Child Rights And Youth Organisation for a Noble Society (CRAYONS) is an independent, non-governmental and social development organisation established in the year 2016. Although, the very idea of forming this NGO leads back to the year 2013 when the Uttarakhand state was hit hard by the widely known ‘Kedarnath Disaster.’ Many children of Pithoragarh district were affected by this catastrophe while leaving two orphaned. Fortunately, the State Commision for Protection of Child Rights, Uttarakhand, under the chairmanship of Mr Ajay Setia was taking care of all the underprivileged children there then. With the support of SBMA-Plan-India, Mr Setia also established ‘Bal-Vidhansabha’ in the year 2014- an initiative that promoted the concept of child-advocacy and child-participation- which played a crucial role in providing justice to the children in need across the state. With the efforts of ‘Bal-Vidhayaks,’ who regularly raised issues affecting children in their locality before the government and SCPCR, the malpractice of Corporal Punishment was nearly abolished in the state.
‘Bal-Vidhayaks’ from across the state were working along with SCPCR for abolishing the practice of corporal punishment and monitoring child labour in their respective areas. During the same period, under the proper guidance of Sh Ajay Setia, three Bal-Vidhayaks from Kumaon region- Sandeep Pant, Aditya Verma of District Champawat and Gyan Babu of Udham Singh Nagar district- started a campaign “Child against corruption in studies.” The movement stood against the traditional practice of taking “practical-examination fee” by the schools from the students expecting board examinations. With a promise to award them with good marks in practicals, the students were forced to pay this illegal amount. Ultimately, around 600 children of 12 schools were returned their money, with a value of approximately 60,000 Rupees.
After the retirement of Mr.Ajay Setia from the post of SCPCR, Bal Vidhansabha became defunct. So in 2016 we, the ex-members of Bal Vidhansabha with blessings of Mr.Setia with an aim to promote safe childhood around us decided to start an NGO. Hence with this motto CRAYONS was formed.