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...
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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Jan 23, 2014

Update of the last quarter from the field-UG Prog

Kawalpreet-Our Success Story
Kawalpreet-Our Success Story

                                                             ABOUT UDAYAN CARE

Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 19 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children and women. 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.

In 19 years, we have served more than 10,500 people in 12 cities and advocate for children's rights in alignment with the Indian Constitution, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

                                                           Udayan Ghar Programme

Udayan Ghars are based on the belief that a loving family and home is the rightful privilege of every child. This belief took shape in 1996 in the form of L.I.F.E: Living in Family Environment, when the first Udayan Ghar was set up. This model enables erstwhile orphaned and abandoned children in Udayan Ghars to grow in a loving family environment. In these homes, the children are loved and cared for by a group of Mentor Parents-socially committed individuals (volunteers) who groom the children with a team of social workers, and resident care givers.

These homes are located in busy, middle class neighborhoods, so children can re-integrate themselves into society. Our children are receiving quality education in some of the best educational institutions. Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 291 children with love and protection in 13 Homes across Delhi, NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur. Presently, there are 164 (excluding aftercare) children across all homes.

                                  SUCCESS STORY OF KAWALPREET_ Special Olympics, Australia

Our joy crossed all boundaries when Kawalpreet, our child from Udayan Ghar Mehrauli, returned back home victorious with a Gold and Bronze medal.

 The sound of applause still echoes in the ears of Kawalpreet Kaur, our child from Udayan Ghar Mehrauli who made us proud in Special Olympics, Australia by winning a Gold Medal in 200 meter race.

 A round of excitement went all across our Udayan family when 2 months before the event, Kawalpreet told us that she has been selected by her school – Akshay Pratishtha, to represent India during Special Olympics 2013 in Athletics/Track and Field. Since then, she started her practice religiously by waking up at five in the morning so that she can easily juggle through her daily routine of going to school and doing her homework!

Her rigorous practice gave reward when at New Castle, Australia; she brought laurels to India as well as Udayan Care, by winning a Goldmedal in 200 m race and a Bronze medal in relayrace. She even secured a 5th position in Long Jump and a 3rd position in Practice. Kawalpreet was amongst the 68 other participants who went with their Coach Mr. Surender to represent India.

“I felt wonderful when the whole crowd cheered for me”, says Kawalpreet, who also brought lots of chocolates and chewing gums for her sisters and teachers as well.

 In Australia, she even managed to spare a few hours from her practice to savor the beautiful scenery of the beach and the beauty of the Nation Zoo. Back home she was welcomed with opened arms and loving smiles of her Udayan Care family. Her Mentor Mother, Ms. Dolly Anand, even in her late 70’s, waited with unmatched zeal for her daughter till late after mid-night at the Delhi Airport. Accompanying her with the same passion were Ms. Aneesha Wadhwa, Mentor Mother and Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee of Udayan Care.

Kawalpreet is now continuing her practice to nail the qualification round of Special Olympic (World) which is to be held this year in United Kingdom. When asked about her aim she says, “I want to be the next Milkha Singh of India.” She has already been nicknamed as ‘Milkhi’ by her friends and family and is really proud to have an India jersey which is her most valued possession and a source of constant inspiration.

We would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to her school Akshay Pratishtha for giving her a chance to prove her mettle at the Special Olympics and also for the 12 day training camp they held to help her in her practice. Thank you for being her constant support!

 

WORKSHOPS WITH MENTORS, CAREGIVERS & CHILDREN (held at home level & at Head office):

 1.      Workshop with Children:

-          On Career Counseling by Social Potpourri on 12/10/2013

-          Workshop on Caring & Sharing on 28/12/13 by Dr Deepak Gupta

-          Workshop organized in coordination with IIIT, Delhi; a pilot study on “Digital Mysteries” on 14th & 14th December’13

 2.      Workshop with Mentors/ Coordinators:

-          Workshop on Email Etiquette by SOIL Volunteer on 01/12/2013

-          Workshop on Issues & Challenges dealing with CWC members on 10/10/2013

-           Workshop on SEX EDUCATION on 20/10/2013 by Dr. Shilpa Gupta  

-          Workshop on Caring & Sharing on 20/12/13 by Dr Deepak Gupta

 3.      Workshops with Caregiver:

-          Workshop on SEX EDUCATION on 23/10/2013 by Dr. Shilpa Gupta  

-          Workshop on Child Rights & Relevance of Communication Skills by Supervisor (carestaff) on 28/10/2013 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES: (in collaboration with Corporate, being a part of CSR Events) 

 Mohalla Football Festival (CSR event) 

 The Football Link Trust, a Delhi based not for profit organization, and the Delhi Police jointly organized the Mohalla Football Festival 2013 from the 29th of October to 31st October at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium and Delhi Armed Police Grounds, Vikaspuri.

