Udayan Ghar Programme
Udayan Care had set up its first Udayan Ghar (Home) for children in 1996 and created its own model of LIFE: Living in Family Environment. This model enables erstwhile children in need of Care & Protection in to grow in a loving family environment. In these homes, the children are loved and cared for by a group of Mentor Parents-socially committed individuals (volunteers) who groom the children with a team of Coordinators at homes, along with resident Care Givers, Supervisors, & Volunteers.
These homes are located in busy, middle class neighborhoods, so children can reintegrate themselves into society through direct community involvement which helps mainstreaming the children ahead. Our children and young adults are receiving quality education in some of the best educational institutions such as: The Sagar School at Tijara, Alwar, Mata Bhagwati school, Genesis Global school, Tagore International School, East of Kailash, Banyan Tree School, Global Indian International School etc and colleges/ universities like College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi, Hi- Tech Institute of Engineering, Ghaziabad, Punjab University, Lingaya’s University etc.
Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 850 children with love, care and protection in 14 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 181 children across all homes. 24 of our young adults are also been supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of December - February, 2017-18, the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children enjoying their winter break, tantalizing events and a few corporate engagements. Workshops being a monthly affair addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
Workshops were held with all the programme stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children). In order to strengthen the stakeholders the following workshops were held during the quarter:
Children don't naturally know how to make good choices. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as how to make good decisions about more abstract, long-term choices. Since, in a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life, Life Skill workshops at home were also held like every other quarter which focused on various subjects like self awareness & self identity, coping with emotions, relationship building, healthy & unhealthy relationships, knowing self, decision making, stress management, healthy habits; family & community, communication and problem solving.
YP Foundation, conduct workshops twice in a month at Ghaziabad girls ghar. A range of topics has been selected under the broad topic of sexuality.
Mentor father, Mr. Deepak Sharma and Ghar Admin., Ms. Anita Singh ensure that life skills workshops are conducted at Greater Noida ghar once in every month. The topics covered during the quarter include, knowing myself, worlds that make me happy & unhappy and working in a team
The boys at Mayur Vihar Ghars are grooming and growing out to be bold & confident. Ghar Coordinator, Mr. Tarni ensures that the boys get everything essential for their all round development of personality. During the quarter, the different life skills workshops were conducted on the topics including Feelings, Emotions & Memory, Bullying and Moral Values
Mentor mother, Ms. Rukmani Haldea ensures that her girls in Jaipur Ghar have an equal share for growth and development and are provided all the required skills enabling them to make informed decisions and deal with every day challenges of life. The girls were upraised on the topics such as, Relationship Abuse & Decision Making
Opportunities, events and outings are some of the things that never end for our Udayan Ghar children. The major recreation and co-curricular events that took place during the quarter include –
Theatre Show, I have Dream
Children from Sant Nagar, Mehrauli and Greater Noida Ghars were invited to experience an amazing theater show, ‘I Have a Dream’, musical adaptation of the film Mamma Mia. The show took place on 1st Dec’17 at Sri Ram Center for Performing Arts, Delhi. The story truly showed the spirit of Woman Empowerment as the lead character was a single mother and believed in her to do the appropriate upbringing of her child.
A few quotes from the spectators (Udayan Ghar Girls):
“I loved it. The actors were good.”
“The music and dance was awesome”
“I am happy to watch a play for such a good cause”
“I learnt that we should be happy with the people who love us and not run for those who aren’t there”
“Woman should be strong as the mother in the play”
“We can do theatre as well, the play was great!
Art Workshop by Art Reach India Foundation
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Well said by the great artist but, luckily with support of like-minded people like, ArtReach India Foundation, Udayan Ghar children are being helped to sustain their artistic talents through Artroom Programme engaging children in art workshops led by different artists, exposure visits and art exhibitions where children’s art work is put on display.
