I am looking for support because I am raising funds for the CRY Walk.

Hello! My name is Adam and I am a longtime volunteer-turned full-time Grants Manager for CRY America!

I have been working with CRY America since 2004, and I have been fortunate enough to have traveled through India several times on my own over the past 15 years. CRY America’s mission is near and dear to me. I’m inspired by the dedication of our NGO partners who work tirelessly in the field, and the joy of the children and families who we have been honored to help. When I have found myself back “in the desh,” I’ve made it a point to take every opportunity to visit CRY America-supported projects.

As a witness to the dramatic, positive effects that confidence and awareness of rights engenders in the children CRY America helps, I can say with certainty that our model for change works. I’ve met children from a Kolkata slum, who started their own magazine featuring articles, artwork and poems about the importance of education and the ills of child labor in their community. And recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Lalithamma of project PORD, an organization that is doing amazing work in rural Andhra Pradesh to protect children – girls, especially – from being forced into child marriage and child labor. Lalithamma shared the story of a girl named Revathi, whose journey from being at-risk of missing out on an education to becoming an employee of telecommunications giant Wipro has made her a shining star of PORD’s work. You can find out more about PORD in the linked video.

Please join me in making brighter futures possible for underprivileged and marginalized kids by participating in Washington, DC’s event on the amazing Mount Vernon Trail. Let’s take in views of our nation’s capital and the stunning Potomac river as we Walk (or Run, or Bike!) for Child Rights!

Hello! My name is Adam and I was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I’m a proud Iron City native, and though I’ve traveled far and wide since graduating from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, I truly believe that home is where the heart is.

In January of 2022, I was honored to join CRY America’s staff. Long before that, I used to co-lead the Pittsburgh Action Center of CRY America, where I met so many wonderful friends through our regular fundraising events. I have fond memories of our annual Festival in the Park at Schenley Park, which from 2005-2012 brought food, music, dance, and film from India to Flagstaff Hill every August.

As a witness to the dramatic, positive effects that confidence and awareness of rights engenders in the children CRY America helps, I can say with certainty that our model for change works. I’ve met children from a Kolkata slum, who started their own magazine featuring articles, artwork and poems about the importance of education and the ills of child labor in their community. And recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Lalithamma of project PORD, an organization that is doing amazing work in rural Andhra Pradesh to protect children – girls, especially – from being forced into child marriage and child labor. Lalithamma shared the story of a girl named Revathi, whose journey from being at-risk of missing out on an education to becoming an employee of telecommunications giant Wipro has made her a shining star of PORD’s work. You can find out more about PORD in the linked video.

Please join me in making brighter futures possible for underprivileged and marginalized kids by participating in Pittsburgh’s event (you can walk, bike or run!) on the beautiful Great Allegheny Passage, starting at the Waterfront in Homestead.

Every child has the right to a happy childhood.

Unfortunately millions of children are born in circumstances where they have to endure extreme hardship in their formative years.  It is for these children that Child Rights & You (CRY) exists.  It is for them that we will participate virtually in the annual CRY America Walk for Child Rights this year.

Due to the successive waves of COVID, the condition of children who are marginalized is even more dire.  Please help us make a positive difference in the lives of underprivileged children in India and the US by visiting our fundraising page below and clicking on “Donate”. Any amount you can donate will go a long way towards creating a happy, healthy and safe childhood for children in need.

These children don’t want our sympathy, but they do deserve our empathy.

Thank you in advance for your support!