The Flagship Programme of Udayan Care : Udayan Ghars_Sunshine Home for Children
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 – 40socially 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. Since inception in 1996, Udayan Ghars have nurtured 291 children. Presently, 187 children and young adults live at our 13 Udayan Ghars and 2 Aftercare facilities, across Delhi & NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur. With a vision to reach out to more children, more homes are in the offering.
SIMMI-Our SUCCESS STORY of last quarter:
Neelam, along with her four sisters, was abandoned by her father after her mother expired and was handed over to Hope organization and further came to Udayan Care on June 2nd, 2004.
She very well cleared her class XII from Pragyan School with 66% marks. She is a girl with brilliant extracurricular skill such as debate and singing, rangoli making. She joined BCA( Bachelor's in Computer Application) course in Global Institute of Information and Technology Greater Noida. In her Final semester (VI) she scored 80% occupying 2nd position in the institute.
With the outstanding and dedicated efforts, Neelam landed at WIPRO, a leading IT Corporate with 14000/-p. m salary through college placement. Now she has decided to lead her life independently. Today she is a confident empowered and successful lady.
WORKSHOPS WITH MENTORS, CAREGIVERS & CHILDREN to address various aspects of the overall personality development :
1. Workshop with caregivers:
- Cookery workshop on July 27th, 2013 by Social Potpourri
- Workshop on Effective Communication & Motivation, held on August 10th, 2013 by Mr. Amar, SOIL Volunteer
- Dealing with Anxiety, held on August 10th, 2013 by Dr. Deepak Gupta (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)
- Common Sense Parenting, an ongoing training started from July, held by Dr. Shilpa Gupta (Certified trainer on Parenting)
- Challenges & Dilemma’s dealing with children in foster care, Sept 12th, 2013 by Dr. Deepak Gupta (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)
- Fire prevention Training & techniques, Sep 12th, 2013 by Mr. Ankur from Classic Fire Protection
2. Workshop with Mentors:
- Motivating the Caregivers, held on July 11th, 2013 by Dr. Deepak Gupta (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)
3. Workshops with Children:
- Career Counseling, held on July 13th, 2013 by Social Potpourri
- Workshop on Disaster Management Strategies at Home, Sept 15th, 2013 by Govt. of National Capital Territory of Delhi, District Disaster Management Authority (South Delhi)
4. Workshops with Coordinators:
- Workshop on Child protection Policy, Sept 3rd 2013 by Ms. Antra (Sr. Manager, Ghar Programme)
- Workshop on POCSO Act 2012, Sept 10th, 2013 by International Volunteer (Constance)
- Workshop on Effective Study Environment at Ghars, Sep 17th, 2013 by Alison (International Volunteer)
OTHER ACTIVITIES: (in collaboration with Corporate, being a part of CSR Events)
The foundation day celebration with STIC travels was held on 14th September 2013, at 35 Khanna farm, Silver Oak, Ghitorni. The event started at 3:30 pm and ended at 8:30pm. It was a four hour event.
The company well known for their hospitality served the Udayan Boys N Girls with lots of love and joy. Twenty six Udayan Care Ghar children (home 3, 5 and 12) participated in the event. Two Udayan Care staff members (Mr. Uma Shankar, Supervisor and Mr. Ravi, Coordinator) facilitated the children. The venue was beautifully decorated as per the children’s needs and interests. Various other activities were arranged and planned for the children. The children actively participated in the games or activities like balloon and the bouncy jungle and put the ball in hole, hammering the ball, electric passage and the Art attack section. These games and activities acted as the stress buster. The children enjoyed themselves and had a nice time.
The food provided to the children was delicious which cannot be compared with taste of any place. Different stalls were put up for different cuisines (Continental, South Indian and North Indian). In other words, the food which was provided was pizza, chat, aloo chat, pakoras of different flavor and varieties, dosas, fruit kabaab, stuffed fried vegetables, the cold drinks and different kinds of beverages. Children enjoyed only the food but the refreshing drinks as well.
The children were introduced to the stage. They were gifted goodies like a pen, a bag and a tiffin set. All this made the children happy. The children showed their skill of talking and discipline they learn in Udayan Care. After all the activities It was a lovely treat for the children as well as the staff members.
