Vol.12 - March 2009
Opinion Poll
More than 50 per cent of girls fail to enroll in school; those that do are likely to drop out by the age of 12

Communities stand up for their
children's educational rights
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Play for CRY is a series of interesting games to tickle your brain & give you an opportunity to play your part in the child rights movement. Play and pass it on to friends, colleagues and family to strengthen this movement. Congratulations to Sowji and Dani for winning Week 1 and Week 2 of hangman respectively.

Visit www.playforcry.org now and play to ensure child rights

Gift a Donation
CRY America's gifting option will not only touch the recipient, but also touch the lives of underprivileged children, especially in India.
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This is CRY America's, simple yet cost effective way of making a difference to children's lives despite your demanding schedules and busy lifestyles. You can now opt between the two ways of donating via DROPs

 Online via Credit Card
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 Offline via Bank Account
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 Send e-greetings
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The media has been an important communication tool for CRY America. It has helped us amplify the voice of thousands of marginalized Indian children as well as spread the message of Child Rights far and wide. To read more about how CRY America made headlines by positively impacting the lives of these children,
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CRY America seeks your support to reach out to as many individuals as possible and grow our base of supporters.

This is how:

Host a fundraiser.
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You can enable your company to participate in our movement for children. Enroll us in your matching gift program.
If your company has an employee giving program and you would be interested in spreading the word to other employees, please write to kreeanne@crymail.org
You can enable us to reach out to your friends and family. Forward our e-mailers and campaigns to raise awareness on the situation of underprivileged children in India, and to elicit support from individuals.

Dear Friends,

Twelve villages in Koraput district (Orissa) where SPREAD a CRY America supported project works now have access to education, health and livelihood. This is yet another example of the change that you have enabled. The tribal community were faced with economic pressures, a loss of their identity, poor quality education and displacement forced many tribal children to drop out and discontinue their schooling. SPREAD initiated community level awareness programs for tribals on the government system and facilitated a people's movement to restore their land, livelihood, health and education rights. To attract and keep children in schools, a 'go to school' campaign was organized in which 656 children participated, which moved from street to street convincing reluctant parents to send their children to school. Click here to know more.

Despite the difficult economic situation in 2008, I am happy to report that we were able to support 27 Projects, like SPREAD, which positively impacted the lives of children living across 535 tribal, rural and urban communities. 123 villages and slums have achieved 100% enrollment in schools, 59 villages are now child labor free and 126 Children's groups and clubs were formed and strengthened. This impact was possible only because of the unstinting support received from every donor, volunteer, staff member and well wisher of CRY America.

Experts predict that 2009 may continue to see hardships globally on the economic front. The times are tough for all of us, but more so for underprivileged children, who are often the worst hit by disasters and difficult situations. We continue to count on your support - so that together, we can continue to impact the lives of children.

We have several initiatives planned in 2009 which we would like to share with you in this newsletter - these range from our popular CRY Walk event series across 12 cities; the CRY Dinner series across 4 cities; CRY America's My Vision campaign for Children; and many more exciting events across 20 cities! Have you seen our online event, Play for CRY - a series of 3 games (hangman, sudoku and crossword) Do check it out!

There are many ways in which you can get involved - help organize events, help sponsor events, participate in events, introduce us to your Company, donate, volunteer, help us spread the word about child rights. Every contribution counts.

Thank you for supporting CRY America and I look forward to your continued support!

With your continued help we can do more.

In Faith and Goodwill,

Shefali Sunderlal Chandel
President, CRY America



CRY America action centers and supporters across the US organize wide range of events to engage with people from all walks of life and garner support for the cause of child rights.

  • Seattle Action center (AC) - had a successful show of DREAMS, Bollywood dance ballet for child rights on Feb 8, 2009
  • Detroit AC - held a fun-filled evening with DJ Ramsy -on Feb 7, 2009
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  • Washg DC AC - was the chosen beneficiary of the SABA DC get together on Jan 22, 2009.
  • Alabama AC - organized the "Viswa Kalasravanthi" (universal glow of art) on February 7, their very first event of the Alabama AC that got them off on a very good start.

    Click here to know more about events above.
  • Houston AC - Gauri Patankar, a CRY America Houston volunteer ran the Austin Half Marathon on Sunday, February 15, 2009 and pledged support for underprivileged children combating against poverty, illiteracy and child abuse and to promote their education rights.
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  • NY AC - organized RHEN for CRY on Feb 27, 2009 and a Holi event on March 7. View event pics

  • Houston AC - Clear Brook High School Chapter of CRY America in Friendswood is off to a great start with 75 students. Click here for more.

  • Agomoni Mukherjee had a holiday season fund-raiser for CRY America. Click here to know more

  • India Unplugged - an exhibition and sale of photographs by Dr. Glenn Losack on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Solas, 232 E 9th St., New York, NY 10003. To RSVP, please email kreeanne@crymail.org or click here
  • CRY Walk for Child Rights 2009- It's coming to your city! If you would like to help organize or participate in this event - please contact the Action Center closest to you. Click here to know more
  • Bucks County AC - brings to you a Scrabble tournament on April 25, 2009 at Newton Friends School. Click here for more details.

  • Detroit AC's annual fundraising dinner -
    is coming up on May 16 at St. Lucy Church in Troy, MI.
  • Washington DC Metro Action center - brings to you a very special yoga workshop on March 15th. For more info, contact dc@cryamerica.org
  • Alabama Action center - has arranged a Workshop of Science and SAT training (WOSSAT) a hands-on science workshop "For Kids By Kids" from March 28 to July 18th at Huntsville. Click here to know more

  • Seattle Action Center - is organizing it's annual dinner event, Uphaar 2009 on Saturday, May 9th at Teatro Zinzanni, 222 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Pittsburgh Action- Center is organizing a Spring Garba Event on Friday, March 20th from 9:00pm at Rangos Ballroom. Click here to know more

Spotlight Style, www.spotlightstyle.com an event management and design company in New York has established a long term partnership with CRY America.
Nikhil Johns efforts:
Nikhil Johns a sixteen year old junior at St Petersburg High School in Florida will support CRY as part of his school project this year.
Fashion Research Institute (FRI) of New York:
FRI has been garnering support for child rights in the virtual world of Second Life and has now established an association with CRY America.
a global service provider in business, financial, tax and wealth management services, will collaborate with CRY America to support its initiatives.

Click here to know more about the partnerships above.

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