During the reporting period of time, the programme has given the opportunity for our new and alumnae fellows to share their experiences and learnings with each other. Following are few events organised to provide platform of sharing to our fellows.
Fellows across all centers of Delhi chapter came togther to meet, interact, brainstorm and take forward USF to greater heights. Deliberating on the multi-faceted activities of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme (USF), the meet was to share and learn from each others’ innovative, successful strategies and practices.
Understanding the progress of each of the chapters, their challenges were discussed at length leading to with suggestions and reference helps for networking. In totality the two day meet gave ample food for thought in terms of recommendations to addressing the recruitment process of Shalinis, creating a standard model across all chapters, strengthening of mentoring and core committee.
All in all, the ultimate goal to replicate the unique model of the programme across chapters for qualitative improvement was held supreme. Undoubtedly the interchapter meet was one enriching platform that brought the joined the common thread and brought the chapters closer.
Celebrating Being a Shalini Fellow - Usf Alumnae Meet
The 4th USF Alumnae Meet was held with great zeal and enthusiasm on 1st February. The meet started with the pledge that all shalini’s took in the beginning of their journey and went on with sharing their experiences, learnings, strengths, challenges faced and battles won in their journey.
The workshop was annuagrated with an inspirational speech by one of our Aluminae – Semma ( name Changed) who is currently working in marketing sector. She inspired the young fellows to identify their hidden talents and skills and polish them to the level that they become their strengths.
Success Story –
Seema ( Name Changed)
Today Seema’s dreams have touched the sky, which has happened quite literally. Becoming an Udayan Shalini Fellow in the year 2008-09 as a 7th batch fellow, she was a regular hardworking student, but not a conventional thinker. Today Seema is a confident Flight Attendant with Saudi Arabian Airlines and staying at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This life altering journey was been both unimaginable and eventful.
Growing up in a rented accommodation, she knew the economic limitations of her family of five members. It was this crucial period of her academic life and personality transition that USF touched her. She always dreamt different but never realized that these could be within her reach. The financial hurdles were no more the road blocks to her education with the monetary support received from USF.
“My dreams saw the light at the end of the tunnel when I got selected for the USF fellowship”. It not only supported me financially but gave me the much needed direction to pursue my dreams. For the first time, she felt confident enough of herself and capable to do something. The guidance from the mentor and the quarterly workshops instilled strength to speak about her own self, her ideas and her dreams .After completing her graduation she got a job with Convergys .But destiny was making a place for her dreams. Meanwhile she cleared the interview for this international airline and got the golden opportunity to be a part of its crew and fulfill her childhood dream. Today she has traveled to 11 countries and has many more on her check list. “I will soon get my visa for the United States and will fly to the US and after that to China”, says an overwhelmed Seema.
Going for her dreams also meant developing equivalent degree of courage which entailed living away from family, facing the real challenges on her own, being strong emotionally. But she does it with passion and patience at the same time. Contributing to the family income, today she knows the value of money that once came to her in the form of a scholarship. She still wants to do an MBA and hopes to settle as a Manager to give her career a new twist.
Whenever she is in India she makes it a point to meet her USF family. Recently attending the USF Alumnae Meet she recollected vividly the memories of her journey of attending quarterly and small group workshops, residential camp and growing as a Shalini Fellow. It is only symbolic that she took about two minutes to recognize her own picture clicked at the residential camp. Undoubtedly she has come a long way emerging as a different, confident and empowered girl Shalini.
The family of meritorious Shalinis at Delhi chapter got bigger with the addition of 100 needy and meritorious fellows of 13th batch.
At the ceremony held at Mahavir Senior Model School for another 50 girls, Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya, Member Rajya Sabha & Former Union Minister was the Chief Guest with Dr. Kavita A. Sharma, Director India International Center gracing the occasion as the Guest of Honour. The poetic touch rendered to the speech by the Chief Guest captivated the fellows and not for a minute could they miss his inspirational words. Dr. Kavita spoke of her journey towards education which was the best motivation for the fellows to excel in academics.
The Honorable Chief Guest administered the oath to the new batch. A sense of pride echoed in the voice of the fellows when they took the oath. After the oath the fellows were awarded their first fellowship cheque along with the Badge of Honour by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
WORKSHOPS-QUARTERLY AND SMALL GROUP
Quarterly workshop on the theme of “Mai Samarth Mai Shalini” (I am Capable, I am dignified) to reinforce the spirit of being a Shalini fellow was conducted by one of the prominent members, Mr. Ashish Aggarwal to inspire them for vertical thinking. Diverse and relevant workshops defined each month of the quarter.
Self Awareness was the theme of the first small group workshop of the quarter conducted to address a very important Life Skill and its applicability in their daily life situations. For the newly inducted batch, the theme of Communication Skills was chosen at the very beginning to provide a strong foundation for effective communication and its different aspects. Giving back was the theme of small group workshop in December to inculcate strong value among fellows and develop inclination towards opportunities to Give Back in diverse ways possible.
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:
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.
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.
We are so grateful to Alexis, Programme Manager, Global Giving for taking out some time to meet USF Fellows in her short trip to India. After Global Giving’s ambassador’s visit last year, it was the second time that a direct global giving representative visited Udayan Care and spent time with the fellows and children we work with.
It was an amazing experience for our fellow girls since they got to meet Alexis, who is a face of those who had supported them in transforming their life and allow them to fulfill their aspiration for higher education. Alexis had a group interaction with our Shalini’s in which they told her about the transforming experiences of their journey and how the programme had groomed their personality and inculcated a sense of leadership and confidence in them.
Udayan Care initiated the programme with a Visionto turn deserving and talented girls from weak socio-economic into empowered and dignified women. Since the programme’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it goes beyond being a usual scholarship programme by not only supporting higher education but also providing regular mentoring and leadership development and inculcating a sense of social responsibility to the selected talented girls. Therefore, many personality development Workshops and camps were organised during the period of reporting. All of these workshops were based on the objective to develop Confidenceand Leadership skills in their Personality. Following are the few activities organised during the reporting period
Since one of our Resource person for the workshop was one of our Alumnaestudent, it brings the sense of responsibility of giving back to the society amongst our existing students.
Every day was planned around the OBJECTIVES and activities were also planned accordingly.
A social campaign was also organised by our students during the reporting period. The campaign was organised to create awareness about the cause and the preventive measures of DIARROHEA. The Camapign helped both illiterate and literate mothers to understand the causes of Diarrohea and how they can protect their children from the disease.
Sucess Story - Miracle of Hope
In the narrow lanes of Sangam vihar area of South Delhi young aspirations are taking shape. While most girls in the area venture out only to their schools, Pooja travels, the distance of approximately two hours, confidently toin North Delhi, which is distantly located from her home.
Now, after completing her school this year with 78% marks, she is looking forward to join a renowned University of Delhi. However, before joining the programme she wanted to pursue graduation through distance education because her unfavorable family’s economic conditions.
Her achievement is an absolute success of overcoming hardships at different steps. While the family was coping up with economic crisis, the academic engagements kept her over occupied.
Today there is a confident spark in her personality and she is looking forward to pursue her graduation in commerce and the option of doing it through the distance mode does not exist anymore.
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