CRY and Me


CRY and Me

T.A.Nagalakshm

 

I am T.A.Nagalakshmi doing Political Science Honours (1st year) under the Department of International Relations in Jadavpur University. My journey with CRY started when I completed my class 12 exams this year. While I was looking for some kind of part time job, I got the opportunity to do internship in CRY. I did surveys regarding child labour, took exams of children in Dhakuria PAG, and was part of the Aashayein event. Those experiences were so pleasant that I didn’t want to leave working with this organization and those lovely kids.

That’s when I decided to do volunteering. I started volunteering in Kalighat-Chetla PAG from the month of June. Being almost the younger member of the core group was something very special and I realized the trust that Anindita Ma’am had on me. Even though not a professional teacher, I started to provide the children with that knowledge that I had received. The number of children at the beginning was around 10. Going to the PAG on Sunday morning 9:45, children coming to learn, leaving the PAG at 12- this became a part of my weekly routine.

Even though I was committed to other priorities too, I did not want to miss that one class in which I got a chance to see so many children together. Each and every child had a talent, one could sing, the other could dance, while some could paint so beautifully that I myself got inspired from them. There have been days when I had thought that even I had got an opportunity to learn several things but why did I waste them. These children could not afford paying in other activities but they had such immense talent within them.  That day, I got to learn a lesson from them that every chance should be utilised to its fullest because every chance is a golden opportunity.

The journey with CRY has been quite good that it cannot be described in just few words. From being a teacher to a good friend, CRY and those children are an important part of my life. Their smile is something valuable that easily brings happiness to others life. There have been several inspiring and beautiful moments of which I would like to share2 of them. There is a boy named Manab who is 6 years old. Every week he turn up to the session with punctuality only to learn ‘A B C D….’ .I have always admired his sincerity. These children always look up for something that they can learn and enrich themselves in that field. One of those kids is Sushobon who draws so beautiful. It’s hard to believe but yes, he doesn’t goes to a drawing class and it’s purely his natural talent.

 

Volunteer at Kalighat Public Action Group.

Diveena Trehan

My experience at CRY has been very interesting. I have realized that I have been taking a lot of luxuries for granted. These little children that we work with struggle to receive the basic amenities in life. I have become more aware and confident in my journey with CRY. There are interns coming in every week and being able to interact with so many different people has shown me various points of view. Working with Anindita Ma’am has been a learning experience like none other. She has been calm and patient with all of us and has made us see the side of the world that we have previously turned a blind eye towards. CRY has been slowly and steadily changing so many lives of underprivileged children. This makes me want to do my part and make a difference. Children are the future and I believe it is the responsibility of the present to lay a good foundation for them. So I would like to thank CRY and my mentor for making me a more conscious human being and bringing about a change in  my life too. It is an experience that I will not forget.

Diveena Trehan
Intern
July 2017

 

Divya Sharma 

 

 

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WHAT LED ME TO CRY.. : Everytime we ask from society, what it has given us, but now is the time to think what we have given, or are giving to the society… So, the thought of self-satisfaction, trying bringing happiness in children’s life, trying protecting & giving (utmost possible by me) their rights to them, hence thought of joining C.R.Y (Child Rights & You) which is by far one of the best platform

CRY’S IMPACT ON ME.. It has changed me a lot… It is actually giving me inner happiness bcoz I am able to do something good for others… Bringing smile in someone’s face, what else can be better than this… To quote Swami Vivekanand: “He alone lives, who live for others”

THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN.. Helping children in the best possible way I can

NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT IT’S SHARE OF HURDLES.. : Extremely true quote… Again to quote Swami Vivekananda ” In a day, when you do not come across any problems, you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”… Hence there were many obstacles in the path but yet “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”… To every problem there was a definite solution, because when we are right, right thing is certainly going to happen…

NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF FUN EITHER!... : Of course, a coin has two sides, if there were hurdles, there was fun too, new experiences, enjoyment, the feeling of true happiness which can’t be expressed.

CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES.. :For sure, C.R.Y. is within me now & certainly this CRY is a synonym of happiness… C.R.Y has given me everyday experiences, taught me many a things, made me laugh, cry (tears of joy) & certainly added in my “Best memories”

IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY..: Yes, it has helped me professionally too… Being a teacher, I have learnt many a things from it, dealing with various students, new & improved ways of teaching patterns….

