In this case, we turn ourselves emotionally blind, to refuse innately to work for them. Thinking that apart from giving that coin, there is nothing we are capable of, or can do to bring long-term change.

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vishwa

The Privilege of Guarantees

Working as an intern for CRY, I recently went for a project visit to the Ambedkar Nagar community in Sion Koliwada, Mumbai. Ambedkar Nagar is one of the many slum areas that CRY’s partner NGO Sparsh works in. Sparsh is made up of a group of volunteer teachers who conduct classes and teaching sessions to help the community children keep up with their education and aspire for a better future. At first, I was unsure of what to expect as I was told that the community members may be hesitant to open up to an outsider. My local guide, Santosh, introduced me to some Sparsh teachers, and through them I was introduced to the Vishwakarma family. To my surprise, they warmly welcomed me into their home and even offered me a packet of biscuits they keep for special visitors. After we were more comfortable with each other, they agreed to talk to me about their lives, an experience which really made me reflect on my socio-economic ‘privilege of guarantees’. The next few paragraphs will explain what I mean by this.READ MORE

Jayam

Not letting history repeat itself

As a Dalit girl, Jayam Manohar was a victim of various inhuman practices. Life was not easy for her in a community where a semi-feudal system is still prevalent. She was treated as an untouchable. Her family was a victim of bonded labour, a system which traps marginalised Dalit families into a lifelong cycle of indebtedness thereby, leading to the denial of every right of children and family members. They are forced to work for long hours without wages and have no access to education. As a child, Jayam was forced to work as a bonded labourer for almost 15-16 hours a day.

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Anuja Blog Piece - protection

Let’s Equip Ourselves to Protect Our Young Citizens

When an unfortunate incident happens with children, it fills our heart and soul with immense grief and anger. In India, every fifth minute there is an occurrence of crime against children, however what shakes us the most in the Ryan International case is the fact that crime took place within the four walls of the school which is considered to be safe place for a child. There are numerous cases which time and again proven that protection of children at school level is clearly compromised. This recent untowardly incident has escalated the much needed aspect of child protection at school level. It is certain that at present school going children and children who access any such institution such as an Anganwadi, private play school, crèche, day care center or other institutions are not completely protected.READ MORE

KG FI

Fighting malnutrition in Chhattisgarh with Kitchen Gardens

Introducing kitchen gardens in anganwadis in Chhattisgarh is an initiative that will be an effective step towards addressing malnutrition in one of the poorest states of the country. This has greatly boosted the morale of the anganwadi workers working in the region where the situation of malnutrition is worrying. In a bid to provide fresh and healthy food to children and expectant mothers, anganwadis in remote areas of Gariyaband and Korba district have set up kitchen gardens in their backyards.

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Football, Frolic and Fun

The ides of July will be a day to remember always. Soccer for Child Rights, at last, and my first soccer event at CRY making it all the more enthralling. Soccer has always been synonymous with excitement, nerve-wrecking minutes, all the dramatics, and high-octane energy; add an underlying cause to the game that unites more than half the world and you have Soccer for Child Rights. With an ideology of ensuring that children, not as privileged as you and I, are entitled to their basic rights, Soccer for Child Rights over the years has made wonders, a truth I have learnt as a CRY volunteer.READ MORE

Raj Bhushan

Big dreams from a small town…

I am Rajbhushan Awadhiya coming from a dreamy small town-Jhumri Talaiya- mostly heard in radios and nowadays in films too. Even today, a lot of people think it does not exist in real life.

Back at home, I have three younger brothers. My father is a government employee and a social worker.  For the last 10 years, I have seen him offering tuition and even providing scholarship, from a part of his salary, in Sainik School. As a kid, I remember telling people how I want to be able to help people when I grow up.

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before you complain

Before you complain

Every time I go for a project visit, what gives me an immense high is interacting with our project children who allow me a little window in their lives- their perspectives, ideas, wishesand their whole little world that strike me with the realisation that despite the plethora of challenges that life throws at them, they never stop dreaming, no matter what the circumstances are.

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Pragathi FM

Leaving no stone unturned to ensure children achieve their dreams

When CRY supported project Pragathi came to know of the impending child marriage of 21 girls from the community, they came up with an innovative idea to prevent it and help the girls live their dreams.

The girls, between 16-17 years of age had dropped out of school and worked as child labourers. The easy solution would have been to help the children back in to school. However, their parents could not send them to high school or junior college as the nearest school / college was anywhere between 3- 15 km away.  After missing out significant years of schooling, the girls too were hesitant to join school.

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This film made me think…

So I watched this movie, Poorna by Rahul Bose which released lately this year. A film, rather an incredible life story of Telangana’s Poorna Malavath, who became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest at the tender age of 13. Belonging to a tribal family in the district of Nizamabad, Poorna dodges her fate of an early marriage and finds her calling in mountaineering. No, I’m not really up for a movie review here but definitely highlight few points shown in the movie which caught my eyes.

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manisha tripathi mns

Going the extra mile…

CRY – Child Rights and You has partnered with Marks and Spencers to ensure lasting change in the lives of underprivileged children in the country. While customers of Marks and Spencers are encouraged to donate the change from their billed amount towards the cause of child rights, sometimes, we come across beautiful stories of extraordinary human beings that we cannot resist ourselves from sharing.

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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.