What is this Child Waiting For?

For  35  years,  the  Baikaria  community  in  the  Godda district  of Jharkhand, India, didn’t know that the shell in their village was a school, because no teacher ever came. But it’s every child’s right to learn.
Despite India’s growing global talent, half its children  (60 million) are not in primary school. They’re too poor, or too busy working.

CRY America and Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education, Environment [SATHEE], our project partner in India, believe that child rights is linked to the rights of the community, and hence mobilized the entire Baikaria village to successfully stand up for its rights.

Keep  your  faith  in  us  and  soon  every  child  will  be  in school  and  educated.

To see the photo essay of CRY’s educational work in Baikaria click here.

What can you do?

Be an Advocate

Advocacy, simply put is to ‘amplify voice. At CRY, being a Child Rights advocate means – to amplify the voice of children. Too many millions of India’s children are still denied the simple joys of childhood, love, protection and so often life itself. And for any change on a significant scale, it will require each one of us to start thinking of children, not as objects of sympathy, but as citizens with the same rights that we consider our due. You do not require any great mission or vision to stand up for what you think is the right thing to do, say, feel, or share.

We believe all children irrespective of their age, caste, class, and gender must be born and treated equally. Each of them is entitled to their right to a childhood.

We invite you to join us by truly involving and committing yourself in this movement to put children first.


About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

Posted on October 8, 2008, in children, India, poverty, shelley seale and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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