On 3rd & 9th December, 2017 a specialized workshop was arranged by ArtReach India Foundation with the participants wherein psychologist and art therapist by profession, Ms. Avantika Malhoutra conducted sessions on expressive art therapy using visual arts and theater. The workshop aimed at training the children to conduct basic art therapy sessions and would help them to showcase and share the acquired skills in the upcoming art festival being organized by ArtReach India Foundation later in the month of December.
Yoga Day Celebration with Team adidas
On 2nd Decemeber’17 Children from Gurgaon and Mehrauli Ghars celebrated Yoga Day with team adidas at DLF mall, Saket, Delhi. The children along with the team performed different asana and were also made aware of uncountable benefits of doing yoga. Children enjoyed the event.
Art Festival by Art Reach India Foundation
The art festival was organised by Art Reach India Foundation at Bikaner House, Delhi from 22nd to 24th December’17. The aim of the festival was to showcase and celebrate art by children, young people and women from marginalized communities across India. The 3 days festival included art exhibition & sale, art & craft workshops, film screening and some amazing performances.
Udayan Ghar children being part of their art room and teaching fellowship programme had the exciting opportunity to visit and get involved in the activities. One of the major attractions of the festival had been Udayan Care booth led by the ghar children where, they shared interactive ways of expressing emotions, gratitude and kindness with the visitors. Their artefacts were also displayed at the festival.
From home to home, heart to heart and from one place to another, the joy and warmth of Christmas brings us closer to each other.
The joy of Christmas was just doubled for Udayan Ghar children when Corporates like Genpact, Wipro, Indian Terrain & India Today Group stepped in, to celebrate Christmas with children. Apart, from receiving Christmas presents, children got involved in numerous fun filled activities and enjoyed some mouth watering eats.
Following the similar lines, mentors, social workers and care staff in each of the ghar did not lag behind and tried their best to make this Christmas a special one for children.
Adidas Udayan Care Winter Carnival, 2018 – Its Winterrific
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, for a talk beside the fire and for a short break from busy school days. The winters at Udayan Care are Winterrific, as the season forecasts the upcoming amazing events. One such event, Winter Carnival, 2018 was organized at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida in association with adidas, wherein children across all the Udayan Ghars came together for fun, recreation and showcased their talent through their charming and heart-winning performances. The environment was energizing and full of excitement throughout and delicious eats, exciting games, beautiful décor and music was all there to set the mood. The dance competition, Udayan Ghar ke Sitare remained to be the USP of this tantalizing event, drawing in large participation from ghar children.
Makhar Sankranti Celebration
On 14th January, 2018, girls at Jaipur Ghar celebrated Makhar Snakranti. The pleasant weather, delicious eats and companionship of nears and dears while they all flew colorful kites doubled the fun of celebration.
A Day with Team Accenture
On 20th January, 2018, employees from Accenture visited the Udayan Ghar for Boys, Mayur Vihar. The main aim of the visit had been the interaction with children, organizing games & quiz with them and of course enjoying the mouth watering eats that they got along with them.
Republic Day Celebration
Republic Day was celebrated across different Udayan Ghars on 26th January’18. Each home celebrated the glorious with its own taste where, some sang patriotic songs, participated in quiz and others hoisted flag, made presentation on revolutionaries and shared their stories. The day is celebrated at Udayan Care in order to inculcate patriotism, loyalty and a sense of responsibility in children towards the nation.12th adidas-Udayan Care Annual Sports Day, 2018, Clash of Titans
Explosive energy, cheering crowd, salubrious environment and valiant efforts to be the best was all witnessed at the 12th adidas – Udayan Care Annual Sports Day, 2018, Clash of Titans. The event marking the 12 years old commitment of adidas & Udayan Care to celebrate and inculcate the true spirit of sportsmanship, teamwork & competitive spirit among the young Udayanites through annual sports meet was held at Plaza Farms in Mehrauli on 11th February’18.
