& its Work
...pulling your child out of school just
because you are unable to find a job
that pays enough to support your family.
...your daughter could not attend school just because it has no toilets
...entire generations of your family being born into bonded labour with no hope of breaking free.
...a country - call it India, if you will - where 10,000 Indians die from entirely preventable causes.
"Outrageous? Yet10, 000 children die every single day in India. More than in any tsunami, flood, earthquake, famine or war. Half of India's children are deprived of their fundamental right to education every day. Two million Indian babies die each year before they celebrate their first birthday. Millions of India's children go to bed each night hungry, hopeless and angry.
It is because of this reality that CRY UK exists today - to amplify the voice of children. We believe that children are citizens in their own right, entitled to the full spectrum of human rights. At CRY UK, we do not believe in charity. Nor do we run schools, orphanages or dispensaries. Several years of working with and for children have taught us that resources have little to do with it. Instead we partner grassroots-level NGOs working with children, their parents and communities.
For over 35 years, CRY and its 200 partner NGOs have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of more than 2,000,000 underprivileged children, across 23 states in India. Not just by enrolling children in schools but by addressing the root causes that keep them hungry, illiterate, exploited and abused. All it takes is communities becoming aware of their rights and coming together to ensure them.
Over 1,500,000 children across India have opportunities they could not dream of because you chose to make them happen. None of these micro-miracles would have been possible without people like you coming together from all walks of life who believe in the rights of children. The grim reality, however, is that despite all these many small triumphs within CRY UK's reach, the outlook for most of India's underprivileged children will not change on a significant scale. That will require much more. It will require that we start thinking of children, not as objects of sympathy, but as citizens with the same rights that we consider our due.
That we believe, really believe, that every child, regardless of birth and circumstances is truly equal. That we realize the policies and the everyday choices we make, must seek to address the root causes of children’s problems not just their superficial manifestations. Finally, we must all - as voters, parents, teachers, investors, neighbours, business persons, lawyers, consumers, activists, students, judges, administrators, journalists and politicians alike - overcome our apathy, cynicism and sheer inertia and reconfigure our priorities to put children first. In a nutshell, CRY UK believes that the rights approach is the only one that works. And because the alternatives are not just ineffective but illegal and unjust.
Do write or call us to know more on child rights or share with us
your suggestions, comments and queries. It's the only way we'll
know how you feel about India's children.
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Name: CRY UK- Child Rights and You, UK
Status: Not for Profit Corporation
C/O - Penningtons Manches LLP
125 Wood Street
London EC2V 7AW
Tax Status: Child Rights and You UK is registered charity no.1119026.
All donations to CRY UK are tax deductible.