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...
May 28, 2014

Update from Our Computer Literacy Programme

Our Center
Our Center

Since this our new project, we would like to begin with a brief background of the programme. It was found that here is a growing demand for Information Technology and vocational training among the poor urban and rural communities including communities around our Udayan homes. We have also found the use of computer and IT vitally important in our counseling programme for the children of Udayan Homes.

Thus, we instigated this project focusing on the mixed communities; communities who are located around our Udayan Homes and those in the densely populated clusters of slums, resettlement colonies and other low income settlements by setting up IT & VT centers for imparting Information Technology and vocational skills training.

With a vision to broaden horizons and bring IT close to the lives of underserved rural and urban communities in Delhi and NCR, and thus empower them for greater job prospects, we targeted Poor urban/ slum communities, especially women, adolescent, children of Delhi  and NCR

Following are few aspects that make our programme unique

  • Selection and enrollment of trainees on subsidized fees and free ships
  • Capacity building of trainers and program staff
  • Community Mobilization through co-curricular activities
  • Documentation and periodic program reviews
  • Trainee assessment procedures and certification
  • Job placement facilitation
  • Timely reporting to donors
  • Partnerships and linkages with other organization

During the period of reporting our children participated in many capacity building and confidence building workshops, a contributed in the social cause by collecting Flood Relief Fund collected for Uttarakhand. They have also participated in the Microsoft Innovate for Good Summit organised by Microsoft on 25th & 26th April 2013 in India. We have got the opportunity to tie up with joining hands for enhancing the employment opportunities

The impact of the programme is both direct and indirect to the target group. 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.

Following are few the achievements of the programme

  • In 2013-14, we have successfully enrolled 941 students across the all the centers, out of total enrollments 538 male and 403 females.
  • Out of 941 students, 415 certified in various courses and 96 were place.
  • The programme expanded into new territories like Dadri (U.P) and initial planning is done to set up another centre in Uttar Kashi, Uttarakhand.
  • Students were placed in companies like, Reliance, domestic call centers, BPO’s and some of them started their own business.  
  • 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.
  • Tie up with local Community Based Organizations provided a platform for long term sustainability.

  Sucess Story - Miracle of Hope    

“Today me and my family are living in society with pride”- Shalini, Kishwarna-Udayan Care IT&VT Centre, Badarpur.

Shalini , just 18, belonged to a family of six members. Her father being a daily wage earner  making ends meet was a struggle. Shalini, had no choice but to look for  work after Class XII. However, lacking technical skills she was unable to find a suitable job.

Shalini saw a ray of hope when her friends told her about the subsidized courses offered by the Kishwarna Udayan Care IT&VT Centre in Badarpur where she enrolled for the Advance Diploma in Computer Application and the Spoken English courses.

Almost soon after completing the course, Shalini was offered a job through our placement cell at Family India Foundation as a computer teacher helping her to support her family and work towards her higher education.

                                                                                            

Inaugration_ New Center
Inaugration_ New Center
Capacity Building Workshop
Capacity Building Workshop
Capacity Building Workshop
Capacity Building Workshop
Shalini - One of our Student
Shalini - One of our Student

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Apr 25, 2014

Report from our Sunshine Homes for Children

Visit by  ASOS-Volunteers at our Home
Visit by ASOS-Volunteers at our Home

 Story of our Golden Girl

Mamta was a 9 year old abandoned child when she came to us in the year 2006. She has very traumatic past life where in her biological parents separated, father remarried as a result she came in the custody of her father and stepmother. Her stepmother ill-treated Mamta, made her do all household chores and did not allow her to go to school. Mamta was abandoned by her father at the Railway Station. She was rescued by the Railway Police and sent to children’s home at Nirmal Chhaya. Keeping in view the best interest of the child; Mamta was transferred by the Child Welfare Committee to us on 27.07.2006.

Later Mamta was diagnosed as a child with special needs with IQ of 50-60 & is therefore been provided all the mental health facilities by the organization such as rigorous medical supervision & medication by Dr. Deepak Gupta (Mental Health Expert) for aggression/hyperactive behaviour and bed wetting.

But despite of all the above hurdles Mamta did not stop, she never looked back, she kept her spirit on with whatever she had and tarnished her skills very well with the resources been provided to her just like any other child living with her by Udayan Care. Once started she never looked back. Here are those stars shining on her shoulder.

Presently Mamta is studying in Balvantray Mehta School participated in Special Olympics , Bharat ( National Championship for Athletics) held at J L N Stadium from 12th Mar'14 to 15th Mar'15 has won first position ( Gold Medal) in Shot Put 3 kg Div.; second position ( Silver Medal) in 4X100 M Relay and 100 M Run.

Whenever opportunity knocked her door she has never missed it!!! She has always made us proud and we are really blessed to have a child like Mamta.

