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CSM is organising its 4th Annual Conference on Sustainable Finance & Investment on 17-18 December 2004, at Mumbai. Details are at www.csmworld.org/public/conf2004/index.htm
 
Fees are  
 Commercial / Govt. Organizations Rs. 3,950
 NGOs / Academicians/ Individuals Rs. 1,950
 
PROGRAM
FRIDAY 17 DECEMBER 2004
08:30 09:30 Registration and tea
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome & Introduction to the Conference
Ms Malini Mehra, Founder & Director, Centre for Social Markets
09:45 10:15 INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Corporate Governance : Re-building Trust & Credibility in Financial Institutions

Mr C L Fernandez*, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India
10:15 10:45 INTERNATIONAL REPORT LAUNCH
Responsible Competitiveness: The Role of the Finance Sector
Ms Helen Campbell, AccountAbility (Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability), UK/Australia
10:45 11:00 Question & Answer
11:00 11:15 Tea/ coffee break
11:15 13:00 PANEL 1 Funding the Millennium Development Goals: New Approaches to Development Finance
Chair: Mr Geert Embrechts, Chief Operating Officer, Rabo India Finance, (The Netherlands)
Panelists:
• Mr Vipul Prakash, Country Manager-India, IFC
• Dr Reshmi Mitra, Enterprise Development Advisor, DFID India
• Mr Tom Jones*, OECD (France)
• Ms Maxine Olson*, UNDP Resident Representative, India
Open Discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 16:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS
  WORKSHOP A Sustainable Development: The Response of Financial Institutions
Chair: Mr Khozem Merchant, Financial Times
Panelists:
• Mr Pranab Ghosh, Rabo India
• Dr Tauni Brooker, ORM2 (UK/USA)
• Foreign & Colonial Asset Management, Plc (name tbc), UK
Open Discussion
  WORKSHOP B Supporting SMEs & Bottom of the Pyramid Financing
Chair: Dr Aqueel Khan, ASK
Panelists:
• Mr Vijay Chandok, Joint GM & Head, Small Enterprises Group, ICICI Bank
• Mr P. Rudran, CGM, Western Zonal Office, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
• Mr Anil Bhardwaj, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)
• Ms Laura Parkin, Executive Director, Wadhwani Foundation; Advisor Acumen Fund
Open Discussion
16:00 16:20 Tea/ coffee break
16:20 18:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS
 

WORKSHOP C - Socially Responsible Investment & Emerging Markets
Chair: Mr Ajit Ranade*, Group Chief Economist, Birla Management Corporation Ltd
Panelists
• Ms Roopa Kudva, Executive Director & Chief Rating Officer, CRISIL
• Ms Shannon Rohan, African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC), South Africa
• Innovest Strategic Value Advisers, New York, (name tbc), USA
• Katsunosuke Ozawa, Managing Director, Nikko Global Asset Management (Singapore) Ltd.
Open Discussion

  WORKSHOP D - Creating Green Markets : The Role of Finance & Development
Chair: Mr Somak Ghosh, YES Bank
Panelists:
• Dr K. Vijaya Lakshmi, Manager, Development Alternatives & SEED Award Finalist
• Mr Chetan Sharma, CEO, Datamation Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
• Mr Alois Flatz, BTS Investment Advisors Ltd, Switzerland
• Mr Raymond van Ermen, European Partners for the Environment, Belgium
Open Discussion
SATURDAY - 18 DECEMBER 2004
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome Tea & Coffee
09:30 10:30 PLENARY SESSION - Report Back from Workshops
10:30 11:00 Corporate Governance & Financial Insitutitions : A Driver for Sustainable Development?
Dr M T Raju, Professor, Indian Institute of Capital Markets
11:00 - 11:15 Question & Answer
11:15 11:30 Coffee/Tea Break
11:30 - 13:00

PANEL 2 Bringing it Together: A Consolidated Agenda for Sustainable Development Financing & Investment
Chair: Ms Malini Mehra, CSM
Panelists
• Mr Nick Mabey, Senior Advisor, Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (UK)
• Mr P. Rudran, CGM, Western Zonal Office, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
• Dr Tauni Brooker, ORM2, (UK/USA)
• Prof Kirit Parikh*, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Open Discussion

13:00 14:00 Conference Close followed by LUNCH
14:00 18:00
Sightseeing/ Cultural Event (optional)
 


Sachin Joshi sachin@csmworld.org
Researcher
Centre for Social Markets
website: www.csmworld.org

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Nature Bazaar 2005

I have volunteered with Dastakar in Delhi and worked together with artisans,design and marketing......This is the first time Dastkar is having a Nature Bazaar in Mumbai with the idea of getting NGO's in environment,crafts ,organic foods together.We have had this festival in Delhi since almost 10 years and its now an annual success.Its also a space to share street theatre and issues.......you can check www.dastkar.org .

