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...
Jul 7, 2015

Update from Our Fellowship Programme

Fellows enjoying in residential camp
Fellows enjoying in residential camp

Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program (USF)

With an aim to develop the overall personality of our Udayan Shalini Fellows, Udayan Care organized a Residential Camps and quarterly workshop to hone their existing skills, improve their academic performance as well as build their capacity to stand for their rights

 Residential Camp:

Leadership & Team Building echoed as the central theme of the USF Residential camp 2015.The camp saw the participation of 38 fellows from Delhi & Gurgaon centre.  A six-day long camp from 26th May held at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar Greater Noida was a mixed bag of imparting knowledge and fun based exposure to team building.  It began with 40 minutes Morning Exercise and then went on with Role Play, Ice-Breaking games, Self-awareness and Leadership workshops.

Mentor Mentee Meet

Mentor mentee meet was organised during the reporting period to discuss the academic progress and share their academic concerns of fellows with their respective mentors. It was a motivational meet where good performing fellows were motivated to do their best and others to improve their performance.

Quarterly Workshop

It was felt the incidences of verbal abuse and eve teasing are increasing day by day. Therefore, the workshop was organised with our fellow students to sensitize and empower them to fight back such incidences and also monitor their choice of words and actions.

Launch of Project Shiva (shalinis against verbal abuse): A campaign against verbal abuse

 After knowing the graveness of the issue and its direct impact on society as a whole, on mutual consensus it was decided by the Shalini’s that they are not going to entertain any incidence of verbal abuse and would take required steps if they encountered the same in their lives. The campaign will address the issue of violence and disseminate relevant information through social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter etc)

Success Story

Manisha (Name Changed), a girl from lower middle class family carrying dreams to be an engineer, joined Udayan Care in 2009. Her father is a retired government employee from National Textile Corporation (U.P) Limited and mother is a house wife. Her father had limited resources since he is the only earning hand in the family of 5 people (parents and three children) and could only provide education till she completes her schooling.

The fellowship gave her wings to fly high to reach to the level she wanted to. Today, she is in her final semester of Engineering and will be joining “Wipro”(A multinational Company)  as System Manager, the job which she got through her campus placement.

 “I m grateful to USF for providing me immense support in my education and in making me a confident individual - Manisha (Name Changed)

Group Activity during the residential camp
Group Activity during the residential camp
Quarterly workshop
Quarterly workshop
Mentor Mentee meet
Mentor Mentee meet
Jun 25, 2015

Summer = Vocations = Summercamp

Success Story
Success Story

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.

Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 431 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 163 children across all homes along with 34 young adults After Care Programme.

Workshops during this Quarter

In house Life skills workshop were conducted with the children during this quarter focusing on the topic decision making, coping with emotions, knowing myself by the home coordinators. Also various other workshops such as Gender sensitization, Listening Skills were conducted with the children outside the home.

Similarly capacity building workshops were conducted with various stakeholders such as the coordinators, caregivers & mentors looking after the children on topics such as Orientation on Udayan Ghar Programme, Paradigm Shift, