CRY America's "Let's dream a little dream together" a call to envision and realize a just world for children
Booklet captures creative expressions of people's dreams and vision for children
New York, November 17th, 2009 :
"Let's dream a little dream together" is the title of the booklet published by CRY America. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar unveiled this fusion of dreams and visions for children at a press conference held at the Taj Lounge in New York today.
The booklet is an expression of hope and optimism by people from all walks of life to see a just and better world for millions of children who are denied their basic rights to a childhood.
CRY America's vision of a just world for children is guided by the collective conviction and action of over 10,000 donors, 500 volunteers and 41 supported Projects. This conviction was further strengthened by individuals who expressed their dream and view of children's rights through our '˜My Vision for Children Campaign', a new initiative launched this year by CRY America, a 501c3 non-profit organization working for children's rights in India and U.S.
My vision and dream for children' campaign launched by Child Rights and You America Inc. in May 2009 has culminated in "Let's dream a little dream together" booklet that showcases the winners across the various categories. Participants across various segments - children, teenagers, adults - shared their dream for a better world through paintings, essays, poems, songs, films and photographs. Touching thoughts, beautiful poems, poignant pictures and paintings were received, all capturing one belief, one dream; of a better world for children!
Participants submitted their entries to the campaign by uploading them on america.cry.org/myvisionforchildren. The entries ranged from the issue of right to education, to child labor, disability rights, female infanticide and poverty.
At the conference organized by CRY America, acclaimed actor Shabana Azmi expressed her conviction that "Millions of underprivileged children have their survival threatened on a daily basis due to malnutrition, illiteracy, child labor, preventable diseases, abuse and exploitation. I believe that each one of us can and should make a difference by joining with CRY America to build a world where every child can expect justice, and enjoy a happy and healthy childhood."
Javed Akthar, a renowned poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India, shared his vision at the event for children and recited a poem '˜Mumbai Tere Bachche' (Mumbai, your children), describing the trials and tribulations of street children in Mumbai city in India.
Shefali Sunderlal, President, CRY America believes in the power of the collective action as a catalyst of change. She said, "No matter how difficult or long the journey, if each one of us believes in doing what's right, then all children will have their right to live, learn, grow, play."
In just over 6 years, CRY America has transformed the lives of more than 245,580 children living across 1,376 villages and slums by supporting 41 not-for-profit organizations in India and the US towards realizing the dream of a just world. 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.
"We're very excited to partner with CRY as the official media sponsor for this powerful community initiative where people share their dream and vision," said Subroto Bhattacharya, CEO for Zee TV USA. "Together we have set the ball rolling in us envisioning a better world for all children, and aligning our visions for a better tomorrow."
Bhattacharya added, "Zee TV feels a corporate responsibility to help charitable organizations and give back to the community in ways that promote health and happiness.
On the occasion, Mr. L. Vijaykrishna, Area Director, NRI Business North America said, "Citibank has been present in India for the last 100 years, and the NRI business in the US has been serving the Indian community for over 25 years. We are very pleased to partner CRY America. CRY has been an integral part of our India citizenship program since the launch of our CRY Citibank co-branded credit card in India a decade ago. We hope that this effort would go a long way to enable people to champion the cause of underprivileged children, especially in India."
One of the winners in the poem category of the campaign, Nija Nair of New Jersey shared her entry at the press conference. She also expressed, "I was very happy to be informed that I won for the entry I submitted. The poem was an attempt to express my dream and prayer for children to have a happy and deserving childhood and grow up to be the best that they can be. I am happy for the opportunity that CRY America offered me to share my dream," she said.
Shefali concluded, "We need your support. Please get involved and join us by donating, volunteering and spreading the cause of child rights. Visit our website america.cry.org to know more."
About CRY America:
CRY America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization driven by its vision of a just world in which every child has an equal opportunity to develop to his or her full potential. Since inception, in 6 years, CRY America, along with it's 10,000 donors, 500 volunteers and 41 supported Projects has irreversibly transformed the lives of over 245,580 children living across 1,376 villages and slums in India and the U.S. For more information visit america.cry.org
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