Udayan Care

Appalled by the stark reality of 31 million orphans in India and shocked by the condition of institutions housing them, a few like- minded individuals got together to take serious action. This obsession was the seed which sprouted as Udayan Care, - which was registered in 1994, as a Public Charitable Trust. While our first initiative was the Udayan Ghar programme for orphaned and abandoned children, we gradually worked towards ensuring higher education for girls through the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. In 2004, Udayan Care also initiated an Outreach programme for children affected by HIV, as well the Udayan Information and Technology Centres to improve employability of under-served communities...

Udayan Care
16/97 A, 1st floor
Vikram Vihar, Lajpat Nagar IV
New Delhi, Delhi 110024
India
+91 11 46548105/06
http://udayancare.org/

Managing Trustee

Dr. Kiran Modi

Management Team

Mathew Jose, Md Faheem Khan, Manoj Srivastav, Indrani Ghosh, Sohini Karmakar

Board of Directors

Kiran Modi, Shiv Sarin, Govind Prasad Todi, Aparna Goenka, Meera Sawhny, Aneesha Wadhwa, Vipin Chawla, Sanjeev Gupta, Sanjay Gupta, Pooja Mehra, Madhu Gupta, Rukmani Haldea, Kusum Bhandari.

Project Leaders

Kiran Modi

Mission

Appalled by the stark reality of 31 million orphans in India and shocked by the condition of institutions housing them, a few like- minded individuals got together to take serious action. This obsession was the seed which sprouted as Udayan Care, - which was registered in 1994, as a Public Charitable Trust. While our first initiative was the Udayan Ghar programme for orphaned and abandoned children, we gradually worked towards ensuring higher education for girls through the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. In 2004, Udayan Care also initiated an Outreach programme for children affected by HIV, as well the Udayan Information and Technology Centres to improve employability of under-served communities. We began with a thorough research on existing models for children in need of care & protection and opportunities that existed for young girls, women and disadvantaged youth. What our research threw up was an eye-opener and a driving force for us to develop innovative models across all our initiatives. Needless to say, the journey had many hurdles but it is Udayan Care's dynamism that has sustained it and enabled us to expand our intervention. Our Vision: "To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged." Our Mission: "A nurturing home for every orphaned child; an opportunity for higher education for every girl and for every adult, the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society". Our Theory of Change - "There are millions of orphaned and abandoned children in India; in addition, girls from weaker sections of society do not get an equal opportunity to continue their education; professional skills and attitude are lacking among disadvantaged communities to become economically self reliant. Udayan Care provides homes to orphaned children while also giving girls financial and development support to continue higher education, and communities to train themselves in vocations, by engaging socially committed individuals, who provide a transformative, nurturing and mentoring environment, to help them realize their full potential." In 18 years, we have served more than 9959 people in 7 cities and advocate for children's rights in alignment with the Indian Constitution, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Strategic Objectives in line with Mission and vision: 1. Provide protection and holistic growth to children in difficult circumstances. 2. Increase professional skills and employability of financially and socially disadvantaged communities. 3. Establish dynamic processes/models of Care and Protection. 4. Influence Policy Reform and decision making processes. 5. Promote Voluntarism to engage in Child Care and Development processes 6. Work towards inculcating a new world view and practice towards children in vulnerable situations 7. Develop a structured research and documentation process that can be shared with other stakeholders at national and international levels. 8. Organize adequate resources for all the programs, maintain the financial health of the organization and ensure that we work effectively as well as be cost effective. Vision 2017: Set up and sustain 29 Udayan Ghars to reach out to 500 children for long-termcare and support. Support 5,200 Udayan Shalini Fellows in 8 chapters. Develop and sustain 12 Information Technology and Vocational Training Centres. Acquire adequate number of Mentor parents for Udayan Ghars and Mentors for Udayan Shalini Fellowships in keeping with expansion. Involve more interns from prestigious universities and experienced corporate volunteers. Set up a Resource Centre for training of Careers & roll out Advocacy Programme for Child Rights through capacity building of 50,000 people and putting together one seminar and one research paper each year for the same. Promote replication of Standard Operating Procedures followed in Udayan Care's approach, as a model in all Udayan Care programmes, with a vision to share and made available to other NGOs working for similar programmes.

