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Child Relief and You

About the organisation

CRY works towards restoring basic rights to underprivileged Indian children. CRY acts as a link between the millions of Indians who could provide resources and the thousands of dedicated fieldworkers struggling to function for lack of them. Their role is to enable and in so doing create an institution that is a unique model of a community movement that takes responsibility for its weakest and most vulnerable members and motivates and catalyses change on their behalf. CRY focuses on the four basic rights of children. These were defined in 1989, by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty to which 191 countries, including India, are signatories. 1. the right to survival - to life, health, nutrition, name and nationality 2. the right to development - to education, care, leisure, recreation 3. the right to protection - from exploitation, abuse, neglect

4.the right to participation - to expression, information, thought and religion

The CRY Board – reflection and steps ahead

  1. The CRY Board came together as a group of associates of the founder of the organization. New members have been added over the years to replace exiting ones and/or to add skills deemed necessary.
  2. A common belief and shared vision of reaching out to the underprivileged children of India formed the basis of this initial association.
  3. An extremely strong management has enabled the Board to focus efforts more on long term policy and guidance.
  4. The CRY Board’s special ability has been to handle organisational crises with fortitude and efficiency
  5. Apart from the formal Board meetings, individual members have been accessible to the CEO at all times for consultations
  6. Individual member skills and expertise are capitalized and every member engaged individually based on an understanding of member motivations and availability in terms of time and commitment.
  7. There is a very high degree and understanding of accountability and review processes and systems to evaluate the performance both of the Board and the management exist and are practiced
  8. Communication by the CEO to the Board is optimal with all important events, developments being communicated immediately with opportunity for feedback.
  9. The relationship between the Board and the CEO/management, although non hierarchical, has well established accountability systems in place.
  10. The Board does not micromanage and there is clarity in where the role of the Board stops and that of the management commences.
  11. CRY has grown at a rapid pace since its inception and the needs at the Board level are now rapidly changing.
  12. There is a conscious awareness of the same within the Board and the management and strategies to implement these changes are under discussion

CRY may be contacted at

189/A Anand Estate, Sane Guruji Marg, Mumbai - 400 011 Tel - 0091-022-2309 6845 / 2306 3651 / 3647 e-mail:     URL