Mar 23, 2021

Digital literacy for underserved youth in Delhi

Savita
Savita

Hello everyone,

Greetings of the day!!!

My name is Savita, In the year 2016, I was working as a teacher in one of the private institutions where my package was Rs. 60000 per annum. Since I was not equipped with the necessary soft and employability skills, I was finding it difficult to secure a decent job with a good stipend. Due to financial constraints back at my home, I was hesitant to even ask for financial support from my family members to pursue some technical courses to get better job opportunities. My life was turned upside down when I came to know about Udayan Care through one of my school friends, whereas I visited Vinod Nagar IT Centre, there I met with the centre coordinator who told me about Graphic & Print Design course, that time I had no idea about this course but since my school, I always enjoyed doing some creativity on paper, I qualified the entrance exam and started pursuing Graphic & Print Design course.

After completion of my course, I got an internship opportunity in ADR Publisher & Distributor Pvt Ltd (Ghaziabad) with help of Udayan Care placement cell, this opportunity became a boon for me, today I am managing their work of Journal Binding for final print independently, at the designation of a Sr. Designer with Rs.22000 per month. My journey with Udayan Care is a never-ending process, in 2018 I nominated myself to be part of the Udayan Care Alumni Network and took responsibility for holding the hands of my peers who also come from the underserved community with dreams to learn a specific skills training course for their better future. In these 4 years, ADR Publisher has been doing really good and expanded their projects, whenever manpower requirement comes from my employer I always give priority to call candidates from Udayan Care IT Centre. Pradeep, Sachin & Megha (Udayan Care Alumni) have also joined the ADRs designing team as graphic designers. Our company’s chairperson Shalini always says “ADR has recruited staff members from Udayan Care IT Centre and they become Kohinoor (precious diamond) for our company, they worked really hard and play a vital role in our success. I am always thankful to all the candidates who are working with us and Udayan Care for their unconditional support.”

Recently I visited Udayan Care’s social media platform there I came across a post that was uploaded on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the day was celebrated in Udayan Care’s Kurukshetra & Noida IT Centre. In our Kurukshetra IT centre which is completely dedicated to girls training in IT courses, 25 girl students were a part of self-defence training session to make themselves capable to protect themselves from eve-teasing, bullying etc. The training was organized by a black belt champion Pradhuman, during a long hour session, our girls practised middle basic, basic kicks, lower punch & gripping etc. In the supervision of Pradhuman. Whereas our Noida centre followed the Women’s Day 2021 theme choose to challenge, boys and girls took pledge along with our English Communication faculty Hansika, they all pledged that “We strongly believe that respect should be for the person, not the gender. Men, Women, & LGBT all are equal. Come and join us to choose the challenge to create believe in community we all were equal and will always be equal” same day few of our students performed an act which was showcased how women are participating in nations growth. I scrolled down and found another post which was conducted for the students who are pursuing an E-Accounting course from Udayan Care’s IT Centre, the session was dedicated to give an in-depth brief about Goods & Service Tax (GST) which is a major component of Udayan Care’s E-Accounting training curriculum. The session was taken by, Ashish an Assistant Professor at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. He has completed his PhD in Economics from the same Institute. He teaches courses on Finance, Economics with a deep interest in the intersectionality of economics, culture, and politics. 66 students and 7 trainers became part of this interactive training session. Ashish started the session with an introduction for about 10 minutes’ briefing about the GST followed by the same he asked questions from the students to give them clarity against their queries. This two-way interaction helped the students with a better understanding of the topic. In all, it was a good session that gave clarity on the topic taken.

About Udayan Care

Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 27 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children and women.

About IT centres programme

Udayan care Information Technology centre tends to brings digital media closer to the underserved society of the people to improve their livelihoods. Currently, we are running 14 IT centres in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and have impacted the lives of more than 17,839 beneficiaries.

Our centres offer certificates courses in basic computer knowledge, diploma and advanced courses in computer application. Workshops on Spoken English, life skills training and job readiness are also a part of the curriculum.

