Children bring with them hope for a better tomorrow. Their aspirations are limitless, just like their potential. However, over 99 million children in India have dropped out of school due to a host of different reasons. When you help educate these children, you bring out their inner scientists, doctors, musicians and athletes. This in turn helps us as a nation to reach our full potential.

This Independence Day, let’s build a better future for children by giving them access to education,
which will in turn create a better India for us all.


Every child is unique with latent capabilities across diverse areas like academics, sports, art etc. CRY seeks to enable access to education for all children – so that they have the opportunity to realise their true potential.

An educated child is able to move away from the perils of early marriage, avoids exploitation and becomes strong and independent. Children with access to education develop the power to transform the future of our nation.

When you donate to CRY, you help 68,135 children between the ages of 6 – 18 years go to school and take our nation to newer heights.


There are 444 million children in India under the age of 18 years. This constitutes 37% of the total population in the country.

  • 1 in 4 children of school-going age is out of school in our country. (Census 2011)
  • 99 million children in total have dropped out of school. (Census 2011)
  • Out of every 100 children, only 32 children finish their school education, age appropriately. (District Information System for Education (DISE) 2014-15)
  • Only 2% of schools offer complete school education from Class 1 to Class 12. (District Information System for Education (DISE) 2014-15)
  • 1.4 million child labourers in India in the age group of 7-14 years cannot write their names. This means, one in three child labourers in the said age group are illiterate. (Census 2011)


CRY works with partners at the grass-roots level, to address the factors that come in the way of children not being able to receive an education, amongst other issues.

Our on-ground approach includes:

  • Providing access to equitable and quality education in CRY project areas.
  • Ensuring that schools are Right to Education Act compliant and have functioning School Monitoring Committees.
  • Empowering parents and communities to support children’s right to education and informing them of the consequences of child marriage, child labour etc.
  • Enabling access to secondary schools and readiness for secondary education.
  • Ensuring the protection and security of girls within the community as well as safe access to schools.
  • Lobbying for schools where they are not available and advocating for better monitoring of schools at various levels.
  • Working with local and national government bodies on a variety of education policies and research studies along with the implementation of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act.



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