Supporting An Unprivileged Childhood


Shreya Mehta on June 29, 2018 in Health & Sanitation

As per the reports of the 2011 census, there are approximately 97 million anaemic children, 200 million child labourers, 3.33 million child brides, 99 million drop-outs from school in India. Additionally, as per confirmed reports, about 1.1 million women and children have been trafficked from India till date. The situation in India indeed is very deplorable.

CRY is a noteworthy NGO that has been persistently working towards addressing the critical needs of the children and sensitizing people to create an ecosystem with children as its priority. It has been declared as the “Most Trusted Child Rights NGO in India”. CRY has left an exceptional impact on the lives of almost 2 million unprivileged children.

CRY aims to implement the Right to ‘Survival’, ‘Development’, ‘Protection’ and ‘Participation’ for all the children, as endorsed by India in 1992 at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children. According to the charter, these are the fundamental rights that each child is born with and entitled to. Unfortunately, these are not made available to a large majority of children in India.

Since its inception in 1979, CRY (Child Rights and You) has been working for almost four decades in India.  With just fifty rupees as the seed money, Rippan Kapur and his 6 other friends started CRY to improve the situation of the unprivileged children.

Instead of starting work at the grassroot level by implementing an organisation to do the task, they chose to act as a link between the needy and the NGOs which were struggling due to lack of funds.

With their determination and resourcefulness, they began to raise funds to improve the situation of the NGOs who were their partners. Today with the support of its partner NGOs, it is working in 23 states of India to ensure the sustainable development of children.

In its early years, CRY faced a lot of struggle but it persistently crossed every hurdle with full resolve. Rippan Kapur, its founder always said, “Numbers don’t matter. Even if we change one life, it means a great deal. What I can do, I must do.” Even though he passed away in 1994, but his vision and direction still persist in the organisation.

To combat with the current situation in India, CRY supports NGOs that address issues like Child labour, Malnutrition, Poverty, Education, Literacy, Child Marriage, Child Trafficking, Gender Inequality and Female Foeticide. CRY’s mission is to take the responsibility for the situation of the deprived children of India and motivate them to realise their full potential.

CRY as an active participant in the society, plans and organises various programs in India at regular intervals. CRY not only provides funds to its partner NGOs but also monitors their functioning by building their skills and capacities.

By conducting various interactions, workshops and training programs, they also work to mobilise local communities to inform them about their current themes and facilities. They attempt to generate resources and funds from the public by creating awareness through partnerships.

Over the years, CRY has initiated many campaigns and programs with the focus on various issues. Right to School is one such program. 2,71,341 children are studying in schools today as a result of this program. In the phase two of the same project 1,21,000 girls were also helped in getting back to studying in schools.

The Joy of Five campaign in 2016 began with the motive to ensure that children of 5 years age have all the rights they are entitle to. Today over 2,50,532 children have benefited from this program.

On the 24th of January 2015 which is also declared as the National Girl Child Day, CRY launched an online platform called Let Her Fly on the issue of rights of the girl child. The focus was to inspire people to give every girl child the opportunities she deserves.

Another very admirable campaign that CRY developed is the School the Spark in the year 2016. Since schools are the only place where any child’s inner spark is discovered and encouraged, this campaign aimed to encourage people to contribute towards ensuring as many sparks of creativity and liveliness through proper schooling.

CRY believes ‘Charity alone isn’t a lasting solution to enable change’. A Rights-based approach is what we should aim for as fundamental rights are universal and non-negotiable. Thus, CRY has taken the onus upon itself to ensure that the government fulfils its duty by providing the necessary services and infrastructure as per the needs of the children at the best quality possible.

CRY strongly believes that it is in the best interest of the child, to be put at the centre of all policy, legislation and practices affecting their lives. It is only then that free yet quality education, primary healthcare facilities and safety from any kind of abuse will be made possible for every child.

The 2017-18 report of C.R.Y depicts that because of their persistent efforts, over 182,222 children have been encouraged to pursue their schooling, 804 villages are child labour free and almost 13,330 children have been protected from malnutrition. A total of 364,818 children of India have been benefited from the constant efforts and programs of CRY and its partner NGOs.

To read more about the inspirational work they are doing, visit CRY today!

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