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Dear CRY supporter,

The girl child is the most vulnerable member of most households. Thousands of girls do not go to school or drop out of school at an early age in India. They are forced to look after their younger siblings, work in hazardous conditions and are victims of gender discrimination. For them, education is a distant reality. Join our ‘Stay in School’ campaign that aims to ensure that 2300 girls overcome these challenges, are educated, and make better choices for themselves, their families and communities.

We thank the Hans Foundation and Raga Rasa: Kartik Seshadri's Center for Indian Classical Music for matching every dollar donated to the Stay in School campaign upto a total of $20,000 each. Every donation will be matched $ for $.

Today, Kilugu from a small village of Kilugupeta, Andhra Pradesh is happy and learning in Class 5! With your support, we have ensured that 422,878 children like Kilugu will have a better future. Thank you for making this possible. We hope you will help us change the lives of many more children.

With best wishes,

Shefali Sunderlal
President, CRY America

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IN FOCUS
[1] CRY Dinners - Pledge 2013 and Uphaar 2013
CRY Dinners - Pledge 2013 and Uphaar 2013

CRY - Child Rights and You America Inc. cordially invites you to Uphaar 2013 in Seattle on May 4th and Pledge 2013 in New York on May 10th, evenings to benefit underprivileged children. As you reminisce about your childhood over dinner, ensure thousands of underprivileged children have happy childhoods. The proceeds from these evenings will go towards funding several initiatives that ensure lasting change to the lives of underprivileged children.

To know more on Pledge 2013, click here

To know more on Uphaar 2013, click here

[2] Stay in School – Girl Child fundraising campaign 2013
Stay in School – Girl Child fundraising campaign 2013

Kilugu Rama lives in the small village of Kilugupeta in Andhra Pradesh, India. She dropped out of school while in Class 3 saying she lost interest in studies. Her parents who are uneducated and work in farms didn't probe much and decided not to send her to school anymore.

When CRY America supported project Sneha intervened, they found out that she was asked to clean toilets daily in the school. It was no surprise that Kilugu could not take the humiliation from other children and teachers and quit.

Today, Kilugu is now in Class 5 and happy because she goes to a school that has the right infrastructure and facilities. CRY America's online fundraising campaign - 'Stay in School' aims to ensure 2300 girl children not drop out of school and receive quality access to education for a year. All we need is $40,000 to achieve it. Join us.

Tell us what she cannot do - a song in support of the girl child, has been composed by San Diego volunteer Suresh Sistla and brought alive with lyrics by Swati Sachdev, Houston volunteer. The proceeds from the sale of this song will go towards ensuring girl children have access to their basic rights. Download song from Apple Store or from Google Play.

[3] CRY Walk for Child Rights 2013

Our Annual CRY Walk for Child Rights event will be organized across 17 cities in USA in 2013 - bringing hundreds of individuals together with the belief that 'Change is possible, because we will make it possible'. The event provides a platform for people of all ages to come together and join the child rights movement. To know more about the Walk in you city, click here.

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PROJECT STORY
Children at CRY supported project Aakaar

"I wept because I had no shoes. And then I saw a man with no feet." The slum children gathered around me. One of the girls seemed about 13-14 years old. I asked her in Marathi "Do you go to school?" She said no. Thoughts crossed my mind "Maybe she is not interested. Or maybe her parents are forcing her to work instead." I was stunned by what I heard next. The girl had two kids. She was an orphan. Other grown-ups in the slums were looking after her and her kids. School was a distant luxury. This is Jogeshwari in Mumbai. Right by the National Express Highway, over a hundred people live right on the pavement. Some live in makeshift slums, others live in the open. Read more...

Children at CRY supported project Aakaar

Project visit by Sumedh Barde, CRY America Volunteer, Seattle on December 24th, 2012

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VOICES
Voices

"I strongly believe that all girl children should be given the opportunity to quality education and encouraged to have a career of their choice, just like I did."

- Soha Ali Khan, Indian Actor

"Girl child education is so important mainly because of the large issue of gender inequality. Education in general is so important to help both boys and girls reach their fullest potential in a subject matter that they can wholly enjoy and become involved in. Educating young girls is the single most powerful and influential way to lift people out of poverty. "

- Lyndsay P Handell, CRY America intern

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Acknowledgements
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CRY America supported project Mahan Seva Sansthan was sponsored in the loving memory of Surekha ben Mehta for the year 2012.

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A donation was made in the name of Late Dr. Ashok Diwakar Baone.

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EVENTS

Past events

1. CRY Kids Carnival was organized by Arkansas Action Center on Jan 26th, 2013

2. Valentine's Day party! was organized by Boston Action Center on February 16th, 2013

3. Fest 2013 on occasion of Holi was organized by Pittsburgh Action Center and San Diego Action Center on March 23rd, 2013

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GET INVOLVED
Share special occasions with the cause of underprivileged children
With 'My Occasion and CRY', request your friends and loved ones to donate to CRY America in lieu of gifts to you on your occasions. Know more.

With 'Gift a donation', make a donation to CRY America and send a special egreeting to wish your friends and loved ones a happy birthday, anniversary or to thank them on their occasions. Know more.

CRY DROPs – Direct Monthly Recurring Donation scheme
If you would like to donate to CRY America through our monthly donation program called CRY DROPs or learn more about it, pls click here.

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CRY America is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is driven by it’s vision of a ‘just’ world in which all children - regardless of their gender, class, caste, faith, color, race, physical and mental ability etc. - have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. With the support of over 2,000 volunteers and 18,944 donors, CRY America has impacted the lives of over 422,878 children living across 2,395 urban, rural and tribal communities.