SINGAPORE, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
The Fundraising Campaign "Let Her Fly" Aims to Make Sure 3,61,612 Girl Children Across CRY-supported Projects Soar High and Realize Their Full Potential
Living in the beautiful Sundarban region of West Bengal in India, sisters Ambika and Malabika had dreams of studying and becoming a teacher and doctor respectively. Their dreams were shattered when they were forced to drop out of school owing to their father's meager income.
CRY- Child Rights and You, a leading Indian NGO working for children's rights in India, along with their project partner worked with the school authorities, parents and the local children's group to resolve the issue. The girls are now re-enrolled in school and are giving wings to their dreams.
The campaign "Let Her Fly" aims to give girl children like Ambika and Malabika the opportunity that they deserve to realize their full potential. Be it right to survival, education, health, protection and overall development and growth, this campaign will ensure 3, 61,612 girl children are not deprived of their rights and given equal opportunities.
India is home to nearly 212 million girl children (0-17 years) which constitute 48% of the child population of the country. The girl child, more often than not, faces discrimination right from conception, through her childhood and all the way into womanhood. Be it the opportunity to survive, to education, healthcare and growth opportunities, girl children are neglected because of gender. The figures say it all. 56% adolescent girls (15-19 years) in India are anaemic. Nearly 45% girls In India get married before the age of 18 years. Roughly 50% of all working children are girls. School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls in India is 63.5%.
Susan Varghese, Head, Global Operations, CRY, says, "CRY works across 23 states in India in over 200 districts to ensure that girl children are given their due and get equal opportunity as boys. Our approach includes community mobilization, working with authorities for on-ground implementation and encouraging participation of the girl child to make her aware of her rights. With this campaign we hope to ensure that 3,61,612 girl children across our projects get the opportunity they deserve to realize full potentials.
To know more about the Campaign please visit http://www.cry.org/what-to-do/donation-gops-letherfly.html
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