Programs

Udayan Ghar-Sunshine Homes for Children: Udayan Ghar-Sunshine Homes were initiated to make sure that the children who are abandoned or orphaned, deprived of their first line of protection-their parents, do not remain 'nobody's children'. Udayan Ghar was set up in a model of LIFE: Living In Family Environment where erstwhile abandoned and orphaned children grow up in the warmth of a loving family environment. Children are nurtured by a group of mentor mothers who voluntarily commit themselves to groom the children like their own. In 16 years, we've nurtured 250 children across 12 homes. Our mental health programme ensures children to overcome their traumatized pasts. Each home consists of 12-15 children, located in middle-class neighborhoods, where the community takes ownership of them; they can re-integrate themselves into society. Children are admitted to best schools; while sports, recreational & co-curricular camps and workshops with life skills training area a regular feature across all our programmes. From 1 Udayan Ghar with 3 children in 1996, to 12 Ghars, home to 250 children in Delhi and other 3 states of India, from 1 life-long Mentor to 28 Mentor Parents; opening the doors of 1 public school to admit our children to more than 37 schools Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme: Udayan Shalini Fellowships programme is a unique academic excellence and personality development programme for deserving and talented girls from weak socio-economic background aiming to turn them into empowered and dignified women or Shalinis. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that not only supporting higher education but also providing regular mentoring and leadership development and inculcating a sense social sensitivity so that they give back to society once they become independent and start earning. The programme chooses to intervene right after a girl finishes class X as being the first landmark exam in the educational system, monetary strains and orthodox thinking induces a girl to drop out and give up on her education in many cases, girls are also forced to get married at such a young age. Udayan Shalini Fellowships has grown from supporting just 72 girls in 2002 in Delhi, in the last 10 years of its running the programme has impacted over 2070 girls. Udayan IT &VT Programme: The Udayan Care IT & VT programme serves impoverished youth and women in semi- urban areas in and around Delhi through 7 Centres, who critically needed IT training, confidence building, vocational skills, and employability in a high-tech world. Trainees learn computer literacy, internet and business applications, provided by Microsoft's 'Community Technology Skills Programme. Vocational skills like stitching, tailoring, beauty therapy along with English speaking Courses are also undertaken in these centres. We also focus to foster community participation and run awareness programs and events in the community, through various channels, including the community radio. Trainees receive certification in Microsoft Programmes and other job-related courses. We facilitate placements to the tune of 40% of those certified, through institutional linkages. Each IT centre has 80 students and VT centres have 40 students in average. So far 3435 girls have been given trained under this Programme.Total youth enrolled: 7559(IT 6970; VT 589), Total youth certified: 3248 (IT: 3009; VT 239). So far 680 youths gained employment. Udayan Outreach Programme: Udayan Care's Outreach Programme started in 2004 to restore the rights of children affected by HIV / AIDS as a result of HIV positive parents, residing in the lower economic strata in Delhi and NCR. Our interventions are designed both at the family level and at the macro that is at the community and .society level, forging hope and inclusion by reducing stigma and instilling belief in a successful future. We reach out to children with financial support and counseling to ensure them their right to education and nutrition. At present, we work with 80 children and 67 families. During the last quarter all the children appeared in their final examination and are expecting good results. Udayan Care conducts monthly workshops for HIV+ Parents on the last Sunday of every month Monthly Workshops for Affected children of HIV +ve Parents, Home visits are an integral part of the project which help us to meet parents as well as children personally.

Statistics on Udayan Care

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2009: $839,676
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $839,676
  • Other funding sources: Institutions/Trust/Funding Agency-52% Corporate- 25% Individuals - 13.2% Interests- 7% Recoveries(IT/VT)- 2% Product- 1%
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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