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|About||CRY America Inc. is driven by its vision of a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential. Visit www.america.cry.org|
|Mission||To enable people to take responsibility for the situation of the deprived child, especially Indian, and so motivate them to confront the situation through collective action thereby giving the child and themselves an opportunity to realise their full potential.|
Imagine pulling out your child from school just because you are unable to find a job that pays enough to support your family.
Imagine your daughter could not attend school just because it has no toilets.
Imagine entire generations of your family being born into bonded labour, with no hope of breaking free.
Imagine a country. Call it India, if you will, where 10,000 Indians died from entirely preventable causes.
Outrageous? Yet 10,000 children die every single day in India. More than in any tsunami, flood, earthquake, famine or war. Half of India's children are deprived of their fundamental right to education every day. Two million Indian babies die each year before they celebrate their first birthday. Millions of India's children go to bed each night hungry, hopeless and angry. We as a nation, seem quite content to tolerate this violation of their constitutional rights. It is because of this reality that CRY - Child Rights and You, America exists today - to amplify the voice of children.
We believe that children are citizens in their own right, entitled to the full spectrum of human rights. At CRY America, we do not believe in charity. Nor do we run schools, orphanages or dispensaries. Instead we partner grassroots-level NGOs working with children, their parents and communities. Several years of working with and for children have taught us that resources have little to do with it. In over 2500 villages and slums across 18 States, we have witnessed transformational change happening. All it takes is communities becoming aware of their rights and coming together to ensure them. Not just by enrolling children in schools but by addressing the root causes that keep them hungry, illiterate, exploited and abused. Causes like gender, caste, livelihoods and displacement. None of these micro-miracles would have been possible without people like you coming together from all walks of life who believe in the rights of children. Over 1,500,000 children across India have opportunit