See if anyone is interested

Sunny
, Dastkar, a national NGO working with crafts and craftspeople, has been holding an annual NATURE BAZAAR in Delhi for the last 10 years. NATURE is a mega-affair, with approximately 100-150 crafts organisations, NGOs, activists, and environmental groups, who not only sell products but exhibit, hold workshops and demonstrations, perform plays and concerts, etc, etc. The products range from Konarak stone carving to organic cotton, the events everything from puppet shows on AIDS to vermiculture! Last year we had over 94 thousand visitors and sales of over two and a half crores.

We now want to hold NATURE in Bombay as well; and have booked the Bandra Reclamation Grounds for end-January. We have never done such a big event in Bombay, restricting ourselves to small craft sales of 20-25 crafts groups at Bajaj Bhavan or Tejpal Galleries.

One of the major things that makes NATURE different from a normal craft mela, is the participation of environomental groups, activists and
alternative organisations, not just selling products, but actively promoting the issues and causes they work for - through mime shows, photo exhibits, live demonstrations. Most of the groups of this kind who take part in Delhi NATURE, will not be able to afford the fare and expenses of coming to Bombay; Beej Bachao, for instance or Tarshi.  So we want to attract and invite similar groups living and working in Maharasthra, Karnataka, Goa. Do you have ideas and contacts? Please spread the word.
 
Similarly, we need people for the plays, performances, music and shows that also add such an important dimension. So ideas for this too please.

Apart from this, organising an event like NATURE in Delhi takes the resources of our entire small staff before, after and during the 14 day duration of the Bazaar. We are already quailing at the logistics of putting it together in another city, long-distance ! So we need volunteers and help of all kinds. I wonder whether you know any active, motivated types who would like to join us putting the show together.

Should you be interested, they could contact us (Shruti Mittal of Dastkar is handling the event) and she could send them a short wish list for them to indicate which areas they could assist with.This would include things like  helping put together a Bandra, Khar, Mahim, Andheri mail list (our 3000-name Mumbai mailing list is mainly Central Bombay), identifying accommodation locally for craftspeople to stay, sourcing local theafood outlets who would like to rent stalls during the event, doing pre-Bazaar publicity, and so on....

We would naturally pay any expenses incurred.

I look forward to hearing from you. NATURE is a wonderful, vibrant and exciting event; it would be fun to work together on it.

Dog Show 18 & 19 Dec
Mumbai Canine Club
Mr. R.C.Lingam
5/A, Sham Dham
Siom (W).
Mumbai 400022
Phone 24076005 / 24096762
elsewhere in india at http://dogsindia.com/show_schedule.htm
We need volunteers for all the above activities, we fit the person to the task that most motivates them and train them if needed.
 
At present we are working on compiling a "Yellow Pages" for cancer related facilities/products. We need a lot of volunteers to meet hospitals/doctors/treatment and diagnostic centres/dharamshalas/hotels/ambulances/nursing providers/prostheses makers, even wig manufacturers.
 
We need funding for our screening camps. Screening at our own clinics at Naigaon and Agripada are free, but when we organise camps on site for groups of 40 or more individuals, we charge Rs 100 per head (our actual costs are Rs. 250). Rotary Clubs have sponsored us in the past. We need more assistance, though.
 
We hold a monthly meeting on cancer related topics. This Saturday we will have a talk by Dr. Jalali, radiation oncologist at Tata Memorial Hospital to be held at Pophale Nursing Home, Mahim at 9am. Anyone interested please contact me.
 
From next saturday (31st) we are starting a support group for cancer patients and their family members at Breach Candy Hospital. We will meet every Saturday afternoon between 2-4pm.
 
Regards,
Shubha Maudgal,
Cancer Patients Aid Association,
Anand Niketan,
King George V Memorial Infirmary,
Dr. E. Moses Road,
Mahalaxmi,
Mumbai-400011, INDIA
Phone: 0091-22-24924000
0091-22-24928775
Fax: 0091-22-24973599
URL: www.cpaaindia.org
Email: Shubha.Maudgal@cpaaindia.org
PRAKRUTI One Day Kelve-Saphala Organic Farms Visit on Sunday 12 December 2004. 

