$2,363
556 Children to be impacted. Target $20,000

THERE ARE MANY
BARRIERS TO EDUCATION.
YOU ARE THE SOLUTION.

India is home to 444 million children, many of whom do not have access to education. When they do not go to school, they're deprived of the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

With your support, CRY America works towards overcoming various barriers that come in the way of a child's education.

Enabling children to go to school is the first step in tackling the education crisis in India. However, there are many factors such as lack of awareness of parents that prevent children from even getting enrolled. CRY provides local solutions, such as mother language-based learning and community outreach, to ensure children can begin school.

Shikshasandhan, a CRY America supported project, realized that many tribal children in Odisha weren’t enrolling in school.

They found the main reason for this to be a language barrier – tribal children did not speak the state language, Oriya, at home.

Shikshasandhan decided to change this by beginning children’s education in their mother language.

They advocated introducing Oriya slowly, increasing its use by only 10% every school year.

The Project piloted a ‘Mother Language Educator’ (MLE) position that facilitates primary education in the local language.

Seeing Shikshasandhan’s success, the state government implemented a formal MLE position and began gradually introducing Oriya in 4000 schools across Odisha’s tribal areas. More tribal children now enroll in school. Several complete their education with full fluency in Oriya. Your support has made this possible.

Your support will help ensure children are enrolled in school and get the education they deserve.

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Enabling children to go to school is the first step in tackling the education crisis in India. However, there are many challenges that children face that prevent them from even getting enrolled.

Shikshasandhan, a CRY America supported project, has helped change the way tribal children in Odisha are enrolled in school. CRY workers found that language barriers were the primary reason for low school enrollments in tribal communities.

To address this, the project successfully piloted a Mother Language Educator program and a strategy to gradually increase the usage of the state’s official language, Oriya, in children’s education.

This approach has now been adapted and implemented in over 4000 schools by the Government of Odisha. By addressing the root problem of language, more children are now beginning their education.

Children are passionate about learning. However, many children are forced to drop-out of school due to issues like child marriage and child labor. CRY provides personalized support to children and their guardians so that these students can continue their education.

Children of daily wage laborers in the Marthwada region, Maharashtra, had to drop-out of school regularly in order to migrate with their parents as they searched for work. Many girl children were pushed into early marriage as their parents feared for their safety in the temporary labor settlements. Boys were often forced into child labor at such locations.

Sankalp, a CRY America supported project, realized that the first step to supporting and educating these children was finding them a proper place to stay. They worked tirelessly to restart School Management Committees (SMCs) and with their help, introduced services like student hostels as a solution.

Now that daily wagers have school-managed accommodation for their children, many are allowing them to study while they migrate for work. Parents are now also valuing their child’s education, which has led to a drop in child marriage and child labor in these communities.

By supporting CRY America, you can ensure children remain in school and not drop-out.

More tribal children now enroll in school. Several complete their education with full fluency in Oriya.

More tribal children now enroll in school. Several complete their education with full fluency in Oriya.

Your support has made this possible.

Your support will help ensure children are enrolled in school and get the education they deserve.

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Children are passionate about learning. However, many children are forced to drop out of school and pushed into child labor or child marriage instead.

Seasonal migration for general laborers is a significant problem that directly affects their children. When these families migrate for work, their children often have to leave school to accompany them. In many cases, these children also get involved in child labor at their new locations, or they may be married off – especially if they are girls.

Sankalp, a CRY America supported project, approached this issue in a unique way in Marathwada region. They first revitalized defunct School Management Committees through mediation, training and legal help. With the assistance of these committees, the Project then counseled parents and facilitated the creation of important resources such as school-managed students’ hostels.

These strategies are allowing many more children to now remain in school and complete their education.

Children are passionate about learning. However, many children are forced to drop-out of school due to issues like child marriage and child labor. CRY provides personalized support to children and their guardians so that these students can continue their education.

Gram Mitra Samaj Sevi Sansthan (GMSSS), a CRY America supported project, recognized that many tribal children in Chattisgarh were dropping-out of school due to a lack of roads and bridges – several lived in remote villages. For those who could reach school, a lack of amenities, such as toilets, made remaining there very difficult.

CRY and GMSSS helped these isolated communities address the problem of inaccessible schools by organizing community groups such as Mahila Mandals (Women’s Groups), while spreading awareness on children’s Right to Education (RTE). Together, they advocated for new roads, bridges, toilets, and even new schools to be built.

GMSSS now operates in 16 villages and 19 schools and has seen more children continuing their education now that school amenities have improved and their isolated villages are more connected by new roads and bridges.

By supporting CRY, you can help ensure children do not have to drop-out of school just because they don’t have the means to get there or stay there.