Training Session on Self Defence
Training Session on Self Defence
Session on Goods & Service Tax
Session on Goods & Service Tax
Feb 8, 2021

Empower 50 needy girls in India through education

Workshop on Emotional Intelligence
Workshop on Emotional Intelligence

BACKGROUND

Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme of Udayan Care is a unique academic excellence and personality development programme for deserving and talented girls from weak socio-economic background aiming to turn them into empowered and dignified women or Shalinis. It is unique because 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 in them.

SUMMARY

The past few months have brought an unprecedented change in the lives of millions of people, the effects of COVID 19 were unforeseen, and the measures to combat it also had to be exceptional. Lives were affected overnight with the lockdown, livelihoods were lost, schools closed and everything converted into online mode, but USF strived hard to become the support group for all our Shalinis and their families, helping them to tide over this phase.

The last 3 months spanning from November to January, were the months of festivals bringing families closer and hopes and wishes for a healthy, safe and prosperous future for all. USF teams were again at the forefront supporting Shalinis in all their endeavors, we also continued with our practice of assessment of Shalinis according to their needs and they were supported either financially or were provided with basic essentials to sustain themselves.

USF teams conducted the entire Selection Process in the last quarter despite various hurdles due to the pandemic, the teams went to great lengths to ensure that the most deserving students are selected. The entire USF family including our conveners, core committee members, alumnae, Shalinis and volunteers have played an instrumental role in organizing and conducting the selection process impeccably. We are also fortunate to have such great donors who have supported us during this phase, enabling us to get onboard at least 900 girls across 21 chapters. 

Initiatives were also taken to bridge the digital divide and smartphones were distributed to Shalinis as part of technological support by Udayan Care, Shalinis also adapted to the new technologies quickly giving us an opportunity to conduct workshops and sessions on varied topics to enhance their skills, make them ready for the professional world, and also ensure their mental wellbeing.

Spanning from November to January our Shalinis had the privilege of attending sessions conducted by experts from diverse fields, we conducted 8 employability workshops on the topics Teamwork, Interview Skills, and Emotional Intelligence and various small workshops and sessions were also conducted on topics like Mindful Media Training to keep our Shalinis motivated and positive. It has been a sheer blessing to have support from partners like Ernst & Young, Genpact India, Bhaskar, and Dimple who have helped us keep our Shalinis encouraged through regular mentoring and positivity. As an initiative to keep our Shalinis engaged we also conducted various other activities like urging them to be creative and make beautiful rangolis and art on Diwali and Christmas to keep them away from the effects of the outside world.

 KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 60 Shalinis selected for Batch 19 for FY 2020-21 and Virtual Induction Ceremony conducted
  • EY Mentoring Session with 118 Shalinis of North Delhi chapter
  • 8 Employability Workshops on Teamwork, Interview Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Personal finance management, Problem Solving and Conflict Management,etc
  • Technological Support to 15 Shalinis

 

NOVEMBER 2020

ORIENTATION CEREMONY | BATCH 19

The first chapter of Udayan Shalini Fellowship, North Delhi conducted the Orientation Ceremony for its 19th Batch on 27th November 2020, welcoming 60 bright Shalinis into the fellowship. The Orientation started with a small video about USF and Faheem giving a brief introduction about the fellowship and how Shalinis can benefit from it. 

A presentation depicting the USF objectives, commitments, and expectations from Shalinis and their parents was also presented by Ashish. Devyani, one of our North Delhi alumnae, and Anjali, our existing Shalini also shared their journey with the new batch to inspire and motivate them. Harishankar shared information about the computer courses offered by Udayan Care at subsidized fees to enhance the technical skills of today’s youth.

The ceremony concluded with Shalinis excited and all ready for their new journey.                                                                                                                                                                                            

TEAMWORK SESSION | 29TH NOVEMBER BY KUNAL

A session on Teamwork was organized for the 2nd year Shalinis on 29th November, 2020. The session was facilitated by Kunal and was attended by 35-40Shalinis.

The objective of this session was to help Shalinis understand the importance of teamwork.

