With special guest - The Honorable Cherie Blair
Meera Gandhi & CRY America present an evening to benefit underprivileged children in India
October 11, 2008
New York, October 11, 2008:
Meera Gandhi, former Goodwill Ambassador, CSRI, United Nations, hosted an event with CRY - Child Rights and You America Inc., a US non-profit organization that works towards restoring basic rights to underprivileged children, especially in India . The event was held at the Gandhi residence in New York , the historic former townhouse of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Meera Gandhi in her welcome address said, "I am happy to host this CRY event in my home - which once belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt, a key architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. I encourage everyone to support CRY - an organization that enables sustainable, long-term change."
The Honorable Cherie Blair was the special guest for the evening. In her inspiring address to the invitees, she emphasized the value of rights-based organizations such as CRY that transform children’s lives by empowering the communities that they serve. It is through such organizations, she said, that communities are enabled to develop their own solutions for the issues affecting them and their children. She also asserted that it is imperative that the ongoing investments in ensuring children’s rights continue in spite of the current economic downturn.
The evening was attended by 75 prominent members of the New York community - Indians as well as Americans who came together to celebrate the successes that CRY America has had in impacting the lives of marginalized children thus far, and to make future achievements a reality.
"CRY America believes that meaningful and sustainable change in the lives of children is possible only if underprivileged communities are actively engaged in seeking solutions collectively and issues are addressed holistically from a child rights perspective", said Shefali Sunderlal, President of CRY America. She further stated that "CRY America has impacted the lives of over 156,000 children living across 1211 rural and urban communities - we have witnessed across hundreds of villages in India , that 100% children are now enrolled in schools, villages have functioning health facilities today, issues of discrimination are being addressed and hundreds of villages are being declared child labor free. And that this impact has been possible only because of the support that CRY America has received from thousands of donors and volunteers in the USA ."