All the girls have appeared in their respective 2nd semester examination of the academic year 2011-12 and going by their previous academic records all of them will do well. Most of the fellows, who are in final year are looking forward to pursuing higher studies. The brighter side is that the ones who will pursue higher education will support us as mentor in future, which will strengthen our mentoring programme.
On 9th Oct’11 a workshop on ‘Possibilitism: Exploring Possibilities’ was organised at Delhi : Mr. Ashish Aggarwal, a mentor and a Committee member introduced a fascinating new concept called ‘Possibilitism’. According to him, Possibilitism is all about how to make opportunities for ourselves or how best to take advantage of the opportunities that knocks on our door. Our Shalinis linked this concept immediately with their career and came up with various possibilities they could explore with their current qualifications that can lead them to good professions in future.
In the workshop of Mentors, all the girls got the opportunity to present their view points and not only their respective view points but also got to know each other’s view points. Workable/feasible/practical solutions were reached.
A small working group meetings were conducted by where the girls got to know how to overcome the weaknesses, value of self assessment, guidance on self assessment process. Not only this they also got to know that self assessment is necessary in order to overcome weaknesses
Fellows are utilising the money mainly in their coaching classes, books and some part in purchasing of stationeries etc.
Our Miracles of Hope:
Rajneesh’s parents got infected with HIV/AIDS one after the other. His father who was sick for a long time, eventually succumbed to his illness, leaving him and his mother behind. After the sad demise of his father, Rajneesh and his mother went to live with his paternal aunt, who works as a domestic help in households. The financial crisis in the family led Rajneesh and his mother to join the Udayan Outreach Programme, when he was in class 7. Since then, he has been performing quite well in his academics. Today, he is a very confident and intelligent boy who is going to appear for class 10 examination this year. He dreams of becoming a doctor and treating people infected with HIV/ AIDS.
It is the support that he has received from our Outreach programme that gives him confidence to pursue his dreams. The financial assistance given by this programme has also brought relief to his paternal aunt who has to take care of 3 other children besides Rajneesh. She has many hopes for Rajneesh and looks forward to the day when he will be capable enough to take care of the family on his own.
Neelam’s father passed away due to HIV/AIDS when she was in class 6. Neelam, who was always good at academics had to forego her studies due to her mother’s failing health and poor financial condition. In order to support her family, Neelam took up work as a domestic help in a household, earning a meager salary per month.
Just as Neelam was abandoning the idea of going to school forever, she came to know about Udayan Care’s Outreach programme. The program not only gave them hope for a better life but also gave Neelam courage to pursue her studies further. Neelam’s mother also encouraged her to continue her studies after receiving financial aid from our programme. Neelam has now passed Class 10 with excellent marks and dreams of becoming a teacher someday.
*Names changed to protect privacy rights
With financial assistance, the child beneficiaries under our Program receive an opportunity to improve their lives that have been affected by their parents’ illness and continued dwindling of monetary resources. They are now able to pay for their school fees, after-school tuitions and a nutritional diet only due to the aid that they receive from this program. As a result, their living conditions have improved and there is a huge sense of relief in the families.
The funds are now being electronically transferred to all the children every month.
Workshop in the month of July was divided into 2 separate groups, one for the parents and the other, for children. Discussion with parents consisted of an exchange on the importance of spending time with children. Our resource person, Mr. Sameer Pathak asked the parents to spend some quality time with their children on a daily basis, asking them about their studies and their social life in general. This was done to make the children feel cared for and loved by their parents.
They were also asked to keep a note of the areas in which their children required attention such as studies/ personal behavior etc. so that they can seek assistance from the Program team in coming at solutions.
The children’s workshop was held simultaneously by our resource person, Ms. Megha Garg who emphasized on personality development through team work. Age based activities were performed by the children wherein a few were expected to draw as per their wish while others were asked to develop an advertisement.
Thereafter, the group was informed about ‘Big Friend Little Friend Program’, another child-centric program being run by Udayan Care in which the children could participate and gain benefit from. They were informed about a fete - ‘Udayan Care Friendship Hungama 2011’ (UCFH 2011) that was being organized by Udayan Care on Friendship Day for the very first time to celebrate the spirit of friendship. The children were invited to attend the event along with their parents and experience a unique celebration of friendship.
The Big Friend Little Friend Program is a unique and first-of-its kind programme in India which facilitates a willing volunteer (Big Friend) to become an equal and supportive friend to a disadvantaged youngster (Little Friend) of the same sex.
For the next month, the children were given a topic for General Discussion (GD) and were asked to go through the newspapers regularly in order to prepare themselves for the same.
August saw another workshop of parents and children wherein our resource person, Mr. Sameer Pathak initiated a discussion with parents on the importance of leading a quality life. He brought hope into the group by informing them that a life well lived is thousand times better than a life lived without zeal. He encouraged the parents to lead a healthy and nutritious life so that they can live longer.
Our Resource person for the children’s workshop was Mr. Rashid, a social worker working in NGO, Sakshi. He related the importance of studying to children by sharing many real life examples with them. This generated a lot of interest amongst the group and all the children listened very attentively.
Since the session was interactive, the children also shared their problems related to academics besides sharing their achievements with Rashid.
Exclusive Invitation- Udayan Care Friendship Hungama 2011 (UCFH 2011)
Beneficiaries from our Outreach Program were cordially invited to participate in an Udayan Care Event that was organized under Big Friend Little Friend Program on Friendship Day in India. A Fete was organized at Tagore International School on 7th August to celebrate friendship between Big and Little friends. The event proved quite a memorable one for our beneficiaries where they took out a day to celebrate the spirit of friendship with one another.
Children from our program were paired up as Little Friends with adults who became their Big Friends for the day and sponsored their food and games. There were several game stall where our children participated and won prizes. They participated in dances and other competitions and received a lot of encouragement from their Big Friends.
Our children were extremely happy for being part of the event and they made the most of the day. These children who had always experienced discrimination and apathy from society at large, felt accepted for the first time in their life. There was a sudden increase in confidence as every child felt important and wanted.
The happiness that was very evident on their faces was as much a result of this interaction as due to the innumerable prizes that they won in the various games.
Moderators- Mohd. Faheem Khan and Ms. Megha Garg asked the parents and their children about their experiences of being a part of the event. The entire group expressed their joy and gratitude for giving them such a unique opportunity of interacting with society at large.
Thus, taking this experience forward, they discussed the importance of having friends in one’s life. Children themselves came up with such innovative ways to express their need of a friend. Many of them also conveyed that books are their best friends as it gives them complete knowledge on a variety of issues.
Name of the resource persons: Mr. Sameer Pathak, Ms. Megha Garg, Mr. Rashid & Mohd. Faheem Khan
1. July 2011
A. Importance of spending time with children on 31st July 2011
B. Personality Development through Team Work on 31st July 2011
The workshop was attended by 67 children and 42 parents.
2. August 2011
A. Leading quality life on 28th August 2011
B. Importance of Academics on 28th August 2011
The workshop was attended by 68 children and 48 parents.
3. September 2011
A. Importance of having friends in one’s life on 25th September 2011
The workshop was attended by 73 children and 53 parents.
Main Outcome: As a result of the discussion, there were many beneficiaries who were keen to have a friend in their life. We plan to provide these children with a Big Friends of their own soon.
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)