Greetings from Udayan Care!
We thank you for your unending support of our project on Global Giving’s website! You have our heartfelt wishes! Hence, for your benefit, given below is an update on a few of our recent activities.
On 15th January a quarterly workshop was organized in Delhi on ‘Different Career Opportunities’ which was attended by 250 Udayan Shalini Fellows. The workshop was conducted in a manner which emphasized the qualitative changes in the programme. Earlier, all workshops had one expert addressing the Fellows. This time the girls were divided into several groups according to their interests in the field of education: Government Service, Civil Service, Army, Engineering, Chartered Accountancy, Business Administration, Journalism and Advertising. Then all the groups were addressed by counselors pertaining to the respective career choices. In this manner, Fellows received better attention and had the opportunity of getting all their queries answered. The above topics were selected as most of the Fellows are on the verge of selecting their careers. The Fellows submitted a report elaborating specific outcomes after the workshop.
Small group workshops were also conducted on 12th February, 18th and 31st March, 2012 that helped our Fellows understand and learn more life skills, which according to them has helped while dealing with emotional pressures and even financial crises.
And to follow-up on the above workshops, as well as provide an open platform for discussions, a meet was organized for the Fellows, their families and mentors.
We are also proud to announce that Darsha Joshi, one of our Fellows, has been selected by Cambridge University to pursue her Doctoral Degree in physics. Another young Fellow, Anuradha Gupta has qualified University of Copenhagen’s Masters programme in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
We hope that your faith in us help more Udayan Shalini Fellows realize their dreams.
Yours in cause,
Team Udayan Care.
Quotes From Beneficiaries (*names have been changed to protect privacy)
Raman* – “I lost both my parents in a span of one year. Now-a-days I am staying with my two siblings at my grandmother’s. I have other relatives but none of them are helping us. There was a time when I was worried for my education. But it was my fortune that my late parents had come in contact with Udayan Care which supported me for my education. Right now I am studying in class 12th and working hard to get good results, so that one day I will be standing on my feet. I love to attend the workshops conducted by Udayan Care. This organization helped me to come over the setback of my parents’ death and gave me the confidence to do better in education.”
Manav* – “My family belongs to Bihar but I was born and brought up in Delhi. My father is a driver and my mother is a housewife. Both are HIV positive. My father always falls sick and because of that he is not able to work for months which affects our family income. Due to this I was about to leave my study for good. But it felt like a rebirth when my family came in contact with Udayan Care’s programme for supporting children like me. Then I continued my studies without any interruption. I not only got the financial support but also the opportunity to attend the workshops. Here I have gained my self confidence and now-a-days I also try to mix-up with other children. Such motivational workshops have inspired me.”
Current Status of the Project
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 80 children and 67 families, out of which 60 children and 48 families are supported by you.
During this quarter, installments (financial support) were electronically distributed to all the children.
Confidence and Public Speaking Skills Building Exercises
(Workshop on 30 October 2011)
Public speaking is important for every people of all the age groups including children. It encourages confidence and enables people to express their point of view, which also helps them to become better communicators. However, if children 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 Programme’s aim is helping these children to develop their personality through these monthly workshops. The special focus of this month was on the need for public speaking skills of the children. As these children have had minimum exposure to adopting and exercising public speaking skills and confidence building in their homes and school environment, so we encouraged our children to prepare stories, skits, and newspaper articles to share with the whole group. They participated in these activities wholeheartedly.
“I enjoyed these workshops a lot. I learnt so many new things, especially about my own talent in this quarter. Now I am confident to face the audience and taking part in school’s activites” – Maria*
Identifying and Encouraging Children’s Talents and Interests
(Workshop on 27 November 2011)
Supporting children's individual strengths is important for developing self esteem as well. This workshop was conducted keeping in mind that 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. It was emphasized that over time, by supporting these talents, they may be able to help your children acquire a life-long love of learning. The workshop proved to be a great bonding exercise between parents and children, who were only too happy to understand each other better! Parents learned to give attention to their children’s hobbies and interests, without losing sight of academics. On the other hand, children who were earlier too shy to share their thoughts with their parents, chose to speak up. As parents discovered the hidden talents of their children and appreciated them for who they are, the children realised they do not need to be shy about expressing themselves in front of their parents. Parents realised the benefits of letting their children pursue their interests as it can also enhance their career prospects.
Talking about her son’s interest in computers, Sumit’s* mother said, “I always encouraged him to join computer learning centre after school so that he can learn more and take it as a future prospect.”
Apart from the workshops, home visits were also made in this quarter. We found good involvement among parents and their children. Parents are providing every possible facility to the children within the limitation of the given fund in relation to education and nutrition. We also observed that these home visits help us to build up relationship with the families more closely. During our visit this time, the parents were much less hesitant to ask questions. At the same time, it also provided us a chance to know their health status.
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.