TO SUM IT ALL UP.: To sum up, C.R.Y has become a very crucial part of my life, it has become like a family to me where I play the roles of a student as well as a teacher… A student because I keep on learning from the children’s, they have certainly taught me many a things, not only the children’s but the whole team of C.R.Y… It is certainly a platform which gives me immense pleasure to help people in the best possible manner I can…

 

 

Anasua Banerjee  

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WHAT LED ME TO CRY

During my schooldays, I have seen some kids not getting opportunity of learning extracurricular activities or having fun during childhood. From then, I felt that every child should get equal opportunity for education, extracurricular activities and most importantly having fun while learning. After looking for various opportunities for making a difference to children in our city, CRY seemed the best place to volunteer for child rights.

CRY’S IMPACT ON ME

After finding out problems faced by children in the community, I feel more grateful to what I have in my life. Working with other team members of various perspectives, enthusiasm and positivity has helped me look at challenges in a different manner in life.

THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN

I feel that every positive change brought in recently is the result of teamwork of all active volunteers in the PAG.

NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF HURDLES

The journey of conducting regular sessions and planning events has not been smooth. But every challenge has helped me learn new things. After facing multiple challenges and solving those by turning them into opportunities, my belief in team work and optimism have become stronger than what it was in the past.

NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF FUN EITHER!

Though we have our planned objectives in mind, the passion to make sessions interesting has made the journey at CRY with full of fun and a lot of learning. Whether it’s conducting art and craft session or asking kids share their happy memories or celebrating friendship day, majority of sessions end with creating a joyful memory.

CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES

In addition to attending interesting and fun-filled sessions, working with an amazing team members make the journey even more interesting and with happy memories.

IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY

Working in a real-life scenario and solving problems in a very short period of help us think better in other challenges faced in our professional life. Volunteering at CRY also help us work with a team of large number of member and help us learn how to come to solutions in a situation of various opinions.

TO SUM IT ALL UP

Even though my journey at CRY began with the passion of making a difference to children in our community, I strongly feel that CRY has also made a significant impact in my life in terms of strengthening my optimistic attitude difference in life, strengthening my belief in the thought ‘When there is a will there’s a way’.

Baisakhi Datta

  • WHAT LED ME TO CRY.. 

CRY is one of the most reputed NGOs present in India, known for its mammoth contribution towards the society. It is their organised approach and well-defined structure of working towards the betterment of children that attracted me. Those who volunteer to work for CRY are given responsibilities according to their capabilities, ensuring efficient work output from them. Most importantly it is the diverse areas of work that helped me identify myself as a volunteer at CRY. Each field of work is somehow best suited for different individuals. I chose my area of expertise and direct my skills in it for the betterment of the children.

 

  • CRY’S IMPACT ON ME..

CRY is an organisation that not only engages us in social service, it is more than that. It is an institution in itself that taught me about the Fundamental Rights of the children. It served to enlighten me in terms of my duties as a citizen towards the children of our country. In my attempt to bring about awareness among others, I gained awareness about child rights. I grew as an individual as I worked for CRY. Unlike my previous indifferent approach towards the violation of child rights, I feel more responsible and committed now. CRY gifted me an invaluable moment when children described me as a “hero”. My heart was filled with immense pride and happiness. It etched a permanent memory in my mind.

 

  • THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN..

As I recall the changes I could bring in the lives of the children, I feel privileged. Of the many campaigns and duties that I had undertook there are some notable contributions that I had made. As a volunteer I had successfully implemented personal safety and basic hygiene practices in the lives of the children by conducting regular sessions with them. Educating a child ensures a long lasting positive change in the life of a child, and at CRY we work towards long lasting benefits that can be reaped by the children around us. Keeping that in mind, I recall sending a child, by the name of Pulak, back to his school against all the odds. I remember it as a great achievement of the entire team that was working for the Gobardanga community in Dhakuria. The duty of a volunteer at CRY also includes conceptualisation and execution of different events. One such event that I consider as a milestone in my tenure as a CRY volunteer is, the ‘Think Free 2013’. It is by conducting such events that we, volunteers, seek to raise our voices towards the protection of child rights. A successful event is one that produces a notable impact on the society.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT IT’S SHARE OF HURDLES..