The event drawing in participation from across different Udayan Ghars, in different races set as per the children’s age group, came out to be wonderful.
Visit to India Art Fair
On 12th February’18, children got an amazing opportunity to visit to India Art Fair at NSIC Exhibition Grounds in Delhi. A walk through the artifacts not only worked as an experiential learning for the children but, also inspired them to produce such works which is beyond anyone’s imagination.
Success Story (any one)
“I am not slow, I fly low”
Tormented by the fate and abandoned by her parents, little June ended up staying in an orphanage. The non-conducive environment at the orphanage compelled the honourable Child Welfare Committee to transfer the child at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida for long term care and protection.
Joining the ghar family in October, 2016, June was provided with all the required love, warmth and care by the team consisting of caregivers, mentor parents and, mental health & social work professionals.
Enrolled in a regular school where she couldn’t adjust and performed, June was then assessed by the mental health professional and was found having an I.Q. of 59% thereby making her a child with borderline intelligence. She was later, enrolled in Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a school for children with special needs.
Being groomed by the ghar team, June started showing improvements, gained confidence, became interactive and now has an improved level of self esteem. She learnt the skills to carry out her day to day activities and developed her relationship building skills as well.
Apart, she also developed interest towards sports and has always been encouraged to come forth & participate in all sports related events.
Recently, June participated in the Futsal NCC cum National Championship (a football championship) organized at Shri Prem Nagar Ashram, Uttarakhand on 19th Febraury’18 where she not only played extremely well but, also helped her team won the 1st prize. June was awarded with a gold medal for her heart winning performance.
She has also won her hearts in the 12th adidas Udayan Care Annual Sports Day’18 where she ran for 100m dash race and bagged the 3rd prize. Her run was indeed electrifying.
Udayan Care Information Technology Programme report for GlobalGiving
About Udayan Care
Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 23 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children and women.
Vision: To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged
Theory of Change:“There are millions of orphaned and abandoned children in India; in addition, girls from weaker sections of society do not get an equal opportunity to continue their education; professional skills and attitude are lacking among disadvantaged communities to become economically self reliant”.
Udayan Care provides homes to orphaned children while also giving girls financial and development support to continue higher education, and communities to train themselves in vocations, by engaging socially committed individuals, who provide a transformative, nurturing and mentoring environment, to help them realize their full potential.
A nurturing home for every orphaned child, an opportunity for higher education for every girl and for every adult, the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society.
About ITVT centers
There is a growing demand for Information Technology and vocational training among the poor urban and rural communities including communities around our Udayan homes. We have also found the use of computer and IT vitally important in our counseling programme for the children of Udayan Homes. Thus, the project intends to focus on mixed communities; communities who are located around our Udayan Homes and those in the densely populated clusters of slums, resettlement colonies and other low income settlements by setting up IT & VT centers for imparting Information Technology and vocational skills training.
To broaden horizons and bring IT close to the lives of underserved rural and urban communities in Delhi and NCR, and thus empower them for greater job prospects
Target Group & Reach
Poor urban/ slum communities, especially women, adolescent, children of Delhi and NCR
Unique aspects of the Program
Udayan Care IT centers are located in the following locations:
West Vinod Nagar
Budh Vihar, Rohini
1st Graduation Ceremony
In Udayan Care we focus to develop leadership quality in youth, which helps them for placement in relevant industry. Few months back we have expanded our IT Centre program in West Delhi, where we received support from Mr Subhash Chandra (Jeevika Saarthi Foundation) to establish a new centre called Kaushal Kalp - Udayan Care Vocational Training Centre.
On 9th Nov 2017 Kaushal Kalp - Udayan Care Vocational Training Centre celebrated its 1st graduation & scholarship cheques distribution ceremony. 72 students were certified in various computer courses and they are ready to fly with colorful wings in relevant growing sector.
