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Gifting Health Through Hospital Deliveries to the Pregnant Women

Today is a big day for Ms. Shashi Prasad. With palpable excitement on her face she stands outside the Government Hospital of Madhubani Ghat Gram Panchayat, East Champaran, Bihar. An active member of Comprehensive Health and Rural Development Society (CHARDS), a CRY supported project, she has been working very closely with the Mushahar community in the districts of Bihar, specifically in the Panchyats of Madhubanighat and Bardaha.

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Menstruation – A Taboo No More. Period.

A schoolgirl once stained her uniform whilst on her period. The boys in her class looked on and laughed. She laughed too, at how very naive they were…

Menstrual blood is typically the only source of blood that isn’t induced traumatically. Why then is it such a sensitive issue in a society like ours where child abuse is talked about freely but god forbid someone brings up menstruation during conversation!

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Sunita

DECIDE. COMMIT. SUCCEED

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
This is the story of a young girl who achieved success through sheer determination and grit. Sunitaben Jeevanbhai Vaghela, a 15 year old girl, lived with her family in Gujarat and was appearing for SSC (Secondary Board Examinations) that year. Sunita was a bright child. Hence her parents had lofty expectations of her faring well in the exams and making a mark for herself. However, destiny had something else in store for Sunita. Not only her, but her parents and family members were shattered to know that Sunita had failed in her exams. Heart-broken and thoroughly disillusioned with life, Sunita dropped out of school. Her parents, who too had lost all hopes, became disinterested about her continuing her education. Often, out of sheer distress, they would question her about her failure despite being a smart and hardworking student. They also taunted her saying it would have been better had she not taken up studies at all. Sunita was distraught because not only did she have to deal with the anguish of failing the exam but also had to go through the agony of dealing with her parents’ harsh demeanour towards her.

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A victim of gender discrimination yesterday, a civil engineer tomorrow

Being a woman in India comes with its own set of challenges. Gender stereotyping and discrimination on the basis of caste are just about the tip of the iceberg.

The Challenge

In the villages in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, gender discrimination was not only practiced enthusiastically, but was considered the norm. Girls were at a disadvantage from the minute they were born. Even if girls were lucky enough to be enrolled in schools, they had to drop out after primary school. Reason? The only high schools in the area were at least 10 KM away and the only means of transportation was a government bus that ran on no fixed schedule. The private bus was way too expensive. In a place where daughters were considered burdens, parents would never spend such amounts on transportation!

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From Vyasarpadi to Indian Football – A Journey of Dreams!

Nandha Kumar is a vibrant footballer from Vyasarpadi, Chennai who currently plays for Delhi Dynamos. But the glitz and the glamour of the world of football and its players is yet to touch him. The younger son to Sekar and Sarasu, Nandha Kumar was identified and brought to the Children’s Collective in his area, run by CRY supported project Slum Children Sports Talents Education Development Society (SCSTEDS) at the age of 7. At that time, his father who used to work as an auto rickshaw driver had to stop working owing to health issues which left Sarasu to earn for the family. She began selling snacks outside school premises which provided the family with just Rs. 3000 to 5000 a month. They lived in a tiny house, with used asbestos sheets for a roof. Nandhakumar and his family survived on a single meal every day and he was completely dependent on the mid-day meals provided in the school.

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She turned it Around – And how! The Victorious Journey of Siya Dulari

There has never been a dearth of inspirational stories in India. From child marriage to abuse, there are several issues people have braved. Out of these, have been born stories like that of Siya Dulari.

Siya Dulari’s story could have been about a child bride who at the age of 14 years found herself abandoned by her spouse and with 3 children to look after and like innumerable such stories her life would have been remembered as an endless saga of suffering.

But Siya Dulari gave her story a different turn. She enrolled herself for schooling and higher studies and completed her graduation. Siya Dulari’s childhood was far from being an ideal one, and thus began her drive to ensure that children lead happy and healthy lives.

Purely on grounds of compassion she started working for the children in her community who were dying of malnutrition. In 2006 Siya was identified by CRY, a reckoned non government organisation and awarded a fellowship. The fellowship gave Siya an opportunity to scale up her work and she now works intensively in 13 villages. It is due to Siya’s efforts that the district and state administration was compelled to take note of the situation of malnutrition among children in the district and take special measures to address the issue. Siya regularly visits the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights in Delhi, and plays a leading role in deliberating on child rights issues. She holds very strong opinions about child nutrition. Being a discerned individual and someone who has been through so many trying times, her two cents are of high value.

So a 14 year old child who was already a mother of three is now a 38 year old woman making leaps in order to ensure that no child in the Rewa District dies of hunger!

Had it not been for this desire of hers, would she have realized the power that she has within? The power to voice her opinion, sit across the table and share space with senior level government functionaries and legislators clearly driving home the point that no matter what malnutrition among children in the district has to be eradicated. You can join her league too. You can donate to the various causes that are inflicting the society. When you fund for NGO, your money works like a game changer for several Siya Dularis. Your small contribution can change someone’s world. Step up! Donate today!

Know more about her work here.