Child Relief and You (CRY) - India

Founded in 1979, CRY is an Indian NGO working to secure the basic rights of underprivileged Indian children. CRY's objective is to advocate for children's rights to survival (food and shelter), protection (health), development (education), and participation by sensitising the public to these issues, as well as by partnering grassroots initiatives that work on child rights by providing financial and non-financial support.
Communication Strategies: 

CRY supports the rights of socially and economically deprived children through two central means: the provision of direct assistance to grassroots initiatives through its Development Support Unit, and advocacy and awareness-raising projects conducted for the public through its Communications and Youth Wing division. Specifically, in terms of the former, CRY has provided various kinds of support (including funding and material support) to organisations who engage in direct action with children, who are committed to community mobilisation toward the achievement of children's rights, and who are motivated to pursue advocacy efforts with government bodies to influence policy framing and implementation. CRY also conducts training programmes for these organisations in education, health, and project and financial management. CRY maintains a close relationship with these organisations and the projects they develop through field visits and quarterly reports submitted by project partners.

CRY's Documentation Center offers national and international resource and training materials, periodicals, bulletins, and updates to the public, as well as to individuals and organisations who would like to receive the same for a nominal fee. CRY publications for sale include "The Indian Child" (1999 and 2001 editions) - an information base on child rights for use by academicians, media professionals, development workers, policy makers, and the public) and "Childhood Matters Series" - a series exploring CRY-partnered initiatives.

A second important focus of CRY is on building awareness and inspiring action among the general public. In addition to the materials available in the Documentation Center, CRY reaches out to young people through its Youth Wing. This initiative is designed to sensitise privileged children and youth to the situation of underprivileged Indian children. Visits to schools and colleges that feature creative and interactive modules are conducted.

Development Issues: 

Children, Child Rights.

Key Points: 

Founder of CRY Rippan Kapur (1954-1994) explains that CRY was established "in response to the unjust situation of children that we see every day. Children living in the most inhuman conditions, deprived of the most basic means of sustenance. Children living unsheltered on our city streets, or working 10 hours a day as the bonded property of money lending landowners. Children who do not know what it means to have a childhood."

The two main sources of funding for CRY are donations and proceeds from sales of its products, which include greeting cards, stationery, and calendars. In addition, products are created by NGOs working primarily with underprivileged women and children. These products are sold in The CRY Shop in Mumbai.

CRY has partnered over 100,000 individuals and organisations whose resources have enabled more than 300 child-development initiatives across the country, and impacted over a million underprivileged children.


Letter sent from Sangeeta Kapila to The Communication Initiative on December 16, 2002; and CRY site.

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Help the Children of Arunchal Pradesh

Children who are the pillars of tomorrow's society are still found to be in the darkness of deprivation of basic right to education, nutrition, good health and basic clothing in major parts of the remote villages of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The high practices of corruption by so-called leaders from top to bottom and the blank ignorance of the parents are the causes of this social crime to which the children are the victims.

among NGO's CRY rocks!!!

kudos 2 d children of Nandigram &nearby areas who despite acute political pressure have done well in Madhyamik & Hats of 2 organiations like CRY for helping them.
Amlandeep Bhattacharya

projects for Kashmir

I want to know that isn't there any project for Kashmir, so that I may work for the welfare of Kashmir with help of your project.


children r citizen of 2morow.

childhood is d seed time of life & dey need proper grooming 2 b responsible citizens of 2morow.kudos 2 cry for working for dat objective!!!

education izz d real empowering tool.

underpirviliged children esp. in 3rd world countires like India that too girl child can b socio-economically uplifted by only and only education.

education i sjd real empowering tool!!!

India,a country where so many millions of chidren esp.girls are deprieved from trhe benefits of life there education and only education can empower them to a better life.
Amlandeep Bhattacharya


it ws really nice to see that in todays world which is considered selfcentered and materialistic organistions like CRY exists which help us to dream about a better society.
Amlandeep Bhattacharya

financial assistance in early child hood education

This is from mrs nisha raj president search dehra dun uttrakhand. I was very much incouraged by the talk which i had with ms pranjali nair and i look forward to getting the support of cry in helping and educating the underpriviledged children here to become contributing members and self respecting citizens of the society wih best wishes in your endevour

not at all useful

Can you please assist us in releasing circus children from Indian circuses to Nepal....

U can write about the work CRY is doing.
The people involved.
How outsiders can help.
Some photographs of the children.

Do you have an orphanage where we can sponspor a child for his education. can you give me details regarding this orphanage if any. my email address is

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