Regions upto Valsad, Nashik and Pune have become, in last 200 years, decadant hinterland to Mumbai while providing services and supplying food to exploding Mumbai. This strange relationship has had an adverse impact on the local environment, natural beauty and tranquility. Urban sprawl has aggravated the situation. It is now difficult to locate any area not affected by this onslaught. 

Region on the north towards Valsad is turned into grassland for milch cattle stabled in Mumbai for meeting Mumbaikars’ thirst for milk. It is relieving to observe in Kelve and Saphala located within 100 km of Mumbai, residents pursuing sustainable agriculture while supplying fresh flowers, vegetables and cereals to Mumbaikars at affordable prices. Many Mumbaikars drawn to Kelve-Saphala for weekend outing have resisted the temptation of putting up mansions and multistoried buildings and pursue sustainable agriculture consciously avoiding the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, hybrid and GM seeds and heavy agricultural machinery. Thus in Kelve and Saphala dedicated old residents and earnest Mumbaikars working in harmony with nature provide a welcome respite worth feeling and appreciating. 

We have pleasure in presenting a one day Kelve-Saphala Organic Farms Visit on Sunday, 12 December 2004. The Visit covers 300 km round travel in chartered bus/es from Dadar Khodadad Circle to the region, observing original residents and Mumbai weekenders following sustainable agriculture in their respective farms, having traditional snacks and lunch prepared from organically grown cereals and vegetables served in a farm, meeting enlightened farmers at a central location to appreciate their welcome practices and strolling on the Kelve beach to watch the Sun setting along with glowing twilight to light up the earth’s regions further west. Kelve beach undoubtedly rivals Girgaon Chowpati and Juhu Beach in expanse and yet excels exceedingly both of them in tranquility. 

Charges: Rs 325/- per participant.

Last date for registration: Tuesday, 07 December 2004. Intending participants are requested to register on the Kelve-Saphala Organic Famrs Visit Registration Form and payment with the Prakruti Office or Rajiv Bhatt or Priya Salvi. Seats are limited and registration is likely to close on receiving the requisite number of requests. Looking forward to having you with us in this stroll in nature, we remain, yours sincerely

Rajiv Bhatt ==== Priya Salvi ==== Kisan Mehta 
Hon Gen Secretary == Hon Project Coordinator== President 

Programme: 
Sunday 12 December 2004
7.00 hrs Assemble to board chartered bus/es in front of Bank of Baroda Ambedkar Road Branch on Dr Ambedkar Marg north of Dadar Khodadad Circle on the east (Hindu Colony) side 
07.30 hrs Leave for Kelve-Saphala - snacks in bus 
10.15-10.45 hrs Visit Adivasi Mahila Sahaj Shikshan Parivar campus at Masvan to view women empowering activities and Warli art work. Quick drinks. 
11.00-12.00 hrs Visit Saphala Farm no: 1 
12.15-13.15 hrs Visit Saphala Farm no: 2
13.30-14.00 hrs Visit Saphala Farm no: 3
14.15-16.30 hrs Arrive Kelve Farm- Lunch and Visit 
16.45-17.45 hrs Meet Palghar Taluka farmers on Kelve Beach. Bid goodbye to the setting Sun and farmer friends. Leave for Dadar, Mumbai 
21.00 hrs Arrive at Dadar- snacks in bus- Visit ends.

Mobile: Kisan Mehta : 022 92234 48857 kisansbc@vsnl.com 
Mobile Rajiv Bhatt : 022 93231 29805
Mobile Priya Salvi : 022 93231 9 6420 
Registration Centres


1. Prakruti Office 
c/o Kisan Mehta 
620 Jame Jamshed Road, 4th Floor
Dadar Parsi Colony, Dadar East,
Mumbai 4000014

2. Rajiv Bhatt 
Jashoda Manmsion, 2nd Floor
Guzder Street, Chira Bazar
Jagannath Sunkersett Marg,
Mumbai 400002

2. Priya Salvi 
Nishtha Organic Foods
23 Narmada Complex,
Panvel Station Road,
Behind ST Bus Stand,
Panvel 410206 
Prakruti Office Tel: 022 2414 9688 
A Film Fest on Masculinities, Sexuality & Gender-Based Violence

