- Project Selection Process
- Project Monitoring and
- Project Funding and
- Community Organization
and Effective Government
- CRY America's Theory of Change
- About CRY
- About CRY America
- CRY America Vision & Mission
- Child Rights Charter
- Contact Us
- Projects We Support
- Project Impact
- USA Projects
- Stories Of Hope
- Project Selection and Review
- Child Rights
- Children Statistics
CRY America extends support to carefully selected grassroots organizations in India. The criteria for selecting organizations includes the following aspects:
- Assessment of needs: We perform district-wise analysis of child-rights parameters like infant mortality, school enrolment, gender ratios, the incidence of poverty, and the prevalence of social ills like caste discrimination, female infanticide, child labor, child trafficking, exploitation and abuse.
- Assessment of existing resources: The "map" resulting from our needs analysis is overlaid with information about availability of government and private resources, to identify locations where such help is relatively resource scarce
- Assessment of grassroots efforts: Finally, the criteria of innovation and replicability are applied, to identify nascent, grassroots initiatives that offer the best promise of impact.
Project Selection Criteria:
- Focus on underprivileged children
- Focus on social justice rather than mere charity
- Priority to projects in areas where no other projects / services exist
- Willing to work with local government agencies and programs
- Open to working with other non profits
- Vision, commitment, approach of the project partner
- Project plan empowers the community with which they work and ultimately makes an irreversible change to thelives of children
- Project has clear plans, with well defined impact parameters.
CRY America utilizes the grant management services of CRY India to ensure that the grants to India Projects are effectively utilised and the capacities of supported Projects are enhanced towards achieving their goals
Our partner CRY India has developed highly effective planning, monitoring, and evaluation systems over 33 years of experience that include:
- Stringent partner selection processes includes pre-funding site visits
- Quarterly/half-yearly field visits, financial reports, grant disbursal based on reviews. Our Development Support professionals visit each project on a quarterly or half yearly basis. They meet with the staff, parents, children and the community with whom the project works.
- Assessing the project's training & information support needs as well as its achievements.
- Submission of quarterly, half yearly and annual reports by the project partner.
- Annual evaluation, budget and plans for the next grant period are initiated by our team.
- Frequent financial reviews on bookkeeping and maintenance of accounts are carried out at the projects.
- An external project audit is almost always mandatory at each project.
- Project partners are encouraged to discuss their budgets and expenditure with their core teams and the community with whom they work, for greatersocial accountability and transparency.
- Grant Disbursals to projects are made quarterly or half-yearly based on reviews done
- Our team of qualified professionals, from the development sector is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of supported Projects
and Capacity Building
CRY America's activities are aimed at a just world in which all children - regardless of gender, class, caste, faith, color, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability etc. - have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams.
Our Capacity building role
CRY America then provides supported Projects with much needed resources and builds their capacity to achieve their goals:
- Financial support based on program needs
- Program development
- Organizational capacity building
- Training support
- Networking support
- Perspective building on child rights
- Accounting and book keeping skills
- Programmatic and Financial accountability
CRY has also developed exhaustive and well-recognized impact parameters used in reviewing and planning processes that enables the organization and supported Projects to set clearly defined and measurable goals.
Our capacity building and enabling role is an integral part of our "child rights" model of change.
Networking, Research and Policy Influencing - our partner CRY India also works with larger networks of NGO's at the State and national level which help facilitate the transfer of learning, build solidarity between partner organizations and influence policy to positively impact the situation of Indian children.
and Effective Government Programs
We believe that community mobilization and engagement is the most effective long-term solution to the multiple causes of poverty, deprivation, exploitation and abuse that constrain the rights of India's children. We enable supported Projects to focus on key activities:
- Enable community groups to come together to discuss and resolve their issues collectively, in the best interests of their children, thus empowering them
- Improve the health of the community with emphasis on maternal and child health
- Address issues of child labor, child marriage and girl child discrimination
- Ensure birth registration, immunization and malnutrition programs
- Mainstreaming of children into formal public schools
- Running informal education centers (where there are no schools)
- Strengthening children's groups to enable expression, confidence and leadership
- Partnering with other organizations to form networks and alliances to influence policy at a macro-level
- Community awareness programs on the importance of education, health and other relevant issues
- Work with government bodies to ensure that the public schools and health centers function well and serve community needs
Establish authentic data on the situation of children - infant and child mortality, nutrition, enrolment, availability of functioning schools of at least adequate quality, child labor and gender and caste differences.
Workable models to achieve access to primary and elementary education, healthcare, livelihoods and governance combining direct action, community mobilization and policy influence.
Theory of Change
Children are the most vulnerable segment of any society. Their situation provides the most stringent metric of a society's health and a rallying point with the widest appeal across all parts of society.
Ensuring child rights is the most sustainable solution to the myriad social, economic and political issues confronting India.
Sustainable change at the level of the community is only possible when communities themselves develop and implement solutions, cooperatively.
Non-profits when linked to each other and in coalition with business, government and media, can create a critical mass that achieves immense synergies and scale, and the strength to influence policy.