The ongoing pandemic led to the closure of over 1.5 million schools in India for over 600 days months; a situation that has robbed 247 million* children of the opportunity to learn and develop many important life skills.
India’s school closure has been amongst the longest in the world. As per a World Bank study, learning poverty in India is expected to increase from 55% to 70%, which will lead to an estimated loss of over $400 billion in the country’s future earnings. This has affected children’s ability to cope with their studies, especially those from underserved communities. If not addressed in time, it can lead them to discontinue their education permanently by dropping out of school – leaving them highly susceptible to child labour, early marriage, sexual abuse and child trafficking.
At CRY, we are working tirelessly to protect such children and help them continue their education by focusing on –
Through the Bridge Learning initiative, we have set up 181 study centres across 15 states and reached 23,000 children so far. But there’s still a long way to go and we urgently need your help to reach our goal of helping 50,000 children continue their education.
Without your support, India’s underprivileged children will not be able to realise their potential in any meaningful way. The future of a whole generation hangs in the balance – only by acting now can we avert this crisis.
Your generous contributions to CRY’s Bridge Learning Centres initiative will go a long way in ensuring that the most vulnerable children are not the biggest victims of the pandemic and get you 50% tax exemption under section 80G of Income Tax Act.
Let’s come together to ensure learning continuity for India’s underprivileged children and help them pave their way to a better future. Donate today!
*Source – UNICEF