A paradigm shift from  'women's' issue to 'gender' issues necessitates the involvement of men as partners and stakeholders in tackling the issues. Breaking male stereotypes is a crucial aspect in dealing with these issues. For this, it is necessary to question and challenge the existing dominant model of masculinity being systematically reinforced and perpetuated by media and all other subsystems of society. Alternative, positive models of masculinity, which are being evolved through the various men's initiatives worldwide, need to be shared at a wider level and thereby develop and widen the perspective of young boys, men and also women in combating wider issues of violence and abuse of women. To provide this space, a 3 -day film festival is being
organized by Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) along with Vikalp and Lokvangmaya Griha.

This Film Fest will be held from Dec. 3 to 5, 2004 at Bhupesh Gupta Bhavan,3rd Floor, Sayani Road, Prabhadevi, Near Siddhivinayak Temple and Elphinstone Road / Parel Railway Station, the festival will have screenings of several short, national and international films on the themes of Masculinities, Sexuality and Gender-Based Violence.


Schedule of the Fest
Dec 3 , 2004
11 a.m.      Pita, Putra aur Dharmayudh (Father, Son and Holy War, 2 hrs.) by Anand Patwardhan
2 p.m.        Majma (Performance, 54 mns.)  by Rahul Roy
4.30 p.m.  Ye Hui Na Mardon Wali Baat (Now that’s more like a Man,35 mns.) by  Farjad Nabi / Mazhar Zaidi (Pakistan)
6 p.m.        Jahaan Chaar Yaar Mil Jaye (Where Four Friends Meet, 43 mns.) by Rahul Roy
7.15 p.m.  That’s what my Dad used to say (29 mns.) by  Vikram S. Rohella, Sharat Katariya & Laalit Lobo

Dec 4, 2004
11a.m.        Film by K.C.College BMM Students
11.30 a.m.  Macho (Nicaragua, 26 mns.) by Lucinda Broadbent
2 p.m.          Nasreen-0- Nasreen (33 mns.) by Pallavi Das
3 p.m.          Shattered Dreams  (55 mns.) by Mushtaq Gazdar
5.30 p.m.    Lata Pratibha Madhukar  (One of 10 films newly made as  a part of Global Feminisms : Comparitive Case     
Studies  of  Women’s Activism & Scholarship, 1 hr 40 mns.)  by SPARROW

Dec 5, 2004
10.30    a.m.  Reconstructing Masculinities : Challenges & Issues
              A Panel discussion 
              Panelists : Prof. Mangesh Kulkarni, Manisha Gupte, Dr. Lakshmi Lingam  Discussant: Harish Sadani
12 noon      Film by SIES College Students of Mass Media 
12.10 p.m.    Amader Chhelera (Our Boys,  40 mns.) by Manzare  Hassin, Bangladesh
2 p.m.        My friend Su (55 mns.) by Neeraj Bhasin
3 p.m.        Silent Spaces  (16 mns.) by Srishti, Bangalore
6 p.m.        King of Dreams  (30 mns.)  by Amar Kanwar
6.30 p.m.    To Remember (Silent Film, 8 mns.) by Amar Kanwar

While there is no entry fee, voluntary donations are welcome from viewers. Registration will be at the venue one hour before the 1st film screening on all days, on a first-cum-first served basis. For any further details, contact: Harish Sadani, MAVA on phone no. 20530312 / 24360631    Email at : harsh267@rediffmail.com   / vikalpmum@yahoogroups.com 


Sincerely,
Harish Sadani
Dear Friends!
Do join us from 3rd to 6 th December for bal vividha 2004, this time at Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir near Chetna College at Bandra East. 
Click here for details of the workshops, colloquium (subject: textbooks and keynote speaker Prof Krishna Kumar) and other programmes at the festival.  
Please forward this to all your friends, especially those with children or an interest in educational processes. 
please contact Comet at comet_media@vsnl.com , or visit www. cometmedia.org  or tel: 2386 9052, 2382 6674. 
Patricia Mascarenhas
COMET MEDIA FOUNDATION
Topiwala Lane School, Lamington Road
Mumbai - 400 007, INDIA
tel: +91 22 2386 9052/2382 6674
email: comet_media@vsnl.com
website: www.cometmedia.org
We need volunteers for all the above activities, we fit the person to the task that most motivates them and train them if needed.
 
