The non-affected children of the HIV/AIDS positive parents will have a chance at a normal life, with the opportunity to grow as individuals and develop into self-sufficient adults. These children are from EWS families in the NCR. At present, we have 63 children and 45 families under the programme and we are looking forward to supporting more children.
With this Report, we would also like to extend our heartiest thanks to all our supporters and donors for supporting us in the project which in turn has helped 63 children and their families in coping with the disease and leading a healthy life.
Current Status of the Project:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 63 children and 45 families.
Monetary support for the education & utrition of the affected children
Through the monthly monetary aid, Udayan Outreach reaches out to the affected children to support their educational initiatives and nutritional intake, the two arenas which tend to suffer the most as the child struggles with the parents’ positive HIV status. The children currently enrolled with the program use the monthly amount provided to them to pay for their school fees, after school tuitions and a nutritional diet. The support encourages the children to sustain a positive attitude and move beyond the shadows of the disease.
During these months, cheques were distributed to all the children at the monthly workshops. Each cheque was issued in the child’s name so that the payment goes directly to the child’s account. A receipt was signed by each child on the collection of the cheque each month.
Udayan Care enables parents to take positive stand towards their children through its Outreach intervention …
….Pooja Sharma, as a member of her school’s dance troupe, will be performing at the Common Wealth Games ceremony in October in New Delhi.
Monthly Workshops with HIV/AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV/AIDS affected children
The capacity building workshops for the parents help them regain their confidence and adopt a positive healthy outlook towards live despite the ordeal of dealing with HIV AIDS. Moreover, the program through the workshops provides information on HIV AIDS related issues like health care, medicines, rights, social exclusion etc. as well as counseling by discussing topics such as goal setting, confidence building, and livelihood possibilities to help them overcome the precarious state of their family due to the debilitating disease.
Through the monthly workshops, Udayan Outreach aims to help the children develop their personality and overcome the emotional trauma caused by the disease. Based on interactive sessions with the children, the workshops are designed to provide the children with a platform to build their confidence and persona. Activities such as theater games, art and craft, extempore and discussions on responsibility, rights and duties, goal setting and attainment offer the children opportunities to voice their opinions and work towards their individual growth.
Workshop on 25.4.10: Importance of gathering information
With the onset of summer holidays early next month the facilitators with the help of the volunteers delegated small tasks to children from 1st standard to the 12th standard which are to be done by the next workshop i.e. in a span of a month. Tasks delegated were:
• 1st to 4th standard: Drawing, Singing, Dance - Any two items to be prepared. Preferably items other than already known.
• 5th to 8th standard: Word power - 300 words - 30days* 10 words (5 English+ 5 Hindi). Words to be picked from newspapers ( old/new), Dance/ Singing
• 9th to 12th standard: Two or more articles a day to be collected from newspapers( 2 English/ 1 English + 1 Hindi)
The parents were also given the task of collecting supplementary newspapers like Education Times and Horizon to help build the knowledge bank of Udayan Outreach. Articles and information from the collected papers will be filed and made available to any Outreach child looking for academic information.
The children as well as the parents responded in an encouraging manner and showed a lot of enthusiasm during the discussions. Many parents openly spoke and shared their problems which was a sign of how comfortable they feel in the group. The children seemed interested in the assignments delegated to them and have promised to make sincere efforts in completing them.
Workshop on 20.5.10: Summer Holiday Homework 1
Though summer vacation is a good break for the children from their everyday routine, if not utilized property a lot of precious time can go to waste. Hence, through a ‘two series workshop’ we wanted the children to develop their own interests and general awareness as well as increase their confidence and creativity by presenting in front of the larger group. The main objectives of giving the children holiday homework were keep the mind sharp and stimulated, increase self confidence and help the child to hold on to routines.
Workshop on 27.6.10: Summer Holiday Homework 2
Summer learning is simply about encouraging the children to keep mentally active by staying in touch with the habit of learning. The children usually during school days are occupied with curriculum related learning and barely get an opportunity to look beyond what they are expected to learn at school. The long summer vacation however, is an excellent chance for them to indulge in activity based learning which looks beyond the barriers of school curriculum. It's a great time for overcoming the challenge of public speaking which most children struggle with. As the child is learning without that sense of urgency and pressure associated with school. Learning through summer helps build creativity and strengthens the love of learning in the child. During this time they can have more control over what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.
Workshop on 25.7.10: Confidence and Public Speaking Skills Building exercises
Objectives: Public speaking benefits people of all ages including children. It instills confidence and enables people to become better communicators, and generally more successful in all aspects of life -- personal, social, business and in the field of learning. However, if kids are not forced to learn and recite, they are generally much more spontaneous speakers than adults. Given the chance, they can often express themselves more easily as well. But they do need training when it comes to the structure and presentation of speeches.
The Udayan Outreach children have had minimum exposure to adopting and exercising public speaking skills and confidence building in their home and school environment. As through these monthly workshops we aim at helping them develop their personality, the special focus this month was on the need for public speaking skills of the children. The children had been asked to prepare stories, poems and newspaper articles to share with the whole group.
Focus was on educating the children about:
- How to open a speech, how to close a speech
- Having good eye contact with your audience
- What to do with your hands when you speak
- How to use your voice dynamically
Workshop on 29.8.10: Identifying and encouraging children’s talents & interests
Every child has specific natural talents that are special to them. These are areas of high interest and ability that motivate a child to achieve well in those areas. Nurturing those talents and interests is important; as with development, many children may go on to have a happy, fulfilling life-long career based on their individual strengths. Supporting children's individual strengths is important for developing healthy self esteem as well. It is important for all parents to find the area or interest that is a talent for their individual child, as all children have some innate abilities and interests that are special and unique. Over time, by supporting these talents and enriching life overall, you may be able to help your children acquire a life-long love of learning.
- When children are allowed to develop their talents, they are much less likely to have academic problems, social problems and get in trouble.
- Parents may not always agree with the child’s interest but should still show support and encouragement. Otherwise the child may feel that the parent is not taking enough interest in their life.
- When the child begins to show interest in a new activity or hobby, parents can first support them by showing your interest.
- Parents should help their child find ways to be involved in their interest.
- Parents should expose their child to a number of hobbies.
- Children may change their minds frequently, so parents may have to support them through various interests.
Voices- Quotes from the Beneficiaries
“I am very shy. I never answer in class or present anything. But at the workshop I feel like participating like the other children. I also enjoy watching the other children.” – Naz Parveen
“I feel happy coming to these workshops. I feel energetic and feel like making the best of all the opportunities coming my way. I am part of the dance troupe of my school which has been chosen to perform at the Commonwealth games. I am so excited!” - Pooja
“I enjoy these workshops. I love to draw and I get to share my drawings here. I have also prepared poems. I don’t feel nervous because everyone is so encouraging.” - Manisha
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