nitha

A chance encounter –and memories to cherish

As an intern, I don’t very often get to spend time with kids. So when presented with an opportunity to train kids for “World Dance Day” celebration, I thought, “why not?”

They had no idea what World Dance Day meant but it didn’t matter. Cause the word “dance” was there and they knew what that meant. They also understood that there was going to be a video recording. Suddenly a question sprouted from one of the tiny mouths – “Are we doing Kuthu dance, Belly Dance or Bollywood Dance?” And suddenly the room erupted with different kinds of dances. Some of which, I suspect, were original forms.

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khooshi

CRY – Through an intern’s eye

“Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

As most of you would observe, a powerful quote is what I began with. Why so, you must wonder. The answer is pretty easy, a powerful quote best describes a powerful experience. Not many are lucky enough to be able to comprehend what this quote means, as they have no reason to support it. However, in the course of my internship at CRY, I have come to believe it.

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Satarupa

Breaking out of my comfort zone

CRY- Child Rights and You provides you with a platform to learn things about the society and their day to day life which no books can teach you within the four walls of a classroom. The tasks, given to us here, teach us things with the help of the practical field as your text book. This one month spent by me in this organisation has taught me skills which were my fears a few months back.

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BKR

The Colours of Childhood

Bachpan ke Rang is a small function that is held in Rajabajar, Kolkata by CRY – Child Rights and You. It is organised for the kids from different schools in the Rajabajar community who come and participate in this event. They play  certain games prepared by CRY volunteers and participate in sessions on art and craft. A bit of dancing, singing and play acting is also roped in that eventually gives a message. The main aim of this event is to ensure that the kids have a lot of fun. All the volunteers give in their 100% to make this event a success. This year as an intern I got the opportunity to be a part of the event and I experienced how in spite of a lot of difficult situations the kids who came to the event really enjoyed themselves.

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sana

An internship that changed my life!

I am Sana Mushtaq Zargar from the School of Law, University of Kashmir and the lush green, peace loving valley of Jammu and Kashmir.

My internship at CRY was my first ever internship. I’ve made a lot of memories during the journey of my internship but one of my most memorable projects in my internship was when I had to visit the children from CRY project intervention areas who were being trained at the Border Security Forces (BSF) training center on various courses. At the training center, I was delighted to see such happy faces and couldn’t wait to have a word with them. We had to document 5 initiatives which included courses like cooking, plumbing, tailoring, computers and electricity department.

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vishwa

The Privilege of Guarantees

Working as an intern for CRY, I recently went for a project visit to the Ambedkar Nagar community in Sion Koliwada, Mumbai. Ambedkar Nagar is one of the many slum areas that CRY’s partner NGO Sparsh works in. Sparsh is made up of a group of volunteer teachers who conduct classes and teaching sessions to help the community children keep up with their education and aspire for a better future. At first, I was unsure of what to expect as I was told that the community members may be hesitant to open up to an outsider. My local guide, Santosh, introduced me to some Sparsh teachers, and through them I was introduced to the Vishwakarma family. To my surprise, they warmly welcomed me into their home and even offered me a packet of biscuits they keep for special visitors. After we were more comfortable with each other, they agreed to talk to me about their lives, an experience which really made me reflect on my socio-economic ‘privilege of guarantees’. The next few paragraphs will explain what I mean by this.READ MORE