May 27, 2015

Bheemabai joined game...It changed her life.

Fifteen year old Bheemabhai was a regular visitor at the ground where SCSTEDS trained children in football. She used to watch from a distance with yearning in her eyes; but she kept a distance when she was invited to join. A community worker from SCSTEDS noticed her one day and walked towards her. She wore a school uniform – a shabby one with a tear. He knew by experience that she did not go to school. She was a dropout; a recent one. He asked her if she wanted to play. She shook her head. He called one of the playing girls, about her age, to come over. Bheemabai smiled recognizing the familiar face. It was her classmate in Std.X at MB Devadoss Aided High School where she used to study.

“Do you know her?”, the community worker asked the girl.


He learnt from her that Bheemabhai had dropped out of school just a few months ago, because of discrimination. She was a dalit and her father worked as a security guard. Her elder brother was chronically ill and her second brother worked as a laborer to meet ends. Besides, she had a sister who was looking for work. There were too many mouths to feed at home; and the mid-day meal at school was her primary source of nutrition. With that gone, she was now hungry like the rest of her family; and like most of other children who lived in the slums of Vyasarpadi.


The community worker knew her plight, for many of the children trained by SCSTEDS, had shared the same. Over last 9 years, SCSTEDS has trained over 1500 children with the support of CRY. Football is used as a medium to instill confidence in children to break out of child labour and coax them to go to school. The project has changed the lives of 1964 children in 2014 alone.   


Bheemabai joined game.


The SCSTEDS team motivated her come day after day and then regularly. Meanwhile the team met with the school Headmaster and sorted out the issue of discrimination in class. They motivated her to reenroll in school with an assurance from the headmaster that she would never again be discriminated. This in-fact helped many other children who were on the brink of dropping out. Bheemabai was given special coaching in studies at the Children’s Centre. She trained well, both at school and on the ground. Her skill earned her a place in the Tamil Nadu state team represented at the junior interstate tournament. Thereafter Bheemabhai admission in St. Joseph’s Government Aided Higher Secondary School through sports quota.


Today Bheemabai is an inspiration to the children in the slum, particularly those training with SCSTEDS. And not just an inspiration, she helps other children in studies at the Child Centre.

May 13, 2015

Let Her Fly

Thank you for supporting our dream of wanting to be part of a world where girls are celebrated. Where they are treated equally, with love and respect.

Your support to #LetHerFly has enabled us to bring happiness and hope to the lives of children such as Sandhya and Kanasiya and will enable us to continue our efforts to ensure that 3,61,612 girl children across CRY-supported projects, get a childhood where they are cherished, nurtured and protected. Because every girl child has the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions that impact her life.


Going Back to School- Sandhya’s Story

13 year old Sandhya Mal, belongs to a poor landless family in a small village in West Bengal. Her father is a day labourer and mother, a housekeeper who works day in and day out for the survival of seven family members.

Sandhya's mother has to travel long distances for work. Therefore, Sandhya had to stay at home and look after the family. Because of heavy workload at home, she eventually discontinued her studies and dropped out of school after class VI.

CRY project partner identified Sandhya as a dropout. The team visited her parents and convinced them to re-admit their daughter to school and worked with school authorities to ensure the same.She is now in class VII and trying to figure out what she wants to become in life.ure out what she wants to become in life.



From Labour to Learning- Kanasiya’s Story

Kanasiya is an 11-year-old girl who stays in a village called Timaya. Like many other villagers, Kanasiya’s parents go every year to the 'Kathiyawad' region of Gujarat to work as casual labourers. Fearing her safety, they take her along with them for months on end because of which she dropped out of school.

Anandi, a CRY-supported project worked with Kanasiya’s family for two years in an attempt to get her re-enrolled in school. They convinced her parents to let her attend a children’s summer camp for 15 days. After attending the camp Kanasiya’s interest in studies was revived. Post the camp, the team carried out a lot of follow up visits with her parents and succeeded in re-enrolling her in a school.

Currently the Anandi team is constantly in touch with her and her family to ensure this girl child does not drop out of school again

Feb 27, 2015

Stories of Hope

Name of Child : Anant
Location : Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu, India

Anant just completed his 9th standard and is looking forward to continuing his studies in the 10th.

But, this was not Anant’s story a while back. In the Pudugramam village of Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district, 14-year-old Anant* was usually at work before most of the inhabitants of his village are even awake. Each day he began work as a cleaner of farm tractors, then went on to drive the vehicles. He earned a measly Rs. 150/- for a full day’s work. Anant’s friends were his colleagues and the labourers who hired his services – not peers or school mates whose company he missed.

Anant was forced to drop out of school last year because his family couldn’t afford to pay the school fees to educate him beyond the 8th standard. The state-aided Naripayur Bharatha Matha High School where he studied was charging school fees of Rs. 600 to Rs.1000 from the 6th standard onwards. Anant’s family lives in extreme poverty as his father is unable to work due to an illness; Anant’s 19-year-old brother works as a construction helper and is the sole breadwinner for the family. There is no government school near his village.

Anant is an example of the thousands of children who are pushed into child labour once they finish their free schooling under the RTE Act. With no money to pay for higher education, and not enough qualifications to garner decent jobs, these children who fall outside the purview of the RTE Act often end up working in jobs where they are prone to exploitation and abuse.

CRY-supported NGO Rural Workers Development Society (RWDS) works in the area and was alerted to Anant’s case. The community worker worked with Anant and his family. Through efforts , Anant is now enrolled in the Government Higher Secondary School in Kannirajapuram where he has just completed his 9th standard and is looking forward to continuing his studies in the 10th.

Name of Child :Divya's Story
Location: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

Divya from Kusumnagar in Jamshedpur, is now studying in the 9th standard at the Tata Workers’ Union High School in Kadma. While she still has the responsibility of taking care of her family, she is adamant to not leave school and continue with her studies.

It was a long journey for Divya to make this decision. Living on the outskirts of Jamshedpur city, she woke up early each morning and rushed to work. With sleep-weary eyes she went to the house where she worked as a domestic help, washed the dishes, clothes, mopped the floors, and ran back home, with barely enough time to prepare for school. After school, she was off to work again.

Divya is no stranger to hard work. The youngest daughter, she was compelled to drop out of school while studying in the fourth standard and start working in order to help support her family’s income. Her father had passed away, leaving the responsibility of providing for the family of six to her elder brother. But it was not enough; Divya was therefore sent to Kashmir to work as a domestic help. She worked there for three years before returning to her family in Jharkhand.

Many children in India are robbed of their childhood and pushed into child labour costing them their precious future. Divya came in contact with the Children’s Group organised by CRY-supported NGO Adarsh Seva Sansthan. With support from her peers and motivation from the community workers, she managed to get re-enrolled in the eighth standard in Bhatiya Basti Secondary School.

Divya is an example of how even in the face of adversities one can sustain a dream. With a little support from us we can give many more children a chance to live their aspirations.


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