Udayan Care

Appalled by the stark reality of 31 million orphans in India and shocked by the condition of institutions housing them, a few like- minded individuals got together to take serious action. This obsession was the seed which sprouted as Udayan Care, - which was registered in 1994, as a Public Charitable Trust. While our first initiative was the Udayan Ghar programme for orphaned and abandoned children, we gradually worked towards ensuring higher education for girls through the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. In 2004, Udayan Care also initiated an Outreach programme for children affected by HIV, as well the Udayan Information and Technology Centres to improve employability of under-served communities...
Jun 10, 2016

Update from our Udayan Care's Sunshine homes

Helen Lenga - Trauma & Attachment programme
Helen Lenga - Trauma & Attachment programme

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 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 603 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 164 children across all homes. 30 of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.

 

Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter

During the period of March, April & May 2016, the team continued working for the success of the children and the program. March, being the exam time, all the children were too busy with their annual examinations and had a good fun in the vacations. Workshops, which are conducted monthly, addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators.

Workshops were held with all the program stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children) on enhancing stakeholders’ Emotional and Behavioral Development, reviewing of committee meetings such as aftercare, education, health and alumni, orienting the new and the old staff with Child Protection Policy and POCSO Act by various trained professionals dealing in terms of child rights and child psychology during this quarter.

Since 2014, under the supervision of Dr. Monisha Akhtar (Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst Faculty, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia) & Dr. Kiran Modi, the DUKE University students have been conducting a longitudinal research study on Physical and Mental Health Support and Outcomes for Children in Residential Care Programs was initiated. The analysis of longitudinal study of 2014-2015 was shared with the mentors and the coordinators.

 In the month of March, Ghar Team (mentors, coordinators and caregivers) got an exposure to a 3 day training programme on Trauma, Attachment and Brain Developmentby Ms. Helen Lenga, who is a registered Australian Psychologist with over 30 years of experience and has specialized in the field of mental health, trauma and attachment. The focus of the training was to expand the staff’s psychological understanding of the impact of loss and trauma so as to assist in the care of the mental health needs of the children.

Like every year, this year too in the month of March, Udayan Care organized its 2nd biennial Conference on Improving Standards of Care and Alternative Child and Youth Care: Systems, Policies and Procedures. Delegates from South Asian countries, experts from the western world, civil society representatives, delegates from organizations and governmental bodies working on child protection and alternative care gathered together to learn from and with one another. The objective of the conference was to share experiences, best practices, research and information on alternative child care, with special emphasis on the development of care staff at Children's homes. It also attempted to examine the gaps in legislative and policy environment of After Care settings in South Asian Region vis a vis the implementation status. 

Life Skills” workshops at home were also held like every other quarter which focused on various subjects like coping with emotions, dealing with feelings and behavior, managing relationships, communication and decision making, knowing myself, managing anger.

International volunteer, Catherine, conducted a life skills programme with the Sant Nagar Children and covered topics like Self-identity, body image, relationships, family and community, healthy habits and stress management.

Mandeep, a national volunteer, and a couple of his friends from Gurgaon dedicated one full week to conduct different sessions for full days with our children starting from imbibing in them the importance of yoga, meditation, team building, confidence building, computer session, theatre, self defense and teaching English grammar.

As a part of Corporate Social Responsibility, employees from Cognizant organized a science exhibition with our Gurgaon Boys on three laws of Newton.

 Girls from Ghaziabad Ghar went on an 8 day long trip to Rishikesh, organized by German international volunteers; Sandra, Gabriela, Vivianna, Anna and Tina which was together funded by Ms. Dimple Walia, UK Volunteer. Their accommodation was arranged at a lovely facility called “Nature Care Village”. They went to Rajaji National Park, Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Waterfall, a Temple, New Tehri Dam, local market etc. They did boating in the Tehro Dam lake too. They also attended the beautiful evening arti at the “Triveni Ghat” and went to an orphanage in Rishikesh which caters to the needs of almost 60 children. 

Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated across all Udayan Ghars on 24th March’16. The moment was enjoyed together by all the alumni, aftercare children and home children.

Greater Noida, Kurukshetra and Jaipur children celebrated Mother’s Day with their Mentor Parents.

Ms. Veena Modi sponsored and organized the Jungle Book show for Udayan Ghar children, aftercare, alumni and staff. 

In the month of April, free eye camp was organized for Gurgaon Boys by Sat Krishna Public Charitable Trust.

United Health Group celebrated Earth Week by planting Neem trees, Madhumalti, Kari patta and Ashoka plants with Noida Boys & Girls at their Ghars.   

In the month of May, people from Baxter visited Gurgaon Ghar and conducted a Yoga Session with the children and distributed gifts to the children.

Greater Noida girls spent quality time during their summer vacations. Mercer group conducted a 5 days Summer Camp for the children. Also, United Health Group conducted 4 days workshop with children and sensitized them regarding issues like cyber crime and cyber-safety. The group organized art and craft session for the children, enjoyed the third day at World of Wonders and last day was dedicated to a talent show.

Children from across all Udayan Ghars celebrated 21st May’16 of their vacation in Kidzania. KidZania is a wonderful place where a child can learn along with having fun. The activities add value as they teach children various skills. The virtual reality created by KidZania helps a child to gain confidence and live a life which they often dream about. There were different role-playing activities based on replicas of real-world industries and services, children can assume the role of a surgeon, detective, chef, candy-maker, fireman, television producer, radio jockey, mechanic and so many more!

 

The achievements and awards are a never ending process for the Udayan Family:

  • Chandani won First prize in Vocational Course of “Packaging” in her school, Akshay Pratishthan School.
  • Children won a trophy for securing the IInd Position in a dance competition at their school Annual function, “Akshay Utsav”. They chose a patriotic theme and gave it a title, “Bharat Ko Ek Salaam”
  • Hemant won a silver medal in a  Taekwondo competition organized by the North East Distt. Taekwondo Association of Delhi.

 

 Success Story

 Sarita(name changed), an 11 year old, studying in Modern School, Vasant Kunj, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. However, the child is channelizing her hyperactive behavior very well. With the help of constant motivation and enthusiasm, she has done well in her sports and other extra-curricular activities.

Recently, the child was the runner up in a Squash Competition and has bagged a gold medal and a certificate in a football competition held at her school by the Soccer Foundation. This has given the child good motivation and confidence.

This year, definitely, was Sarita’s year as she got an opportunity to go for a year tour to the U.S supported by the International Children’s Network/Matsiko World Orphan Choir Group. This has opened a door for her to experience new cultures and learn to adapt to her surroundings.

2nd biennial conference
2nd biennial conference
Session by Mandeep and his friends
Session by Mandeep and his friends
science exhibition by Cognizant
science exhibition by Cognizant
Trip to Rishikesh
Trip to Rishikesh
Earth week Celebration with United Health group
Earth week Celebration with United Health group
Sarita - Success story
Sarita - Success story
May 26, 2016

Update from Udayan Care's computer literacy programme

Exposure visit
Exposure visit

Udayan Care Information Technology Programme report for Global Giving

 

About Udayan Care

Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working since the last 21 years for the quality care of disadvantaged children womenand youth.

 

Vision: To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged.

 

Mission:

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 IT centers

There is a growing demand for Information Technology among the poor urban and rural communities including communities around our Udayan homes. We have also found that the use of computers and IT is vitally important in our counseling programmes 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 centers for imparting Information Technology training.

 

Program Vision
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

  • Selection and enrollment of trainees on subsidized fees and free ships
  • Capacity building of trainers and program staff
  • Community Mobilization through co-curricular activities
  • Documentation and periodic program reviews
  • Trainee assessment procedures and certification
  • Job placement facilitation
  • Timely reporting to donors
  • Partnerships and linkages with other organizations

 

Updates from this quarter

 

Workshop on “How to maximize brain’s potential”

The month of March means exam time (in India) which is a hectic time in the life of the students.  This month, Udayan Care decided to give some tips to students for increasing their skills and improving their concentration power. We had conducted a small workshop on the topic "How to maximize brain's potential".