As a social worker it was a good day for me as I made new friends from Mehrauli home and new sisters too. They wanted to award the children who took part in their Art Attack but due to lack of time we had to leave. They promised the kids to send their Painting Gifts to the Head Office.
2. HUDCO painting Competition (CSR Event)
A painting competition was held on 8th September 2013, at 272, Asiad Games village from 11am to 3 pm. Udayan Ghar (Mayur Vihar 1&2, Sant Nagar 1 & 2, Noida BOY's, Mehrauli) children (eleven) participated in the competition. The theme was Urban Mobility. Various other NGOs such as Salam Balak Trust, Don Dosco, Butterfiles, etc also participated in the competition. Overall there were 100+ children who participated in the event. This completion helped the students to build competitive skills. This competition not only provided children a platform to show their talent but it also enhanced their artistic skills. The children enjoyed the event. HUDCO has taken care of the transportation. The transportation was well organized.
As a result three of our kids won prizes the list is as follows:
- Madhur, 11yrs – 1st Prize, Jr. Group, Mayur Vihar 2
- Santosh, 13 yrs – 1st Prize, Sr. Group, Mayur Vihar 8
- Sandeep, 14 yrs – 3rd Priza, Sr. Group, Noida Home 6
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Udayan Ghar report for Global Giving-Update of last quarters
SUCCESS STORY OF SIMMI:
Simmi Udayan, 18 years old girl who has been nurtured at Udayan Care from past 9 years is a confident, diligent and intelligent girl. She has become very ambitious & focused with due course of time & has set high standards for herself and works hard to achieve them. She wants to become a psychologist in her future.
She scored 86% in her XII board from CSKM School, Delhi. Recently, she has completed her internship under Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, renowned psychiatrist. She had been shortlisted in three various reputed Universities to pursue her Graduation in Psychology from namely Ambedkar University, IP University & Punjab University. Eventually she got registered in Punjab University who has also proposed her Scholarship to pursue her graduation completely in her interested field i.e. Psychology. Simmi also wish to become a Social Worker to be able to serve back to the society.
WORKSHOPS WITH MENTORS & CAREGIVERS:
1. Workshop with caregivers on POCSO ACT (June 26, 2013)
This session was conducted by Mr. Lalit Kumar, Coordinator, Mayur Vihar Homes for caregivers who directly deal with the children at Udayan Ghars. It was conducted to enhance the knowledge about the various provisions in the POCSO Act, 2012. Under this act, government has been tried to set up the standards of international child protection rights against all types of sexual abuses like sexual harassment, penetrative or non penetrative sexual abuse and pornography. The act has defines child as a person below the age of 18 year old. This act was passed by the Parliament in May 2013 and was enforced on November 14th, 2013 which clearly defines the offences it covers, punishments given, procedure and provisions undertaken.
With the help of this workshop the participants gained a wider prospect about the ACT named as POCSO, 2012 they also shared their professional experience & challenges while dealing with children who underwent some form of abuse, gained sensitivity towards the sexual harassed or assaulted children in terms of their distorted/ hampered psychosocial well being, Steps to be undertaken to deal with the various types of abuses taking place with children and ways to avoid them
The caregivers understood the relevance of this act, especially in any kind of institutionalized setting such as Udayan Care and how are they also an integral component under this act. This workshop also enhanced the understanding of the roles, responsibilities & significance of caregivers at Institutionalized setting, Udayan Care.
2. Workshop with Mentor on “Motivating the Caregiver” ( July 11, 2013)
This Workshop was conducted with the mentors and the coordinators of each home (except Jaipur & Kurukshetra). The purpose of this workshop was to motivate the caregivers. This workshop also enhanced the awareness of the participants about the various challenges they face while dealing with the caregivers & tried analyzing the issues the caregivers are facing giving it a 360 degree approach.
Thereby giving a 3D picture about the entire scenario so as to able to Motivate the Care Givers in a Scientific manner.