More tribal children now enroll in school. Several complete their education with full fluency in Oriya.

More tribal children now enroll in school. Several complete their education with full fluency in Oriya.

Your support has made this possible.

Your support will help ensure children are enrolled in school and get the education they deserve.

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Children are passionate about learning. However, many children are forced to drop out of school and pushed into child labor or child marriage instead.

Seasonal migration for general laborers is a significant problem that directly affects their children. When these families migrate for work, their children often have to leave school to accompany them. In many cases, these children also get involved in child labor at their new locations, or they may be married off – especially if they are girls.

Sankalp, a CRY America supported project, approached this issue in a unique way in Marathwada region. They first revitalized defunct School Management Committees through mediation, training and legal help. With the assistance of these committees, the Project then counseled parents and facilitated the creation of important resources such as school-managed students’ hostels.

These strategies are allowing many more children to now remain in school and complete their education.

Every child deserves the right to an education. However, gender discrimination makes it less likely for girls to go to school and more likely to face perils like child marriage and child trafficking. CRY is working with children and their parents to make sure girls get the same opportunities and protection as boys.

Dr. Sambhunath Singh Research Foundation (SSRF), a CRY America supported project, identified child marriage as one of the key issues facing girls in Uttar Pradesh as it was being used as a cover by child traffickers.

Not only was child marriage adversely affecting the education and health of girls, it also opened them up to sexual abuse and consequent discrimination.

SSRF and CRY workers went door-to-door to collect information on the number of girls going to school, number of dropouts and so on.

After gaining the trust of the community, they were able to uncover potential child marriage and sexual exploitation cases. It helped them to stage interventions wherever necessary.

They even created ALERT – a parents’ community group that provides counselling to other parents and specific counselling to girls.

SSRF was invited to train police in four districts on how to solve women’s issues.

CRY America and SSRF formed children and adolescent groups to address different concerns in these age groups. Over 200 girls were rescued and given the chance to take control of their lives.

By supporting CRY America, you can prevent child marriage through education.

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Every child deserves the right to an education. However, gender discrimination makes it less likely for girls to go to school and more likely to face perils like child marriage and child trafficking.

Girl child issues are often hidden. In order to intervene in instances of child marriage, child trafficking, or girl children not being sent to school, workers have to first find out where the situation is taking place and who is involved. This is not possible without deep knowledge of that community.

Despite the challenges, Project SSRF, a CRY America supported project, has gone knocking door-to-door to meet, survey, and gain the trust of families in one of Varanasi’s largest slums. They are now able to detect and stop many girl child rights violations before they even happen.

Many more girls in Varanasi are now able to complete their education, avoid child marriage, and are aware of situations that could lead to child trafficking.

Every child deserves the right to an education. However, gender discrimination makes it less likely for girls to go to school and more likely to face perils like child marriage and child trafficking. CRY is working with children and their parents to make sure girls get the same opportunities and protection as boys.

Sankalp, a CRY America supported project, realized that daily wage laborers who migrated seasonally feared for the daughters’ safety and, therefore, decided to get them married off early.

This deprived them of an education and the right to choose the kind of life they wanted to lead.

With the formation of School Management Committees, CRY America and Sankalp helped set up hostels. These hostels gave girls who would’ve otherwise become victims of child marriage, the chance to continue their studies.

Hostels created a safe environment that was conducive to learning by allowing girls to live together and collaborate on a daily basis.

The project has been successfully using school retention as a tool to help with child protection. This has helped girl children finish their education and ensure that they don't drop-out of school due to child marriage.
"This Diwali, by supporting CRY America, you can help make a difference by ensuring girls have safe access to education and can choose to lead the life they deserve."

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Every child deserves the right to an education. However, gender discrimination makes it less likely for girls to go to school and more likely to face perils like child marriage and child trafficking.

Girl child issues are often hidden. In order to intervene in instances of child marriage, child trafficking, or girl children not being sent to school, workers have to first find out where the situation is taking place and who is involved. This is not possible without deep knowledge of that community.

Despite the challenges, Project SSRF, a CRY America supported project, has gone knocking door-to-door to meet, survey, and gain the trust of families in one of Varanasi’s largest slums. They are now able to detect and stop many girl child rights violations before they even happen.

Many more girls in Varanasi are now able to complete their education, avoid child marriage, and are aware of situations that could lead to child trafficking.

A child's destiny is determined by the outlook of their family and community. However, due to a lack of awareness within their families, children often fall behind. CRY's new Child Centre* program is strengthening children's voices and changing mindsets within communities.

*The Child Centre aims to ensure children's voices are recognized as significant and unique, on issues and policies that affect them by building expertise of children, parents and their communities.

