Volunteer Voices

of CRY America

Rajesh Munshi
CRY America Volunteer, Seattle

Rajesh Munshi

Each and every child truly deserves the best start in life. CRY America has helped in providing that start to a better future to a number of underprivileged children in the last 10 years. Every child is unique, every child is precious and should have a dignified, happy and cherished childhood, free from the clutches of child labor, fear, poverty, and diseases. I feel that nothing is more important than ensuring that the fundamental rights of children are protected. CRY America has promoted equal inclusion of every child and the cause of the girl child, by encouraging communities to provide the same opportunities and protection to girls as boys and by preventing violations faced by girl children. CRY America has provided a path to individuals - activists, volunteers, donors - that we can traverse together to create a world that has equal opportunities for all the children.

Dr. Apoorv Agarwal
CRY America Volunteer, Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Apoorv Agarwal

India has more than 300 million underprivileged children who are lost in the attention surrounding India's recent economic growth. There is growing disparity between the rich and the poor in India and the condition of India's underprivileged children is especially dire. Children are India's future. If they are marginalized, India's growth cannot be sustained. I strongly believe in CRY America's model of bringing sustainable change in children's lives because a change is real only if it lasts. CRY works with the entire community in which children are growing up and hence is able to address the root causes of deprivation, not just the symptoms. Individuals, corporations and government need to mobilize to bring lasting change in children's lives. There has to be a true public-private partnership to change the situation of children in India.

We must all do whatever we can to support organizations like CRY that are trying to understand and address the root causes that keep children deprived and marginalized.

Rakesh Gupta
CRY America Volunteer, New York

Rakesh Gupta

CRY America comes of age! Ten years and glowing! In these ten years, we have worked tirelessly to restore the rights of underprivileged children in India and the US. Our resource generation efforts through events, individual donors and corporate sponsors have always worked hand-in-hand with building our brand loyalty. If we have asked individuals and corporates to share a part of their hard earned money, we have ensured that they are aware of what it can do for children. Volunteer action is one of our strongest achievements. With 25 Action Centers (AC) in some of the major cities of the US, CRY America has ignited the passion of more that 500 committed volunteers, some of whom have been volunteering for almost a decade. The youngest leader of one of our AC's is all of 15 years and

the oldest are perhaps Hanu (Alabama) and I in our fifties. We organize events all year round, to suit the interests of a wide cross-section of society. Through these, we have seized every opportunity to reinforce credibility, enhance our image, increase awareness, create excitement and raise resources for underprivileged children. With this inclusive approach, I am fully confident the CRY America shall grow from strength to strength in the years to come.

Paresh Mundade
CRY America Volunteer, Seattle

Paresh Mundade

CRY America is one of the rare organizations which is like a managerial organization to multiple grass roots NGO, thus making its reach across India in trying to fix the underlying problem and not just the symptom. Philosophy being "teach someone how to fish, rather than give a fish to the poor". Moreover, it's the only one which does internal & external financial audits along with a social audit to find other ways of bringing the change. I believe in its values and its mission.

Srini Ramanujam
CRY America Volunteer, Charlotte, North Carolina

I've known of CRY America for 10 years now. I knew about it in India and reached out to see about activities in my community. CRY America is doing a wonderful job at making a difference in children's lives. Kids are our future and CRY America provides many ways for us to be creative and help these children. I like to put on concerts and raise funds and awareness through these events. Get involved!

Sanjay Yengul
CRY America Volunteer, Boston

Seeing small children in rags begging on the streets in India is heartbreaking - yet giving them a few coins does not feel like a solution. So with deep sadness, most of us turn away. It is easy

to be overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, but there are ways to help. I have been volunteering for CRY America in Boston for over ten years. CRY's unique rights based approach goes beyond charity and creates and strengthens social structures that will enable children to develop to their full potential. A lot has been done, but much more remains to be done.

Harshita Bhurat
CRY America Volunteer, Boston

CRY America's value of a healthy life begins with a healthy childhood very strongly resonates with what I believe in. I have always believed that if I can't make life better for a hundred children, I can at least do it for one. Thank you CRY America for giving me this opportunity to affect not just a hundred but thousands of children across the world.

Gunjan Sharma
CRY America Volunteer, SoCal

Gunjan Sharma

We need to come together passionately and make basic necessities like food even more accessible for children. Making education a right and not a privilege will greatly improve the situation of children in India.

Nikita Bhatia
CRY America Volunteer, New Jersey

Nikita Bhatia

Education is a very powerful weapon and builds the foundation for others to build their lives and break the cycle of poverty. This is one of the reasons that I support CRY America.

Rathnam Venkat
CRY America Student Volunteer, Munster, IN

Rathnam Venkat

My experience was great. I visited the SCSTEDS project (Slum Children Sports Talent and Education Development Society). Coming from the community that I live in, the visit was eye-opening. I was shocked at the poor living conditions in the Vysarpati slums of Chennai. They started a great program helping at-risk youths stay out of trouble. The kids play football in their free time, and they really enjoy it. All of them are very talented, and it seemed to me that playing football encouraged them to focus on their studies. All were enthusiastic about learning and making a good life for themselves and others. I spent multiple days with the kids in the slum. I learned that community has been strengthened by this project. CRY has supported a great cause, and I am glad that I was able to see it first hand. This motivated me to really put all I can in helping CRY.

Nishant Singh
CRY America Student Volunteer, Raleigh, North Carolina

Underprivileged children need attention right now because today's children will be tomorrow's adults, and if we cannot guarantee rights to children right now it will become an even greater problem tomorrow.

Parul Juneja
CRY America Volunteer, New York

The reason that I chose to volunteer with CRY America is because I wanted to make a difference. It's difficult to find these opportunities where you can make a real impact and CRY America gives you that opportunity.

Devabrat Kumar
CRY America Student Volunteer, New York

I heard about CRY America in India and saw how we work through a holistic approach. Sometimes we don't realize the type of impact that we can make at a grassroots level. That is why I am often reaching out to people to get involved through events and spreading the word. Everyone can contribute and we can customize their routine to get involved.

Nathalie Kauz
CRY America Student Volunteer, Munster, IN

I like to see that High School students are really interested in helping a cause like this. I like it because it makes me feel like I can make a greater impact as opposed to other extracurricular activities.

Shezda Afrin
CRY America Student Volunteer, Lansdale, PA

I have always wanted to do something for the underprivileged children in countries such as India. I always saw my parents donating back home and I could not wait to combine my interests: planning/executing and aiding children so they can lead themselves to a bright future. After my first volunteer event, a movie night with friends, I am more excited to do bigger events. Volunteering has always been my passion, but with every event I did/will do, I will gain the satisfaction that more children in India will be supported through the efforts of CRY America. I am glad I am now a part of this noble organization.

Anu Manthri
CRY America Volunteer, Virginia

Anu Manthri

CRY America is a wonderful organization which not only targets one particular aspect of a needy child but all the other aspects as a whole...like education, health, nutritional factors, survival in the society. This is what I've always been wanting to do and this is why I'm with CRY.

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