Education  India Project #19840

Help 361612 girl children realize full potential

by Child Rights and You
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential
Help 361612 girl children realize full potential

The sex ratio in India stands at 914 females to 1000 males. What is perhaps even scarier than this number is that the ratio has actually fallen from 927 in the last ten years. The nation’s girls are indeed at risk and the subject of neglect and discrimination.

Millions of girl children in India face challenges every step of the way and many of their rights are not upheld be it – health, nutrition, education, protection or simply a space to be heard. Communities in India are still largely patriarchal and girls always end up taking the second place to the male members in their families, be it their brothers, husbands or even sons. The female literacy rate for women in the country which hovers around 65% as compared to the male literacy rate which is over 80% - is a direct reflection of this situation.

Lack of proper health care and immunizations, malnourishment, child labour, no access to education, early marriages leading to early pregnancies and health issues and a total lack of voice or opinion on their own lives – are some of the many issues that girls in India face today.

 Impact of CRY's work

12 year old Sandhyarani’s home is in CRY’s intervention area in the Thoubal district of Manipur - with her parents and 7 siblings. When she was 8 years old she was taken out of school and sent off to the nearest city as a domestic help.

At this young age she had to learn how to cook, wash clothes, sweep and work from dawn to dusk at the many jobs around the house.

When CRY workers came to know about her – they immediately wanted to rescue her from her predicament and enrol her into school where she rightfully belongs. However her parents were reluctant to bring her back. The process of changing their mindset and convince them that their child would be better off in school – was a long and hard one from the CRY project team.

However, eventually the parents did realise the ill effects of child labour on their daughter and her chance at a better future through education. They brought the child back and with the help of CRY, enrolled her into school.Today Sandhyarani is where each child rightfully belongs and can dream of a brighter future

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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

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Child Rights and You

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @cryindia
Project Leader:
Srivalli Kirshnan
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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