Gramya Vikas Munch (GVM), a CRY America-supported project, noticed that in rural areas of Assam, parents didn’t have adequate knowledge on how to support their children to succeed in school.
The children too had a lack of understanding on how they could create change in their own lives.

GVM and CRY America piloted the Child Centre to help children realise their own ability to effect change in their own lives.

Together with child psychology and sociology specialists, they designed special training modules to change local attitudes, putting children at the very centre of community development.

Separate training modules were also created to help parents facilitate this change.

Due to GVM and CRY America's efforts, many children began advocating for their rights and parents realized the importance of education. They started actively encouraging their children to study while reducing burdens such as household work.

By supporting CRY America, you too can help make a difference by ensuring that children get all the support they need to complete their education.

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A child's destiny is determined by the outlook of their family and community. However, due to a lack of awareness within their families, children often fall behind.

The village of Bagnabari in Assam recently made a remarkable social change. After listening to their children's concerns, parent's collectively worked on public sanitation to keep their children's playing areas safe. The village now has public toilets everywhere and actively promotes proper hygiene.

The community was facilitated by GVM (a CRY America supported project) and CRY's Child Centre*. The Child Centre helped parents understand their children, while children were given knowledge on how to talk about issues that affect them. The village then started addressing children's issues on its own.

When communities take the responsibility of ensuring child rights upon themselves, there can be a wave of change. CRY's Child Centre is trying to give children, parents and communities the tools to do this.

*The Child Centre aims to ensure children's voices are recognized as significant and unique, on issues and policies that affect them by building expertise of children, parents and their communities.

Children are the future of our country. However, 10.13 million children in India are still denied their education and forced to work as child laborers. CRY intervenes in cases of child labor by creating community support systems and by counselling families to send their children to school instead of to work. Through this intervention, children can have happier childhoods and a chance at a brighter future.

SATHEE (Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education and Environment),a CRY America- supported project, realized that in parts of Jharkhand, tribals were often impoverished due to illegal mining and seizure of their lands.
As a result, many tribal children were being exploited through bonded labor.

Together with CRY America, SATHEE empowered these communities to tackle their problems themselves through vision setting and capacity building.

They created citizen groups, village committees and women's groups that put pressure on institutions and child labor exploiters to send children home. Through coordination with police and other channels, the project rescued children from their labor conditions and helped them get back to their families and school.

Thanks to CRY America and SATHEE's intervention, people who exploited children had legal action taken against them and several children were rescued.

The project has now spread to 87 villages across 7 blocks and 5 districts in the state.

By supporting CRY America, you can help continue protecting their childhoods.

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Children are the future of our nation. However, over 10.13 million children in India are denied their right to education by being forced into child labor.

The primary reason is that parents often believe that sending their children to work is their best option. They do not realize that sending them to school instead is what will help break the vicious cycle of poverty.

SATHEE, a CRY America supported project, counsels families on the negative effects of child labor while helping them understand their child’s learning and development needs. Through the project's support, many former child laborers are now re-enrolled in school – they are discovering new skills and talents in school and are excelling in life.

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Ramakrishna Ram, Nadathur Sundar, Rithvik Manchala, Surender Sharma, Nadathur Sundar, Rithvik Manchala, Surender Sharma, Ajit Rathore, Kamlesh Dhairyavan, Prasanth Bhoomireddy, Manjari Doshi, Priya Ganesan, Arvind Mehta, Sanyogita Pawar, Anagha Warmorkar, Dibendoo Das, Mausumi Ray, Amit Adlakha, Rajeev Ranjan, Jay Sriram, Shan Shanmuganathan, Dr. Rekha Kulkarni, Pratapsinh Patil, Hemant Wamorkar
    $2,363
556 children to be impacted. Target $20,000

THERE ARE MANY
BARRIERS TO EDUCATION.
YOU ARE THE SOLUTION.

India is home to 444 million children, many of whom do not have access to education. When they do not go to school, they're deprived of the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

With your support, CRY America works towards overcoming various barriers that come in the way of a child's education.

Thank you for your donation.
Ramakrishna Ram, Nadathur Sundar, Rithvik Manchala, Surender Sharma, Nadathur Sundar, Rithvik Manchala, Surender Sharma, Ajit Rathore, Kamlesh Dhairyavan, Prasanth Bhoomireddy, Manjari Doshi, Priya Ganesan, Arvind Mehta, Sanyogita Pawar, Anagha Warmorkar, Dibendoo Das, Mausumi Ray, Amit Adlakha, Rajeev Ranjan, Jay Sriram, Shan Shanmuganathan, Dr. Rekha Kulkarni, Pratapsinh Patil, Hemant Wamorkar