Child Rights and You - Support the Stay in School Campaign

CRY America ‘Stay in School’ campaign is about ensuring 834 girl children across 53 villages do not drop out of school and receive
quality access to education
for a year. All we need is $30,000 to achieve it.

Thank You for Your Donation

We would like to thank, The Hans Foundation for supporting CRY America’s ‘Stay in school’ campaign to ensure girl children do not drop out of school
and receive access to quality education. The Hans Foundation has offered to match every dollar donated to the campaign up to a total
of $15,000.
  • Why girls drop out
  • Why girls should go to school
  • How you can help them finish
Early marriage:

In rural India, families live with modest means, and girls’ education is never a priority. Marriage is. And since marriage brings the burden of domestic work and rearing a family, several girls are forced to drop out of school.

Child labor:

Facing abject poverty parents often resort to sending their girls to work. Ending their hopes of finishing school. This makes them bound to labor, with no hope of ever being independent.


Some families that can afford to send their children to school favour their sons over daughters, causing them to stay at home while their brothers attend school.

No toilets:

Lack of separate toilets for boys and girls is one of the leading causes for girls to drop out. The discomfort of sharing a toilet with their fellow classmates and teachers often compels them to give up on school altogether.

No schools near by:

For many girls, their reason for dropping out is simple. The village school is just too far. Parents, worried for their safety, prefer to have them stay at home than risk travelling the distance alone.

When a girl is able to go to school, she sets off a cycle of positive change. An educated girl stays away from early marriage, avoids exploitation at work and becomes strong and independent. As she grows, she is able to make better choices for herself. This transforms her present life, gives her a secure future and helps her to look out for her family too. Educated girls grow up to be empowered women and can influence the communities they live in, for good.

$ 36
Enroll children into public school and also provide educational support to help them stay in school
Stop child labor by helping parents gain employment and providing children access to education
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Ensure lasting change for children
Stories of hope: How staying in school helped



See how Children’s Groups motivated Shravani to come out of home and go back to school.

See the video>>



See how Riku broke away from the confines of her home and became a confident, self-assured girl.

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See how Anita escaped illiteracy and embraced education, health and all round development.

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Tara's Song
A ray of hope, each girl would be if just given the chance
Her laughter would echo ceaselessly
In small eyes, big dreams would dance
She turns strangers into friends, with a warm embrace
She has the courage to soar the skies, and feel the sun on her face
If she can do all of these things, let’s ask the question anew
Tell us what is it that the Girl child cannot do?
In temples and places of worship, we bow our heads before the Goddess
Why then do we refuse the gifts, She Herself bestows upon us?
Let’s come together now, and give voice to this great cause
In alleys and corners let’s talk of it, without a moment's pause
Of the elders and the youth, let’s ask the question anew
Tell us what is it that the Girl child cannot do?

- Poem by Swati Sachdev, Volunteer, CRY America Houston Action Center
CRY - Child Rights and You America (CRY America), is a 501c3 non-profit organization, 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 15,000 donors and 500 volunteers, CRY America has ensured lasting change in the lives of 411,359 children living across 2,254 villages and slums through support to 56 projects in India and USA.
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