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Our 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.

Our 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.

What Can You Do?

Volunteers come from different walks of life – students from various universities, professionals, housewives and people working in various companies. Each contributes in whichever way they can … a vital contribution to the organization and the situation of children.

SL No Name Designation Email
1 Percy Presswalla AC Lead orangecountyca@cryamerica.org
2 Laura Vasquez
3 Anna Fitter
4 Laveena Shetty

Percy Presswalla

AC Lead

In 2014, I visited a CRY- supported Project Vanchit Vikas Sansthan (VVS) in Ahmednagar. What I saw had mixed emotions. The Pardhi tribe (which makes up for most of the VVS) often faces harassment by Indian law enforcement agencies. The criminal branding of the tribe goes back to 1871 after the British passed the “Criminal Tribes Act”. Despite being exonerated by the Indian government, the community is still perceived to be indulging in criminal activities. However through the relentless efforts of the VVS, children have been removed from labor and enrolled in the formal school. VVS has also formed a children’s group and created awareness about child marriage. The day I visited the village I saw a well-organized school, with enthusiastic kids and equally enthusiastic teachers. The school was a hope that the community so badly deserves. Then we visited another school which is work in progress and has a strong community involvement to work with the Government for the rights of the kids and their family. Thanks to organizations such as VVS we are able to not lose hope completely. Their success is the success of the whole nation. I sincerely wish much success to CRY for supporting originations such as VVS and one village at a time we shall overcome… one day… we shall overcome the injustice in India in particular and the world at large.