a-step-in-the-rights-directionA STEP IN THE "RIGHTS" DIRECTION - CRY AMERICA

A Step in the
"Rights" Direction
- CRY America
To Seek Justice
for All Children
By Changing
Name to 'Child
Rights and
You America Inc.'

CRY America seeks justice for all children; Changes Name to 'Child Rights and You America Inc.'

Source: CRY America Press Release

New York, May 2, 2007:
Reaffirming its commitment to child rights, CRY America has changed its name to Child Rights and You America Inc. The change was announced at a media conference at the Altman building (gallery level) in New York today.

Addressing the media, Shefali Sunderlal, President, CRY America said, While the relief approach addresses the symptoms, the rights approach looks at why the problem exists and addresses its root causes. The relief approach treats children as objects of sympathy needing our help, while the rights approach reiterates that we are only giving children what they are entitled to as citizens. The change of name underscores the belief that children's rights cannot be compromised.

We believe that each one of us can make a difference and that together, we will create a movement that irrevocably changes children's lives."

Also speaking on the occasion, Ingrid Srinath, Chief Executive Officer, CRY India and Honorary Director, CRY America, said Millions of children across India are excluded from the rights most American children can take for granted - education, healthcare, protection from exploitation and abuse. Charity alone is woefully inadequate to the task of ensuring sustainable change on any significant scale. Unless we address the root causes of this situation - endemic poverty, gender bias, class and caste divides and misgovernance - we will only be scratching the surface of the problem. CRY's experience in thousands of rural, tribal and slum communities over 28 years has proven that the rights approach is the only one that makes a sustainable difference."

In just over 4 years, CRY America has transformed the lives of more than 80,000 children by supporting 16 not-for-profit organizations in India and the US. Thanks to the organization's emphasis on child rights, families now have viable livelihoods, State schools and health centers are functioning and girls, whose very existence was threatened by infanticide and neglect, have now become the flag bearers of their communities. This has been achieved by building awareness about child rights, establishing their linkage to the urgent issues of livelihood that bedevil parents and mobilizing whole communities to overcome their many differences in the interests of their children.

Peggy Dulany, Founder & Chair, The Synergos Institute, expressed, We know from experience in India, in the US and in many other places around the world that poor communities have the greatest interest in overcoming their own poverty but they often lack the access and connections to make this happen by themselves.

CRY is mobilizing resources to empower those communities and enable them to work in true partnership with the business sector, government and other actors. All to benefit poor and excluded children. The change of name from Child Relief and You to Child Rights and You reflects this well.

CRY and The Synergos Institute thus share a joint vision of promoting approaches to poverty and other critical social problems in ways that bring different sectors of society together for joint action. Congratulations to CRY America for their tremendous accomplishments in improving the lives of children in India and, more recently, in the United States," she added.

None of this would have been possible without the committed support of hundreds of committed volunteers in 22 US cities and thousands of donors across the USA who believed that Change is possible, because I'll make it possible," Ms. Sunderlal added. Anyone who would like to get involved can join us at our website http://www.america.cry.org/."

Pledge 2007, a benefit dinner for child rights hosted by CRY America along with Meera and Vikram Gandhi will follow the press conference in New York. Dr. Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International will be the keynote speaker. A painting donated by Ram Kumar, a legendary Indian artist will be auctioned at this event. The proceeds from the evening will go towards funding several initiatives that ensure irreversible change in the lives of children regardless of gender, religion, caste or class. Credit Suisse is the main sponsor for this evening.

Meera Gandhi, host of the CRY America charity dinner says, I am glad to be part of CRY America's movement for underprivileged children. I believe that each one of us can make a difference and build a world where every child can expect justice, and enjoy a happy and healthy childhood."

"Every person has an instinct for Child Rights. We all want our children to have a better future, and experience childhood in the present. CRY urges us to act on that instinct, not remain mute witness to child deprivation. Stand up for what is right and make a better world for all our children!" concluded Nandan Maluste, Trustee, CRY India.

CRY America is the sole representative of the CRY name & trademarks in the USA. CRY America is a 501c3 registered
organization and all donations to CRY America are tax-deductible.

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