This gave a better clarity about various challenges faced by both caregivers and mentors, Enhancement of knowledge about how various other NGOS deal with such challenges while dealing with their care staff with similar objective (children as their beneficiaries)
The participant got a different angle to analyze and deal with various challenges in dealing with the caregivers, facilitated the participants to reflect upon their personal and professional issues and ways to deal with in. Thereby provided approaches & Ways to motivate the caregivers
3. CERVICAL CANCER CAMP (JULY 3, 2013)
A camp was conducted by Inner Wheel Club, Delhi North (facilitated by Ms. Madhu the Mentor Mother) at Sant Parmanant Hospital, Civil Lines on July 3rd, 2013. A brief presentation was made by the President of the Club on Cervical Cancer after which the vaccination procedure started. The vaccination process started with Udayan Children followed by the children from other NGOs & places. There were in total 30 girls from Udayan Care (Ghar programme) from Mehrauli 2, Greater Noida & Noida homes between the age group of 12 – 21 who received the vaccination. This vaccination was provided free of cost with a minimal administrative cost of Rs. 300/- per child. After the vaccination the children were served snacks (biscuits, glucose, and juice).
Quarterly Report for Global Giving
Based on the belief that a loving family and home is the rightful privilege of every child, Udayan Care set up its first Udayan Ghar (Home) in 1996 on the model of LIFE: Living in Family Environment. 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.
Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 290 children with love and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 192 children across all homes.
Besides providing quality education to our children in some of the best educational institutions, and individual mentoring at homes, Udayan Care also lays much emphasis on a strong and effective Mental Health Programme for their overall well being. As part of this programme, several capacity building workshops and meetings are held not just for the children but also the entire team of Udayan Ghar care providers.
In this quarter, children came over to Head Office to attend workshops on -
- Menstruation & related issues was conducted by a practicing gynecologist Dr. Manisha Arora. She talked about reproductive health system, myths and perceptions that prevail in the society regarding menstruation; and also encouraged children to speak up and get their issues sorted in this session.
- Dealing with Exam Pressure was the demand of the examination season. This workshop was specially organized by Dr. Deepak Gupta, child & adolescent psychiatrist, for children about to appear for their Board classes. The children were asked to focus on their strengths and fight their fears with The Butterfly Therapy.
For residential care staff across all homes, informative sessions on topics like Reproductive Health and related issues amongst Teenagers and Cervical Cancer were organized under the aegis of Udayan Ghar’s Mental Health Programme.
The mentors and professional staff also came around for workshops on Epilepsy, Building Resiliency among children; Emotional Abuse; Ethics in Research and Orphan Care in China. Two of the social workers attended a three day EMDR Training held at Sir Gangaram Hospital. It is a psychological tool to help the client to release the negative thoughts and images of the past.
Our young comperes, Karishma and Deepak Udayan held the audience’s attention throughout the day. The event began with a March past represented by each of our 13 Ghars, the Torch Lighting ceremony and the Oath taking led by Mr. Haskell. Our young children also got an opportunity to play a friendly game of cricket against the adidas team with Unmukt by their side.
Thorough planning led to a vast array of games for all children in different age groups. Besides, the familiar ones like the Lemon & Spoon race, Sack race, and the 50mtrs/100 mtrs dash, and 3-legged race. This year the children were pleasantly surprised with the addition of certain innovative ones like the Turtle race, Newspaper game, Hen race, Skipping race and Trisome. Also keeping in mind the young energetic boy and girls of our Homes, we also held some of the all time favorites like the Relay, 400 mtrs sprint, Hurdle race and our boys’ most favorite the Wheelbarrow race.
Like every year, this year too special games were organized for Udayan Care’s staff, mentors, international volunteers and guest from adidas group. These included 100 mtrs dash (male staff); throw ball (female staff) and 400 mtrs Relay (volunteers and adidas group).
The event ended with prize distribution, a vote of thanks by UC Mentor and Trustee Ms. Aneesha Wadhwa, and the children proudly singing the Udayan Anthem. Children from all Ghars made it to the victory stand and returned home with haul of adidas bags, bottles and socks as there were 92 prizes to be won!
