A little bit of help goes a long way!

Balamurugan is on top of the world. He has secured a job with IM Gears in Chennai and has received his first salary.

Born into the Arunthathiyar community, Murugan and his peers were constantly discriminated against at school. As they hailed from a community predominantly employed as manual scavengers, these children were expected to clean the latrines in their schools and fetch water and keep it ready in the toilets for upper caste students and teachers to use; because this was the job of their forefathers. This was one of the reasons that Human Rights Education and Protection Council (HREPC) rallied and opened up a separate school for the scheduled caste community in the vicinity.

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No Dream is too Distant!

We often take education for granted. However, for a lot of girls in India, education is a distant dream. For a host of different reasons, girls across the country are forced to drop out of school.

But when given the opportunity to pursue education, girls can bring about a cycle of positive change. Not only do they stay away from early marriages and child labour, they also go on to become strong and independent members of the society. As they grow, they make better choices for themselves. Choices that only helps them transform and secure their lives but also grow up to become empowered women capable of influencing their communities for the better.

Jagruti’s story is a live testimony to that.

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From Fighting Depression to Being Herself!

13 year old Tithi is known to be the tomboy amongst her peer group. From the slums of south Dumdum Municipality, she lives with her father, grandmother and sister. Her mother left the family last year, leaving Tithi depressed and confused.

For someone already facing issues with peers for not conforming to the gender norms so prevalent in her society, her mother leaving was a big hit to Tithi. Tithi’s mother was the only one in her family who encouraged her passion for dance and left with a father who is detached from them and barely even sees them, her confidence in herself and her abilities dwindled. She was shy and unable to even ask doubts in the classroom.

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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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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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Sona’s Schoolcoming

“I miss my father. I was about seven when he passed away. And everything kept on getting tougher. My mother would cry a lot. Some days we would eat just once in the whole day. I have four brothers and three sisters. All of us started farming in the small piece of land we had. My mother too goes away for days. She goes to the big nearby cities where she works as a farm labourer. I used to stay at home with my sisters and helped them in the household chores. I was good in studies but had to drop out when I was in second standard.”

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