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...
Dec 5, 2014

Update from Udayan Care's ITVT Centre

Dadri Center celebrating on its FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Dadri Center celebrating on its FIRST ANNIVERSARY

 

With the Aim to broaden the horizons and bring IT close to the lives of many more underserved youth, Udayan Care’s ITVT Programme participated in Global Giving Tuesday to double the impact of each penny putt-in by the donors of the Programme.

 

Following are the updates from the programme

Celebrations and Recreation at the center

  • Celebration of completing one year of our Dadri Center ( One of our ITVT Centre in Delhi )

In September 2013, ITVT Center was inaugurated in Dadri with the aims to train 200 women and youth with basic computer knowledge and advanced IT skills at subsidised rates within one year.

  • Rangoli competition

Rangoli completion was organised at one of our center (Raman Kant Munjal Foundation) and all students participated and made some fabulous rangoli designs with colours, sand, beads etc.

Activities organised during the reporting period

  • Marketing publicity and community mobilization activities organized on regular interval in every centre to popularize the programme and increase the enrolment rate at each center.
  • Training session was organized  for the Trainers to enhance their teaching skills on Microsoft excel
  • To monitor the performance of each centre Monthly Staff Meetings were organised at every centre.

 

Impact of the Programme activities

There is both direct and indirect impact of the programme. On the tangible lines, the basic and advanced computer courses are adding on to both knowledge and skills of the young students. Interacting with each other, the students become better aware and explore different career opportunities. Thus enhancing the livelihood options available to these students and giving them an advantage in the job market. Spoken English and life skills training are also a part of the curriculum to make students job ready. Looking at it on indirect lines, there is increase in the confidence level of the students who step out of the school academics attending the center and broaden their horizon. The students are ready to compete in the job market and stand equipped to face the career challenges. A sense of dignified independence touches them with the completion of the course. The students of different ages, gender and economic backgrounds make the learning experience more diverse and rich. Year on year the centers produce equipped more aware and optimistic students.

It goes without saying that the IT&VT centers have equipped students across Delhi & NCR with the dignity of self reliance.

Achievements during project period:

1)     In 2014-15 (July-Sept), we have successfully enrolled 174 students across the all the centers, out of total enrollments 112 male and 62 females.

2)     The programme has been initial planning to expend in U.P. & Delhi

3)     Reaching out the marginalized community at their door step is another milestone of the programme and the number of beneficiaries is increasing in every session.

4)     Social upliftment & improved living standards.

5)     Increased confidence level among men and women.

6)        Enhanced knowledge on employment opportunities.                                                                                                                

Miracle of Hopes

Success Story of Sanjana Arora (Name Changed)–Badarpur (Delhi))

“I understand the need for being computer literate. So when this opportunity came up, I enrolled to learn new computer skills”— Sanjana Arora (Name Changed)

Twenty one year old Pooja always has a smile on her face, no matter what the circumstances. But beyond her happy-go-lucky attitude there was another reality. Before joining the ITVT programme, Sanjana was not sure if her dreams would come true. The eldest of 4 siblings, she was keen to pursue Charted Accountant as a profession. However, her father, being a Private employee as account assistant in a company at Noida, with limited income, was not able to

Soon she heard about Kishwarna-Udayan Care Information Technology Center through our Community Mobilization team. She joined the DCA (Diploma In computer Application) course at our center, and after completing the course she got her first job through our placement cell after completing the course, she was placed as an Assistant Program Coordinator Trainee in an NGO, by the placement cell at IT&VT Centre, Badarpur. As she says with a smile lighting her face, "Today me & my family are living with pride & my mother was very happy when I got my first salary." Sanjana is now confident that she will pursue her specialised studies carving a bright career for herself.

RANGOLI COMPETITION
RANGOLI COMPETITION
Success Story
Success Story
Oct 7, 2014

Capacity Building at Our Sunshine Homes

Bright and healthy smile of Rupali
Bright and healthy smile of Rupali

Introduction about 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.

