Current Status of the Project:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 63 children and 45 families.
Monetary support for the education & nutrition of the affected children
The children currently enrolled with the program use the monthly monetary assistance provided to them to pay for their school fees, after school tuitions and a nutritional diet. The support, both financial and non-financial, encourages the children to sustain a positive attitude and cope with the ailing state of their parents and deal with the social issues in everyday life with confidence.
Starting from the month of October, the sum of monetary assistance was transferred to the children’s bank directly through ECS system. Each transfer was made in the child’s name so that the payment goes directly to the child’s account. Thus, the tedious process of distribution of cheques and follow-up has been abolished in the Udayan Outreach Programme!
Monthly Workshops with HIV/AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV/AIDS affected children:
The monthly capacity building workshops for the parents and personality development workshops for the children, so far, have benefited both children and parents in coping with the disease and helped them in moving ahead without looking back. The parents have a confidence and an assurance to face everyday life, the children on the other hand, besides their healthy diet and education, develop their self-esteem and personality.
Workshop on 26.9.10: All the children were told about the importance of email. All the children from class 8th were asked to open their email account their own and write the essay on CommonWealth as a part of home work and the upgrade themselves. Most of the children done their home work, than facilitator asked them to read out essay on common wealth game 2010. Laxmi, got the 1st prize in essay writing and Jatin secured the 2nd position. All the children participated with full enthusiasm and interest.
One of a girl from the group participated in the valedictory function of Common Wealth Game 2010 and she presented a group dance which she shows to our Outreach group as well.
Workshop on 30.10.10: The workshop began with the feedback of last workshop, now most of the children from class 8th and above have an email account and exchanged ids with each other. Small children also came up with some beautiful paintings and handed over to the facilitator.
Generally, facilitator tries to conduct activities which help these children to increase their interest in academics as well as confidence. In this workshop, we played dumb charades by dividing the class into two teams and making the children guess and enact popular political figures, sportsmen, professions etc. These activities helps the children in recollecting things and examples from their surroundings.
In this workshop we had a 14 year old new friend (volunteer), Shahaan studying in IX class, who had collected a lot of insightful articles and brought it to be discussed with the rest us. We also had a guest all the way from Germany who witnessed the workshop and participated along with us.
Workshop on 28.10.10: This workshop was designed to emphasise on the importance of education. The parents were also part of this workshop. Facilitator drew the attention of parents toward the importance of their role in child’s education and explained that the positive involvement of parents can make a difference in the academic progress of the child.
Voices- Quotes from the Beneficiaries
“It was a great moment for me when I won the 1st prize in essay writing. I am very grateful to these workshops which gave me the confidence to present myself on front of a huge crowd.” – Laxmi
“It was a dream come true when I got the opportunity to present a group dance at school level in valedictory ceremony of Common Wealth Game 2010. This moment will be special form me always. Pooja Sharma
The non-affected children of the HIV/AIDS positive parents will have a chance at a normal life, with the opportunity to grow as individuals and develop into self-sufficient adults. These children are from EWS families in the NCR. At present, we have 63 children and 45 families under the programme and we are looking forward to supporting more children.
With this Report, we would also like to extend our heartiest thanks to all our supporters and donors for supporting us in the project which in turn has helped 63 children and their families in coping with the disease and leading a healthy life.
Current Status of the Project:
Monetary support for the education & utrition of the affected children
Through the monthly monetary aid, Udayan Outreach reaches out to the affected children to support their educational initiatives and nutritional intake, the two arenas which tend to suffer the most as the child struggles with the parents’ positive HIV status. The children currently enrolled with the program use the monthly amount provided to them to pay for their school fees, after school tuitions and a nutritional diet. The support encourages the children to sustain a positive attitude and move beyond the shadows of the disease.
During these months, cheques were distributed to all the children at the monthly workshops. Each cheque was issued in the child’s name so that the payment goes directly to the child’s account. A receipt was signed by each child on the collection of the cheque each month.
Udayan Care enables parents to take positive stand towards their children through its Outreach intervention …
….Pooja Sharma, as a member of her school’s dance troupe, will be performing at the Common Wealth Games ceremony in October in New Delhi.
Monthly Workshops with HIV/AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV/AIDS affected children
The capacity building workshops for the parents help them regain their confidence and adopt a positive healthy outlook towards live despite the ordeal of dealing with HIV AIDS. Moreover, the program through the workshops provides information on HIV AIDS related issues like health care, medicines, rights, social exclusion etc. as well as counseling by discussing topics such as goal setting, confidence building, and livelihood possibilities to help them overcome the precarious state of their family due to the debilitating disease.
Through the monthly workshops, Udayan Outreach aims to help the children develop their personality and overcome the emotional trauma caused by the disease. Based on interactive sessions with the children, the workshops are designed to provide the children with a platform to build their confidence and persona. Activities such as theater games, art and craft, extempore and discussions on responsibility, rights and duties, goal setting and attainment offer the children opportunities to voice their opinions and work towards their individual growth.
