Rippan Kapur, who founded CRY, was an ordinary person driven by an extraordinary dream -
the dream that no Indian child would be deprived of rights as basic as survival, participation,
protection and development.
In 1979 Rippan started CRY with his 6 friends. He was firmly convinced that
each of us can, in our own small way, be agents of change, and when enough of us are
moved to this, the impact is a lasting change for the better. All he asked of people was that
they help CRY by doing what they were good at. As he put it, "What I can do, I must do."
Today CRY partners 157 child development projects across India.
26 years after it began work, CRY has made a profound difference to the lives
of more than 1.37 million Indian children, by channelising the resources of over 125,000
individuals and organisations. In doing so, it has shown that lasting change happens when
individuals believe it can happen and do what they can to make it happen.