Our Miracle of Hope: Nuruksha
The outcomes of our efforts put into ‘Regenerating the Rhythm of the Disadvantaged’ are innumerable. These are a result of the mentoring at the individual level of the Mentors and care staff at home; the counseling and different therapies brought in use by our professional staff; the successful implementation of the Mental Health Programme; and plenty of donors and well wishers from the community who engage our children in several recreational events and outings.
One such Miracle of Hope is 10 year old Nuruksha. Over a year’s span, with constant love, concern and support from mentor, caregivers, other girls at this home as well as the tutors, the turnaround in 10 year old Nuruksha is hard to miss.
Having come to Udayan Ghar at Ghaziabad, straight from her family of ten members, she deeply missed her parents and siblings. She was very reserved, self-doubting; and the language barrier only added to the difficulty. Nuruksha, completely unfamiliar with English, regarded herself as being different from the others, leading to her self-imposed isolation.
After a couple of months of home tutoring, mentoring and counseling, Nuruksha was enrolled in English-medium Deep Memorial School. Her mentor ensured that the teachers encourage the child to speak in the class in Hindi so that at least she breaks her inhibitions and overcomes them. Soon, after a month’s time at school, Nuruksha began making friends, developing rapport with teachers and gradually started voicing her concerns not only at home but at school too.
Now, the child, who detested school a year a year back, now looks forward to attending it every single day; and who feared participation in group activities owing to her low self esteem and language barrier, now participates in almost all extracurricular activities that come her way. In addition, Nuruksha has shown such maturity and responsibility, that her mentor regards as one of the most trust-worthy girls at home, entrusting her with special tasks. But to top all of these accomplishments, Nuruskha’s is now an enthusiastic learner of the English language, and tries to speak, read and understand it with all her might!
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Udayan Ghar-Sunshine Homes for erstwhile orphaned and abondoned children
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.
Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 270 children with love and protection in 12 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 185 children across all homes.
Our Success story of last quarter
In one such Udayan Ghar for boys, came a timid 9 year old boy Prakash in 2005. He had come to Delhi with his widowed mother to earn a livelihood. However, after his mothers’ death, the little boy was left at the mercy of his ill-treating tenant.
Despite having faced a series of separations and difficulties at a young age, this boy stands out an exemplar for all those who wish to move forward from their past & carve out their own future by their absolute perseverance & hard work.
With consistent love and support from his mentors and caregivers at this Udayan Ghar, he soon settled in his new safe and comfortable home; learning new concepts every week, at first at home and then quickly adapting to the English medium education at a St. P.B.N. Public School.
The boy has been staying in Udayan Care for over 8 years now. Throughout, the boy has continued to outshine others in academics. Currently in class XII, he is studying Science, and aims at pursuing Mechanical Engineering from Delhi. Though extremely keen on Engineering, the boy has however applied for SCRA i.e. Special Class Railway Apprenticeship. He also views National Defence Academy (NDA) as another option.
Apart from studying, his other interests include playing Volleyball for his school’s team, carom at home and also helping in the kitchen. Also, being a genius at Mathematics, he loves to tutor the younger boys at home, clearing their concepts and queries.
Seeing the boy’s steadfast resolve to excel in his Class XII Boards and later in all the entrance examinations, making it to the best Engineering Institute in Delhi; we at Udayan Care naturally want to provide the best of everything to him and all other children. And we are sure that with little help from us, and a lot of his sheer hard work and determination, they are bound to reach the skies!
Prakash means:" A bright light which illuminates everything around you". It is only support from YOU people which made Prakash shine brighter in life. Thank YOU!
Capacity Buidling Workshops for children
Recreation and excursions for children
Besides ongoing Tennis, Dance and Taekwondo classes, festivals, carnivals and corporate engagement programmes kept the children on their toes. While children celebrated Diwali, the festival of light with crackers and sweets; Christmas brought them plum cakes and presents from the Santa!
To add to this, were certain Corporates like DLF Pramerica, Eli Lily and Co., Baxter, Whirlpool, CSC and Headstrong who organized carnivals, planned outings for children or simply played with the children in the warm winter sun. Mentors and Volunteers also left no stone unturned in making the child’s vacations a memorable time, packed with excursions, picnics and musical and theatre performance.
Conclusion for the last quarter
All in all, this quarter was a fun-filled one for children across all Udayan Homes, as they ushered in the New Year with dance parties, celebrations and of course resolutions!
