About ITVT centers
There 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, the project intends to focus on 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.
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
Annual day celebration of Badarpur centre
Based on Udayan Care's mission to enable every adult the dignity of self-reliance, Kishwarna-Udayan Care Computer Learning Centre initiated in 2007 in Badarpur, South Delhi. This centre is setup with the objective to provide benefits to those youth/women’s/high school students who come from underprivileged areas.
Over the last one decade more than 2800 youth/women have graduated in computer courses like: - CTSP, DCA, ADCA, DTP, and English Communication etc. after completion these courses they got placed in relevant jobs with good entry level salary.
On 12th Oct 2017, Kishwarna Udayan Care Computer Learning Centre turned 10. Project staff & students decided to celebrate "A successful decade" on the occasion of Annual Day celebration, 70 existing IT students participated in various activities like:- Contemporary lyrical dance performances which portrayed women empowerment, role play enactment on "Child Abuse" and "Digital literacy". Our centers alumni Pooja, Imran and Sangeeta joined this annual day function to motivate our existing trainees to achieve their goal, they also shared their experience about the resources which are provided by Kishwarna - Udayan Care which become helpful for them to make it sustainable.
Udayan Care family is thankful to Kishwarna Charitable Trust and its founder Mr. Prem & Mrs. Geeta who have been continuously supporting us to fulfill Udayan Care's mission and vision.
In Udayan Care IT programme we are intensely focusing to train the trainees in a proficient manner, our well qualified faculties give their best to train the youth in computer software skills. Simultaneously to make our regular classes more enthusiastic and happening we try to find the people who have expertise in the relevant field whereby to make the youth familiar with the industry where they would involve themselves as an employee in near future.
On 9th Sept 2017, we have conducted a workshop in our East Vinod Nagar IT Centre; the workshop topic was "Email Writing" 55 youths from three different IT Centers attended this workshop. We are really thankful to Mr Arjun (Volunteer) who took the responsibility to polish our centre's youth email writing skills in a professional manner. It was quite encouraging to see the number of students who showed up. During the session Mr Arjun covered the topics like: - introduction of email writing, basics of email writing, how to write formal emails?, use of message, what points to remember, why quick view is important. It was a great learning experience for the students with in-depth use of email writing in a formal manner.
Joy of giving week – Nukkad Naatak
There are a lot of things in the world that can make us smile but nothing beats the invaluable joy of making someone happy. Daan Utsav is India’s festival of giving that brings people from various sectors together, to celebrate and spread the joy of sharing. Held annually in the first week of October (2nd-8th), the festival has empowered millions of Indians to give back to the society.
Udayan Care IT Centre students celebrated joy of giving week every year enthusiastically, this year our students came forward to celebrate again, amazingly with an innovative idea and theme which is “Lets create awareness”
In East Delhi Udayan Care runs two IT Centre at East Vinod Nagar & West Vinod Nagar, our west vinod nagar centre is a hub to produce graphic designers and East Vinod Nagar centre is dedicated to provide training in E-accounting & basic fundamentals of computer. Students from both the centres selected theme "Malnutrition" to create awareness in nearby community. They chose the area of Yamuna Khadar (Nearby Commonwealth Games village) where many daily wage earners are residing. Our students found that the people in that locality are not aware about the relevance of nutrition, children are facing diseases but their parents not able to recognize the diseases due to lack of knowledge and poor education.
40 Students from our UC IT, Vinod Nagar center performed a Nukkad Naatak at the Yamuna Khadar slum area with the aim of creating awareness pertaining to malnutrition.
Through the Nukkad Naatak, they highlighted the fact that one-third of the world's children who are victim of malnutrition, live in India and are in dire need of help and how we can help them to overcome the situation. The play was immensely impactful as it managed to get the attention of the large population of that area. After the Naatak, our children distributed fruits and juices to the children of the yamuna Khadar community.
This story is about a student named Jainendra. He basically belongs to a village in Allahabad district. He has a very simple rural family in which his father is a farmer & mother is a homemaker. He financially wanted to support his father, so after completion of his academic education he decided to take up a job in Delhi. He came to Delhi with lots of aspirations towards seeking a good job and stays at his relative’s home. He faced few interviews and tried to find a job but even after his best efforts he didn’t get success, many a times he got rejected in several interviews. On the same, he got his drawback reflected, as he has lacked IT skills. Then his neighbor suggested him to visit United Deocratives-Udayan Care computer Learning Centre for improving his IT skills. Jainendra completed 6 month Diploma in Computer Application (DCA) and got the opportunity to associate as a customer care executive in a reputed company with an entry level salary. Once more Udayan Care helped a youth change his life.
