REALLY GOLDEN???

Sixty years of independence, growing literacy rates, splurging economies… But is it really a golden era for the Indian child?

Streets of Delhi are still full with abundant child beggars, who are used as pawns by merciless people to gain easy money. Come a traffic signal, and 10s of kids jump up on the car windows to sell magazines and pirated books.

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PREM Visit

PREM- People’s Rural Education Movement

We started our journey on the 24th of June, 2007. I met Shilpa at VT station at 7:15pm and we thus walked to platform no. 7, where the Vidharba Express stood waiting for us! We found Sanjay sitting in the train anxiously looking for us, and there began our long and interesting trip to the beautiful Chikaldhara. We reached Badnera station on the 25th of June, at 6:40am.

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The Demons Within

As long as there is hunger

I suffer from it
As long as there are tears
I flow with them
As long as there is someone trampled
I am smothered
As long as there is no dignity
I have none
As long as there is ignorance
I am blind
As long as there are murders foul
I roam, restless and angry as a ghoulREAD MORE

HERE COMES THE SUN – REACHING OUT THE RICHIE HAVENS WAY

“Freedom freedom freedom freedom
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
a long way from my home…

Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone
A long long way from my home”

Richie Havens, one of the most soulful singers this planet has, sang this moving number at Woodstock 1969. And what better way to express the plight of children the world over than with these words.

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LOOKING FOR STACIA TAUSCHER

I am looking for Stacia Tauscher. In fact, I have been looking for her since 02:00 hrs of 21 November 2002. If you happen to have any information about her or her work or her place and time on this planet, please, please let me know. If you have ever courted madness that lies in search with hardly any clue,

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SLUM TOURISM

Hello,
I’m Rita, a newcomer to the CRY blog, and a volunteer at the office in Mumbia. Coming from Canada, everything in India is new to me. As part of the University of Lethbridge Tourist/Study group we’ve been trying to organize various tours to learn more about India. On Sunday May 13th, we went on a tour to visit the Dharavi Slums.

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MY TEACHER

Last night I dreamt of one of my teachers. You may call that a nightmare since this guy was a complete terror. Don’t remember what he taught us, not that his teaching was any memorable. But what none of his students would ever forget are the beatings they got from him. People do have hobbies, right? The teacher had one too,READ MORE

ZINDABAD IN AHMEDABAD ……….

I attended the NAFRE Maha-Adhivesan or Convention 2007, in Ahmedabad from 12th to 14th March. This was the third `Congress’ as it used to be called in 2004. The hedges on the L-shaped driveway of Tagore Hall were adorned with flex and an occasional cloth banner inviting delegates to the convention, heralding what needs to be done and what is READ MORE

IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS

The experience of my visit to Melghat has left me with the awareness to a reality of a forgotten world that has existed and survived besides the only one I have known and taken for granted.READ MORE

JAGRUTI – AN AWAKENING IN THE TRUE SENSE

Jagruti, my first project-visit as a CRY employee. I had been looking forward for the visit because, field visit I was told is the real eye opener – you get to see the bare realities of life. Needless to say, I was full of anticipation. A three day visit, Asha (my colleague and the project coordinator) and I decided to visit the project holder at their office in Dharwad on day 1 followed by visit to the operational areas of the project in Khanapur Taluk on day 2 and 3.

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