Current status of the project:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 80 children and 67 families.
Our young achievers
Ravi is a resident of Savitri Nagar, New Delhi. His father passed away after cancer claimed his life. His mother works as a domestic help and fetches for a family of four. In addition to taking care of the family, she also bears the burden of being infected with HIV and is prone to illness. Ravi joined the Outreach Programme when he was studying in IVth standard. He has been consistently fairing well in his academics and has recently passed class Xth exam with 62% marks. He is a confident and an intelligent child who aspires to do well in life.
The support from the Outreach Programme has brought about some relief to his mother who now feels unburdened about her son’s education. She feels that it would have been impossible to send Ravi to school without the support of Udayan Outreach.
Purnima cannot help but beam with joy; she has cleared her Xth exams with 65%. It’s hard to believe that this happy and confident child is the same Purnima who joined our programme four years back. Her mother who works as a domestic help, virtually forced her to dropout from the school due to her inability to look after her three children as a consequence of her husband’s early death. To have two squares a meal a day was their top priority. But through our Outreach Programme, Purnima and her family are not only financially supported but are also dealing with the stigma positively through our workshop and activities which we organize every month.
With the help of the monthly funds, Udayan Outreach provides an opportunity for the affected children to overcome the hindrances caused due to their parents’ illness and lead a normal and healthy life. The children currently enrolled with the program use the monthly amount provided to them to pay for their school fees, after school tuition and a nutritional diet.
During this quarter, the fund was electronically transferred to all the children on a monthly basis.
The first workshop took place on 24.04.2011 at Mahavir Senior Model School and the motto of this workshop was to teach the children the essence of team work. The theme of the workshop was, “Personality Development”, facilitated by Megha Garg. The children were divided according to their age and were assigned tasks like making shirts with logos or a list of cities starting with specific letters, group discussions etc.
This workshop provided the children a chance to face groups which will help them in increasing their confidence level. It also aided them in identifying their weaknesses in communication skills and helped them understand ways of improving the same. The children felt more confident after the workshop and felt encouraged to educate themselves about general issues and facts.
The children were assigned task for next month’s workshop and were asked to make one more shirt, to write name of capitals of the cities which they wrote in class, to read newspaper so that current topics can be given for group discussion in next session.
The parents also took part in a separate session on the same day which was facilitated by Sameer Pathak, Mohd. Faheem Khan and Megha Garg. The session initiated a general discussion to impart information on the government scheme for Jhuggie dwellers to give Pucca houses as about 30% of our group members come under the scheme. On the other end, the discussion was focused on children’s education and the role of parents in guiding their children use the summer vacations in a fruitful way.
Facilitator also guided the parents to identify good tutors, who can help the child to perform better in academics and were told that it is every parent’s duty to meet the tutors on regular intervals to monitor the progress of their child.
The workshop encouraged free sharing and the parents started thinking about following the instructions seriously.
The second workshop took place on 29.5.2011 on the topic, ‘Encourage Children’s Talents & Interests’ at Mahavir Sr. Model School and was facilitated by Sameer Pathak, Megha Garg and Faheem Khan.
The message imparted by the workshop was that every child has some natural talents that are special to them. These are such areas of interest and ability that motivate a child to achieve well in life. Nurturing those talents and interests is important since it might enable many children to have a happy, fulfilling life-long career based on their individual strengths. Hence, supporting children's individuality is important for developing their self esteem and is necessary for all parents to locate and encourage the area or interest where their child’s unique talents lie. The session ended with the parents acknowledging the importance of helping their children pursue their interests and encourage them in their own little ways.
The third workshop took place on 26.06.2011 on the topic, ‘Importance of Academic Performance’ at Mahavir Sr. Model School and was facilitated by Faheem Khan. The aim of the workshop was to talk separately to children and parents and explain them the importance of sound academic performance for a child’s future. This workshop further became an occasion to congratulate and encourage students with good results and make them understand the importance of sound academic progress. While the parents left convinced, the children promised to work hard.
(*Children’s names have been changed on their request to protect privacy rights)
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 80 children and 65 families. Monetary support for the education & nutrition of the affected children.
Monthly Workshops with HIV AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV AIDS affected children o Monthly Workshops for HIV AIDS +ve Parents:
In order to create an enabling environment for the HIV AIDS +ve parents, Udayan Care conducts monthly workshops for capacity building to help them deal with the disease and provide them with a platform to discuss similar problems as a result of their HIV AIDS status by creating a Mutual Support System (MSS) amongst themselves. Udayan Care emphasizes on the capacity building of the parents towards the academic excellence of their children and provides information on HIV AIDS related issues like health care, medicines, rights, social exclusion etc. Udayan care also provides need based counseling to the families as well as the individuals. o
Monthly Workshops for Affected children of HIV AIDS +ve Parents: We organized the monthly motivational workshops with these children. Our main objective to organize workshops for the children is to make them confident, communicative and expressive. During the workshops, we give them opportunity to gain confidence, tips for improve their personality and the communication skills. We use the different ways or activities such as theater games, art and craft, extempore and discussions on responsibility, rights and duties, goal setting and attainment offer the children opportunities to voice their opinions and work towards their individual growth to achieve the desired outcome.
Monthly workshop for personality development was held on March which was equally participated both by parents and children.Thanks to it, the children has grown more confident and has improved their communication skills.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROJECT:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 80 children and 60 families. In the last two months Udayan Outreach Programme welcomed 18 more children taking the total number from 62 to 80 children. Of the total 18 children inducted into the programme, two children’s support has been made wholly possible by our donors and supporters who have contributed to us through Global Giving.
All the children belong to underprivileged family and your donations will immensely help them to carry on forward in life.
Monthly Workshops with HIV/AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV/AIDS affected children:
The monthly workshops for the parent’s children, so far, have benefitted both children and parents in coping with the disease and helped them in moving ahead without looking back. The parents have a confidence to face everyday life; the children on the other hand, besides their healthy nutrition have a opportunity to develop their self-esteem, like the workshop held in 26 December,2010.About 92 children participated the workshop along with their parents, with the motto to instil the value of team work in children. The theme of the workshop was, “How are you feeling today?”. Children participated on a very innovative activity where children learnt to recognise human emotions that we feel every day followed by a participatory skit .The parents were also encouraged to participate along with them. Paintings which were received in the workshop will be sent to a publishing house. This month too, the activity of emailing once a month was given to the older children again.
We organized another workshop to instill the value and importance of Republic day. Children were divided into three groups, the first group (Nursery -5th standard) participated in the task of naming flowers, the second group(6th-8th standard) did a skit on Republic Day and the third group also performed a skit which was based on “Child labour’’. In a particular scene, in this skit, children below 14 years of age were portrayed as working on restaurant and they tried to convince the employer to send these kids for studies instead of making them work. Over all, the message was clearly reached to the audience. On the other end, the session with parents was conducted, where the facilitator emphasized on the regular monitoring of the child. Parents were suggested to help their children by setting up a timetable for studies and sports activities and even the time limit of watching TV. This kind of monitoring will help the children to concentrate on his/her studies
As a result of the workshop we were able to see remarkable change in the children’s personality. They have grown more confident and have learnt the value of team work and importance of education.
One of our children represented her school in a cultural programme on the Republic Day 2011.
We would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to donors around the world who enable us to continuously evolve our programme. We look forward to your continuous support and would also appreciate your feedback on how to improve our organization or if you know about any organization involved with HIV/AIDS that can add value to us.