I grew up in Mumbai/Pune and so I’ve seen them ever since I was a small child myself. I don’t remember how I felt at that time but it breaks my heart when I see them now! I realize that the only difference between me and them is the accident of birth. I had parents and my parents owned a home and had a job. I did not go hungry – I was not beaten or sexually abused. I did not have to beg for food or work in a dark dingy restaurant or at a construction site. I went to school, I had books. We had electricity. We thought that it was intelligence and hard work that got me into college. Now I know that luck was a necessary factor.
I strongly believe that all girls and boys should be given the opportunity to quality education and encouraged to have a career of their choice, just like I did. When a girl is able to go to school, she sets off a cycle of positive change. An educated girl stays away from early marriage, avoids exploitation at work and becomes strong and independent.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the size of the problem but the cure is action! CRY America is making progress every year in touching more of these innocent lives and bring light into their otherwise dark existence. Please join us again this year in CRY Boston’s Walk for Child Rights 2019! This year you can participate in the virtual walk/run at your favorite location ideally with your family or your own team of walkers/runners. Improve your fitness and donate generously in support of child rights! Thank you so much!