  • why teamwork is important and
  • Characteristics of teamwork
  • Teamwork is an integral part of the mindset and skillset.
  • How to work when you are with a team or in a group and do things smartly

 The session was extremely fruitful for the Shalnis and will help them in their professional and personal life ahead.

 

WORKPLACE BIASNESS | 29th NOVEMBER | BATCH 17 BY BHASKAR 

A session on Workplace Biasness was organized for Batch 17 on 29th November 2020. The session was conducted by Bhaskar and was conducted in a very interesting manner with role-plays as well. The workshop aimed to:

  • Learn about the biases that exist
  • Become Aware of Sexual harassment
  • Handle different biases
  • Learn about the laws that protect women at work
  • Create a difference for others by reporting 

A fun exercise was also conducted by Bhaskar, where he told Shalinis to differentiate the way they will ask for permission to go out from a brother and from a sister. We all witnessed some true revelations about our own relationship with our brothers and sisters. The exercise was helpful in explaining the topic more nicely.

 

INTERVIEW SKILLS | 29TH NOVEMBER BY STEVE                                                                                                                                                                                               

A session on Interview Skills was conducted by Steve for 3rd year Shalinis (Batch 15), who are gearing up to join the workforce and will soon be looking for jobs and giving interviews. The topic was extremely important for them.

Shalinis were given tips on how they should prepare for an interview and what do’s and don’ts they should follow. Different types of questions that can be asked were also shared:

  • About Self
  • Professional/EducationalHistory
  • Knowledge about the company where you have applied
  • Stress interview questions
  • BehavioralQuestions

 The session was very knowledgeable and useful for the Shalinis as it will help them prepare for the future and get a good job.

 

DECEMBER 2020

INDUCTION CEREMONY | BATCH 19

North Delhi conducted virtual Induction for its 19th batch of 60 Shalinis on 15th December 2020.

The ceremony saw the presence of many distinguished guests which included Kiran, Aneesha, Arun, Faheem, Jain, Ashish, Mishra, Awadhesh, Bharti, and our Chief Guest Seema.

The entire ceremony was moderated by Dipti (Alumna) and we witnessed all the guests speak about the initiative that they started back in 2002 and where it has reached today, and still has a long way to go. One of our Shalinis, Priya also shared her experience with USF and how it has made her more confident. Our chief guest Seema said that she has always been in awe of our Shalinis, the way they have overcome hurdles in their life and the desire in them to achieve something and be independent cannot be expressed in words.

A short film on the past 1year journey of the North Delhi chapter was also shown and the ceremony concluded with a Vote of Thanks and the National Anthem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

THE MINDFUL MEDIA TRAINING | 19TH DECEMBER BY DIMPLE

A session on Mindful Media Training was organized for all college-going Shalinis (1st – 3rd Year) on 19th December 2020. The session was facilitated by Dimple. The need for such sessions was felt because of increased usage of devices and high exposure to social media during the Covid-19 pandemic. The session was very informative and useful for the Shalinis. Various topics were shared and discussed which included Information on Media, Critical Thinking, Decision making, and Tools to fact check and debunk false news.

The session was extremely useful for the Shalinis and helped them to learn to differentiate between right and wrong of social media.

 

GOAL SETTING, VISION & PLANNING | 20TH DECEMBER BY BHASKAR

A session on Goal Setting, Vision & Planning was organized for the new 19th batch of Shalinis on 20th December 2020. The session was facilitated by Bhaskar and was attended by 50-55 Shalinis.

The session was stressed on the importance of planning to achieve desired goals. Various points were shared and elaborated during the session:

  • Need to Understand the plan
  • Learn the Steps of planning
  • Use planning for life events
  • Goals should be set according to SMARTformat
  • Create a plan to achieve the goals

The session helped our new Shalinis to understand the importance of planning, and only if they are disciplined and work hard, they will be able to achieve their goals

                                                                                                                                                                                                            EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE | 20TH DECEMBER | BATCH 18 BY SANGEETA

A session on Emotional Intelligence was conducted by Sangeeta for Batch 18 on 20th December 2020. The workshop explained different kinds of Positive and Negative Emotions and the difference between:

Emotional Awareness: knowing and understanding the feelings that are present in oneself and others

Emotional Intelligence: Manage the emotions according to the environment

The workshop was emphasized on the need to be emotionally intelligent, as it helps us to be in:

  • In Control
  • Confident
  • Fearless
  • Relaxed

Shalinis thoroughly enjoyed this session and learnt that an Emotionally Intelligent individual is able to handle situations in a better way.

