CRY - Child Rights and You UK Ltd. (CRY UK) organised an exhibition of children's photography entitled 'Come, Share My World' at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, in London on July 1st 2011. The pictures on display were the outcome of a 10-day photography workshop conducted by CRY UK with children in the Kutch region of Gujarat. 'Come Share My World' was conceptualised on the basis of an insight that although people are aware of the generalities of deprivation in India, it is often difficult to comprehend the particular experiences, needs and problems faced by the children. The photographs were displayed in London in an effort to create a platform for the children to portray their lives and aspirations directly to the public. Explaining the workshop, Puja Marwaha, CRY's CEO, said, "This workshop was a step towards ensuring these children their right to participation through the highly expressive medium of photography. It was a unique opportunity for us to have a better understanding of the children's world view. 'Come Share My World' gave a voice to ten children from Gujarat, India."
Speaking at the event, veteran bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore said, "'Come Share My World' is unique in the sense that it paints a real picture of the lives of children in India. As a nation, India has among the world's youngest and fastest growing populations. And yet, nearly one in every two children in India under the age of six years is underweight - the photo exhibition is a call to action for us to end child deprivation now." The actress, who has starred in numerous Bollywood films over the last 50 years, is a committed supporter of CRY in India, the UK and the USA.
The exhibition was exclusively displayed at CRY UK's annual fundraising charity dinner, Pledge 2011. The event was attended by over 350 people in London. We raised GBP 58,000 at the event which will go towards Project GSS CRY UK's project in India that work for child rights..