At present we are working on compiling a "Yellow Pages" for cancer related facilities/products. We need a lot of volunteers to meet hospitals/doctors/treatment and diagnostic centres/dharamshalas/hotels/ambulances/nursing providers/prostheses makers, even wig manufacturers.
 
We need funding for our screening camps. Screening at our own clinics at Naigaon and Agripada are free, but when we organise camps on site for groups of 40 or more individuals, we charge Rs 100 per head (our actual costs are Rs. 250). Rotary Clubs have sponsored us in the past. We need more assistance, though.
 
We hold a monthly meeting on cancer related topics. This Saturday we will have a talk by Dr. Jalali, radiation oncologist at Tata Memorial Hospital to be held at Pophale Nursing Home, Mahim at 9am. Anyone interested please contact me.
 
From next saturday (31st) we are starting a support group for cancer patients and their family members at Breach Candy Hospital. We will meet every Saturday afternoon between 2-4pm.
 
Regards,
Shubha Maudgal,
Cancer Patients Aid Association,
Anand Niketan,
King George V Memorial Infirmary,
Dr. E. Moses Road,
Mahalaxmi,
Mumbai-400011, INDIA
Phone: 0091-22-24924000
0091-22-24928775
Fax: 0091-22-24973599
URL: www.cpaaindia.org
Email: Shubha.Maudgal@cpaaindia.org
World AIDS Day 2004
Vasai Region AIDS Control Society
A clinico-community System. A model of Kripa-AIDS;A Kripa Foundation Initiative and  Centers for Health HIV AIDS Research and Training in India
(CHART-India); An Indo-American initiative of the University of South Florida.

Our Theme

Vasai Cares
Vasai Responds to HIV/AIDS

A unique response form the community of Vasai marks the commemoration of the World AIDS Day in this region. As an expression of solidarity to the cause
of HIV/AIDS

¼      The elected Leaders Forum on AIDS in Vasai
¼      The Navghar Manickpur Municipal Council
¼      The Vasai Municipal Council
In association with
¼      Vasai Region AIDS Control Society

Announces its mobilization of all the educational institutes in the VRACS region. A region wide rally will cover the area of 2 Municipal councils and 16 gram
Panchayats. Each rally will be led by the local elected leader who will then address the entire gathering at the culmination point of the rally. 
All participants will then gather at a central location for the next part of the commemoration. This includes an inter educational institute Street play competition. More than 45 schools in the entire VRACS zone will participate in this event. 
The event thus targets not just the youth but also their parents and teachers, community leaders and elected leaders along with the government bodies. More than 15000 people are expected to participate in the event. 
The event will be graced by The Honorable Member of Legislative Assembly Shree Hitendra Thakur ji, Vasai Constituency
&
Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira
Managing Trustee, Kripa Foundation

Contact Information 
Tasneem Raja
Project Director
VRACS Administration,
Kripa Foundation
Papdy, Vasai West
Dist. Thane 401027.
Maharashtra, India
Ph 0250-2326522
Fax- 0250-2326521
Email, kripafound@sancharnet.in
I am Rtn. Jayant Sane from Rotary Club of Dombivli East, Dist. 3140. Club ID 22963
 
Following are the youth related projects planned by our club in Next 2 months:
 
Model Indian Parliament Session: (MIPS as it is popularly known in Rotary Circle). Target students are from 11th & 12th Standard preferably staying in and around Dombivli, Kalyan, Thane area. Please send details such as Name, contact no., email ID, college name, faculty ( Arts / Commers / Science / Other ) and Hobbies / interest. Date is 18th December 2004 and Venue is KDMC Assembly Hall at Kalyan. Some Participants will be alloted different portfolios and a model session of Parliament will be held on the day. training will be given to participants about 3 weeks in advance. It is a half day program and there is no entry fee for participants.
 
Rotary Youth Leadershi Awards (RYLA): 4th and 5th December 2004. Venue is fixed at a beautiful farm house in Neral at the foot of Matheran Hills. Target participants are Students from final year / Semi final year who are on the verge of passing out or have just started their career. It is a 2 day residential program wherein lectures on topics such as Public Speaking, Peronality Development, Leadership Styles, Industrial Safety, Defence Careers etc. will be arranged from leaders in the field. There will be Skits and camp fire on the night of 4th December. Registration Charges are Rs.250/- per parcipants for this 2 day program. Suitable Candidates will be awarded for best participation in both these programs and Certificate of participation will be issued to successful participants.
 