JANUARY 2021

PERSONAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT | 17TH JANUARY BATCH 17 BY ANURAG 

A session on Personal Finance Management was organized for Batch 17 of Shalinis on 17th January 2021. The session was facilitated by Anurag and was attended by 50-55 Shalinis. The session was stressed on the importance of saving and why it is important. Various points were shared and elaborated during the session:

  • Importance of saving
  • Services offered by banks
  • Education Loans
  • Credit Cards and how do they work
  • How to manage earnings

The session helped our new Shalinis to understand the importance of saving, and how they should manage their earnings. It was a very useful and informative session for the Shalinis.

PROBLEM-SOLVING AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT | 17TH JANUARY BATCH 16 BY RAJNISH 

A session on Problem Solving & Conflict Management was conducted by Rajnish for Batch 16 on 17th January, 2021. The workshop was aimed to explain Shalinis that what is a problem, how to recognize it and resolve it.

Rajnish stated that Problem-solving is the process of identifying a problem, arriving at possible solutions, and taking the appropriate course of action.

The workshop was emphasized on:

  • Understanding the significance of solving problems.
  • Learn a seven-step process for solving a problem.
  • Understand that conflict has value.
  • Evaluate the styles of solving conflicts.
  • Choose the right technique to solve your problems.

Shalinis thoroughly enjoyed this session and learnt how to recognize a problem and solve it with the right technique. The learning’s of this workshop will be helpful for the Shalinis in the future as well.

ADAPTABILITY AND LEARNING | 17TH JANUARY | BATCH 15 BY REET

A workshop for Batch 15 (3rd year college students) was conducted on 17th January 2021 on the topic Adaptability and Learning. The workshop aimed to explain Shalinis that change is necessary and it is important to adapt to changes in life.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Understand the need for change
  • Convey willingness to adapt to a changing situation
  • Project a positive image towards change Adaptability of an organism is to alter itself or its responses to the changed circumstances or environment. 

It was also discussed that why we do not adapt and what are the ways through which we should adapt to changes. The workshop also stressed that adaptability is a very important trait in the professional world, to keep ready for any new change or challenge.

 

TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT

Due to the lockdown and sudden conversion to online education mode, many of our Shalinis were lagging behind due to no access to a digital device or internet. Udayan Care believes that there should be no digital divide as it puts a student in a disadvantaged position to someone who has access to these technologies.

Udayan Care and USF are trying to bridge this digital divide and smartphones have been distributed to many Shalinis on the basis of 2 Digital Surveys conducted by USF to assess the need and prioritize those Shalinis who had no access at all to a smartphone.

Spanning from November – January, 15 Shalinis were given smartphones so that there are no hurdles in their studies. 

Their joy had no limits when they got the phone and were extremely thankful to Udayan Care and USF.

 

SUCCESS STORY

Shraddha, North Delhi

Shraddha always wanted to be a doctor, and this year in 2020 she cleared her NEET exam and has secured admission in Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. She belongs to a middle-class family and her parents are not very educated but they wanted their daughter to study and achieve all that she deserves.

Udayan Shalini Fellowship gave her the platform to learn various things through a number of workshops and also inculcated in her the feeling of Giving Back to Society. She is a very hardworking student and has scored 84.2% in her 12th board exams, she dropped twice to clear the NEET exam, studied almost 12hrs a day, concentrated on her weak points, and was consistent throughout, even when the exam was postponed again and again.

Shraddha said that she is thankful to USF for always supporting and encouraging her.

