PLATINUM2023

Child Rights and You America Inc. (CRY America)

CRY Walk 2023 - A Step towards happier Childhoods

aka CRY America   |   Braintree, MA   |  https://www.cryamerica.org/

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Mission

Vision: A happy, healthy and creative child whose rights are protected and honored in a society that is built on respect for dignity, justice and equity for all. Mission: To enable people to take responsibility for the situation of underprivileged children, especially Indian, and so motivate them to seek resolution through individual and collective action thereby enabling children to realize their full potential, and people to discover their potential for action and change. At CRY America, we believe that each of us can change children’s lives. All it takes is the belief that 'Change is possible, because we will make it possible'. Our strength lies in our donors, volunteers & project partners who have come together to change the situation of children.

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Ruling year info

2003

President and Program Director

Ms. Shefali Sunderlal Chandel

Main address

PO Box 850948

Braintree, MA 02185 USA

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EIN

02-0659244

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Millions of children in India suffer on a daily basis: Every 2nd child in India is malnourished (NFHS-III, 2005-06) National Dropout Rate at the Elementary School Level is over 40% (DISE, 2011-12) Nearly 45% girls get married before the age of eighteen years (NFHS-III) 1 in every 6 girls will not survive to see her 12th birthday due to discrimination 60 million children, aged 6-14 years are not in school 23 million children are working (ILO) CRY America believes in a just world in which all children - regardless of gender, class, caste, faith, color, race etc - have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential. All children aged 6-18 years should be in formal, full-time schools. All children below 6 years should be provided pre-primary & schooling opportunities. Children should be protected against child labor, child trafficking, child marriage, discrimination & child sexual abuse, malnourishement & hunger. Access to primary healthcare for children & mothers

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children’s Rights

Children’s Rights work is focused on ensuring that government systems that care for children actually do what they are legally required to do: protect children. Children’s Rights’ landmark victories have affected 1.7 million vulnerable children in US.

• The transformation of Connecticut’s once dangerous child welfare system into a national model has brought foster care population in half; reduced the number of children sent to out of state facilities from 290 to 5; increased the placement of children in the system with relatives and kin from 26% to 42%.
•CRY America’s grant in 2022-2023 will be directed towards general operating expenses to enable the organization to significantly improve its ability to defend the rights of vulnerable children and to enable sustainable systemic changes through need-based litigation and advocacy.

Population(s) Served

The mandal has issues of child labor, child marriage, dropout, lack of access to primary school, and trafficking prone.
Impact-
-144 children enrolled in Anganwadi centers for pre school
- 39 dropouts & 155 irregular children were identified and mainstreamed back to school.
-100% (521) children transited from 5th to 6th Std and 95% (519) children transited from 8th to 9th Std.
-408 (88%) children transited from 10th to other higher courses
-110 children removed from Labor & mainstreamed 113 children out of 209 old and new Child labor.
-807 children in child collectives covered in life skills sessions
-839 children in Adolescent collectives covered in Bi annual Life skills
-Formed 7 new Children's Collectives & 7 Anganwadi centers formed in the new villages

Plans for 2023-
1) Make 10 Anganwadi teachers follow ECCE 9 components in their school readiness program
2) Mainstream 50 + New dropouts
3) Mainstream 40 child labor
4) Cover 450 children in child collective



Population(s) Served

Children from red light areas have problem in adjusting with other children in school because of their socio-economic status. Sometime they are irregular in school and also drop out from school due to indifferent behavior at school. The community is vulnerable due to frequent natural calamity, settlers are migrant in nature , lack of livelihood options etc.
Key Impact-
-30 drop outs children re-enrolled in school.
- 19 children passed the secondary & 2 children have passed higher secondary exams.
-40 members raised community awareness of the importance of psychosocial and mental health
-10 youth led school / community awareness programs were organized in Kolkata and North 24 Parganas.

Plans for 2023-
- Advocacy on Rehabilitation & Reintegration
- Intervention in 3 Ret Light Area's as Preventive Approach

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Numbr of underprivileged children’s lives irreversibly transformed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of villages, slums & tribal communities covered through supported Projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Projects supported across India & the USA

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children mainstreamed into public schools

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of children (6 to18 years) in schools

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children provided immunizations

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Increasing

Number of child births registered in public records

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Increasing

Number of Integrated Child Development Centers have been activated/ retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Increasing

Number of children removed from labor situations in operational areas

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of villages/slums are 100% child labor free

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of child marriages stopped in operational areas

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children's groups formed/ strengthened

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Public Health Centers/ Sub Centers have been activated/ retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CRY America ensures meaningful change in the lives of children through the 'child rights approach' which entails:
• looking at children's issues holistically & from a human rights perspective
• addressing root causes of deprivation such as gender, caste, livelihoods, displacement etc
• engaging underprivileged communities to find long-term solutions to these problems
• working with government agencies to ensure that relevant public programs are available

CRY America's Long Term Goals:
- Access to quality education for children [3 to 18 years]
- Access to primary health care for mothers & children such that children survive & grow healthy
- Child malnutrition in our Project areas is significantly lower than the Indian national average
- Significant reduction in the incidence of child labor, child marriage, child trafficking & child abuse
- Ensure children's voices are recognized as significant in issues that affect them

CRY America's theory of change:
• Children are the most vulnerable segment of society. Their situation provides a stringent metric of a society's health & rallying point across all parts of society.
• Ensuring child rights provides an effective, sustainable solution to the myriad social & economic issues confronting India & the world.
• Sustainable change at the community level is only possible when communities themselves engage & implement solutions, cooperatively.
• Non-profits when linked to each other & in coalition with business, government & media, can achieve immense synergies to influence policy.

We support grassroots Projects working with underprivileged children, their parents & communities, by building the capacities of Projects & empowering communities to address issues of illiteracy, ill-health, malnutrition, child labor & child marriage in the best interests of children. We also partner with individuals, corporations & foundations to raise funds through direct mail, events & www.america.cry.org. Volunteers work among their friends & community to create awareness & harness resources.

CRY America supports carefully selected grassroots Projects focusing on underprivileged children in areas with limited services & the Project is open to working with the local community, government agencies & other non profits. We provide supported Projects with much needed financial resources & build their capacities to achieve their goals through financial support, program development & training support.
CRY America utilizes the grant management services of CRY India to ensure that the grants to India Projects are effectively utilized. Our Project planning, monitoring & evaluation systems include:
Stringent project selection processes
Quarterly site visits & financial reports
Assessing the Project's training & information needs
Annual evaluation, budgeting & plans for the next grant period.
CRY’s team of qualified professionals is responsible for monitoring & evaluating all supported Projects.

CRY America’s Impact thus far:
Irreversibly transformed the lives of 786,985 children living across 5,027 villages/ slums through support to 93 projects in India & the USA.
25,153 generous donors & 2,000 committed volunteers
2,585 villages/slums are child labor free
331,928 children (6-18 years) enrolled in public schools
230,884 children immunized
Here are some issues that we are / will be working to improve:
Double our Grants outlay, so we can support more needy Projects & children.
Partnerships with US foundations and corporations.
Revenue growth - through stronger online fundraising campaigns & major gifts from individuals
CRY America's Long Term Goals for ensuring lasting change for children:
Increase access to quality education & primary primary health care
Reduce incidence of child malnutrition, child labor, child marriage, child sexual abuse
Include children's voices in matters that affect them

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Child Rights and You America Inc. (CRY America)

Board of directors
as of 08/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shefali Sunderlal Chandel

Shefali Sunderlal Chandel

Puja Marwaha

Ravi Krovidi

Percy Presswala

Yamini Kapoor

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.