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
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 June - August, 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 final-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 the following workshops were held during the quarter:
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.
Psychologist, Ms. Dipti conducts life skill workshops every month with both Noida Boys and Girls. The topics covered so far include, Effective Communication, Good touch & Bad touch and Self Esteem.
The mentor mother, Ms. Rukmani and the social worker, Ms. Rakhi conduct life skills workshops every month in the Jaipur ghar leaving no stone unturned in nurturing the girls. The topics that were covered during the quarter include, ‘Effective Communication; Passive, Aggressive & Assertive’, ‘Understanding Feelings’ and ‘Relationship’.
The social worker, Ms. Naynee ensures that children in her Mehrauli ghar get well versed with all the skills required to carry out daily life activities. During the period, life skills workshop on Managing Emotions in the month of June, Body Image in the month of July and Self Esteem in the month August was conducted. And likewise, life skill workshops at other Udayan Ghars were also conducted during the quarter.
Udayan Care Annual Summer Camp’17, Masti Ka Udan Khatola - Journey of Joy
5 days residential camp, 12th June to 16th June’17, was organized at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida. The summer camp themed “Masti ka Udan khatola - Journey of Joy”was Udayan Care’s 23rd Annual Summer camp.
Summer Camp is the time when children across our 13 ghars come together for fun & learning and showcase their talent. It is the time filled with lots of surprises, gifts & awards and delicious eats. It is also the time where mentors, social workers and care givers get an opportunity to revive their relationship with the children. Summer camp brings along the opportunity for everyone to come together to a common platform for becoming a part of collective and collaborative learning.
Children from different ghars were engaged in various activities and workshops, including Art and Craft, Theater, Paper Meshy, Dance and Music, etc. Maximizing the fun, taekwondo demonstration, nukkad natak, fun mela by Genpact and various other activities were held during the summer camp.
The camp was concluded on 16th June with its grand finale throwing some spectacular performances including group dance, group song and a skit. Children’s efforts reflecting from their academic performance were also recognized and they were awarded with scholarship.
Chief Guest, Ms. Suniti, Superintendent of Police, Greater Noida (Rural) and Guest of Honour, Ms. Melissa from CanAssist graced the occasion with their presence.
ICN Matsiko (World Orphan Choir)
The 3rd batch for ICN Matsiko tour departed on 14th June, 17 for the USA, with 3 little princesses being led by an alumna of Udayan Ghar Programme. Our children along with children from other countries will be travelling and performing in different parts of America. Being a part of Matsiko children’s choir is a great honor and wonderful opportunity as it helps children improve their English language skills as well as develop confidence, increase self-esteem and hone their talent for singing, and gain from the exposure.
International Yoga Day Celebration
On the eve of International Yoga Day, 21st June’17, Udayan Ghar, Gurgaon in collaboration with Satkrishna Charitable Trust celebrated Yoga Day. Different stakeholders including Miss Ritu (DCPO), Miss Nisha (Legal Officer, DCPU), Mr. Ramveer (Sarpanch, Narsinghpur) and Mr. Rahul (Mr. Haryana) have participated in the event. Nearly about 225 people participated in the Yoga Day celebration.
Tree Plantation Drive by Baxter
On 30th June’17, World Environment Day (6th June) was celebrated at Udayan Ghar, Gurgaon wherein a team of employees from Baxter devoted their time in planting saplings with the children in the ground within the premises of the Ghar.
Dance Competition at YWCA
On 23rd July’17, seven girls from Greater Noida Ghar participated in a dance competition at YWCA (Young Women Christians Association). They performed contemporary dance and bagged second prize. Groups from various other NGOs also participated in the event. The victory has undoubtedly boosted the self confidence of the girls.
Teej Celebration at Jaipur Ghar
On 25th July’17, children at Jaipur Ghar celebrated Teej festival. Children applied mehndi (henna) on each others’ hand and enjoyed ghewar (a traditional Rajasthani sweet).
Children’s Performance at Dignity Foundation
On 29th July’17, an event was organised by Dignity foundation on the occasion of the inauguration of their Delhi Chapter. Dr. Kiran was invited as the Guest of Honour. The organization works for elderly and event was also dedicated to them. The speakers shared that planning strategies for the elderly has become the need of the hour as we will be having a population in future which would be majorly covered by the elderly. Also, it was emphasized that the elderly group needs to learn and unlearn simultaneously to adapt to the new generations maintaining their proximity. The children from Mehrauli and Gurgaon Ghar performed at the event and were appreciated for their efforts. The event was followed by the snacks.
Independence Day Celebration
Instilling the feeling of patriotism among children at Udayan Care, Independence Day was celebrated on 15th August throughout all the 13 ghars. The celebration started with flag hoisting and went through quiz & competitions, dance performances, patriotic songs, delicious eats and flying kites in the evening. The children enjoyed the day to the fullest.
Art Room Programme
ArtReach India has come up with Artroom Programme for the participants of Teaching Fellowship Programme to keep a sustained ongoing artistic engagement of the children.The workshops take place on every second Saturday of the month, starting from the month of July. These workshops are being led by different artists, therefore, giving our children all the more exposure & enhancing our children’s artistic talent further.
The workshops took place on 8th July’17 and 12th August’17.
On 7th March, 2017 workshop on Menstrual Health and Hygiene was conducted by Ms. Purnima from National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) at the Udayan care Head Office.
Success Story (any one)
1) Showering Brothers at Udayan Care
Tears of joy, infantile smiles, affectionate embrace and glittering faces is what all, we witnessed at Udayan Care during the month of Raksha Bandhan. The piousness of the festival showered blessings on our children in a way that few girls residing at our Udayan Ghars were able to meet their long lost brothers.