This workshop was structured for two hours with two sessions:

 1:- How to do mind mapping with brainstorming

2:- Activity on chart paper

During the first session,the mentor taught the students how people have used brainstorming sessions to generate ideas and how to come up with creative solutions to overcome hitches. However, you need to use brainstorming correctly for it to be abundantly fruitful.Brainstorming combines a relaxed, informal approach to problem solving with lateral thinking. It encourages people to come up with thoughts and ideas that can, at first, seem a bit bizarre. Some of these ideas can be crafted into original, creative solutions to overcome a problem, while others can spark even more ideas. This helps to get people unstuck by "jolting" them out of their normal ways of thinking.

In the second session students learnt about mind mapping. Mind mapping helps to organize thoughts when we are struggling with brainstorming. Our students prepared a mind map on a chart paper by using different topics like:- Lifestyle, Enjoyment, & sports etc. Once they were done, they gave a small presentation, during which they explained how they prepared mind maps revolving around the topic.

 

Exposure Visit

Our Graphic & Print Design students have polished themselves actively. Udayan Care has decided to give exposure to boost them through a visit to Ajanta offset & Packaging Ltd. (Printing Press) Faridabad, Haryana. During this exposure visit, students understood the process of printing, gathering process pertaining to book making, 3 steps folding process and all those things which, as a graphic designer, one has to keep in mind while designing the print material.

 

The vision of Youth Voices Program was to empower young people to harness creativity and digital skills to create change in their lives and their communities. We enroll 20 students in a 6 month duration course. Through dedicated educators, we inspire young people to be intentional and impactful in their media making, to create using youth voices and digital media for social change in communities.

 

Women’s Day Celebration

Young girls from United Decoratives-Udayan Care IT Center were excited to celebrate women's day at the center. Students decided to dedicate this day to Dr. Kiran Modi (Managing Trustee-Udayan Care), who has rendered her services in the field of welfare of children.

On the occasion of women’s day, we organized a card making workshop. During the workshop, the students prepared cards for Dr. Modi to wish her a happy women's day. The girls quoted beautiful lines about her efforts in the field of child welfare and in the field of education.

 

 

Nothing can stop a dedicated women

Anjali(name changed), a young girl belonging to Garhwal, Uttrakhand grew up in Delhi with her four siblings. She is a simple girl. When she was admitted to the DCA course at our Badarpur center, her mother came everyday to pick and drop her. After a few months, Anjalistarted feeling confident about coming alone to the center. Now, she is working with Digital Media at Kalkaji and she travels up and down daily from Badarpur to Kalka ji by metro.

“I enjoy working on computers. Recently, I started working with digital media with the help of Udayan care placement cell, but this is just the beginning of the fulfillment of my dreams. I want to work with a big organization and I know I have to work hard to make this possible.”

 

Youth voices program
Youth voices program
Success story- Anjali
Success story- Anjali
Mar 31, 2016

Update from Udayn Shalini Fellowship Programme

Alumnae Meet
Alumnae Meet

 

Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), one of the unique programmes of Udayan Care that aims to promote and support higher education for girls from disadvantaged background 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 away their most cherished dream to think big and make a mark for themselves. Howe ever, 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 behavior through awareness drives. The fellowship stands different because of its pyramidal mentoring.

The six months were filled with series of activities which included Quarterly Workshop, Small Group Workshop, Social Campaign, Inter Chapter Meet and Alumni Meet.  Quarterly workshops were conducted covering diverse themes incorporating, Domestic Violence Act” for children from economically weaker section of society. Small group workshops conducted on imbibing an understanding on exam preparedness techniques and indispensable life skills including self-esteem, Confidence & Communication. Induction ceremony marked another milestone with the new intake of fifty additions to the USF family. An Alumni Meet was also organized to bridge the gap between the passed out and existing Shalinis. 