Jainendra believes it is a start of his career, he is doing continuous efforts to help his father financially and simultaneous improving his skills for fulfill of his dreams.
Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), one of the unique programme’s of Udayan Care that aims to promote and support higher education for girls from disadvantaged background to develop them into dignified independent young women. The fellowship ensures that the lives of the girls do not succumb to monetary hardships and they do not give away their most cherished dream to think big and make a mark for themselves. However, USF is not just envisaged as a monetary assistance programme but rather as a holistic programme of sustained mentoring support and association. The growth is fostered with continued association of mentoring, motivational workshops, and development of socially responsible behavior through awareness drives. The fellowship stands different because of its pyramidal mentoring.
The months were filled with series of activities which included Quarterly Workshop on Menstrual Awareness and Hygiene which allowed the girls to challenge the patriarchal ideas of impurity attached to menstruation. Small group workshops on Career Counseling, Employability and Soft Skill training helped the fellows in gaining perspective regarding the current crisis in the job market and how to deal with it effectively.
II. Details of Progress during Reporting Period:
Activities Undertaken During the Reporting Period
9th July, 2017
Enactus I.I.T Delhi
Menstrual Awareness and Hygiene
Mahavir Senior Model School
PROCESS OF THE WORKHOP
Enactus, a student community group of IIT Delhi as a part of its core project ‘Titli’ aimed to create awareness about menstrual hygiene and eradicate the taboo or stigma attached towards it by our society.
To facilitate an open discussion about this sensitive topic, the Enactus team organized a ‘Gaming Session’ in which the students were divided into 8 groups and were taken into separate rooms. In each room, three games were played, namely; The Roulette, A Memory Game, and A Puzzle-Solving Game.
Rules of the Game:
The participant with the highest subtotal after 10 chances was declared as the winner.
b) Memory Game
c) Puzzle-Solving Board Game
After the gaming session, the students were again brought into a single group and they were asked to talk about what they learnt from those games, and talk about the healthy practices before and after a menstrual cycle.
Outcome of the session:
The girls were informed about the use of pads and the proper disposal of these pads as well. They were also informed about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercising for a healthy menstrual function.
Overall, the workshop helped the girls gain confidence, rather than excluding themselves from participation in daily public activities during the course of their menstrual cycle.
SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP
2nd July, 2017
IIT Enactus Delhi
Session 1: Menstrual hygiene and addressing the taboo.
Session 2: Career Counseling.
PROCESS OF THE WORKSHOP
Session 1: Menstrual hygiene and addressing the taboo by Enactus Team
Session 2: Career Counseling and admission related information by Pooja
The IIT Enactus Team addressed our Shalini’s regarding the taboo or stigma attached towards menstrual health. Many statistics were presented regarding the ignorance towards women’s health and special needs due to this associated stigma. Based on this, the discussion was taken forward on the lines of awareness and the need to talk about ‘feminine hygiene’. As a part of Enactus’ project ‘Titli’, the girls were also familiarized with cotton sanitary pads which can be washed and reused making it more economical and long-lasting as compared to the daily disposable ones.
The following session was taken up by our Programme Coordinator, Ms. Pooja who addressed the various doubts and queries that our fellows had regarding their choice of stream, future prospects and the colleges one can seek admission in. The aim of the session was to not only to aware the girls that they should pursue a field or course of their own choice and not taking into account what peers or members of the family force upon us.
Outcome of the session:
From session1, dual outcomes were achieved;
From session 2:
The fellows understood the importance of taking a firm decision regarding one’s own career. They also gained clarity regarding the wide range of career opportunities which are available to them.
6th August, 2017
Mrs. Nupur and Ms. Naina
2. Career Counselling and Employability by Nupur
Process of the Workshop:
On 6th of August, we conducted our small-group workshop with Sapna, our alumnae Shalini, and Nupur.