 Worskhops and Trainings:

During this Quarter children were also exposed to various workshops to enhance their skills. In order to develop a sense of citizenship a workshop on “Rights & Responsibility being a citizen of India” was organized for them with the help of “We the people”, “Child Sexual Abuse” conducted by the home coordinators across all homes. On Jan 4, 2014Udayan Ghar Programme (team) celebrated Winter Carnival at Gurgaon along with the entire team and children and had great fun. To keep the kids physically fit On Feb 9, 2014Udayan Ghar Programme (team) celebrated 8th Sports Day sponsored by Adidas group at Banyan Tree School. And to keep the children well prepared about the world outside On Feb 22, 2014a consultation was organized at Udayan Care head office with theyoung adults coming fromdifferent Child Care Institutions such as: Minda Bal Gram, Prayas, Salam Balak Trust, Sai Kripa to discuss upon “How Mental health Interventions & its standards can be improved & enhanced” 

Similarly various conduct with the direct stakeholders of this programme who are dealing with the children on a day to day basis & nurturing them. These workshops focused on the Mental Health Intervention, Financial Overview, Monitoring and Evaluation to facilitate the smooth running of the children homes, planning to establish a Skill development centre for Children with special needs.

Recreational Activities

Other Recreational activities were organized in collaboration with Corporates (CSR), who is our direct/ indirect stakeholders. Such as home visit by ASOS to couple of our children’ home.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014, the volunteers staying in Greater Noida girl’s home organized a small workshop for the girls staying at home that day. The designated target was to collect answers to the question “Why am I proud to be a girl/ woman?” and hereby to reinforce their self-awareness of being a girl.

Everyone could share their ideas and write them on the prepared chart papers. The girls who are not yet able to write tried to express their feelings on this subject by drawing pictures. At the end of the workshop we fixed the presentation on the board in front of the kitchen to remind all of us of the meaning of this special day. Furthermore the children expressed that this day makes all of us to be proud of being girls and women and to regard our gender as a great individual benefit.Even though the girls needed some time to come up with their ideas, the workshop was a good opportunity to awake every girl’s pride of their gender and all its positive affects especially because for many girls being a girl in India is challenging sometimes.

 Need you Help to plan activities for Summer Camp for our children at Sunshine Homes

Coming May-2014 , we are planning to hold a Summer Camp for our children from our Sunshine homes like every year. We would like to hear from you some suggestion and ideas about what all activities  we can plan during the 4 day camp. It would be nice to know your feedback where you could be indirectly become a part of our planning team for Summer Camp.

You can write us at : fundraising@udayancare.org

Mamta-Our Success Story
Mamta-Our Success Story
CSR Event
CSR Event
Event by Avanta TATA
Event by Avanta TATA
International Women
International Women's Day celebration

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Mar 28, 2014

Highlights of last quarter: Journey of our Shalinis (Fellows)

Manisha_Interviewing Founder of Udayan Care
Manisha_Interviewing Founder of Udayan Care

Udayan Shalini Fellowships: Higher education to develop girls into dignified, independent young women

 The situation of education for girls in India is abysmal, especially for girls from underprivileged communities.  The biggest hurdle faced by the girls is during transition from schools to colleges where dropout rates increase dramatically. While 16% girls study till Class X, there is only 1 girl among every 100 college going students and only 8.7% women complete graduation, even in urban India.

Making a conscious choice to support higher education of girls, Udayan Care began the first Chapter of the Udayan Shalini Fellowships in 2002, in Delhi.

USF is a unique fellowship as it goes beyond monetary assistance to ensure holistic development of each Shalini through a strong mentoring programme. Young entrepreneurs, educationists and experts keen on change, join us as senior mentors.

Regular camps, workshops and a mandatory 50 hours of social work helps Shalinis gain confidence and self esteem. Today, our Shalinis are excelling in varied fields like Engineering, Medicine, CA and Computer Science, among others, becoming a source of inspiration for their families, communities and peers.

 Since inception in 2002, USF has supported over 3000 girls. Currently 1560 Shalinis are availing the Fellowship in 9 cities/Chapters – Delhi, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Dehradun, Haridwar, Phagwara, Kolkata, Aurangabad and Jaipur.

 Last quarter's activities with our brilliant fellows:

 

SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP

VENUE:MAHAVIR SENIOR MODEL SCHOOL

PARTICIPANTS:60(10th&11th batch)

 

FACILITATORS:

 

  •    POORNIMA NARANG
  •    RAIYAN SABIR

 

BACKGROUND AND DESIGN OF THE WORKSHOP

The workshop was designed keeping in mind the relevance of stress management for the fellows in their personal and academic life.

NEED OF THE WORKSHOP

Stress has become a major issue affecting the students who find it difficult to understand the real reasons of stress and cope with these factors eventually affecting their performance. Therefore it was important for the fellows to understand and become aware about stress as well as learn the ways to manage stress. The workshop was specifically planned and designed for two batches, the fellows who would be moving from school to college in a few months and those in the first year of the college.

OBJECTIVES

  •    To enhance the awareness of the fellows about their thoughts that lead to stress.
  •    To make the fellows express their perception about stress and its causes in their own lives.
  •    To orient the fellows about the ways in which stress can be managed using simple methods.

