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A Step in the 'Rights' Direction

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Reaffirming its commitment to child rights, CRY America has changed its name to Child Rights and You America Inc. The change was announced at a media conference at the Altman building in New York on May 2nd, 2007. CRY America partners with Child Rights and You (CRY), a leading Indian child rights organization. The key speakers at the media conference included Shefali Sunderlal, President, CRY America, Ingrid Srinath, Chief Executive Officer, CRY India and Honorary Director, CRY America, Meera Gandhi, Humanitarian, Businesswoman and Nandan Maluste, Trustee, CRY India.

Addressing the media, Shefali Sunderlal, President, CRY America said, "While the relief approach addresses the symptoms like illiteracy, the rights approach looks at why the problem exists and addresses its root causes like lack of livelihood that leads to poverty and hence children being unable to access their right to an education. The relief approach treats children as objects of sympathy needing our help, while the rights approach reiterates that we are only giving children what they are entitled to as citizens. The change of name underscores the belief that children's rights cannot be compromised. We believe that each one of us can make a difference and that together, we will create a movement that irrevocably changes children's lives."

Also speaking on the occasion, Ingrid Srinath, Chief Executive Officer, CRY India and Honorary Director, CRY America, said "Millions of children across India are excluded from the rights most American children can take for granted - education, healthcare, protection from exploitation and abuse. Charity alone is woefully inadequate to the task of ensuring sustainable change on any significant scale. Unless we address the root causes of this situation - endemic poverty, gender bias, class and caste divides and misgovernance - we will only be scratching the surface of the problem. CRY's experience in thousands of rural, tribal and slum communities over 28 years has proven that the rights approach is the only one that makes a sustainable difference."

In just over 4 years, CRY America has transformed the lives of more than 80,000 children by supporting 16 not-for-profit organizations in India and the US. Thanks to the organization's emphasis on child rights, families now have viable livelihoods, State schools and health centers are functioning and girls, whose very existence was threatened by infanticide and neglect, have now become the flag bearers of their communities. This has been achieved by building awareness about child rights, establishing their linkage to the urgent issues of livelihood that bedevil parents and mobilizing whole communities to overcome their many differences in the interests of their children.

Peggy Dulany, Founder & Chair, The Synergos Institute, expressed, "We know from experience in India, in the US and in many other places around the world that poor communities have the greatest interest in overcoming their own poverty but they often lack the access and connections to make this happen by themselves. CRY is mobilizing resources to empower those communities and enable them to work in true partnership with the business sector, government and other actors. All to benefit poor and excluded children. The change of name from Child Relief and You to Child Rights and You reflects this well.

CRY and The Synergos Institute thus share a joint vision of promoting approaches to poverty and other critical social problems in ways that bring different sectors of society together for joint action. Congratulations to CRY America for their tremendous accomplishments in improving the lives of children in India and, more recently, in the United States," she added.

"None of this would have been possible without the committed support of hundreds of committed volunteers in 22 US cities and thousands of donors across the USA who believed that "Change is possible, because I'll make it possible," Ms. Sunderlal added. "Anyone who would like to get involved can join us at our website www.america.cry.org

Post the conference, Pledge 2007, a benefit dinner for child rights was hosted by CRY America along with Meera and Vikram Gandhi. Dr. Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International was the keynote speaker and a painting donated by Ram Kumar, a legendary Indian artist was auctioned at this event. Credit Suisse was the main sponsor for the evening.

Meera Gandhi, host of the CRY America charity dinner said, "I am glad to be part of CRY America's movement for underprivileged children. I believe that each one of us can make a difference and build a world where every child can expect justice, and enjoy a happy and healthy childhood."

Fareed Zakaria in his keynote address said, "Change in India can only come from bottom up, not top down, and that can happen by getting the civic society involved and pressing the government and amplifying the voices like that of CRY."Giving the example of Bill Gates who donated a huge sum for the underprivileged in Asia and Africa, he said we should all play our part to shift the global scale of iniquities.

About CRY America:

CRY - Child Rights and You America Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2002 that works to restore the basic rights of survival, protection, development and participation to underprivileged children, especially in India. Believing that 'each one of us can make a difference' it works towards creating a movement that irrevocably changes children's lives.

CRY America's activities are powered by its mission to enable people to take responsibility for the situation of underprivileged children, thereby giving the child and themselves an opportunity to realize their full potential.

About Child Rights and You (CRY), India:

CRY - Child Rights and You, formerly known as Child Relief and You - is India's leading advocate for child rights. Over 28 years CRY has been dedicated to mobilizing all sections of society to eliminate the root causes of deprivation, exclusion, exploitation and abuse, to ensure justice for children.

CRY's experience over 28 years has shown that irreversible change is possible when NGOs and communities at grassroots levels, government and active individuals like you, come together to identify, address and resolve issues that constrain children.

For further information visit www.cry.org write to us at webinfo@crymail.org

madhura.kapdi@crymail.org ruchita.shah@ipan.com

Source: Child Rights & You (Business Wire India)

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