Workshop on 25.4.10: Importance of gathering information
With the onset of summer holidays early next month the facilitators with the help of the volunteers delegated small tasks to children from 1st standard to the 12th standard which are to be done by the next workshop i.e. in a span of a month. Tasks delegated were:
• 1st to 4th standard: Drawing, Singing, Dance - Any two items to be prepared. Preferably items other than already known.
• 5th to 8th standard: Word power - 300 words - 30days* 10 words (5 English+ 5 Hindi). Words to be picked from newspapers ( old/new), Dance/ Singing
• 9th to 12th standard: Two or more articles a day to be collected from newspapers( 2 English/ 1 English + 1 Hindi)
The parents were also given the task of collecting supplementary newspapers like Education Times and Horizon to help build the knowledge bank of Udayan Outreach. Articles and information from the collected papers will be filed and made available to any Outreach child looking for academic information.
The children as well as the parents responded in an encouraging manner and showed a lot of enthusiasm during the discussions. Many parents openly spoke and shared their problems which was a sign of how comfortable they feel in the group. The children seemed interested in the assignments delegated to them and have promised to make sincere efforts in completing them.
Workshop on 20.5.10: Summer Holiday Homework 1
Though summer vacation is a good break for the children from their everyday routine, if not utilized property a lot of precious time can go to waste. Hence, through a ‘two series workshop’ we wanted the children to develop their own interests and general awareness as well as increase their confidence and creativity by presenting in front of the larger group. The main objectives of giving the children holiday homework were keep the mind sharp and stimulated, increase self confidence and help the child to hold on to routines.
Workshop on 27.6.10: Summer Holiday Homework 2
Summer learning is simply about encouraging the children to keep mentally active by staying in touch with the habit of learning. The children usually during school days are occupied with curriculum related learning and barely get an opportunity to look beyond what they are expected to learn at school. The long summer vacation however, is an excellent chance for them to indulge in activity based learning which looks beyond the barriers of school curriculum. It's a great time for overcoming the challenge of public speaking which most children struggle with. As the child is learning without that sense of urgency and pressure associated with school. Learning through summer helps build creativity and strengthens the love of learning in the child. During this time they can have more control over what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.
Workshop on 25.7.10: Confidence and Public Speaking Skills Building exercises
Objectives: Public speaking benefits people of all ages including children. It instills confidence and enables people to become better communicators, and generally more successful in all aspects of life -- personal, social, business and in the field of learning. However, if kids are not forced to learn and recite, they are generally much more spontaneous speakers than adults. Given the chance, they can often express themselves more easily as well. But they do need training when it comes to the structure and presentation of speeches.
The Udayan Outreach children have had minimum exposure to adopting and exercising public speaking skills and confidence building in their home and school environment. As through these monthly workshops we aim at helping them develop their personality, the special focus this month was on the need for public speaking skills of the children. The children had been asked to prepare stories, poems and newspaper articles to share with the whole group.
Focus was on educating the children about:
- How to open a speech, how to close a speech
- Having good eye contact with your audience
- What to do with your hands when you speak
- How to use your voice dynamically
Workshop on 29.8.10: Identifying and encouraging children’s talents & interests
Every child has specific natural talents that are special to them. These are areas of high interest and ability that motivate a child to achieve well in those areas. Nurturing those talents and interests is important; as with development, many children may go on to have a happy, fulfilling life-long career based on their individual strengths. Supporting children's individual strengths is important for developing healthy self esteem as well. It is important for all parents to find the area or interest that is a talent for their individual child, as all children have some innate abilities and interests that are special and unique. Over time, by supporting these talents and enriching life overall, you may be able to help your children acquire a life-long love of learning.
- When children are allowed to develop their talents, they are much less likely to have academic problems, social problems and get in trouble.
- Parents may not always agree with the child’s interest but should still show support and encouragement. Otherwise the child may feel that the parent is not taking enough interest in their life.
- When the child begins to show interest in a new activity or hobby, parents can first support them by showing your interest.
- Parents should help their child find ways to be involved in their interest.
- Parents should expose their child to a number of hobbies.
- Children may change their minds frequently, so parents may have to support them through various interests.
“I am very shy. I never answer in class or present anything. But at the workshop I feel like participating like the other children. I also enjoy watching the other children.” – Naz Parveen
“I feel happy coming to these workshops. I feel energetic and feel like making the best of all the opportunities coming my way. I am part of the dance troupe of my school which has been chosen to perform at the Commonwealth games. I am so excited!” - Pooja
“I enjoy these workshops. I love to draw and I get to share my drawings here. I have also prepared poems. I don’t feel nervous because everyone is so encouraging.” - Manisha
In 2005, Udayan Outreach intervened and supported Manisha, eldest of 3 siblings, a shy, mediocre student, when she was in class 5. Her infected parents have been encouraged to attend our workshops to gain their confidence back. In 2009, she passed the NAT (need, ambition & talent) exam and is now a recipient of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. Today she has developed into a bright young girl with a strong hold on her academics.
“I dream of being financially secure so that I can support my family and make them proud. And I hope one day I too am able to support atleast one child in Outreach.”- Manisha
Current Status of the Project:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 63 children and 45 families.