Rakhi found her brother after 7 years
Mamta found and met her brother after 8 years
Muskan & Sonal found and met their brother after 11 years
Siblings Reunited After 11 Years (A story of one such reunion)
Siblings- Muskan (18 yrs), Sonal (16 yrs) & Tushar (20 yrs) had been through a difficult phase rendering them into orphan hood, abandonment & severance at a very tender age leading to early childhood trauma.
After the tragic demise of mother and later father, Muskan & Sonal were surrendered to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) by their paternal uncle resulting in separation of the sisters with their brother. The girls were then transferred to our Jagshanti Udayan Ghar for girls at Greater Noida in 2006 for long term care and protection by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) while no whereabouts of their brother were mentioned. The little girls hardly had any idea of what was happening nor did they have any idea about their brother and their place of residence.
Muskan & Sonal have been raised and nurtured with the required love, care and affection in a conducive, family environment and given the sufficient opportunities to grow. They have been groomed into strong, confident and self sustaining individuals under the guidance & love of mentor parents and other home staff.
The sisters are blessed with appealing personality and possess good intellectual and artistic abilities. Despite, being from a traumatic background, they have been able to mark their impression in academics and other fields like dancing, art and craft, sports etc.
One thing that had always disturbed and brought them pain was their inability to meet their lost brother. They missed him a lot and used to cry especially on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. This was the time when the ghar team this year decided to swing into action through the bits & pieces of information in order to find the lost brother. Fortunately, the team was able to locate their brother, Tushar. On 14th of August’17, the sisters were totally surprised to see their brother sitting in front of them at Jagshanti Home. Indeed, it was a moment worth watching and capturing. One could feel their enthusiasm and eagerness to see and talk to each other.
The present era has seen the experts and champions of child protection emphasize more about children’s rehabilitation and restoration to their family but, stories of children such as Muskan & Sonal, compel us to rethink over the definition of ‘best interest of the child’.
Udayan Care Information Technology Programme report for Global Giving
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.
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
Goal setting workshop in Bhangel center
Extra co-curricular activities is part of the curriculum in Udayan Care Information Technology Program, extra co-curricular activities help today's generation for developing ability to fulfill the commitments, In our Bhangel (Noida) center youth are coming from different locations and villages they have enthusiasm to do something in professional manner, they are enjoying when they are working on computer, they took admission with purpose to do job in reputed companies and want to earn a profound designation, to make their dream come true Udayan Care IT project team intensely focused to train these youth in Information Technology, In the month of May 2017 we have conducted Goal setting workshop in our Bhangel center 45 youth participated in this activity, first session was structured to make interaction with students to brief them about the activities and why Goal Setting is important for them, Like goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation, after the interaction students got the questionnaire which had 20 question based on self-awareness, these question help to students to know about their own self, as per their existing knowledge and level they have quoted their career goal and quoted the reasons. It was a wonderful and interactive session; students really enjoyed the activity and gave their positive feedback.
In Udayan Care Information Technology program we are intensely focus to track success rate of our program, as per our study alumni relations is essential for our IT center’s advancement, we have start Alumni forum to engage alumni with our centers, we are conducting these activities for many reasons, like Alumni are an institution's most loyal supporters and Alumni are often in the position to engage the expertise of the institution in their professional lives, and one major thing is that alumni can motivate existing students for their career growth. On 7th May 2017 In our Vinod Nagar Information Technology Centre we had conducted an Alumni meet, First batch (Dec 2015- June 2016) of Graphic & Print Design students participated in this meet, main objective of this alumni meet was to interact with alumni how they are growing in the relevant sector, after completion of the course from Udayan Care IT center, within a year are they growing or not? And second objective was to know if our training curriculum is good or not as per market trend? If not how we can upgrade our existing curriculum? Three hour structured alumni meet became fruitful for us, now our course alumni’s are working with reputed companies and they have become experts in designing software and took responsibility to share their expertise with exiting students.
World environment day celebration
World environment day is a campaign established to bring some positive environment changes all over the world to make life better and more natural. On 5th June 2017 our Badarpur IT center team conducted a tree plantation activity on this occasion to celebrate world environment day. As we know Environmental issues are big issues now a days to which everyone must be aware and give their positive efforts to solve such issue.
During the 4 hours structured workshop, students has done such a wonderful job, 60 students allocated themselves in teams, and they decided to plant trees in center building premises, few students brought the plants, few students brought pots, and few arranged the soil, two team made handmade pots. All teams decorated their plants beautifully and quoted a message which is to spread awareness at the same time to make clean and green environment.
Story of change
Arman – Student (CTSP)
Arman whose roots are from Uttar Pradesh. He is a deep thinker who wishes to achieve the best. He is part of a lower middle class family where his father is working in a factory as a supervisor, his salary is not good enough, in such a situation it’s extremely challenging to meet the daily expenses. Arman was grown up at Lakadpur (Badarpur, South Delhi) and has completed his schooling from a Government school. After completion of his intermediate he started pursuing his graduation through distance learning program, and simultaneous he has decided to learn professional course to prepare himself for job. Arman observes how his father faced difficulty to raise his family, due to financial crisis his family has faced hardship in many ways, that’s why with the help of a professional course he wants to associate himself in job as soon as possible. Arman learnt CTSP (Community Technical Skills Training) course from United Decoratives-Udayan Care Information Technology Centre, during his training he was found one of the most serious and keen learning student, after completion of the course Arman got a chance to associate with MSD Fabric Pvt Ltd, where he has started to learn about e-commerce. This job helps him to be a helping hand for his family at the same time manages his house hold expenses.