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Hello everyone! My name is Mauryan Khatri and I am currently a junior in high school. I was born in India but moved to the United States when I was 18 months old. Growing up in the U.S, I am privileged to have a great education, clean water, shelter, food, and more. But not every kid in the world is this fortunate. The reality in India is that many kids aren’t as privileged and don’t have access to education or even basic healthcare. I want to work with you, to change this reality, and improve the lives of underprivileged kids in India. I want to share with you the story of Bikram. Bikram was born into a family of lower socio-economic standing. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother was a commercial sex worker. He grew up among many siblings, always fighting, vying for attention, and dropping in and out of school. Bikram turned to make money to help his family but ended up falling into the wrong crowd because kids do not get social acceptance if they belong to a family known to be involved in commercial sex work, in fact, they get bullied for it. He felt stuck in this situation and couldn’t see a way out. We’ve all had times when we’ve felt trapped with no exit in sight, but in this case, with the help of CRY America, Bikram was able to push through this challenging situation and was enrolled in a school so he could pursue his education. At first, Bikram didn’t enjoy going to school and started missing his classes, but eventually, he took an interest in sports, specifically soccer. CRY America team noticed his love for the sport and used it as motivation to call him to school regularly. Slowly, he started showing interest in other classes as well, and now he loves coming to school to learn and play. He dreams to become a soccer player one day. With our help, a young boy who was born into unfortunate conditions can reach for the stars and achieve something great. Together, we are not only helping Bikram, but also his family, and creating hope for many more Bikrams in society. I truly believe that our society in the US has empathy for such underprivileged kids in developing countries and when we open our hearts to make the life of such kids better, it makes the world a better place to live in, one kid at a time. I would like to share last year’s success story from another such campaign that I ran to help underprivileged girls in India – In last year’s campaign, I was able to raise $1630 to help fund the education of young girls across CRY America Projects in India. One of the girls we were able to help was Revathi. Revathi, with the help of CRY America, was able to work with Child Collectives to inspire children and spread awareness about child rights in schools and hostels. Our support makes a difference in someone’s world. Please join me in this mission to make education accessible to those who deserve it, but can’t reach it today. Thanks for all your love and support.
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