Eight children from our Udayan homes for boys (Mayur Vihar, Noida, Gurgaon) assimilated to play football for the social cause of TFL at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium. The excitement to do something good for society by the society was seen on our children faces. All dressed up well groomed and ready to push the other teams to their limit. The boys under 15 looked like little monsters after seeing the size of the trophy.

 Despite of some field restrictions it was a fun ride to go on a Thursday morning.  The Reporting time for all the teams was 8AM. Since it was a under 19 league match and our kids were making up to the age of 15 we didn’t lose hope, went for the first match fought really hard and won the match against Laxmi nagar with 4-3 in the penalty shootout. We reached the semi finals directly but the match was against TFL (the football link). The senior team who represents their club all over India secured a win over us with a score of 4-0. 

There were many NGO’s like Salam Balak Trust, Magic bus, Angels academy and Save the children were invited. It was a 24 minute match divided into two halfs. At the closing ceremony all the NGO’s received their participation and merit certificate.

 The chief guest reached at the closing ceremony and gave speech but the Udayan children were happy to be part of it.

                           Vatsalya Mela by National Commission Protection Of Child Rights, India

On 17th November 2013 National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), one of the organizers of Vatsalya Mela at Dilli Haat invited Udayan Care Children for Dance Performance for the event. The theme of the event was “Rights & Dignity of Women & Child”. The children of Mehrauli and Mayur Vihar participated with full energy and enthusiasm and performed in front of large audience who highly appreciated their talent. The duet dance performance by Sachin and Raja of Mayur Vihar Home made the audience groove to their tunes , the Udayan care children timely boosted up the morale of the performers by hooting and clapping which gave them confidence to pick up their steps again. Similarly the duet as well as the group dance performance added an element of entertainment in between the competitions and speeches organized by other organization/institutes.

 Udayan Care children also participated in Poster Making Competition the topic of which was “zero tolerance- for women” organized by Jamia Milia Islamia, Political Science Department and showcased their artistic skills as well. Various other activities were also conducted simultaneously such as Poster Making Competition, Extempore, Debate Competition, Skit Competition etc.

 Also, it gave the children exposure of performing in front of such a large live audience and getting direct responses from them. It increased their self confidence, self –esteem and boosted up their morale. The whole Udayan Care Team was highly appreciated by the audience and further they went for their snacks and enjoyed their selected item ordered at the food stall, clicked pictures  and had fun at the event.

 The children came back home with fun filled memories, loads of confidence and zest.

                                                     Christmas Celebration with Genpact

  The children from Sant Nagar Home 13 and Mayur Vihar were invited by Genpact, Gurgaon to celebrate Christmas Day on December 6th, 2013

 Activities undertaken are as followed:

  • Warm Welcome was done by Genpact Team/ Staff.
  • Christmas Cap and Frooti were served to the children.
  • Magic Show
  • Puppet Show
  • Santa Claus distributed gifts to the children
  • Christmas Cake Cutting
  • Santa Claus distributed toffees and gifts to the children
  • Tattoo and Pottery Making
  • Domino Pizza and Cold Drink was served
  • Photo Session

The children were really excited after receiving gifts from Santa Claus. The children had fun time while watching magic show and puppet show. Children shared that this event was amazing and full of fun and enjoyment. All children were very excited before going at Genpact, with the dream what new will happen there and really children didn’t disappoint with this event. They have got lots of fun activities, learning, gathering, snack and lots of games. Children expressed thankful feelings for Ms. Sohini and Genpact for this wonderful time.

 

Last quarter has witnessed so many activities in the lives of those children in their Sunshine homes.Please do let us know your feedback about the same. Please write to us about your thoughts at fundraising@udayancare.org.

Celebrating Christmas at a Corporate office
Celebrating Christmas at a Corporate office
Vatsalya Mela at NCPCR
Vatsalya Mela at NCPCR
Workshops for the Mentor Parents
Workshops for the Mentor Parents
Another Christmas celebration  at a Corporate
Another Christmas celebration at a Corporate
Football Time
Football Time

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