Her advice to other students, “Be Consistent and Don’t Give Up. A lot of factors contribute towards her studies, keep yourself motivated, and work hard towards your dreams.”

 

Indira, North Delhi

Indira belongs to a middle-class family where her parents always supported her to study and work hard to realize her dreams. She has done DMLT (Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology) and is currently in her final year of B.Sc (Life Science) from IGNOU.

She is a focused person and works hard to achieve her dreams. She is currently working as Lab Technician (Contractual) in Northern Railway Divisional Hospital and earning Rs. 21,700/- per month and is also preparing for government exams simultaneously.

She says, “To achieve my goals USF fellowship programme motivated me a lot. All workshops which I have attended during my fellowship period was so useful in my daily life to improve my life skills as well as for my career.”

Induction Ceremony
Induction Ceremony
Goal Planning session by Bhaskar
Goal Planning session by Bhaskar
Session on Adaptability & Learning
Session on Adaptability & Learning
Shraddha- Success Story
Shraddha- Success Story
Indira- Success Story
Indira- Success Story
Feb 4, 2021

Support orphaned children at our Sunshine Homes

Republic Day Celebrations
Republic Day Celebrations

Hello all,

Love & Greetings from everyone at Sunshine Homes!

This is Ravinder again, bringing you the stories of hope and resilience from the Sunshine Homes.

So friends, as we all would agree, 2020 has been the year that has challenged us all in one way or the other. For us, at Sunshine Homes, the year has been extra ordinarily different. It has been the year of despair, misery, uncertainty and sorrows. It has also been the year of improvisation and adaptation. Despite the hardships faced, none of us ever thought of giving up. It now feels amazing to reflect upon the wonderful moments and memories of how bravely we stood together. How we have supported each other like a family and how we have coped, adapted and stayed tough in these tough times. The carers worked rigorously day and night in keeping the children safe, the children too were equally supportive during the lockdown. The mentors remained connected to the children in whatever way possible and, the social workers and counselors ensured positive mental wellbeing of the children and carers. Playing our part, we helped one another to sail through these pressing times and remained common among us was our commitment and the resilience.

Let me share a story of one of our team members, Dinesh, with you. His passion, commitment and resilience has been an inspiration for everyone working at Sunshine Homes.

Not all superheroes wear capes!

As the unlock progressed in phases, everyone gradually started adapting to the new normal and we continued to be happy for keeping more than 250 children and youth safe and healthy across our 17 Sunshine Homes, Udayan Ghars and 2 Aftercare facilities. Followed soon, there was an unprecedented crisis situation at 2 of our Sunshine Homes. It was sad and worrying that 3 of our residential carers and 1 non-residential staff were tested positive for COVID-19 even after following all the precautionary and safety measures, and were shifted to a quarantine centre.

Complete halt on the in and out movement, anxiety among the children and the staff, difficulty in assessing the situation and regular monitoring resulted in ever growing nervousness and sleepless nights. The crisis could have been nearly impossible to deal with unless responsible and committed team members like Dinesh would not have taken a charge and stepped forward.

When people across the nation preferred to stay back safe at their homes with their loving families, Dinesh, House father cum store keeper/ supervisor, a non-residential staff decided to stand alongside with his Udayan Ghar family in crisis.

Dinesh rode daily 10 Km on a bike from his home to the Sunshine Home making sure that the children and the residential carers living inside the Ghar do not face any problems and the much needed help and support can be provided as and when required.

Since the in and out movement was completely suspended keeping in mind the health concerns and obligation to the government orders, Dinesh everyday operated from his new workstation, his bike, parked right outside the Home premises. Maintaining daily registers, getting updates, arranging for the essentials, handling the required coordination between the home and the concerned government bodies, academic institutions and senior programme officials at the head office etc. was all being duly taken care of by Baloni. His presence during that time had also given immense moral support to the staff and the children living in the homes.

The compassion, hardwork, sincerity and commitment shown by Dinesh is highly appreciated and applauded. He is truly an inspiration and our supercarer.

There have been innumerable stories at Sunshine Homes that kept us buoyant during the pressing times and eventually helped sailing through the same.

