Seeing small children in rags begging on the streets in India is heartbreaking - yet giving them a few coins does not feel like a solution. So with deep sadness, most of us turn away. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, but there are ways to help.
I have been volunteering for CRY America in Boston, a partner of Child Rights and You in India, for almost ten years. Founded in 1979, CRY's goal is to bring lasting change by understanding and addressing the root causes that keep children deprived, malnourished, under-developed and exploited - reasons like poverty, displacement, caste, gender and preventable diseases. CRY's unique rights based approach goes beyond charity and creates and strengthens social structures that will enable children to develop to their full potential. A lot has been done, but much more remains to be done.
We organize a 5km CRY Walk every year, in Boston and about twenty other US cities, to raise funds and awareness of CRY's mission. This year our Boston Walk was held in Sept. and we raised over $5000. I have also pledged to raise an additional $3000 to support CRY this year. Please join me in this cause and let's make a lasting difference in these children's lives. Many thanks for your support!