Udayan Care’s initiatives are focused towards regenerating the rhythm of life of the disadvantaged. Through the power of mentorship, we nurture children who are orphaned and abandoned in the warmth of a family at Udayan Ghars, our long-term foster homes; ensure young girls higher education through our education fellowships; enable underserved youth and adults to improve their employability skills in our IT & vocational training centers; and enable children affected by HIV to live with hope, through our Outreach programme.

About Sunshine Homes

Based on the belief that a loving home and family is the right of every child, Udayan Ghars, long term residential homes, nurture children, who are orphaned or abandoned in a simulated family environment through a strategy called L.I.F.E – Living In Family Environment. There are single and multi unit Udayan Ghars, wherein 12 children (6-18 years), constitute a unit to give individual attention to each child. This ‘Group Foster Care’ model ensures children love and care by a group of Mentor Parents – socially committed individuals (volunteers), who groom these children with a team of social workers, care givers and supervisors. Udayan Ghars are located in middle class neighborhoods to help children reintegrate with mainstream society. Children receive quality education in some of the best schools. Once they reach the age of 18 years, they move into our Aftercare facilities and continue higher education or vocational training.

Presently, 198 children and young adults live at our 13 Sunshine Homes across Delhi & NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur. With a vision to reach out to more children, more homes are in the offing.

Following are the activity happened in the Sunshine Homes during the reporting period of time:

1. Workshops:

  • Workshop on "Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)"

A session was held with Mr. Anant Asthana, lawyer (child rights activist), on POCSO Act to get a clarity on the various rules/clauses of the act and the responsibility of various stakeholders involved with the children.  Mentors, coordinators were a part of the discussion and had non-ending queries to which Mr. Asthana readily responded. The session ended with the members more informed and responsible while working towards the child rights. 

  • Workshop on Family strengthening:

Sister Black and Elder Black from India New Delhi Mission conducted a workshop on family strengthening with mentors and coordinators of the sunshine home. They stressed on the importance of having a family night once in a week in which children and mentors/social workers could have a time off from their busy and demanding schedules and could have some light moments with each other. They also told that the discussion must have an agenda which could be imparting moral values or various life skills.

  • Workshop on Life Skills:

A workshop held at one of our Sunshine Homes for Girls in Gaziabad district Uttar Pradesh was held on Life Skills for adolescents. The workshop was aimed at making the girls comfortable about the changes that they might be feeling. The workshop touched upon the adolescent issues. During the workshop the girls informed and discussed about the changes they have seen few years within themselves, be it emotionally, psychologically or physically

2.  Consultation:

  • Multi-stakeholder Consultation on After Care in India

On 17th September 2014, a Multi-stakeholder Consultation on After Care in India was conducted by Udayan Care in India International Center. The consultation aimed at brainstorming on the importance of After Care services in India and also taking the voices of adults and other Ngo’s to the government. Representatives from various non-governmental organizations and members of government authorities participated in the event

3. Success Story:

  • Rupali (Name Changed), a 7 year old girl from Kurushetra, a district in the State of Haryana, had never dreamt of a life outside her village as she struggled to make her basic ends meet after her parents abandoned her. She was later transferred to Udayan Care by the Child Welfare Committee in the year 2009. Rupali(Name Changed) due to her traumatic past life was a very reserved child but after coming under Udayan Care’s guidance she underwent tremendous improvement and started developing communication skills.  She also regained her lost self- esteem and confidence.

Today, Rupali(Name Changed) is in class 6 and is studying in one of the best schools of Kurushetra. She has won several medals in various competitions and has transformed into an out-spoken girl who aspires to be an engineer. In her new loving and caring family environment, Rupali has started to spread her wings ready to take their flight. 

Family Strengthening Workshop
Family Strengthening Workshop
Workshop on POCSO
Workshop on POCSO
Life Skill workshop with adolescent girls
Life Skill workshop with adolescent girls
Multi-stakeholder Consultation on After Care
Multi-stakeholder Consultation on After Care
Oct 7, 2014

Understandng Importance of Effective Communication

Jyoti Bhatia- our Shalini fellow turned donor
Jyoti Bhatia- our Shalini fellow turned donor

Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program (USF)

With an aim to develop the overall personality of our Udayan Shalini Fellows, Udayan Care organized a quarterly workshop to hone their communication skills.

