Who are we and what are we trying to do?A Cry For Help is an organisation that aims to deal with adolescent issues like substance abuse, peer pressure, bullying, suicide and stress. It was started by and is completely run by teenagers who have faced these issues themselves.The redressal method is to establish self help groups to encourage young adults in the age group of 11-18 years to share their problems & to help solve hem as a community by empowering the teens themselves. ACFH has received backing from the Ashoka Foundation as well as the Robert Bosch Foundation to collaborate with EduX Space China for a one of a kind exchange program between school children from the two countries. In collaboration with Teach for India, ACFH shall be training student leaders about the aforementioned problems & how to solve them. They shall be in touch with their counterparts in China, culminating in a 5 day exchange program wherein the children visit Beijing to participate in various workshops & team building exercises. The end result shall be the creation of a self synthesised manual on these pressing problems & a redressal model which shall then be implemented in schools in both countries. ACFH wishes to provide children from low income households an opportunity to participate in this unique initiative.
Why should you help us?
Our founder Pritish himself was bullied at a young age, as was our director, Simran. In ACFH, they have both found a positive outlet to ensure that no one else goes through what they did. Through the lives they've transformed, they themselves have become better individuals. Your contribution will go a long way in helping us cover the cost of travel, accommodation etc for these bright young minds. Each child under this program is an incredible individual, brimmimg with bright ideas to combat the crisis of mental health. You can help them make the most of an opportunity that their financial conditions otherwise constrain. Your valuable input will also directly aid the creation of a sustainable self help model that will start by helping students in India and China and hopefully eventually, the world. The rewards we offer reflect this and through them we hope to take you along with us on our journey and bind you to the project that you help create.
What does this mean to our children?These children have very limited world exposure, their families' financial constraints have also constrained the experiences and education they have received. For them, to visit another city, much less another country seems like an unattainable dream. This exchange truly has the potential to change their lives and gives them a shot to turn the most far fetched of dreams into reality.
Risks & ChallengesIt is our heartfelt desire to be able to take as many kids to China as possible but if we are unable to raise sufficient funds, this number would get restricted to two as that is the maximum we can sponsor with the grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation. Another challenge is to raise enough money to be able to take along caretakers for the children to China. We also plan to perform in public places through various flash mobs, street plays etc to raise awareness about the campaign and raise more money.
How shall we use your contribution?Your contribution shall directly go towards funding the following expenses for each child:
Visa: Rs. 3000
Travel(flights, bus in China): Rs. 25,000
Accommodation on triple sharing basis for 4 nights: RS.8000
Total: Rs.38,500 per child
Total funds required: RS.38,500*14= 5,39000