Since the current situation of orphan and abandoned children in India continues to be bleak, Udayan Care aims to reach out to more children in need of care and protection. With our Vision To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged, Udayan Care seeks to engage socially committed individuals in bringing about a world in which each disadvantaged child enjoys a supportive family environment, opportunities for self-development and higher education, the dignity of self-reliance, and the ability and desire to give back to society.
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Quarterly Progress Reports July – September 2012
This Report is for the period of July – September 2012 covers the following:
Details of Udayan Ghar Programme: In numbers
HOMES NO. OF CHILDREN
Sant Nagar 12
Mayur Vihar 14
Gr. Noida 42
Noida Boys 09
Noida Girls 09
Mayur Vihar-II 12
Total No. of Beneficiaries as on 30th September 2012: 177
New Children joining in this Quarter: 1 girl, Ashiya, aged 12 years joined at Mehrauli Home on 6th September.
Children Exiting in this Quarter: Seven children from Mayur Vihar, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Noida Boys, and Ghaziabad Homes.
1. Nakul, from Mayur Vihar 1, moved out from After Care. He is now independent & our latest Alumni.
2. Another boy, Surender, from Gurgaon Home was restored to his mother. He stayed with us for a little more than a month.
3. 1 boy from Noida Home, Harsh, was restored to his mother.
4. Urmila, who was in the Aftercare, having attaining the age of 22 years, acquired a job & moved from Greater Noida home to lead an independent and progressive life.
5. Another girl from Greater Noida Home, Rehanna, 22 years old, got a job at a Hospital and moved out as Alumni.
6. Raizem from Ghaziabad Home was restored to her parents on 5th September.
7. Shabana left Greater Noida home on 11th September.
Aftercare: Six young adults stepped out of our Homes and have started availing our Aftercare facility -
(See details in the report)
Thus the Aftercare number increased to 15 (4 at Mayur Vihar, 1 at Mehrauli, 7 at Greater Noida, 2 at Gurgaon and 1 at Mayur Vihar 2).
Alumni/ Independent living after completion of 18 years: With two adults – Urmila and Rehanna becoming our recent Alumni, Udayan Care has a total of 27 Alumni now. (5-Sant Nagar, 4-Mayur Vihar, 4-Mehrauli, 12-Greater Noida and 2 – Gurgaon) (For details, see report)
Care staff: 32 across all Homes(20 caregivers; 2 part time caregiver; 4 supervisors; 3 part-time supervisors, 1 coordinator, 1 residential tutor and 1 residential cook)
Mentor parents: 31 mentor parents across all homes (28 mentor mothers & 3 mentor fathers)
Udayan Care wins the India Ngo Award 2011: We thank you!
Udayan Care was honored with the prestigious India NGO Award 2011, by the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation (in the medium NGO category). Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee, Udayan Care received the trophy from the Union Minster for Information and Broadcasting, Ms. Ambika Soni.
Udayan Care was shortlisted from a total of 150 NGOs. The six months selection process involved site visits and a due diligence check by the team of assessors from Resource Alliance. Udayan Care was selected from among three nominees in the medium category, and awarded on the basis of –
- Effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources
- Demonstration of efficient management of resources.
- Good governance
- Transparency and accountability
- Impact of work in bringing about tangible benefits to the communities we work with.
The award money will primarily be utilized for organizational development and continuing to ensure transparency and accountability.
Udayan Care expresses its heartfelt thanks to the real winners – our children, who make us proud each day and our donors, volunteers and mentors, who selflessly share their time, skills and resources to give them a better tomorrow.
Achievements & Opportunities
- Gurmeet from Mehrauli Home has joined I.P Lingayat University for pursuing Bachelors in Journalism & Mass Communication.
- Shalu has got admission in Bachelors of Pharmacy (B. Pharma) in Galgotia University.
Santosh Udayan (11 years) from Udayan Ghar Mayur Vihar has won 1st Prize and Anjali Udayan (9 years) from Udayan Ghar Chattarpur has won Consolation Prize. They were awarded prizes by the Honorable Minister Kumari Selja on 1st October, 2012 on the occasion of World Habitat Day.