During celebration our centre student performed an enactment on child abuse. This act was to deliver a social message; it was a proper blend of dance and drama. Dr Kiran (Managing trustee - Udayan Care) Mr Subhash Chandra (Jeevika Saarthi Foundation) Mr Deepak (Honorary Director - Udayan Care) gave such a motivational speech and wished our student good luck for their bright future.
Induction – “English Bolo” programme
Udayan Care IT Centre team intensely focus to promote Digital Learning through IT centres. We believe teaching with technology can deepen students learning thereby supporting instructional objectives. However, it can be challenging to select the “best” tech tools while not losing sight of your goals for student learning. Once identified, integrating those tools can itself be a challenge albeit an eye-opening experience. We are continuously making efforts to find resources for helping us to train our trainees and trainers to follow digital learning. Udayan Care is really thankful to Social Venture Partners (SVP) for providing their kind support to make our objectives successful. With the help of SVP we have received 14 licenses of "English bolo" course which is an online process for improving English communication. We are also thankful to "English Bolo" team for conducting orientation program in our Rohini, IT Centre and train our trainers to run this project smoothly. We are going to start first pilot batch of "English Bolo" with 12 students; it's a self learning module which helps youth to improve their English communication skills and would be helpful for them to increase their confidence level too. On 11th of Dec we formally conducted an Induction program of English Bolo, project coordinator took a 2 hours session to brief the student about the program and what steps students have to follow to learn this program efficiently.
Industry Expert Session
To make our centre youth familiar with industry trend, which would help them to prepare themselves according to market requirement, for getting job in growing sector. We continuously work to invite professional employees who are working with reputed organizations to take session on specific topic which is for the motivation of youth towards achievement of their set goals. On 9th Dec 2017 Mr Utkarsh took a session on Resume building in our Uttam Nagar IT Centre, Mr. Utkarsh is working with a leading MNC as a recruiter. During his session he covered the entire component which each employer is looking for in a candidate’s resume. 40 youth who pursue job specific IT courses from Kaushal Kalp - Udayan Care Vocational Training Centre attend the session, with the help of tips which were shared by Mr Utkarsh our students prepared their resume and prepared themselves to face interview for getting job.
Ritu – student (Graphic & Print Design)
Ritu is a tranquil natured girl who is proactive and productive when it comes to work and fulfilling her responsibilities. Her parents passed away few years back and now she lives with her brother and sister in laws. Daily commutes from Burari (North Delhi) to Vinod Nagar (East Delhi) cover a tedious journey of around 3 hours where she has to spend a lot of money and time too. Her family comprises of 7 members where her brothers does a job and is able to fetch around Rs. 15000 per month hence condition is hand to mouth. Since her parents have passed away, she has been willing to be a helping hand to her brother financially. She became a part of Udayan Care when a coordinator of our centre when to another NGO namely Magic Bus. The students were briefed about the functioning of Udayan Care and how it has been helping youth transforming their lives. Since childhood she has been interested in designing and painting etc. and wanted to get a career related to the same field. Ritu has also been awarded for model making on environment when she was in school. Today she is pursuing her master degree after her graduation from Delhi University.
After completion of 6 month training in Graphic & Print Design Ritu has start working with a reputed print media company as graphic designer.
Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), one of the unique programmes of Udayan Care, aims to promote and support higher education for girls hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to develop them into dignified, independent young women. The fellowship ensures that the lives of the girls do not succumb to monetary hardships and they do not give up their dream. However, USF is not just envisaged as a monetary assistance programme but rather as a holistic programme of sustained mentoring support and association. The growth is fostered with continued association of mentoring, motivational workshops, and development of socially responsible behaviour through awareness drives. The fellowship stands different because of its pyramidal mentoring.
Key Highlights:During this quarter, special focus was on the employability of our Shalinis. For this, Genpact organized a series of workshops at their office, wherein they conducted mock interviews, group discussions with our Shalinis. They also laid emphasis on corporate dress code and disciplinary codes as well, which prepared our Shalinis for the corporate world. Apart from this, we also conducted our 16th Induction Ceremony, wherein we selected 80 deserving girls into our program.