OUTCOME OF THE WORKSHOP

  •      Fellows were able to understand the perception of stress in the context of their own lives and became aware about “good” and “bad” stress.
  •      The idea to identify the stressors and work on their behavior so that the impact can be minimized was understood by the fellows.
  •      Through the understanding of “Me-Time”, the fellows were able to discover the different ways in which they can overcome and deal with stress.
  •      The ways to reduce their exposure towards stress was developed.

 

MENTOR-MENTEE INTERACTION AND ORIENTATION

Facilitator: Mohd.Faheem Khan

PARTICIPANTS:

47 fellows of 12th Batch

23 Senior Mentor Didis

 

OBJECTIVES

  •       To orient the new fellows with the mentoring programme and their role and responsibilities as a mentee.
  •       To provide a platform for first meeting and interaction with the respective mentor didis/mentors.

OUTCOME

The sessions brought the mentor didis and mentees come together on a common platform to know and understand each other so that the foundation for a strong bond is laid.

 

QUARTERLY WORKSHOP

PARTICIPANTS: 239 fellows across all the batches

FACILITATORS: Gaurav Sharma

American Express Team

THEME : Time Management

BACKGROUND AND DESIGN OF THE WORKSHOP

Time Management assumes relevance for all crucial for all target groups differently. Besides Time Management is largely a vital segment of one’s personality behavior that leads to success in academic and professional life. The earlier workshop on Positive Thinking was appreciated by the fellows and satisfactory learning was generated. The preference of the workshop came from the fellows who demanded the theme to be covered which was thus designed as a natural progression to the earlier workshop.

OBJECTIVES

  •       To orient the fellows towards the need of appreciating the value of time and treating it as a resource.
  •       To develop understanding about strategies for efficient utilization of time.

 

OUTCOME

Understanding developed about management of time to meet academic and non academic needs.

Platform provided to address individual challenges of time management by means of interaction with resource persons of American Express.

Effective and applicative tips provided like creating blocks of study time and breaks.

 

SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP

 

Theme:  Communication Skills

Participants:  65 Fellows: 8th &12th batch

Facilitator: Poornima Narang

BACKGROUND AND DESIGN OF THE WORKSHOP

The role of sound communication skills assumes great importance in the academic, personal and professional life. Therefore it became important to understand the different components of communication like verbal, non verbal and listening .The workshop was designed to impact the understanding of the fellows about the form of communication adopted in their daily lives and enhance their confidence level. The exercises and activities would help the participants to explore their own communication skills.

OBJECTIVES

  •    To develop understanding amongst the participants about the importance of effective communication skills.
  •    To facilitate identifying difference between verbal/non verbal communication.

OUTCOME

  •    Developed understanding about components of communication and their relevance in daily lives of the fellows.
  •    Generated awareness about active listening skills & ways to become a good listener & tips for improving both verbal and non verbal communication skills were discussed with the fellows.

 

 

  Manisha: Our Success Story of Last Quarter: 

 

Today, when Manisha mentions the name of the institution she studies in, she is greeted with a strange sense of respect. Pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Hindi Journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, one of the country’s premier institutes for mass communication studies, she is aware that this recognition has come in regard of her academic journey. However it is not her admission that makes the academic journey different but her rise as a consistent performer. An ordinary student would have chosen some celebrity for her first interview but when it was the time for her to decide ,she did not think twice .She interviewed Dr Kiran Modi, the person she met 5 years back at the induction ceremony as a Shalini Fellow. Little did she realize then that one day she would be able to sit beside her as a confident journalism student and interview her. The quick reaction she gives is “Maine soch rakha tha ki zindagi ka pehla interview mam ke saath lungi”( I always told to myself that the first interview I will take will be of Dr. Kiran Modi) .She is extremely excited to publish and bring out “Rozana-Har Khabhar Par Nazar”, the newspaper prepared by the team.

The desire to grow and excel is strongly evident .This desire was instilled in her five years ago with the oath of Shalini Fellow. This transformation did not happen overnight. Looking back she remembers herself as a shy girl, hesitant to speak and voice her opinion. But today she travels for about two hours to the institute and participates in every role as an independent and confident student. Actively participating in different extracurricular activities as Celebrity Convener for Fest at the institute and anchoring at events, she has proved the learning of the different workshops and USF mentoring.

She has her eyes firmly set on Print Journalism and is aware that the opportunity to study in the academic environment guided by the best professionals of the field does not come to everyone. This makes her even more dedicated towards her academic goal. In her own words “admission in the course was the result of my performance but carrying forward the legacy of USF and the institution is my responsibility”.

Please do write us at: fundraising@udayancare.org and share you ideas and feedbcak about the diffrent personality development workshops we provide for our fellows. With your help we can develop a Curriculum for the necessary workshops with them.

Mentor -Mentee Interaction
Mentor -Mentee Interaction
Quarterly Workshop with Fellows
Quarterly Workshop with Fellows
Small Group workshop
Small Group workshop
Workshop for Fellows
Workshop for Fellows

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