CRY America Newsletter Apr 2014

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Vol 27, April 2014
Education nurture dreams. Not ploughing gardens.
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Dear Friend,

We are very happy to announce the launch of our new website with this newsletter! We have tried to make the website more interactive and added many impact stories that can be easily accessed. Hope you like it! Do visit and send us your feedback.

Over the past 11 years, your support and belief in children’s rights has ensured that 450,832 children’s lives across 2,642 villages and slums have been impacted. 177,814 children have been immunized, 324,368 children (6-18 years) enrolled in schools and 9,519 children have been removed from child labor.

Children like Amaravathi, who went on from laboring in mango gardens to receiving an education that transformed her life. She was in Grade 5 when her family migrated in search of a livelihood, forcing her to drop out of school and work in mango gardens for several years. Project Shramika Vikasa Kendram worked with Amaravathi, her parents and community to ensure that she was removed from child labor and re-enrolled in school. An exceptionally bright student, Amaravathi has passed her Grade 10 exams with a score of 85% and secured a seat in the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential School to pursue her intermediate studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Your ongoing support helps identify and address barriers that keep children out of school and secure their future by enrolling and retaining them in schools. Join us in celebrating stories of change like Amaravathi’s and ensuring it for many more children.

With best wishes,

Shefali Sunderlal

Shefali Sunderlal
President, CRY America

Stay In School - Girl Child Campaign
CRY Walk for Child Rights

CRY Walk for Child Rights

The SIS Campaign enables 1,944 girl children to complete their education and reach their potential, by addressing roadblocks that keep them out of school. When a girl child is educated, she becomes more capable of making her own decisions, achieving her dreams and improving the community she lives in. We need your support to set-off a cycle of positive change in the lives of girl children.

Click here to know more about the campaign and ensure girl child education.

Donate now to ‘double’ your donation and support girl child education.

Help us secure a Matching Grant from the Hans Foundation and double the chances for 1,944 girls to Stay In School.

We thank the Hans Foundation for matching every dollar donated to this initiative up to a total of $20,000.

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CRY America thanks:


The Hans Foundation: for the generous grant of $41,000 towards the Stay in School Campaign and Project Mountain Children’s Foundation, Uttarakhand.


CSC Foundation: for the wonderful gift of $25,000 due to the generosity of Candace Labelle, Foundation Managing Director and the employees of Computer Sciences Corporation who gave during their holiday giving program!


Friends of Humanity International (FHII): for their generous grant of $5,000 towards disaster relief efforts for children affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh.

4. for pledging their support towards ensuring lasting change for many underprivileged children.


United Fairfax (UFX) Travels: for pledging 10% of their service fee for tickets bought on (with CRY America specified) in 2014.


Star TV: for being our annual media sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year.


TV Asia: for being our annual media sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year.


Mera Sangeet Radio: for being our annual media sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year.


India Abroad: for discounted advertising rates for the 3rd consecutive year.


Green Chillies Entertainment: for organizing a concert in aid of underprivileged children and CRY America on June 7 at Malvern, PA.

Upcoming & Past Events
Upcoming Events
CRY Holi at Pittsburgh and Chicago: Join us for the festival of colors filled with fun, food and festivities at Pittsburgh on April 5th, 2014 and Chicago on April 12th, 2014. Click here for more information.
CRY Dinner at Huntsville, Alabama: Join us for Viswaprem - 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, May 24th 2014 to reminisce about your childhood and help ensure thousands of children with the opportunity to fulfil their dreams. For more information, please call Hanu Karlapalem, Alabama Action Center Lead, at 256-975-2251 or email: Visit the Viswaprem page here
Indian Music Concert at Los Angeles on April 25: Raga:Rasa and CRY America have come together in a collaborative partnership to raise awareness and funds for music education and children’s rights. Join us for an evening with Masters of Indian Classical Music featuring world renowned sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on the tabla. To register, click here.
100 Years of Bollywood Music at Malvern, PA on June 7: Enjoy a musical extravaganza with live music and dance organized by Green Chillies Entertainment in aid of CRY America. To buy tickets, click here.
CRY Walk: Join our annual CRY Walk for Child Rights events being organized across 20 cities in 2014 - bringing hundreds of individuals together with the belief that 'Change is possible, because we will make it possible'. Let's all come together and work towards the day when all children will have their rights to live, learn, grow and play! For more information, click here.
Past Events
Uphaar 2014 at Seattle: CRY Seattle Action Center celebrated 10 years of Uphaar on March 1st 2014, at the Overlake Golf & Country Club, with 100 guests and raised over $90,000 which will benefit thousands of underprivileged children. A big thank you to our donors, sponsors and volunteers for the 10th successful Uphaar! For more information, click here.
CRY Holi at San Diego, Seattle, and Bay Area: Thank you for participating in CRY Holi events across San Diego, Seattle and Bay Area and making the events a grand success. Thank you for adding color and fun to the lives of underprivileged children. For more information, click here.
My Occasion and CRY: An opportunity for you to share your special day with underprivileged children and enable lasting change in their lives. To know more and to create your very own My Occasion page, click here
Donate Your Old Car to CRY America! We have tied up with Cars4Causes which accepts used car donations from anywhere in the USA. They will handle all the paper work, title change, free pick up and sale of the car. To know more, click here.
CRY DROPs: Recurring Monthly Donation: a simple yet cost-effective option to invest in the future of children. All you have to do is enter your email address, select the amount and frequency you wish to commit, and the donation will be deducted on a monthly basis. To know more click here

Percy Presswalla Project Story Recently I visited CRY supported Project 'Vanchit Vikas Sansthan’ (VVS) in Ahmednagar. I was really disturbed by seeing the condition of some of the citizens of our great country, India. In fact I am not even sure if they are considered as citizens in the real sense. The Pardhi tribe (majority of the community) often faces harassment by law enforcement agencies. The criminal branding of the tribe goes back to 1871, after the British passed the "Criminal Tribes Act". People from about a hundred and fifty tribes were branded as criminals. The police were given sweeping powers to arrest them and watch their movements. Despite being exonerated by the Indian government, the community is still perceived to be indulging in criminal activities. The criminal stigma is attached from birth, and by the age of sixteen, his name is usually featured in criminal records as a potential suspect. The police uses the "Habitual Offenders Act" to harass the community. Public pressure in villages often prevents the nomadic community from settling there. However there is hope. Through the relentless efforts of Project VVS, children have been removed from labor and enrolled in formal schools. They have created awareness on the ill-effects of child marriages and have formed children's groups.

The day I visited the village I saw a well-organized school, with enthusiastic kids and equally enthusiastic teachers and principal. The smooth functioning of this school seemed like a ray of hope in the darkness, and was much needed in the community. Then, we visited another school which is still in the process of being set up in the village. The community is actively involved in this project to lobby with the government for ensuring the rights of their children and the families. Thanks to organizations such as VVS and CRY, we can stay optimistic. Their success is the success of the whole nation.

I sincerely wish luck to VVS and CRY for supporting organizations such as VVS.

By bringing change in one village at a time, one day we shall overcome!

Percy Presswalla
CRY Volunteer from South California


CRY America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit driven by its vision of a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. With the support of over 20,885 donors and 2,000 volunteers, CRY America has impacted the lives of 450,832 children living across 2,642 villages and slums through support to 70 Projects in India and USA.

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