Activities Undertaken During the Reporting Period

1) Workshops 

A) A Workshop on Self Esteem

Through the activities conduted druring the workshop, facilitator helped the fellows in identifying the factors affecting our self-esteem. One of the activities involved fellows to recall places, names, situations, etc. that helped in building their self-esteemand write them down while other activity involved fellows recalling their favorite actress and write their feeling if they looked like them.

In the end, the girls we asked to make a promise card to themselves as a commitment to action to build body confidence. 

B) A Workshop on Domestic VIiolence & Right To Education

We have organised a workshop with the objective to educate fellows about the Domestic Violence Act and the Right to Education so that they can imply and spread the learnings.

C) A Workshop on Building Confidence & Communication Skills

This workeshop was organised to develop better understanding of how they can enhance their confidence level by simply adapting few practices like not comparing, by staying calm, relaxing, loving themselves, etc. in their daily lives. This would in turn help in improving on their communication skills.

D) A Workshop on Exam Preparedness

It was workshop full of enjoyable activities to make the fellows realize the importance of memory games to increase the memory power. A sentence was initiated by the facilitator and the fellows had to repeat it adding one word at the end of the sentence. The game continued with each new person reciting the previous list before adding their choice of item. Fellows were also advised to solve puzzles like Sudoku to enhance memory power.

A well-structured plan for preparing for exams was described to them, wherein major focus was laid on staring the preparation at an early stage. Importance of making Flashcards was also explained amongst others.

OUTCOME

  • Fellows will be able to adapt various techniques to increase memory power
  • They will be confident enough to plan their studies in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Also, they will study in groups to gain and share knowledge.

2. ALUMNAE MEET

Our ALUMNAE of the programme came togther with great zeal and enthusiasm on 31st January. It was a beautiful meet to rejoice and remember the spirit of being a Shalini. Besides the fellows themselves, the meet saw the presence of mentors, convenors and other esteemed guests. Reading the Udayan Shalini pledge was all that was needed to begin the program on the most emotional and optimistic note. Sharing of experiences made fellows go down the memory lane. From the managing trustee, to the mentors and the senior manager, all shared their experiences of their journey with USF. 

3. Our Sucess Strory

"Dream of Cardiology”

(B’cOZ  HeArt and its matters matter!! )

Born in the bharanta village in kangada valley amidst the green hills of palampur in himachal Pradesh, With hopes in heart and dreams in their eyes, Darshana’s (Name Changed) family in search of better life, better future and better livelihood opportunities migrated to Delhi. Darshana was in third standard at that time. Darshana has always been a brilliant student and is always the apple of her teacher’s eyes. Her father works in a stationary shop in Chandhi Chowk area of Delhi.  With his monthly income, he could hardly manage the expenses of his family, he being the only breadwinner in the family. 

Udayan fellowship came as a blessing in disguise in their lives. Darshana had her heart in Science subject but she was aware of her father's economic conditions and of the expenses that would be incurred for pursuing further education, financial help given by USF proved to be a great help. Deprived from education, her parents couldn’t guide her to the path of education, besides providing moral and emotional support. 

Cardiologist!! This is what she firmly opined she wants to become, her dreams and the dreams of her parents got wings. When she got selected for the fellowship, she said, “I am thankful to my teachers who informed me on this fellowship. I didn’t have much idea on the workshop part to enhance our overall personality which will provide us out of box of thinking.  

ALUMANAE MEET 2
ALUMANAE MEET 2
Workshop on CONFIDENCE AND COMMUNICATION 2
Workshop on CONFIDENCE AND COMMUNICATION 2
Workshop on EXAM PREPAREDNESS
Workshop on EXAM PREPAREDNESS
SELF ESTEEM WORKSHOP
SELF ESTEEM WORKSHOP
Success strory - Story of Change
Success strory - Story of Change
 
   

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