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Capacity Building Workshops
The Mental Health Programme organized a capacity building workshop for adolescent children on 11th August to discuss issues on Attachment (Part II). It was facilitated by Dr. Deepak Gupta and Ms. Priyanka Jain. The objective of this workshop was to reconnect with the learning and findings of Attachment Part-I Workshop held in January this year. Secondly, we also wanted to understand what the perceptions of children are with respect to attachment with Udayan Care, fellow home mates, and carers at Home. The children were asked several questions like What it means to be part of Udayan Care, How to cherish the benefits availed at Udayan Care, Challenges across the homes cropping up due to behaviour of some children and the like. Children had an in-depth discussion amongst themselves & with Dr. Gupta. The children were motivated and inspired during the session and they went back with a feeling that their attachment with Udayan Care is a treasure that they would want to cherish for life.
Another workshop for adolescent children was held on 8th September to discuss Teenage Concerns and Challenges. It was facilitated by Ms. Aparna Goenka and Ms. Priyanka Jain, Asst. Manager, Ghar Programme. Ms. Aparna has been associated with Udayan Care as a Mentor Mother. Many Children shared their concerns which were catered to with practical solutions. Issues pertaining to safety, security, abuse, relationships were dealt with.
Dr. Deepak Gupta and Ms. Priyanka Jain made a presentation on Run Away Children: Issues and Challenges. The mentors were talked to about the various reasons due to which children run away. Dr. Gupta talked of mainly three kinds running away –
Together the resource persons shared about the International scenario, Constitutional safeguards in India, and of course the Mental Health status of runaway children. They also shared about certain guidelines for the carers.
On 13th August, Ms. Kanikashree Bhalla, Research and Documentation Officer, and Ms. Preeti Singh, Social Worker, who are working on the Research initiated by Dr. Monisha Akhtar, took an orientation session with the Mentors & Team. This Research is on Attachment and its relationship to Adjustment in Orphaned children. They informed the members about the beginnings of this research, its objectives, and the plan for the Pilot Study. They also showed the questionnaires to be filled by the carers to them and explained how to fill them up. Also, the research assistants stressed on the issue of Confidentiality.
After answering to all the queries, the meeting went on to discuss the proceedings of the Health & Higher Education Committees. These committees consist of Mentors, Udayan staff and some external resource persons. And their main aim is to plan and work on their respective agendas to cater to the specific needs of children, create tie-ups with hospitals and educational institutions and the like.
On 14th September, Dr. Deepak Gupta, our mental Health Expert, addressed the group on ‘Managing Children with Special Needs’. Dr. Gupta spoke about Types of Special Needs that children might have in our Homes; common symptoms of these disorders in childhood & adolescent years. Dr. Gupta focused on the fact that carers of these children must not only look for support system for their children, but also look for opportunities to de-stress them. He also reminded that carers must look at the positives of the child, appreciate him/ her for what he can do & love him/her as they are.
After Dr. Gupta’s session, the group then went on to discuss the finances and expenditure of all the Homes. This Stocktaking exercise of Expenditure v/s Budget was facilitated by Ms. Reena Tete, Director Programmes.
Ms. Priyanka Jain, Asst. Manager, held a workshop on Health and Hygiene with the care staff on 30th July 2012 at the Head Office. She discussed the importance of maintaining hygiene at Home; the indicators for the same primarily - Food & Nutrition quality, sanitation & toiletry supplies, home maintenance and physical & mental health of the children; and the provisions in law regarding the upkeep of a children’s Home.
On 31st August 2012, Ms. Priyanka continued with a sequel to the Session on Health and Hygiene. In this session, topics on Nutritional Scale and Diet, Medical Care and Mental Health were covered.
Ms. Priyanka Jain took a workshop on Child Protection Policy with the caregivers on 21st September 2012, at the Head Office. She covered the different types of Abuse – Physical, Sexual, Neglect and Emotional Abuse; the need for a protection policy for children and Udayan Care’s Protection policy. It was a very interactive session with the care staff discussing their Home issues, and child’s rights in a very enthusiastic manner. All of them pledged that they will remain alert at all times, and any glitch in the functioning of this policy will be reported instantly to the social worker, mentor and/or the Head office personnel.
