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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The Power YOU Unwittingly Wield

Meet Priyanka Aparajit, an active CRY volunteer!

Priyanka had come all the way from her hometown to the ‘city of her dreams’- Mumbai for a job. A few months into the job, Priyanka quickly realised that she didn’t want to just be a corporate lackey; she wanted more purpose to her life. So, in September 2016, she began scouting for more meaningful ways to spend her spare time. CRY was an obvious choice and she knew that working for the children was somehow perfect- she was getting a chance to play the part of a responsible citizen while enjoying what she was doing.

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5 Ways YOU Can Help!

  • Have some free time?
    Volunteer your time and skills, teach, advocate for children’s rights, raise funds, become a changemaker!
  • Really good at something?
    Use your skill to make a difference – it could be anything under the sun, from accounting to photography, from coding to writing for the cause, from data analysis to making films!
  • Witness a child rights violation (child labour, abuse, marriage)?
    Take action. Call 1098, report it immediately!
  • Have resources that could change a child’s life for the better – through education, better health, safer places?
    Pick an NGO that’s working to give children the childhood they deserve and Donate Now!
  • Want to find out other ways in which you can contribute towards creating happy childhoods?
    Visit www.cry.org today!

The India Behind The Smiling Faces

‘O My God! I cannot eat this food’, ‘O My God! I cannot go to college everyday’, ‘O My God! How can I live without the AC?’ Sounds familiar? Surely does to many of us because we grew up taking things for granted and why not when we have seen only a very small part of the world and chose to neglect the not so happy realities. Hallelujah! It is time we start appreciating.

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In Odisha, Children create a Healthy Life for Themselves

Since 2012, Odisha has been a prominent intervention area for CRY. One day when CRY representatives, along with members of its partner Sadhana-Society for Action in Disability and Health Awareness, visited a local school of Laxmiposi village of Baripada block, Mayurbhanj district, they were pleasantly surprised by how well the kids were describing the nutrients present in different fruits and vegetables. Another astounding fact was that every child had at least 1 banana during their tiffin break coming kitchen gardens which they were growing in their homes.

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Football makes dreams come true again!

When Jeyasutha dropped out of school in the 7th grade, it wasn’t because she didn’t want to go to school anymore. She missed her friends and teachers and desperately wanted to study. But there was one thing she didn’t miss. It was the lack of toilet facilities in her school.

With no proper facilities for girls, she and her classmates had to wait till they got home to relieve themselves every day. Unable to carry on like this, she saw no other option but to drop out.

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Painting a Future

It is quite common to hear adults wanting to relive their childhood- to enjoy those days filled with leisure, lost in the dreamland and free from any tension about future. People universally tend to associate this phase to be driven by unprompted and unplanned events. Until very recently, I too held the same view. The story of Rancy from one of CRY’s Gurugram PAG, however, changed my perception. Hearing her story from her teacher and a fellow volunteer, Rahul, I realized that dreaming is an art, the inspiration of which one draws from their surroundings.

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Change, Through My Eyes…

“Oh the joys of a functioning Anganwadi that serves fluffy rice with piping hot sambar and eggs, a government school with actual classrooms for all the children to fit in, a health centre that is up and running, children who know about their rights and claim them too, a community of incredibly dedicated people that come together to oppose discrimination and injustice through folk songs – my recent visit to Salem and Raichur to document two CRY supported projects has left me deeply moved and inspired. My heart is full and aching at the same time. Jayam who runs Salem People Trust and Ambanna who founded Shruti Samskruti Samsthe are down right heroes, and so are their teams!,” Silja John, Independent Filmmaker.

 

Rain Rain, Go Away!

Today is one of those days when the children of New Eden village are coming back home, in their school uniforms, with their tiffin boxes untouched, pages of their books unturned. It’s only 10:30 am and the children could not make it to their school, once again. No, it is not like any other rainy day- this story will continue till the monsoon ends.

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Strengthening Anganwadis across Jharkhand

In the year 2016, in a state level program, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of Jharkhand had offered Campaign for Right to Education in Jharkhand (CREJ) – an alliance of grassroots level NGOs supported by CRY, to build model pre-schools in 50 Anganwadis. The model building process was initiated in 25 Anganwadis, in collaboration with Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR), to make it more effective in terms of monitoring and support. Following the guidelines, CREJ has also prepared a complete documentation on pre-school education model building.

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