The workshop was organized by Amex Team on 13th July 2014. The major focus of the workshop was on enhancing the communication skills of the participants attending it. It was not only about communication but rather effective communication and the practical aspects for improvement.

Among the many different aspects of communication the major discussions took place on the following aspects:

  • Seven C’s of effective communication
  • Role of verbal and non verbal communication
  • Common mistakes in verbal communication.
  • Tips to enhance usage of nonverbal communication.

The facilitator used videos and plays to explain what you shouldn't do while communicating. For each of the trait like “not keeping eye contact” the facilitator discussed the role and impact subsequently. While the workshop began with facilitator’s explanation and discussion, the fellows started sharing their personal experiences where they figured out their strengths and weakness in communicating.

Further Amex team also performed an engaging skit “Bolo bolo par theek se bolo” (Communicate but communicate well) depicting the role of effective communication and the flaws that are commonly made as part of communication.

DELHI INDUCTION 2014

The programme has now spread its reach in schools located in South Delhi as well. We received more than 650 applications from all over Delhi from varying backgrounds ranging from resettlement colonies to slum clusters. Out of these, the shortlisted applicants appeared for the written test which was their first step for the selection process on the basis of NAT. The written test was set to evaluate them on their knowledge, general awareness and awareness of social issues.

After conducting the home visits in both north and south Delhi, 100 bright girls were shortlisted to be inducted as Shalinis in a grand ceremony to be scheduled for October.

The reach of the programme has widened with greater presence in South Delhi. A major accomplishment of the programme is the letter of permission from Directorate of Education received for South Delhi schools that supported in reaching out to the schools as well as added value to the programme.

USF ALUMNAE MEETING

USF Alumnae got together to elect the members for different posts –president, vice-president, joint secretary, treasurer, executive members for the new term of Udayan Shalini Fellowship Alumnae Association. Before the actual selection of future office bearers the members present discussed about the functioning of the Association along with the course of action. Archana Kumari from batch 6 gave her nomination for the post of president and all those present approved of her name.

OUTCOME

  • Participation of Gurgaon fellows made the workshop unique and a way towards networking of different chapters providing opportunity and exposure for learning.
  • The workshop saw equal and active participation of the facilitators as well as the fellows. More than a form of workshop, the sessions were exchange of experiences where fellows shared willingly about their flaws and achievements in the domain of communication.
  • The visual medium of conducting workshop (PowerPoint presentation and videos) enhanced the effectiveness creating greater impact on the minds of the fellows.
  • The small group discussions post the main workshop helped participants to come up with their queries in a more open and comfortable manner and seek suggestions that might not have been possible in bigger groups.

USF’S SUCCESS STORY:

There is something extraordinary which sets Jyoti Bhatia apart from other donors which is that she not a part of the Udayan family as a donor but as our own Udayan Shalini fellow. Inducted as a part of the 3rd batch of 126 girls, she was a shy but bright student. Supported by modest family earnings and Udayan Care’s Shalini Fellowship, all she ever dreamt of was to become a teacher one day. This motivated her to pursue her goal.

She completed her elementary teacher training course and began her teaching career in 2008. After gaining the initial years of experience she joined Sarvodaya Kanya Vidalaya. Here, moving in the corridors that resembled her own school, she was motivated even more to reach out to the students. Today she comes across as a confident young teacher and is a role model for many.

Jyoti’s feat becomes even more special because she has not been a passive recipient of what life has given her. She started contributing as a donor to Udayan Care in 2012 and has unfailingly done so for three continuous years. When asked about what motivated her to donate she answered “The Udayan Shalini Pledge administered about 10 years ago reminds me each day to give back”. The desire to give back still sparkles bright in her eyes when she donates that cheque of Rs 10,000 which is a part of her hard-earned money. Her journey reflects nothing but what a true Shalini would aspire to be someday.

Quarterly Workshop
Quarterly Workshop
Interview for batch 13 selection
Interview for batch 13 selection
written test for batch 13 selection
written test for batch 13 selection

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