Social Workers & Ghar Team
As part of our knowledge enhancing sessions, every second Tuesday of the month, one of the team members present on a topic mutually decided by the group.
Recreational and Co-curricular Events
Across All Homes
Girls at Sant Nagar had a treat when a young volunteer, Ms. Rashi Wadhera came to their Home on 29th June 2012 for a Dance Workshop. Rashi, herself being an experienced and remarkable jazz dancer, taught the girls some basic jazz movements, and some easy choreography tips.
Summers are incomplete without the seasonal fruits & therefore one of our Donors, Mr. Nakul Tuteja, GM (HR), Indigo Airlines, sponsored a Mango & Litchi Party at each of the 12 Udayan Homes. The children ate their favorite summer fruits to their hearts’ content at their Homes on 4th July 2012.
Girls love hair accessories and they can never have enough of them. Keeping this in mind, Ms. Zueikha, a constant volunteer with Udayan Care along with two young design students from NIFT Bangalore, Ms. Rashmil Dheer and Ms. Kriti Dheer, conducted a Hairband Workshop at Sant Nagar Home on 27th July 2012. They taught the enthusiastic girls as to how to jazz up simple, plain hairbands with the help of pieces cut out from old clothes, colorful ribbons, buttons, sequins and stones. After a whole lot of mixing and matching, fighting over ribbons, discussing patterns, pushing each other to get to the glue & scissors first the young fashionistas were more than happy to pose with their new ‘oh-so-adorable’ hair bands!
The French Ambassador (to India) H.E. François Richier was welcomed by children at Udayan Ghar on 26th July 2012, Mehrauli. He personally interacted with the children and Mentor Mothers. On his visit he also signed a grant given by the French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs and the Embassy of France to Udayan Care for supporting an Udayan Ghar, for a year and for capacity building workshops for children across all Udayan Ghars.
Like last year, Sapient Nitro, a division of the Corporate Sapient organized a Bal Mela for children of many NGOS including ours on 28th July 2012. Children from across all the 10 homes in Delhi/ NCR eagerly looked forward to this event. The organizers held competitions in debating, dance, singing and at the last a Talent Show. The Gurgaon Boys staged a play in the Talent Show which was much appreciated by one & all. Many of our children won different competitions and took home a handful of prizes and take-away gifts.
Post the Bal Mela, our children celebrated Rakhi with their biological as well as Udayan siblings. The girls lovingly tied Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists and stuffed each others’ mouths with traditional Indian sweets – laddoos and burfis. All of them also got a cash of Rs. 50/- as keep sake. At our Jaipur Home, the girls tied Rakhi to their brothers, sons of Committee Members, and got many gifts from them.
An Art Workshop at Mehrauli Home on the 29th July took the girls of Mehrauli as well as Chattarpur deep into imagination. The resource person, Ms. Fiza Khan, along with four co-volunteers, started the session by explaining basic forms and colours. The children were encouraged to think of any power they would like to have and depict it through a painting. What followed was a collection of fairies, a mermaid, a girl with singing powers and even Barbie. The girls scrambled for Fiza’s attention as she helped them with frilly dresses, jewellery and hairstyles for their superhero avatars. All in all the day ended with some happy kids and volunteers.
Transport Corporation of India (TCI) continues with the Corporate Mentoring Programme with Gurgaon Boys. They visit thrice a month to interact & talk to children of different age groups on topics like various careers prospects, word games for increasing vocabulary, and play games like carom, depending on the age group.
Gurgaon Boys were also invited to the offices of DLF Pramerica and GE India in the months of July and August. At DLF Pramerica, the younger boys showed their talent and got innumerous compliments for their dancing, singing & acting skills. At GE, the elder boys impressed the employees with their general knowledge as they promptly answered all the quiz questions, and later completing mathematical puzzles with much ease.
Scores of young adults and adolescents came together at Udayan Care’s Friendship Hungama on 5th August. Rigorous preparations for over a month paid off as close to 50 pairs of Big and Little Friends came together this Friendship Day at the Ojas Art Gallery Mehrauli to celebrate the second edition of Udayan Care’s Friendship Hungama 2012. Big Friends and their Little Friends had a wonderful time amidst games and some amazing food. Some even exchanged email ids to continue keeping in touch. It was a big success!