It is the ability to endure repeated failures and take them on our stride, which strengthens our grit towards achieving our set goal. Some hurdles that we faced were trifle while some really tested our nerves. As volunteers we had decided that sending Pulak back to his school was aimed at ensuring a brighter future for him. But it was easier said than done. Approaching him was not easy, forget convincing him. It was our determination and patience that helped us deal with his tender psychology and make him realise that going back to school was in his best interest. Now, as I recall that episode I realise that overcoming hurdles leads to the best thing achievable.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF FUN EITHER!

Working for CRY demands sincerity, but that doesn’t deprive us from enjoying our work. It is through our duties that we are sometimes able to experience immense happiness that words fail to describe. Whether it is the successful execution of an event or having a personal impact on someone’s life, everything we do rewards us in some way or the other. Working with children sometimes resurfaces the child in us and helps us taste unrestrained happiness and joy. Witnessing the children’s mischief, love, playful attitude and innocent smile can touch your heart in a way that you can never forget.

 

  • CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES..

Working with CRY has been a beautiful experience. The connection that I established with the children of the communities grew into a very meaningful emotional bond that I shall cherish all my life. The times when our efforts affected some change in the life of the children, brought peaceful satisfaction to our minds. The experiences associated with the children constitute a major part of the memorable moments. However, meeting new people, be it the volunteers or someone outside the CRY family, proved to be thrilling and a wonderful experience altogether. Working with CRY gave me the chance to learn something new every time, thus expanding my knowledge base and making volunteering at CRY a very fruitful experience.

 

  • IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY..

Reiterating what I said earlier, CRY is an institution in itself, which grooms us as a whole. The different duties that we are assigned not only serve the purpose of the children but also sharpens our various skills. It develops as a more able individual with a more refined personality. CRY has been a school for me that taught me how to balance my emotional quotient. This is one among the many other benefits that I have reaped from CRY.

 

  • TO SUM IT ALL UP..

CRY provides you with an opportunity to feel positive about yourself and this optimism goes a long way in bringing about a change around you. It serves as an excellent medium through which we can arouse social consciousness and help the future generation. It was a life changing experience for me. Joining CRY will fulfil your keen desire to help the society and simultaneously will give you a chance to explore the merits of the institution.

 

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Rituparna Das

  • WHAT LED ME TO CRY…rituparna pic

While doing a poverty survey for my school, I was rudely reminded of my powerlessness to be able to bring upon any positive change in the lives of those children with hopeful yet questioning eyes. CRY seemed like the obvious option for my quest to find some of their answers.

 

  • CRY’S IMPACT ON ME :

Since joining CRY in 2012, life has changed a lot. While saying this I don’t intend to highlight the essential dynamism which symbolizes life. What I intend to underscore is my perspective and actions towards the society has changed considerably. I am no longer the constrained , somewhat bound by traditional societal norms type of person which I used to be. I now am an optimistic believer in the idea that someday through our work we will be able to bring upon lasting positive change in the lives of children of our country. This optimism in turn has made me a more vocal and confident person when it comes to advocating for matters which are right.

 

  • THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN :

In retrospect, I believe I can recall how the implementation and successful completion of the online graphic story writing contest with its focus on Right To Education, called Tell-a-Tale; by the CRY East Blog Group, made us feel euphoric. The contest, which even saw overseas participation, not only brought out the creative best amongst people but also made it clear through its contents and comments that the idea behind  introducing such a contest was successful.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT IT’S SHARE OF HURDLES ..

Trying to make a difference in a child’s life in a society where violation of such rights happen on a daily basis and gets ignored is no piece of cake. Being an online volunteer though I am not directly involved in interaction with children on a regular basis, however, this did not diminish some of the challenges I faced while volunteering. At times, convincing people of the benefits of online awareness drives seemed difficult. Yet, since online media has a massive outreach; hence with convincing ideas, data and examples, gradually people supported the cause wholeheartedly.

 

  • FUNNY INCIDENTS ALONG THE JOURNEY…

During 2012 Click Rights Campaign, often people would mistake us volunteers for some salesperson. It would take immense amount of effort to approach such people then.

 

  • CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES!