OCTOBER Small-Group Workshop
Session by GSIF (Genpact Social Impact Fellowship) Fellow Shreya:GSIF fellow Shreya, who along with Chhavi are actively working on the employability of our Shalinis. For this, they conducted a session with our ‘Mentor Didis’in order to identify the key areas to work upon and improve. Our mentor didis, who are well versed with the nitty-gritties of the program, suggested ways in which we can successfully work towards improving the employability of our Shalinis. Overall, our mentor didis brainstormed and participated in the interactive session organized by Shreya with an aim to magnify the impact and outreach of the program
‘To Prepare the Next Generation of Corporate Leaders’
Genpact Headstrong Capital, Noida Uttar Pradesh
I. Job Preparedness by Genpact Recruitment Team
The CSR Team of Genpact organized a full day session with our Shalinis of Batch 14. The purpose of the session was to prepare them for them for the larger workforce and acquaint them with the process of selection through mock-activities.
Session I: Job application and ProcessThe session began by asking the fellows the process of selection and the importance of each stage of selection in the process of recruitment. Moreover, the fellows were also given some essential resume writing tips.
Key Points of the session:- Research about the organization you are applying to- Read the Job Description carefully- Do what you are interested Session II: Group Discussion and Interview (Tips and Tricks)After this, the fellows were given certain do’s and don’ts during an interview and Group Discussion;
During Group Discussion:- Always respect the participants- Do not say things just for the sake of it- Stick to the topic- Present your thoughts in a coherent and articulate manner- Try to conclude the discussion- Display Leadership qualities
During Interview:- Be confident- Do not present any false information- Have the right body language- Display Confidence- Never ask for feedback from the interviewer- Never as for the result from the interwar- Never beg for a job/position
Session III: Mock Group Discussion and InterviewNo knowledge can be fully imparted if it is not practiced. To further help our fellows, Genpact designed mock interviews and Group discussions which would help the students gain an understanding of what the selection process is like, and how they can ace it.
1. Group Discussion:All fellows were divided into three teams and taken into separate rooms. In each room, a moderator was present and the topic of the Group Discussion was presented. Consequently, each person had to present her views, for or against the motion.
After the group discussion, the moderator presented his views and feedback to each of the participant. This helped the girls identify the areas in which they need to improve. They also understood the importance of being an active listener rather than just being the speaker. Furthermore, the mock discussions helped each participant to present her views confidently and coherently
2. InterviewAfter the group discussions, the fellows were called upon in an alphabetical order for a mock interview. After the mock interview, each fellow was given their respective feedback.
Outcome of the Session:
The session proved to be extremely beneficial to our fellows as they learnt how actual Group discussions and Interviews are conducted, especially in a reputed multinational company such as Genpact. They also received the feedback of the areas they need to work on and improve. Overall, the session made them more confident and they displayed immense motivation in not only participating in the mock sessions but also proactively asked questions related to the recruitment process.
Feedback of the Session:
‘The exposure which we received is unmatched. The Genpact team was interactive and motivational. They not only explained each and every aspect of the recruitment process, but also gave us examples from their own experiences which made it more interesting. The best part was certainly the mock interviews and GD. I feel very confident after the session and I truly believe that all these activities have given me an edge over my peers’. – Harshana (Batch 14)
Small Group Workshop
I. Exam Preparedness by Saumya
As the exam season is approaching, students find it difficult to manage their time and often feel overburdened and even worn out. Therefore, the objective of the workshop was to help our fellows understand how to prepare for the exams at different time intervals.
The focus was to start working on your weak subjects/topics or areas. Also read your notes along with the main course book while you are travelling or get anytime free during the day. Take your time and study at your pace.