The British School students, as part of their Community Service Programme visited our Udayan Homes at Sant Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Mehrauli, Noida and Chattarpur from 6th – 9th August. The theme chosen for the week was Olympics. The children of Udayan Homes and British School students together prepared scrapbooks, charts, PowerPoint presentations on the said theme. This programme helped the children to interact, work together and familiarize with different walks of life.
NL labs, a corporate group, as part of their CSR, engages the children of Chattarpur Home in meaningful activities, events & outings every month. On the 10th of August, they invited the girls and their caretakers to their office to discuss and celebrate Janmasthami – Birthday of Lord Krishna in their own unique way. The children & their employees, divided into groups, discussed the mythology related to Krishna’s birth, and later drew & prepared charts and projects related to the theme of the day.
Udayan girls at Jaipur Home celebrated Independence Day on 15th August. The Flag was hosted by Sonu, the youngest girl at this Home. Mentors, committee members, staff & friends of Udayan Care participated & attended the event. Later, on the same day the Home celebrated the birthdays of Sonu, Ms. Mangla, the caregiver, Rakhi Jaitley, social worker & Mentor, Ms. Sheetal Bahri.
A team from Callaway Golf India, a premiere name for Golf products, had visited Udayan girls at the Sant Nagar Home on 1st September 2012. They involved the girls in various icebreaking activities and games like dumb charades. The girls and the Callaway team danced together on many songs and enjoyed the day to the core. In fact our girls, so pleased by their initiative and creative ideas, made a special thank you card for them before they left. Their interaction ended with a special treat and gifts for all.
11 younger Udayan boys from Gurgaon Home, accompanied by their coordinator Nirmalendu, were taken for a movie outing by DLF Pramerica on 15th September. They watched the much acclaimed movie Barfi at a mall in Gurgaon. The boys found it a very thrilling experience. They wholeheartedly thanked Ms. Arpan Gujral of DLF for this wonderful outing.
Mehrauli Home had visitors from Bank of America on 16th of September. The employees sung and danced along with our children, from both Mehrauli & Chattarpur Home. The performances by Salma and Sakshi Udayan captivated the attention of everyone. They also engaged the girls in drawing & coloring, and gave away goodies to them. Our children interacted with them, thanked them and had a great time with the group. Ms. Priyanka Jain along with Ms. Abha Jaipuria, Mentor Mother of Chattarpur girls was also present during the event. All together, it was a great exposure for our children as they could learn so much from the corporate group.
PVR Cinemas' CSR wing, PVR Nest, recently initiated a campaign titled "Steer to Safety". In their attempt to sensitize children towards Road Safety, they planned a visit to Greater Noida Home. On 24th September, Ms. Mahima Kaur, Founder cum Director, Dreaming Child Production with two team members, engrossed the children with a documentary film on road safety. It was followed by a one act and later they involved our girls too in a skit. This session was very interesting as well as informative.
A team of students and teachers from Oakwood School, Nainital, came to our Greater Noida Home on 30th September. Being a Sunday, in the morning hours, they engaged all the girls in different meaningful games and activities. Post lunch, they took all the girls and carers to Dilli Haat. Dilli Haat is a cultural hub with shops and food stalls from all across the states of India. The Udayan girls as well as the Oakwood School team enjoyed their evening at this colourful place in Delhi, feasting on their favourite eats like momos and kulfi, and bargaining with shopkeepers on bangles, stoles and small items of handicrafts.
The Mentor Mother of Kurukshetra Home, Prof. Sushama Sharma, keeping in mind the interest of her girls in learning music, invited Dr. Prem Macchal, Associate Prof in Dept. of Music, Kurukshetra University, at Home. He obliged to become the young girls’ music teacher and visits their Home every Sunday. The Mentor also arranged for a harmonium, so that children can sing along with their music tutor.
Birthday Celebrations continue to be the most awaited monthly events for the children, as they get to cut cakes, gifts and throw a party at home.
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