Career Counseling and Soft Skills by Sapna
Our Senior Shalini, Ms. Sapna from Batch-8 conducted a workshop on soft skill training and provided appropriate career counselling to the girls of Batch 14-15. The purpose of the workshop was to aware the girls about career paths which suits their choices and interests. She also talked about the importance of taking one’s own career-related decisions, independently and not succumbing to pressures created by peers of family. Through anecdotes and quoting her own life experiences, Sapna gave clarity to the issues which plague the minds of young students who are unaware of the courses and options which are available to them. She also highlighted on the significance of standing out of the crowd rather than being a part of the herd. For this, she laid emphasis on confidence building; a key to crack any sort of interview.
SESSION:2 Career counseling and the employability of the Youth by Nupur
The second session was taken up by Mrs. Nupur with Batch-12 and 13 who are currently pursuing their graduation. The purpose of the session was to make girls aware about the current crisis in the job market wherein many of the jobs have become redundant or have completely mechanized. This has resulted in loss of jobs especially in the private sector. In such a scenario, it is important to enhance our skill set and knowledge base accordingly. For instance, learning computer programming or many soft skills such as communication skills which have taken the forefront in today’s world. Based on this, the girls were given guidance on how to 'stand out' during job interviews by working on their communication skills and basic logical reasoning skills. Overall, the session helped the girls in gaining insights on how to crack an interview and prepare their CV accordingly.
Outcome of the Session;
Both the sessions helped the girls in getting a clear idea of what career they want to pursue in the future and how to work towards it.
While the session by Ms. Sapna was wholistic in terms of how to take important career decisions regardless of one’s field; Mrs. Nupur focused primarily on the private sector jobs in the field of marketing and sales. Together, both the sessions helped the girls get a clear idea of how to apply for jobs and what are the demands in the larger job market. Both the sessions ended on a positive note, where a Q and A session was organized by the speakers and all the doubts of the fellows were addressed by the them.
MENTOR MENTEE MEET
Layout of The Meeting:
Confidence is something which is hard to learn, however still remains a key aspect during interviews and all public speaking activities.
To develop this indispensable skill in our fellows, our mentor Didi’s provided our Shalini’s with some important tips to build their confidence which are as follows;
- Prepare and Plan: Before a job interview, or any public speaking activity, one should rehearse beforehand.
- Increase knowledge base: One should be well aware of the subject that will be discussed. More the knowledge we have about the subject/ topic, the more confidently we will participate in the activity.
- Practice self- appreciation: It is important to keep a positive mindset as it is directly impacts our well-being. A negative or a pessimistic attitude may result in low self-esteem and even lower self-confidence.
Outcome of The Meeting:
This mentoring session helped the fellows to open up and present their thoughts in an articulate manner. Also, the fellows learnt the art of positive thinking and self-motivation. Lastly, the session also helped the fellows learn that they should not be intimated by anyone.
Career Counseling and Admission Related Guidance
Since admissions are around the corner, the fellows received guidance and career counseling from our mentor didi’s regarding which course or college to opt for and how to go about the admission procedure.
The mentor didi’s also advised the elder Shalini’s who are pursuing their graduation to go for internships and gain the required experience/exposure in their field. This will give them an edge in job interviews.
The mentors also advised the fellows to develop a ‘goal planner’. This will help them in becoming more focused towards their goals and aims in life. The fellows were also recommended to pursue a field they wished too rather than going by any conventional/ normative career paths.
The tips which the mentors provided were a great help to the Shalinis’ who are currently in the process of admissions in different courses.
Moreover, the fellows who are in pursuing their graduation were advised to enroll themselves in an internship Programme in order to receive exposure in their field.
Overall the mentoring session benefited the fellows greatly. They learnt new ways to manage the admission related stress and anxiety and how to choose a field based on their interests and aptitude.
13th August, 2017
In this quarter, we started with the process of inducting a new batch of fellow Shalinis for which we conducted the written exam in Mahavir Senior Model School. As our motto is to reach out and serve every disadvantage girl; we initiated the process of selecting new batch of Shalinis. The response has been over whelming as we received around 800 applications for our programme.
Followed by the written exam, we also conducted interviews in Mahavir Senior Model School. After the first round of screening, we interviewed of around 200 shortlisted applicants along with their parents. In order to select the most deserving candidates for our programme.
Nisha , a young 18 years old girl who always seem quiet and thoughtful has spoken graciousl
Udayan Ghar Programme
Udayan Care had set up its first Udayan Ghar (Home) for children in 1996 and created its own model of LIFE: Living in Family Environment. This model enables erstwhile children in need of Care & Protection in 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 Coordinators at homes, along with resident Care Givers, Supervisors, & Volunteers.