I would also love to take you through some of the activities and events where the children and the carers were engaged during the period.

Observing World Mental Health Day (10th October 2020):

With the ongoing Pandemic, our lives have witnessed observable change while bringing with it not only the risk of the infection but also a fearful living. With more of isolation living and the increased chance of increase of mental health concerns, children across Udayan Ghars were taken through sessions as well as a range of activities that not only became a medium of expression of feelings and emotions, but also extend psycho-social support to each other increasing the investment in mental health. Moreover, in collaboration with CFSI Films, the children across all the Udayan Ghars watched the movie ‘Halo’ which highlights the need for company to overcome loneliness and efforts one takes to lead a positive life despite odds.

Joy of Giving Week:

Giving has been one of the core values that children are inculcated with over the years. Despite the pandemic situation, this year also, children at some of the Sunshine Homes went on to express gratitude to the staff at the Homes who have worked selflessly during these difficult times going on to even donating masks and raw food material to people in need.

Children’s Day & Diwali Celebration:

The pandemic situation, now popularly referred to as ‘The New Normal’ has taught us new and innovative ways to do things. This New Normal has presented us with possibilities to reach new heights and make our mark. With beginning of the festive season wherein, the festivals too were seen celebrated with the taste of new normal, the children, carers and mentor parents brought in their own creative ways of celebrating Diwali. The members at each of the 17 Sunshine Homes, lighted hope and gifted laughter as this year also saw the festival of lights falling on the same day as Children’s day.

Conducted as a fun surprise event, the rib tickling act put together by Clownselors via online session, seemed to be the perfect gift for children during these pressing times.

Followed by the fun surprise event was the Inter Rangoli Competition which invoked creativity in not only children but all the members of the Home family including children, carers, mentor parents and social worker. Keeping up the festive spirits high, each team participated enthusiastically in the competition.

Christmas Celebration:

True they say, the best gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family.

Submerged in sheer joy, the entire Udayan Ghar family celebrated Christmas with much enthusiasm and love. From decorating the Christmas tree to singing carols, from exchanging gifts to enjoying a relishing meal, the children, staff and mentor parents across the 17 Sunshine Homes left no stone unturned in making this Christmas of the New Normal times a special one. Where some corporates, became Santa who sent gifts and smiles to the children, another corporate studded the celebration with fun and excitement through an online musical concert by Aditya, a renowned singer. Indeed, it was the one special Christmas this time and the right way to say goodbye to the passing year.

Republic Day Celebration (26th January 2021):

Inculcating the patriotic spirit in the young chiildren, Republic Day was celebrated across all the Homes. Each Home celebrated the glorious day with its own taste where, some sang patriotic songs, participated in quiz, others hoisted flag, made presentation on revolutionaries and shared their stories.

A token of love, a token of gratitude and a win over difficult times:

The year 2020 has been tough for all of us and it has extraordinarily impacted the children all across the world. From shutdown of academic institutions to restrictions in movement, from loss in academics to limited opportunities of recreation, the children have been among the worst sufferers of this pandemic crisis and the children at Sunshine Homes were no exception to this. The experience, initially being overwhelming for the children has today turned into an opportunity for enhancing skills, developing relationships, inculcating empathy and above all the motivation to sail through these difficult times. At the Sunshine Homes, it is this zeal of children that motivated us as caregivers to stay buoyant, confident and optimistic about the present to the future.

Recognizing this patience and resilience of the children at Sunshine Homes, one of our dearest Trustees, presented 250 + children and youth across 17 Sunshine Homes with a hand-knitted woolen muffler made with love and warmth by herself and her family and friends.

This is all I had to share with you. I thank GlobalGiving and the associated donors for their sustained support which has enabled us to continue to work towards the cause of the children.

With this, I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year 2021. May we all stay blessed and connected.

Thank you.

Christmas celebrations at the home
Christmas celebrations at the home
Kids celebrating Diwali
Kids celebrating Diwali
Girls showing their Rangoli
Girls showing their Rangoli
 
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