One Week Before the Exam:
This is time to prioritize. ‘What are my weak subjects/topics? How many preparatory leaves do I have? How much time do I need to cover one topic?’
One day Before the exam:- Though it is normal to feel stressed out and saturated. But it should not hamper your studies. - Again, Prioritize! Focus and learn those things which need maximum attention according to you. - Do not start anything new. Learn and fine-tune the topics you know. - Take proper sleep at night and avoid going to tuitions. - Stay focused and motivated.
One Hour before the exam:- Everything seems to culminate during this time. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain your cool.- Do not pick up anything new. Just focus on what you studied.- Stay Calm and avoid interacting with your peers. Their doubts might confuse you and create panic. - Read only small things like laws definitions etc.
Feedback of the Session: ‘The workshop was very helpful especially during this time when my exams are approaching. The session was interactive and the anecdotes shared by the facilitator were relatable’- Naina Batch 14 ‘From the workshop, I learnt how to develop a time table and set realistic goals. I will surely implement the study and learning tips which were given in the workshop’ – Priya Batch 14
II. Orientation of New Batchby Mohd. Faheem
The orientation of Batch 16; our newly inducted batch of Shalinis also took place. As a part of the orientation program, Mohd Faheem (Assistant Director USF) acquainted the girls about the Udayan Care, its vision and mission and also talked about the inception of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship program, its outreach and a few success stories of our alumnae Shalinis. After this, the fellows were allotted their mentor didis, who will provide them with guidance and support throughout their journey with USF.
I. Communication and Grooming By Genpact, Learning and Development Team:
The CSR team of Genpact organized a full day session to brush up the communication skills and grooming of our Shalinis.
The aim of the session was to help our Shalinis learn the different business etiquettes starting from a formal handshake to body posture through a series of activities and team building exercises.
The fellows were asked to empty their minds of all the thoughts which are distracting them and focus on the present. Following this, fellows were divided in groups of 5 each and were asked to introduce each other and not themselves. Each group was given a topic on which they had to speak. The audience was asked to judge the presentation on the basis of the confidence and the body posture of the person presenting. The purpose of this was to help the fellows become more confident while they are giving a presentation or addressing a gathering. Emphasis was also laid on the right body posture and eye contact with the audience in order to be more impactful. All the Shalinis were asked to form two circles, one larger circle inside a smaller one. After this, the members of the inner circle were asked to shake hands with the person in the front and then move towards their right. After one full circle, each fellow was asked to tell with whom they had the best handshake and why? Each team was also given a Hula Hoop ring which they had to balance until it is kept on the floor, without dropping it. However, the catch was that each team member had to balance the ring on their index finger.This was an effective team building activity which tested each group on their communication, strategy and teamwork.
Each team was given a set of newspaper, tape and scissors. With these limited resources they had to build a tower. The team with the highest tower wins. The catch is that; the tower can have only one pillar and the pillar cannot be taped to the based. This activity also tested the teams on their strategy, team work and time management. After this power packed session filled with exciting activities, a PowerPoint presentation was also shown to our fellows regarding corporate dressing sense, 7 ways of effective communication and how to prepare for any interview. Finally, the session ended with informing the fellows about the need to be confident and how communication is different from language. Hence, effective communication can be in any language.