The “You” part of CRY is fundamental to the work for child rights. And it is this idea that gave me immense happiness as a CRY volunteer. The feeling of being so involved with the work structure of the organization, being able to provide ideas during campaigns, etc., provided me with a significant amount of satisfaction that my voice through CRY was reaching the world.

 

  • IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY…

Apart from becoming a more confident & rational person, volunteering for CRY has inculcated leadership skills in me in terms of being able to coordinate and convince people.

 

  • TO SUM IT ALL UP:

If the condition of underprivileged children in our society disturbs you. If you too are a believer that every child deserves a happy and healthy childhood with their rights protected like you have had. Then it is YOU who can make a it happen by volunteering for child rights.

 

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Lalit Mundhra

  • WHAT LED ME TO CRY ..
    lalit                                                 

Ever since my childhood, I believe that if you want to become successful, bring a smile on someone’s face. So CRY was perfect for it. I thought that if some kids want to achieve their dream then I can show them the right direction which I was unable to see back when I was a child myself.

 

  • CRY’S IMPACT ON ME ..

Bringing a smile on someone’s face makes me happy as I think I am achieving my dream of bringing joy to others. I love it when a kid or his parents tell me “Bhaiya aaj se hum aapka baat manega”. I have analysed a lot of things about people in general. So I advise kids and it makes me happy when I see them following it correctly and also getting their parents approval.

 

  • THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN ..

I have created an impact both as an individual and as a group. As an individual, I have helped collect basic information from children and parents using different questionnaires prepared by me which helped our group to get to know the community better. Since I am an active volunteer, and also the oldest, all the kids recognise me. I organize our children’s sessions and co-ordinate each volunteers roles in them. I have always encouraged each and every volunteer to come up with their own ideas, speak and open themselves up. This has created a good impact on many volunteers and they always thank me for that.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT IT’S SHARE OF HURDLES ..

In the beginning I was very shy, but with time I have opened up. I can understand kids better now. My hobby of analysing people helps me to do it a lot better. And also I became happier and started living more happily by making others smile. I also started thinking in a positive way upon seeing so many different kids and parents remain happy despite having many problems.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF FUN EITHER !

I always try to motivate the children to learn. I also try my best to convince the children and their parents about the importance of going to school, and reminding them of the value of education. I am constantly trying to help the children dreams, and this, for me, is what makes it fun!

 

  • CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES

Yes, there are lots of funny moments but I would particularly like to share one. It was when one of the parents thought I had joined the NGO to become like Arvind Kejriwal, or any Chief Minister. I found that assumption quite funny.

 

  • IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY

I have learnt a lot of skills like commitment, punctuality, honesty, dedication. While volunteering I have acquired some managerial skills and the importance of learning as well as sharing knowledge. I have also met different volunteers from different backgrounds and have learnt a lot from them.

 

  • TO SUM IT ALL UP

Friends, if you want to earn respect, start respecting others. Similarly if you want to smile start making others smile. Come let us be the change in everyone’s life. Remember, blessings count more than money. So count your prayers from every one and remain blessed, by helping out the children.

 

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Shreya Sarkar

  • WHAT LED ME TO CRY ..     Shreya Sarkar                                                 

I had received a CRY mug as a gift from my neighbour when I was very little, and since then I have known CRY. While growing up I became interested and learnt more about CRY. After shifting base to Kolkata for my studies, I came to know about their volunteering and internship program, and I applied for both.

 

  • CRY’S IMPACT ON ME ..

Working at CRY has helped me learn about team work and managerial skills. I have learned how to organize children’s sessions, and gained self confidence, thanks to the help of my mentors here at CRY. The Annual Meets have also been a good experience for learning new things, like compilation and presentations. These are all group efforts which have improved my teamwork skills. But most importantly, I have made some awesome crazy friends here!

 

  • THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN ..

I believe that as a group we have all made a positive impact in the lives of the children in the Dhakuria Public Action Group. We are also pleased that our hard work is paying off, as new children are joining us, which means we must be doing something good! Even as an individual, I feel that I have managed to help these children with their character development, and make a difference to their lives for the better.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT IT’S SHARE OF HURDLES ..