These homes are located in busy, middle class neighborhoods, so children can reintegrate themselves into society through direct community involvement which helps mainstreaming the children ahead. Our children and young adults are receiving quality education in some of the best educational institutions such as: The Sagar School at Tijara, Alwar, Mata Bhagwati school, Genesis Global school, Tagore International School, East of Kailash, Banyan Tree School, Global Indian International School etc and colleges/ universities like College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi, Hi- Tech Institute of Engineering, Ghaziabad, Punjab University, Lingaya’s University etc.
Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 800 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 187 children across all homes. 27 of our young adults are also been supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of June - August, 2017 the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children engrossed in studies preparing for their final-term examinations and a few corporate engagements. Workshops being a monthly affair addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
Workshops were held with all the programme stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children). In order to strengthen the stakeholders the following workshops were held during the quarter:
Since, in a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life, Life Skill workshops at home were also held like every other quarter which focused on various subjects like self awareness & self identity, coping with emotions, relationship building, healthy & unhealthy relationships, knowing self, decision making, stress management, healthy habits; family & community, communication and problem solving.
Psychologist, Ms. Dipti conducts life skill workshops every month with both Noida Boys and Girls. The topics covered so far include, Effective Communication, Good touch & Bad touch and Self Esteem.
The mentor mother, Ms. Rukmani and the social worker, Ms. Rakhi conduct life skills workshops every month in the Jaipur ghar leaving no stone unturned in nurturing the girls. The topics that were covered during the quarter include, ‘Effective Communication; Passive, Aggressive & Assertive’, ‘Understanding Feelings’ and ‘Relationship’.
The social worker, Ms. Naynee ensures that children in her Mehrauli ghar get well versed with all the skills required to carry out daily life activities. During the period, life skills workshop on Managing Emotions in the month of June, Body Image in the month of July and Self Esteem in the month August was conducted. And likewise, life skill workshops at other Udayan Ghars were also conducted during the quarter.
Udayan Care Annual Summer Camp’17, Masti Ka Udan Khatola - Journey of Joy
5 days residential camp, 12th June to 16th June’17, was organized at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida. The summer camp themed “Masti ka Udan khatola - Journey of Joy”was Udayan Care’s 23rd Annual Summer camp.
Summer Camp is the time when children across our 13 ghars come together for fun & learning and showcase their talent. It is the time filled with lots of surprises, gifts & awards and delicious eats. It is also the time where mentors, social workers and care givers get an opportunity to revive their relationship with the children. Summer camp brings along the opportunity for everyone to come together to a common platform for becoming a part of collective and collaborative learning.
Children from different ghars were engaged in various activities and workshops, including Art and Craft, Theater, Paper Meshy, Dance and Music, etc. Maximizing the fun, taekwondo demonstration, nukkad natak, fun mela by Genpact and various other activities were held during the summer camp.
The camp was concluded on 16th June with its grand finale throwing some spectacular performances including group dance, group song and a skit. Children’s efforts reflecting from their academic performance were also recognized and they were awarded with scholarship.
Chief Guest, Ms. Suniti, Superintendent of Police, Greater Noida (Rural) and Guest of Honour, Ms. Melissa from CanAssist graced the occasion with their presence.
ICN Matsiko (World Orphan Choir)
The 3rd batch for ICN Matsiko tour departed on 14th June, 17 for the USA, with 3 little princesses being led by an alumna of Udayan Ghar Programme. Our children along with children from other countries will be travelling and performing in different parts of America. Being a part of Matsiko children’s choir is a great honor and wonderful opportunity as it helps children improve their English language skills as well as develop confidence, increase self-esteem and hone their talent for singing, and gain from the exposure.
International Yoga Day Celebration
On the eve of International Yoga Day, 21st June’17, Udayan Ghar, Gurgaon in collaboration with Satkrishna Charitable Trust celebrated Yoga Day. Different stakeholders including Miss Ritu (DCPO), Miss Nisha (Legal Officer, DCPU), Mr. Ramveer (Sarpanch, Narsinghpur) and Mr. Rahul (Mr. Haryana) have participated in the event. Nearly about 225 people participated in the Yoga Day celebration.