Feedback of the Session: ‘From the workshop, I learnt how to dress up professionally for an interview. The activity where we shook handshakes with each other. The activity was extremely helpful, as I didn’t know before how a simple handshake speaks volumes about one’s personality and confidence’ - Afroj (Batch 14) ‘As I am looking for a job as a fresher, this session was very fruitful for me. How to dress up properly for an interview, how our body language should be, were some essential takeaways for me through this session’- Kamini (Batch 12)
DECEMBER Small Group Workshop
I. Team Work and Team-Building by Saumya
Team Building is an important exercise which needs to be inculcated in our students, as it teaches them collective decision-making skills negotiation skills and also empathy towards others. Team-building also helps the students understand the need to distribute tasks in such a manner that it taps everyone’s abilities, talents and potential in order to work efficiently in order to attain a goal.After this, a series of team-building activities wereorganized to help the fellows understand the complexities of working in a team. For this, the fellows were divided into 4 groups to carry out these activities. All groups were given 10 minutes time to note down 5 things which were common among all members of a team. The purpose of the activity was that the group identities what they have common with each other and what unites them, cutting across religion and caste boundaries. This helped them in identifying their strengthsIn this activity, the fellows had to arrange themselves in ascending order of their birthday date and month. However, the catch is, they can only communicate through gestures. The Activity helped them in understanding non-verbal communication and how it is an essential part of team work
Each group were given a topic on which they had to make their own tv show. After this, they were asked to present their show. The activity helped them understand the importance of having role differentiation while working in a team. We also asked each team, who took charge as a leader? And 5 reasons why they were a good leader? The activity was extremely helpful as they understood the various conflicts that arise in a team and how to deal with themOverall, the session entailed learning through activities. While discussing the characteristics of a good team; all groups strived to be a good team and put up a good performance.
Feedback of the Session:‘From the session, I learnt the importance of good communication within the team. Moreover, I also understood how any sort of miscommunication hampers our team performance, which was seen through the skit we performed. Overall, the session helped me understand how difficult it is to work in a team and the challenges that can occur during any team related activity’. – Harshana (Batch-14)
II. Career Counselling by GSIF Team:Working on the ‘employability’ of our Shalinis, the GSIF Team held a session on career counselling with our fellows in class 11th and 12th. The purpose of the session was to make the fellows realize their potential, work towards their goal and not to succumb to any sort of peer pressure. The session started with a small activity, wherein each fellow was given a sheet of paper, on which they had to draw what they want to become/their ambition. The purpose of this activity was, how passionately one can explain their dream goal or ambition in life.
Moving further, the fellows were guided on how to choose their ideal career. They were informed that what they want to become in life should not be influenced by the decision of others, rather we should choose our ideal career based on three things; What I love doing? What can I do well? What can help me achieve my ideal career?
Followed by this, was a ‘Talk by the Experts’ in their field who held a Q and A session with the fellows. The experts here shared their journey of how they achieved what they are today? how they worked for it and the challenges they faced during their ‘struggling years’.
‘The session was extremely helpful, especially when we are in our crucial year of schooling; after which we have to choose our stream/subjects in college. The ‘Expert talk’ was very helpful. The journey’s shared by the experts was very inspirational and it made me understand that one’s career is shaped by our own choices’. – Mansi (Batch 15)
Achievements of the Chapter During the Reporting Period
Placement of Shalinis:• Four of our fellows are now successfully placed in Genpact.• One is working as a ‘Junior Research Assistant’ at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi• Eight of our fellows are pursuing their Post-graduation
Ekta (Batch 10):Ekta is the youngest member in her family of four. Her father was a factory worker and the sole breadwinner of the family. With all his blood and sweat, he was able to provide for his family. However, in the turn of events, her father suffered from a fatal paralytic attack which left him bedridden. Since then it has been an uphill battle against all odds for Ekta and her family. In such grievous circumstances, the burden of earning and sustaining the family fell on Ekta’s elder sister. But this did not prevent her family from supporting her education and dreams. Seeing the pitiful condition of her household, Ekta decided to never back down and pave her own path to success. For this, she enrolled herself in the ‘Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program’. From the program she received mentoring and guidance which provided her with firm support during the time of extreme hardships in her family. The workshops also helped her in becoming more vocal and gave her a platform to express her views. In the course of 5 years, she transformed from a shy girl to a truly empowered woman who displayed strength in the face of hardshipsShe completed her graduation in Economic Hons from Daulat Ram College and went on to pursue Master’s in economics from IGOU. Presently, she is working as a Financial Analyst at A&E information system Pvt. Ltd.