nitha

A chance encounter –and memories to cherish

As an intern, I don’t very often get to spend time with kids. So when presented with an opportunity to train kids for “World Dance Day” celebration, I thought, “why not?”

They had no idea what World Dance Day meant but it didn’t matter. Cause the word “dance” was there and they knew what that meant. They also understood that there was going to be a video recording. Suddenly a question sprouted from one of the tiny mouths – “Are we doing Kuthu dance, Belly Dance or Bollywood Dance?” And suddenly the room erupted with different kinds of dances. Some of which, I suspect, were original forms.

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khooshi

CRY – Through an intern’s eye

“Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

As most of you would observe, a powerful quote is what I began with. Why so, you must wonder. The answer is pretty easy, a powerful quote best describes a powerful experience. Not many are lucky enough to be able to comprehend what this quote means, as they have no reason to support it. However, in the course of my internship at CRY, I have come to believe it.

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Satarupa

Breaking out of my comfort zone

CRY- Child Rights and You provides you with a platform to learn things about the society and their day to day life which no books can teach you within the four walls of a classroom. The tasks, given to us here, teach us things with the help of the practical field as your text book. This one month spent by me in this organisation has taught me skills which were my fears a few months back.

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BKR

The Colours of Childhood

Bachpan ke Rang is a small function that is held in Rajabajar, Kolkata by CRY – Child Rights and You. It is organised for the kids from different schools in the Rajabajar community who come and participate in this event. They play  certain games prepared by CRY volunteers and participate in sessions on art and craft. A bit of dancing, singing and play acting is also roped in that eventually gives a message. The main aim of this event is to ensure that the kids have a lot of fun. All the volunteers give in their 100% to make this event a success. This year as an intern I got the opportunity to be a part of the event and I experienced how in spite of a lot of difficult situations the kids who came to the event really enjoyed themselves.

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Purbita

The More You Give, The More You Get

I always wanted to do as much as I could to give back to the society I live in. So when the opportunity of volunteering first presented itself to me, I  jumped at it immediately. But one can never really know what volunteering is actually like until one involves oneself into it. Even though I am a newcomer to this activity and only have just close to two months of experience, I would like to share my thoughts on my journey so far.

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hemlata

From Thought To Action

Hemlata comes with great educational qualifications and she’s from Hathas in Uttar Pradesh. After she lost her husband about 14 years ago, she has been living with her parents in Delhi. She says that she was teaching children below six years of age and one day walked in for an interview for the post of an Anganwadi worker and got selected. Working for children became her passion and she first joined an Anganwadi centre in Rangpur Pahari under Mehrauli ICDS project. It has been 11 years for her as an Anganwadi worker. She was placed in Nardan Basti in 2016.

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bipasha_diksha

Protecting the Children from Abuse and Creating a Happy Future

The sessions at Diksha (a CRY partner) are generally a very cheerful affair. The children are usually chirping with excitement and wonder – playing, participating and engaged in activities. But in one corner was Bipasha – an adolescent girl who had been attending the sessions for almost a couple of years on and off, would not talk at all. She listens to and observes each session carefully but when it came to participating, she would hardly open up.

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Musahar Community_bihar

Gifting Health Through Hospital Deliveries to the Pregnant Women

Today is a big day for Ms. Shashi Prasad. With palpable excitement on her face she stands outside the Government Hospital of Madhubani Ghat Gram Panchayat, East Champaran, Bihar. An active member of Comprehensive Health and Rural Development Society (CHARDS), a CRY supported project, she has been working very closely with the Mushahar community in the districts of Bihar, specifically in the Panchyats of Madhubanighat and Bardaha.

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Anonymous Donor - Kolkata

Empowering Stories with CRY

Firstly, to get this cleared up, there is no particular reason or an objective in choosing to make this donation. I think we’re morally responsible to give back something to the society in whichever possible way. You see, most people have a very linear way of progressing in life. Making a career, like becoming a doctor or an engineer is probably the kids of our generation aspire to be, the brilliant and sincere ones also choose to be scholars and travel places most of us could only imagine. These are all beautiful and realistic ambitions, but on scalar levels it is a tad selfish and most of them turn into adults and they pick up a job with a responsible position in companies, which is only realistic.

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