Please send Names and Contact Details to:
Rtn. Anand Acharya, Chairman MIPS : acharyachem@vsnl.com 98201 51958
Rtn. Shriprakash Raykar, Chairman RYLA: chaitur@satyam.net.in 98201 57548
Rtn. Sachin, Youth Director: dekhane@vsnl.com 98200 22521
Rtn. Jayant Sane : pds@vsnl.com  98202 50905
Says Ravi Vyas, Director of St Angelo’s Computer Training Institute, Malad (E), which sponsored the prizes, “We want to promote football in Malad. Also, we want to encourage talented players and organise more such tournaments here.”
 The Swami Vivekananda Sewa Manch, an NGO, organised the 19th Pratap Memorial Inter-Mumbai Instant Football Tournament in Govind Nagar, Malad (E). Around 16 teams from all over Mumbai participated in the tournament. http://web.mid-day.com/metro/malad/2004/october/94021.htm 
We are pleased to inform you that Concern India Foundation (CIF) will be hosting the 10th Annual ONGOing Mela 2004 in February 2005, at the CCI-East Lawn grounds (opp. Churchgate station, Mumbai) and would like to invite your organization to participate.
CIF has been hosting the ‘Ongoing Mela’ successfully for the past nine years. The mela is a unique gathering of NGOs with the objective of ‘Helping people help themselves’ by providing a platform for creating awareness about the issues they support as well as an opportunity to market products made as part of their rehabilitation programs (attached please find a note on the Mela). Each NGO will be provided with an 8’ x 8’ stall space where we would like you to make a conscious effort to depict the association of the products on display with the beneficiaries/ rehabilitation programmes. We request all our participants to use posters, photographs, slide shows and live demos prominently at the stall. The Mela will be on from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on all the three days of the event. A nominal amount of Rs.1500/- per stall will be charged. Kindly, fill the attached form and return to us by 20th of October 2004. We hope that our mela will be a successful event and for this we need your support and co-operation.
With kind regards,
For Concern India Foundation
Nusrat Pathan Priya Jaikishan Manager Projects Branch Manager
projects@concernindia.org
Free Saral Sanskrit and Geeta Adhyan classes at:
Baba Ramdas Sanskrit Vidyalaya, Khatwadi Darbar, Linking Road, Khar : Every Wed and Sat - 4 to 6 pm for women only. Sunday, 8.30 am to 10.30 am for all.
Sri Ramkrishan Math, 12th Road, Khar, Saral Sanskrit Pathshalla: Every Wed and Sat, 4 to 6 pm.
Pupils School and Sharda Vidya Mandir, Khar Education Society, S V road , Khar (W): Every Sunday, 10.30 to 11.30 am.
lakshmi iyer (98215 27387). volunteer.mum@crymail.org  Website: www.cry.org


CRY is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, as part of the activities for the year, we are building a mass movement to ensure child rights for all children in India. The intention is to get at least a million supporters for child rights through pledges .

A Freedom movement for India's Children
We have certainly made some progress over the past two and a half decades in addressing issues related to child rights. And yet, with more than 111 million children in India deprived of their basic rights, our efforts have been but a drop in the ocean. The only way to achieve change of significant dimension is to scale up our efforts so that every Indian becomes aware about the situation as well as the things they can do to improve it.

And so, we are using CRY's 25th year anniversary as a platform to launch a mass awareness campaign on child rights. We will be urging people from all walks of life to come forward and pledge support to India's children by speaking up for child rights and demanding that they be guaranteed what is rightfully theirs. The mnemonic selected for this pledge is a pinwheel- the CRY ' Free-a-child Chakri'.

 
What the spinning wheel was to the freedom movement, we believe the  CRY ' Free-a-child Chakri' will be to the movement for child rights in India.

Over the year, we will encourage people to sign the chakri and wear the badge- essentially, use it to indicate support to the cause. Signing it is of course just the beginning. One can speak up for child rights by educating friends and family on the situation of children, volunteering time or skills or donating money. Anything one does will make a difference to the lives of the children who need us to fight for their childhood. Because you can. And they can't.

The process to be followed is:

 Get the Pinwheel signed 

2.   Take the signed pinwheel back 

 Handover the badge

. Please collect Rs. 1 (Rs. 5 towards  the pinwheel and Rs.  5 towards the badge , this is to cover costs) 

5. Return the signed pinwheel & money to us



"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." --Sally Koch