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 800 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 187 children across all homes. 27 of our young adults are also been supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of September - November, 2017 the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children engrossed in studies preparing for their mid-term examinations 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.
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 ensures that girls at Greater Noida ghar do not lag behind others in any respect and always try to get inspiring figures to interact with and motivate the girls. In the month of October, Ms. Suniti, S.P, Rural-GB Nagar was invited to guide girls about importance of education and how goals are set to achieve a career of choice.
Psychologist, Ms. Dipti Dash conducts life skill workshops every month with both Noida Boys and Girls. The topics covered so far include, knowing Myself, Managing Emotions and Relationship.
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 –
HUDCO Painting Competition
On 3rd September’17, a Painting Competition was organized by HUDCO at the HUDCO Art Gallery, New Delhi. The first Monday of October has been designated by the United Nations as the World Habitat Day. Every year, as part of the celebrations to observe the World Habitat Day, the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO) organises a painting competition for underprivileged children, on themes related to habitat issues.
A total of 10 children from Ghaziabad, Sant Nagar and Mehrauli Homes participated in the competition where they were asked to draw and paint on the theme, ‘My City of the Future’.
Talent Hunt Event by Cognizant
On 10th September’17, Cognizant organized a talent hunt programme at Airforce Grounds, Subroto Park, New Delhi. The full day event had number of activities planned where the children were given the opportunity to participate where their interest lies. A complete manual was given laying out the rules and regulations for participation. From Udayan Care, Mehrauli Homes, Greater Noida Home & Gurugram Home participated and won prizes.
There were different competitions scheduled in the programme which were divided according to the classes of the children. Group I consisted of children till V standard and Group II had children from VI to XII standard. All the children were given amazing lunch boxes and school bags too!
Dan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week) Celebration
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston S. Churchill
The first week of October is celebrated in India as Joy of Giving Week.
Dan utsav was celebrated across different Udayan Ghars while spreading the joy among the ones who know the joy yet, metaphorically have hardly witnessed it. Children across ghars gave away their belongings such as clothes, stationary, toys and even some eats bought from their pocket money to children in the nearby community, slums and/or under privileged schools.
Visit of K9 School at Noida Girls and Boys Ghar
On 8th October, 2017 a team consisting of behavioral psychologists, volunteers and Stella and Phulki (therapy dogs) visited from K9 School our Noida Boys and Girls Ghars for interaction with the children. The basic objective was to introduce canine therapyidea and practices of canine assisted activities and canine assisted therapy which are being successfully used in many parts of the world in schools, homes, hospitals to address the needs of special children and provide supportive therapy to those dealing with grief, loss, childhood trauma associated with abuse, and a variety of cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues.
Auro Camp, Nainital – 18th October to 22nd October’17
This Diwali, we thought of gifting a wider smile to our ghar children and planned to take them for Auro Camp at Van Niwas, Nainital in association with Sri Aurobindo Asharam. The objective of the camp was mainly to celebrate Diwali, and provide fun & thrill, build courage, stamina & self confidence and channelize energy of children towards value added activities. Children were engaged in activities such as trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, meditation etc. catering to their all round personality development.
A team of carers also went with the children where, apart from their engagement in activities, they also got an opportunity to revive their relationship with children and rejuvenate themselves.
We immensely thank Mercer and Benetton forlighting the contours of hope, joy and happiness in the lives of our children and making this Diwali a memorable one!
Children were invited at the corporate office of Benetton on 17th October’17 and a group of employees from Mercer visited our Jagshanti Udayan Ghar for Girls, Greater Noida on the same day to celebrate Diwali. Children were engaged different activities such as dance, games and rangoli making.
The children were given refreshment after Pooja and later gifts were also distributed among them.
MAMD Family Day Celebration by Baxter
Every year Baxter celebrates MAMD family day in which all the employees along with family members come together and celebrate the auspicious day. Likewise every year, Baxter has invited the Udayan Care children to be a part of the celebration. Twenty eight children from Udayan Care Home, Gurgaon participated in the event organized at Tivoli on Oct 29th, 2017.
The children have given an amazing group dance performance and won the heart of everyone over there. Activities such as Tattoo making, shooting gun, football board, remote car racing, and fun house for the younger kids. Apart from these thrilling activities, children enjoyed delicious eats as well.
New Home (Udayan Ghar for Girls) at Faridabad
Udayan Care proudly announces the establishment of its 14th Udayan Ghar at Faridabad, Haryana. The ghar would cater to the protection & developmental needs of orphaned, abandoned and at-risk girls. The ghar will soon be operational.
