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Vol.17, September 2010

Dear CRY America supporter,

Over the last 7 years, CRY America has endeavored to ensure that children - regardless of their gender, caste, class, color, race, and ethnicity are given equal opportunities to develop to their full potential. CRY America's vision is to create a just world for all children. One, in which every girl's childhood is preserved, cherished, nurtured and protected.

However, in many villages and communities across India, till today, girls are anything but free from discrimination, abuse, neglect and social bias. 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate, half of the mothers are still children during their first pregnancy and one in six girls do not survive to see their 12th birthday.

Our work in one of CRY America's supported project - Gram Swaraj Sangh (GSS) that works in the Kutch region in Gujarat is directed towards empowering girls to be aware of their rights, bolster their confidence when the odds against them seem impossible, empower them to participate in decisions affecting their lives and become torch bearers of their communities. Read more...

All of this could never have been possible without the support and commitment that has been provided by you.

Together we can transform the lives of millions of girl children and celebrate their Freedom.

With best wishes,

Shefali Sunderlal
President, CRY America
CRY Cricket 2010: this year, the CRY Cricket event was held across 7 cities - Cleveland, Phoenix, Frankfort, Chicago, Richland, Seattle and New York - in which hundreds of cricket enthusiasts participated. The event raised funds for CRY’s mission. Read more...
Thank you for supporting CRY Walk for Child Rights across Denver, Hartford, Huntsville, St. Paul, Frankfort, Detroit, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Hope you will support our remaining CRY Walk events coming up in October (San Diego, Pittsburgh, Richland, Houston, Los Angeles and University of Nebraska at Omaha). Our thanks also go out to our sponsors - Zee TV, Thomson Reuters, Officemax, Moneygram and Lotus Exim. Read more...
My Vision for Children 2010: Last chance to submit your entries to this national contest for this year is October 25th, 2010! To submit your MVC entry or to view entries, click here.
Far away from the cities and well inside the Rann of Kutch are 195 tiny 'Wands' or Hamlets formed by nomadic tribes with a cluster of 20 to 80 families. A 'Wand', is randomly formed around a patch of babool
Gram Swaraj Sangh (GSS) in Gujarat, India
(Indian herb) trees - they are geographically distant and perhaps, socially too. Distanced due to their caste, these hamlets are not part of any village. Without a legal identity, they stay out of the ambit of government sponsored development programs. Even the basics are hard to come by. People, especially women, walk miles for water. It doesn't rain much either and the water tanker supplies are few and far between. The biggest casualties in these areas are the children. 145 infants to every 1000 as compared to the average of 62 for Gujarat state. Poor Child Sex Ratio, is as low as 844 girls to 1000 boys in the area as compared to the national number of 927 girls to 1000 boys. With no state transport available, long distances as long as 6 miles keep teenage girls away from school.

Click here to view the GSS photo-essay.
My Occasion and CRY America
Thank you for thinking of CRY and underprivileged children on your special occasion
Our birthday wishes go out to Gogol on his 5th birthday! Thanks to Madhumita Datta for thinking of CRY and underprivileged children on the occasion of her son’s 5th birthday. Read more...
Congratulations to Hari & Priya on their wedding! Thanks for wedding gifts that were requested for CRY rather than themselves. Read more...
On the occasion of their daughter Krithi’s first birthday, Sarav and Anita Arunachalam pledged their support to ensure equal opportunities to underprivileged children to live, learn, grow and play and asked their quests to make a donation to CRY America in lieu of a gift to Krithi. Read more...
Our condolences go out to Soumitra Sengupta and Family on the sad loss of his mother. We are grateful to his colleagues from New York Presbyterian Hospital , who donated $450 to CRY in memory of his Mother.

Congratulations to Aditya Vijayasarathy for receiving the KLA-Tencor GM Award for exceptional performance, which recognized his contributions to TSMC Fab12 Taiwan and included a $1000 donation to his chosen charity, CRY America!

For the 2nd birthday of their twins - Neel and Jay, Keiko and Rajit have requested their guests to donate to CRY America rather than bring gifts for their children. Read more...

If you would like to donate to CRY on “your special occasion”, pls mail Monica Kharkar at

As part of "Make a difference Program", India abroad will donate $16 for every new subscription made through CRY America's web page on its site.
CRY America is happy to announce that it has recently become a national alliance partner with NetIP North America. Our Action Centers in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego participated in local NetIP events such as the NGO Fair, Fair Trade Fair and Balboa Park Drum Roll.

We thank the Chourongee Bengali Association of Utah for their donation of $3,700 to CRY.
Thank you RKG Dance & Fitness Studio & Renu Kumar for donating $1000 to CRY from the proceeds of Chingari, a bollywood dance drama organized on September 26 at the Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN.
If you would like to donate to CRY America through our monthly donation program called CRY Drops or learn more about it, please click tabs below.
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Upcoming events

Benefit High Tea for CRY hosted by Sejal and Suyog Gandhi on September 26, 2010 at their residence in Edison, NJ.

Alabama AC will organize "Fusion" - 2nd Annual World Children's Festival on December 11, 2010.

Benefit Diwali Dinner for CRY America hosted by the Hicksville Rotary Club in November 2010.

Moksha, a band from Charlotte presents Indian Musical night for Child Rights on October 9, 2010. Read more...  
Seattle Action Center will promote and fundraise for CRY America during the month long Microsoft Giving Program in October 2010.
Past events
Alabama Action Center organized VISWAPREM  - a benefit dinner on June 5, 2010.
CRY Children's Fair on 7/10/2010 at the South Lawn of Riverside Park in New York.

Cleveland Action Center organized Cleveland Volleyball 2010 on August 14, 2010. Read more...

New York Action Center organized Mixer - a DJ party organized on June 12, 2010.
CRY Eastern WA Action Center conducted its first event, a CRY America Picnic on May 9th, 2010. Funds raised were $900 and 60+ people attended.
Pittsburgh Action Center organized Festival in the Park event on July 18, 2010 at Schenley Park - a festival of music, dance, movies, henna, rangoli and great food!
Boston Action Center organized a Bollywood Night on May 21, 2010. 100 people attended the event which raised USD 1,700 in funds.
CRY Eastern WA organized the MVC campaign at the Amistad Elementary school.

Bollywood Dance show was organized to raise funds for CRY America on 26th June 2010 at Milford,CT,USA.
To view pictures, click here.

Seattle Action Center Dreams on July, 2010. The event had over 40 performers, 20 volunteers and 750 people in the audience - overall 2 great shows. Seattle's premier Bollywood-inspired dance group had a spectacular dance drama called Mausam Xpress. Themed on the turning seasons, the dance drama featured dances in various styles, all set to popular Bollywood numbers. The event helped raise funds over $8000 that will go to CRY supported child rights projects.
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