1. Monetary support for the education & nutrition of the affected children
With the help of the monthly funds, Udayan Outreach provides an opportunity for the affected children to overcome the hindrances of the disease 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 tuitions and a nutritional diet. Each child, encouraged by the monetary help they receive, is regular and disciplined with regard to academics.
….14 children now are in good English Medium Schools.
2. Monthly Workshops with HIV/AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV/AIDS affected children
a. Monthly Workshops for HIV +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.
The capacity building workshops help them regain their confidence and adopt a positive healthy outlook towards live despite the ordeal of dealing with HIV AIDS. Moreover, the program through the workshops provides information on HIV AIDS related issues like health care, medicines, rights, social exclusion etc. as well as counseling by discussing topics such as goal setting, confidence building, and livelihood possibilities to help them overcome the precarious state of their family due to the debilitating disease.
At a workshop on “HIV/AIDS Bill” on 29.11.09, the parents were informed about
- The HIV AIDS Bill 2006 in detail and the issues it addresses.
- Elements of the Bill such as risk reduction programs, grievance management mechanism, special provisions for women were discussed and debated on.
- The parents stated that healthcare and medicines should be further stressed in the Bill.
- They also believed that the Bill is a must since they still face discrimination and the view of the society of those infected by the disease needs to be changed.
At a workshop on “Positivity” on 31.1.10, the parents discussed
- Overcoming traumatic experiences
- Importance of family as a support system
- Behavior of parents affects the child eventually, child may blame himself
- Child takes on adult responsibility
- Lack of family bonding may induce negative feelings in child
- Need for positive environment and communication with the children
At a workshop on “Advancement of Child’s Academics” on 28.3.10, the parents were informed about the need to
- Gather information from a credible source
- Active role at child’s school
- Preparing the paperwork
- Financial planning
- Monitoring the progress of the child closely
b. Monthly Workshops for Affected children of HIV +ve Parents:
At a workshop on “Goal Setting” on 31.10.09, the children were introduced to
- the notion of setting goals
- Different steps of planning and its significance were discussed
- Working towards a goal allows one to work in a systematic manner and prepare for the future in an efficient manner without wasting time
At a workshop on “New Year resolution” on 31.1.10, the children learnt about
- The concept of a New Year resolution
- Analysis of past year experiences
- New Year expectations and changes the children want to see
- Concept of new year resolution
- New year resolutions regarding individual, family and academics
- Sharing resolutions with each other
At a workshop on “Story through Drawings” on 7.3.10, the children got an opportunity to
- be creative
- Draw pictures which to them is a reflection of them today
- Confidence building
- Shared their paintings with everyone and explained the drawings
3. Home Visit:
Today mothers of 16 affected children are earning a steady income for their family...
...and this has been possible because of Udayan Outreach intervention.
Home visits are conducted to develop a personal relationship with the families as well as to monitor the child’s progress. These visits also serve the purpose of discussing issues which the parents may not be comfortable discussing during the workshops.
These visits allow the coordinator to develop a personal relationship with the families which in turn help in providing counseling in an efficient manner. Home visits also helped to analyze the health and financial status of the parents as well as monitor the flow of fund. The coordinator visited each family on need base apart from one mandatory visit of the quarter. This allowed us to also gain the trust of the families.
Instances from the Visits…
The coordinator observed that Sapna and her parents (visit on 18.11.09, 1497/15, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, New Delhi – 110019) are coping well with the family’s HIV AIDS status. Sapna is having trouble with certain subjects and has joined tuitions to help her manage her academics. She was also unwell with viral fever but has recovered. Her parents are both working to meet the monetary demands of the family.
At their home, the coordinator was pleased to see how Shankar, his brother and their mother Triveni (visit on 16.2.10, H.No. 1616, Sitaram Bazar,Gali Burian, Near Himatgarh Dawaghana Kamla Market New Delhi) are a great source of support for each other. Though the mother finds it difficult to emotionally and financially support the family at times, all of them are trying to make the best of the situation and move ahead with life. The brothers take care of their academics and are doing well.
During the visit, the coordinator found Gaurav (On 13.3.10, C/o, Mukesha, H. No. 428,Near Balmiki Mandir,Badli, Delhi – 42) as a bright enthusiastic young boy. He is very energetic and offers to help the facilitator always during the sessions. However, this year his grades have not been upto mark in the final exam which he hopes to work on from the new academic session.
4. Voices- Quotes from the Beneficiaries
“I am very thankful to Udayan Outreach for supporting me and my family. I see the problems at home and I realize how much being part of the program helps us over come our problems. I don’t completely understand what HIV AIDS is but I see the manner in which it affects us. I will help my parents always to fight this disease.” – Sapna
“I have always done well academically. In the past few months however I have been struggling with my studies due to all the problems at home. I was unable to even take tuitions. My friends who have been weak in studies started getting more marks that me and it depressed me further. But now with the support of Udayan Outreach I will make sure that not only do I regain my stability in academics but also do much better!” – Pooja Sharma
“I am trying hard to make the most of the support provided by Udayan because I understand the importance of this help. I see my mother struggle every day. I want to do well in my studies and get a good job so that I can support her and the family soon.” – Ashish