Saksham Pedal Delhi
On 5th November’17 Children from different Udayan Ghars participated in the event, Saksham Pedal Delhi. The event was an initiative by PCRA aimed at propagating the importance of fuel conservation and efficient energy utilization among citizens. As a part of the event, children pedaled bicycles for 5 km. Later, they were given refreshment.
Theater Show by Salam Balak Trust
Sheroes, a theatre show, written, directed and acted by the children of Salam Balak Trust was something really enjoyed by the children across different Udayan Ghars. The children were truly motivated and shared a good feedback.
Art Room Programme
If children are exploring, thinking, experimenting and trying new ideas on their art notebook, then creativity and inventiveness has a chance to blossom.
ArtReach India continued to organize art workshops where children are being provided with a platform to learn, explore and enhance their artistic talent. During the quarter, the workshops were conducted on 9th September, 14th October & 11th November at Sanskriti Pratishthan.
Success Story (any one)
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you”
- Walt Whitman
The pain of losing parents is too overwhelming to be contained in a little child’s heart. By 2006, Muskaan had lost both her parents and was just six years old when she was handed over to Udayan Care by her uncle.
Udayan Ghar team consisting of mentor parents, social workers and, care staff nurtured Muskaan and helped her develop a sense of trust, bonding and security. The caring, non-judgmental and loving environment provided by the Udayan Care family helped her grow into a sincere, hardworking, and cheerful girl. Now, Muskaan is not just a sincere student but is also a good writer who likes to pen down her thoughts as beautiful poems.
This year, she appeared for the XII board exams and secured 74.6%. Her belief in herself was reinforced by motivation from her mentor father and she got admission in the prestigious Ashoka University with full scholarship. Now Muskaan is all set to give a constructive shape to her career.
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
Annual day celebration of Badarpur centre
Based on Udayan Care's mission to enable every adult the dignity of self-reliance, Kishwarna-Udayan Care Computer Learning Centre initiated in 2007 in Badarpur, South Delhi. This centre is setup with the objective to provide benefits to those youth/women’s/high school students who come from underprivileged areas.
Over the last one decade more than 2800 youth/women have graduated in computer courses like: - CTSP, DCA, ADCA, DTP, and English Communication etc. after completion these courses they got placed in relevant jobs with good entry level salary.
On 12th Oct 2017, Kishwarna Udayan Care Computer Learning Centre turned 10. Project staff & students decided to celebrate "A successful decade" on the occasion of Annual Day celebration, 70 existing IT students participated in various activities like:- Contemporary lyrical dance performances which portrayed women empowerment, role play enactment on "Child Abuse" and "Digital literacy". Our centers alumni Pooja, Imran and Sangeeta joined this annual day function to motivate our existing trainees to achieve their goal, they also shared their experience about the resources which are provided by Kishwarna - Udayan Care which become helpful for them to make it sustainable.
Udayan Care family is thankful to Kishwarna Charitable Trust and its founder Mr. Prem & Mrs. Geeta who have been continuously supporting us to fulfill Udayan Care's mission and vision.
In Udayan Care IT programme we are intensely focusing to train the trainees in a proficient manner, our well qualified faculties give their best to train the youth in computer software skills. Simultaneously to make our regular classes more enthusiastic and happening we try to find the people who have expertise in the relevant field whereby to make the youth familiar with the industry where they would involve themselves as an employee in near future.
On 9th Sept 2017, we have conducted a workshop in our East Vinod Nagar IT Centre; the workshop topic was "Email Writing" 55 youths from three different IT Centers attended this workshop. We are really thankful to Mr Arjun (Volunteer) who took the responsibility to polish our centre's youth email writing skills in a professional manner. It was quite encouraging to see the number of students who showed up. During the session Mr Arjun covered the topics like: - introduction of email writing, basics of email writing, how to write formal emails?, use of message, what points to remember, why quick view is important. It was a great learning experience for the students with in-depth use of email writing in a formal manner.
Joy of giving week – Nukkad Naatak
There are a lot of things in the world that can make us smile but nothing beats the invaluable joy of making someone happy. Daan Utsav is India’s festival of giving that brings people from various sectors together, to celebrate and spread the joy of sharing. Held annually in the first week of October (2nd-8th), the festival has empowered millions of Indians to give back to the society.
Udayan Care IT Centre students celebrated joy of giving week every year enthusiastically, this year our students came forward to celebrate again, amazingly with an innovative idea and theme which is “Lets create awareness”
In East Delhi Udayan Care runs two IT Centre at East Vinod Nagar & West Vinod Nagar, our west vinod nagar centre is a hub to produce graphic designers and East Vinod Nagar centre is dedicated to provide training in E-accounting & basic fundamentals of computer. Students from both the centres selected theme "Malnutrition" to create awareness in nearby community. They chose the area of Yamuna Khadar (Nearby Commonwealth Games village) where many daily wage earners are residing. Our students found that the people in that locality are not aware about the relevance of nutrition, children are facing diseases but their parents not able to recognize the diseases due to lack of knowledge and poor education.