Initially connecting with the children was problematic. But with time and patience we overcame that hurdle. Now I believe that we have created a bond with all the children, and even helped one of them start going to school. The girls eventually became comfortable with us. Now they are the ones who check up on us, and ask about our wellbeing. They feel comfortable to call us whenever they need, and trust us with their problems and secrets. I feel this is quite an achievement.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF FUN EITHER !

Teacher’s Day, 2013, was the most fun day at CRY. The children I work with threw me a surprise party! As I was about to enter their club room, I was cornered with snow spray and threads. They covered me in snow and I was quite a sight. They bought a cake, decorated the room and made paper bags and cards! The kids are so awesome, they did it again this year along with cooking food for us, thankfully my friend Tanya di was there with me this time.

 

  • CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES

In all honesty, the children of the Gobordanga group are what made me happy. No matter how tired or exhausted I am by the end of the week, their screams of utter happiness when entering their playground are what keeps me going. I believe that their laughter and enthusiasm is the only medicine I need, to feel refreshed. They are like the charger to my dying battery.

 

  • IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY

CRY has helped me learn about advocacy and managerial skills. I also learnt how to solidify an idea and execute it. Not to mention, working extensively in groups has been an important learning experience. Since I am almost a lawyer now, my experience at CRY has been a great help at building my character, and setting me up to enter my professional life.

 

  • TO SUM IT ALL UP

Each and every child is special and important. We are trying to make a difference but we need more people to join us and make this endeavour successful. As the proverb says, ‘United we stand, divided we fall’, and to stand united we need more dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference and stand up for the children.

 

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Manisit Das

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  • WHAT LED ME TO CRY ..                                                      

At the end of my freshman year in college, I decided to make good use of my summer by working in the
social sector. I became aware of the internship program offered by CRY through the CRY college chapter of IIT Kharagpur and I applied. The summer in CRY wasn’t close to anything I had imagined. I was overwhelmed by the collaborative and cordial
work culture of CRY and was moved by my initial exposure to child rights advocacy. Motivated by the experience, I continued as a volunteer with the college chapter.

 

  • CRY’S IMPACT ON ME ..

CRY has also helped me grow as a person and given me a different point of view on life. My understanding of the issues of inequality, representation and sustainable development became much better after the first hand experience CRY has given me in working with community people.

 

  • THE CHANGE I COULD BRING IN ..

Working with CRY can be very satisfying because of the impact we create, on both an individual and group level. We helped increase the enenrollmentf dropouts in public schools near Kharagpur, giving them back their basic right to education. Another way we helped the children was by conducting Right To Education awareness campaigns which helped the college chapter in touching base with the problems suffered by community people. We also strategized the issuance of SC/ST certificates for tribal people in some cases.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT IT’S SHARE OF HURDLES ..

Working with child labour was one of the most difficult parts of my journey as a volunteer so far. We constantly faced the dilemma of letting the child serve at the eateries in our campus or pushing them towards more hazardous occupations. The children came from distant places of the neighbouring states and it became difficult to intervene with the child’s family. The night shift of the canteen made enrollment of the children in school also difficult.

 

  • NO JOURNEY IS WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF FUN EITHER !

I found it funny when I was introduced as an inspector of the schools in Kharagpur. If someone had committed any wrong-doing in one of the school, I had the power to remove them. However apart from the funny dimension of viewing myself as an inspector with a little influence, it really shows how community people have high hopes on NGO workers and how we as activists need to be honest in our capabilities.

 

  • CRY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE YOU WITH HAPPY MEMORIES

Volunteering with CRY helped me get out of my comfort zone and get in touch with the ground reality. The interactions with community people during field visits are an asset for a lifetime. Despite their long list of have-nots, their immense vitality and zeal can be an inspiration for young people like us who are easily affected by peer pressure and dissatisfied with our life and career.

 

  • IT WOULD ALSO HELP YOU PROFESSIONALLY

The skill sets I honed while working for CRY have been very helpful. I learned how to collaborate with a diverse team of individuals, whilst respecting representation and equality in decision making. It also helped me appreciate the value of long term planning against short-term benefits.

 

  • TO SUM IT ALL UP

Volunteering with CRY is an excellent opportunity to know about the other side of India you live in and  a way of giving back to the society that nourished you. You will be overwhelmed by the roller-coaster ride which will shock you as well as give you positive motivation to embark on your own personal journey.

 

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