Tree Plantation Drive by Baxter
On 30th June’17, World Environment Day (6th June) was celebrated at Udayan Ghar, Gurgaon wherein a team of employees from Baxter devoted their time in planting saplings with the children in the ground within the premises of the Ghar.
Dance Competition at YWCA
On 23rd July’17, seven girls from Greater Noida Ghar participated in a dance competition at YWCA (Young Women Christians Association). They performed contemporary dance and bagged second prize. Groups from various other NGOs also participated in the event. The victory has undoubtedly boosted the self confidence of the girls.
Teej Celebration at Jaipur Ghar
On 25th July’17, children at Jaipur Ghar celebrated Teej festival. Children applied mehndi (henna) on each others’ hand and enjoyed ghewar (a traditional Rajasthani sweet).
Children’s Performance at Dignity Foundation
On 29th July’17, an event was organised by Dignity foundation on the occasion of the inauguration of their Delhi Chapter. Dr. Kiran was invited as the Guest of Honour. The organization works for elderly and event was also dedicated to them. The speakers shared that planning strategies for the elderly has become the need of the hour as we will be having a population in future which would be majorly covered by the elderly. Also, it was emphasized that the elderly group needs to learn and unlearn simultaneously to adapt to the new generations maintaining their proximity. The children from Mehrauli and Gurgaon Ghar performed at the event and were appreciated for their efforts. The event was followed by the snacks.
Independence Day Celebration
Instilling the feeling of patriotism among children at Udayan Care, Independence Day was celebrated on 15th August throughout all the 13 ghars. The celebration started with flag hoisting and went through quiz & competitions, dance performances, patriotic songs, delicious eats and flying kites in the evening. The children enjoyed the day to the fullest.
Art Room Programme
ArtReach India has come up with Artroom Programme for the participants of Teaching Fellowship Programme to keep a sustained ongoing artistic engagement of the children.The workshops take place on every second Saturday of the month, starting from the month of July. These workshops are being led by different artists, therefore, giving our children all the more exposure & enhancing our children’s artistic talent further.
The workshops took place on 8th July’17 and 12th August’17.
On 7th March, 2017 workshop on Menstrual Health and Hygiene was conducted by Ms. Purnima from National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) at the Udayan care Head Office.
Success Story (any one)
1) Showering Brothers at Udayan Care
Tears of joy, infantile smiles, affectionate embrace and glittering faces is what all, we witnessed at Udayan Care during the month of Raksha Bandhan. The piousness of the festival showered blessings on our children in a way that few girls residing at our Udayan Ghars were able to meet their long lost brothers.
Rakhi found her brother after 7 years
Mamta found and met her brother after 8 years
Muskan & Sonal found and met their brother after 11 years
Siblings Reunited After 11 Years (A story of one such reunion)
Siblings- Muskan (18 yrs), Sonal (16 yrs) & Tushar (20 yrs) had been through a difficult phase rendering them into orphan hood, abandonment & severance at a very tender age leading to early childhood trauma.
After the tragic demise of mother and later father, Muskan & Sonal were surrendered to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) by their paternal uncle resulting in separation of the sisters with their brother. The girls were then transferred to our Jagshanti Udayan Ghar for girls at Greater Noida in 2006 for long term care and protection by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) while no whereabouts of their brother were mentioned. The little girls hardly had any idea of what was happening nor did they have any idea about their brother and their place of residence.
Muskan & Sonal have been raised and nurtured with the required love, care and affection in a conducive, family environment and given the sufficient opportunities to grow. They have been groomed into strong, confident and self sustaining individuals under the guidance & love of mentor parents and other home staff.
The sisters are blessed with appealing personality and possess good intellectual and artistic abilities. Despite, being from a traumatic background, they have been able to mark their impression in academics and other fields like dancing, art and craft, sports etc.
One thing that had always disturbed and brought them pain was their inability to meet their lost brother. They missed him a lot and used to cry especially on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. This was the time when the ghar team this year decided to swing into action through the bits & pieces of information in order to find the lost brother. Fortunately, the team was able to locate their brother, Tushar. On 14th of August’17, the sisters were totally surprised to see their brother sitting in front of them at Jagshanti Home. Indeed, it was a moment worth watching and capturing. One could feel their enthusiasm and eagerness to see and talk to each other.
The present era has seen the experts and champions of child protection emphasize more about children’s rehabilitation and restoration to their family but, stories of children such as Muskan & Sonal, compel us to rethink over the definition of ‘best interest of the child’.