40 Students from our UC IT, Vinod Nagar center performed a Nukkad Naatak at the Yamuna Khadar slum area with the aim of creating awareness pertaining to malnutrition.
Through the Nukkad Naatak, they highlighted the fact that one-third of the world's children who are victim of malnutrition, live in India and are in dire need of help and how we can help them to overcome the situation. The play was immensely impactful as it managed to get the attention of the large population of that area. After the Naatak, our children distributed fruits and juices to the children of the yamuna Khadar community.
This story is about a student named Jainendra. He basically belongs to a village in Allahabad district. He has a very simple rural family in which his father is a farmer & mother is a homemaker. He financially wanted to support his father, so after completion of his academic education he decided to take up a job in Delhi. He came to Delhi with lots of aspirations towards seeking a good job and stays at his relative’s home. He faced few interviews and tried to find a job but even after his best efforts he didn’t get success, many a times he got rejected in several interviews. On the same, he got his drawback reflected, as he has lacked IT skills. Then his neighbor suggested him to visit United Deocratives-Udayan Care computer Learning Centre for improving his IT skills. Jainendra completed 6 month Diploma in Computer Application (DCA) and got the opportunity to associate as a customer care executive in a reputed company with an entry level salary. Once more Udayan Care helped a youth change his life.
Jainendra believes it is a start of his career, he is doing continuous efforts to help his father financially and simultaneous improving his skills for fulfill of his dreams.
Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), one of the unique programme’s 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. 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 behavior through awareness drives. The fellowship stands different because of its pyramidal mentoring.
The months were filled with series of activities which included Quarterly Workshop on Menstrual Awareness and Hygiene which allowed the girls to challenge the patriarchal ideas of impurity attached to menstruation. Small group workshops on Career Counseling, Employability and Soft Skill training helped the fellows in gaining perspective regarding the current crisis in the job market and how to deal with it effectively.
II. Details of Progress during Reporting Period:
Activities Undertaken During the Reporting Period
9th July, 2017
Enactus I.I.T Delhi
Menstrual Awareness and Hygiene
Mahavir Senior Model School
PROCESS OF THE WORKHOP
Enactus, a student community group of IIT Delhi as a part of its core project ‘Titli’ aimed to create awareness about menstrual hygiene and eradicate the taboo or stigma attached towards it by our society.
To facilitate an open discussion about this sensitive topic, the Enactus team organized a ‘Gaming Session’ in which the students were divided into 8 groups and were taken into separate rooms. In each room, three games were played, namely; The Roulette, A Memory Game, and A Puzzle-Solving Game.
Rules of the Game:
The participant with the highest subtotal after 10 chances was declared as the winner.
b) Memory Game
c) Puzzle-Solving Board Game
After the gaming session, the students were again brought into a single group and they were asked to talk about what they learnt from those games, and talk about the healthy practices before and after a menstrual cycle.
Outcome of the session:
The girls were informed about the use of pads and the proper disposal of these pads as well. They were also informed about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercising for a healthy menstrual function.
Overall, the workshop helped the girls gain confidence, rather than excluding themselves from participation in daily public activities during the course of their menstrual cycle.
SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP
2nd July, 2017
IIT Enactus Delhi
Session 1: Menstrual hygiene and addressing the taboo.
Session 2: Career Counseling.
PROCESS OF THE WORKSHOP
Session 1: Menstrual hygiene and addressing the taboo by Enactus Team
Session 2: Career Counseling and admission related information by Pooja
The IIT Enactus Team addressed our Shalini’s regarding the taboo or stigma attached towards menstrual health. Many statistics were presented regarding the ignorance towards women’s health and special needs due to this associated stigma. Based on this, the discussion was taken forward on the lines of awareness and the need to talk about ‘feminine hygiene’. As a part of Enactus’ project ‘Titli’, the girls were also familiarized with cotton sanitary pads which can be washed and reused making it more economical and long-lasting as compared to the daily disposable ones.
The following session was taken up by our Programme Coordinator, Ms. Pooja who addressed the various doubts and queries that our fellows had regarding their choice of stream, future prospects and the colleges one can seek admission in. The aim of the session was to not only to aware the girls that they should pursue a field or course of their own choice and not taking into account what peers or members of the family force upon us.
Outcome of the session:
From session1, dual outcomes were achieved;
From session 2:
The fellows understood the importance of taking a firm decision regarding one’s own career. They also gained clarity regarding the wide range of career opportunities which are available to them.
6th August, 2017
Mrs. Nupur and Ms. Naina
2. Career Counselling and Employability by Nupur
Process of the Workshop:
On 6th of August, we conducted our small-group workshop with Sapna, our alumnae Shalini, and Nupur.
Career Counseling and Soft Skills by Sapna
Our Senior Shalini, Ms. Sapna from Batch-8 conducted a workshop on soft skill training and provided appropriate career counselling to the girls of Batch 14-15. The purpose of the workshop was to aware the girls about career paths which suits their choices and interests. She also talked about the importance of taking one’s own career-related decisions, independently and not succumbing to pressures created by peers of family. Through anecdotes and quoting her own life experiences, Sapna gave clarity to the issues which plague the minds of young students who are unaware of the courses and options which are available to them. She also highlighted on the significance of standing out of the crowd rather than being a part of the herd. For this, she laid emphasis on confidence building; a key to crack any sort of interview.
SESSION:2 Career counseling and the employability of the Youth by Nupur
The second session was taken up by Mrs. Nupur with Batch-12 and 13 who are currently pursuing their graduation. The purpose of the session was to make girls aware about the current crisis in the job market wherein many of the jobs have become redundant or have completely mechanized. This has resulted in loss of jobs especially in the private sector. In such a scenario, it is important to enhance our skill set and knowledge base accordingly. For instance, learning computer programming or many soft skills such as communication skills which have taken the forefront in today’s world. Based on this, the girls were given guidance on how to 'stand out' during job interviews by working on their communication skills and basic logical reasoning skills. Overall, the session helped the girls in gaining insights on how to crack an interview and prepare their CV accordingly.
Outcome of the Session;
Both the sessions helped the girls in getting a clear idea of what career they want to pursue in the future and how to work towards it.
While the session by Ms. Sapna was wholistic in terms of how to take important career decisions regardless of one’s field; Mrs. Nupur focused primarily on the private sector jobs in the field of marketing and sales. Together, both the sessions helped the girls get a clear idea of how to apply for jobs and what are the demands in the larger job market. Both the sessions ended on a positive note, where a Q and A session was organized by the speakers and all the doubts of the fellows were addressed by the them.
MENTOR MENTEE MEET
Layout of The Meeting:
Confidence is something which is hard to learn, however still remains a key aspect during interviews and all public speaking activities.
To develop this indispensable skill in our fellows, our mentor Didi’s provided our Shalini’s with some important tips to build their confidence which are as follows;
- Prepare and Plan: Before a job interview, or any public speaking activity, one should rehearse beforehand.
- Increase knowledge base: One should be well aware of the subject that will be discussed. More the knowledge we have about the subject/ topic, the more confidently we will participate in the activity.
- Practice self- appreciation: It is important to keep a positive mindset as it is directly impacts our well-being. A negative or a pessimistic attitude may result in low self-esteem and even lower self-confidence.
Outcome of The Meeting:
This mentoring session helped the fellows to open up and present their thoughts in an articulate manner. Also, the fellows learnt the art of positive thinking and self-motivation. Lastly, the session also helped the fellows learn that they should not be intimated by anyone.
Career Counseling and Admission Related Guidance
Since admissions are around the corner, the fellows received guidance and career counseling from our mentor didi’s regarding which course or college to opt for and how to go about the admission procedure.
The mentor didi’s also advised the elder Shalini’s who are pursuing their graduation to go for internships and gain the required experience/exposure in their field. This will give them an edge in job interviews.
The mentors also advised the fellows to develop a ‘goal planner’. This will help them in becoming more focused towards their goals and aims in life. The fellows were also recommended to pursue a field they wished too rather than going by any conventional/ normative career paths.
The tips which the mentors provided were a great help to the Shalinis’ who are currently in the process of admissions in different courses.
Moreover, the fellows who are in pursuing their graduation were advised to enroll themselves in an internship Programme in order to receive exposure in their field.
Overall the mentoring session benefited the fellows greatly. They learnt new ways to manage the admission related stress and anxiety and how to choose a field based on their interests and aptitude.
13th August, 2017
In this quarter, we started with the process of inducting a new batch of fellow Shalinis for which we conducted the written exam in Mahavir Senior Model School. As our motto is to reach out and serve every disadvantage girl; we initiated the process of selecting new batch of Shalinis. The response has been over whelming as we received around 800 applications for our programme.
Followed by the written exam, we also conducted interviews in Mahavir Senior Model School. After the first round of screening, we interviewed of around 200 shortlisted applicants along with their parents. In order to select the most deserving candidates for our programme.
Nisha , a young 18 years old girl who always seem quiet and thoughtful has spoken graciousl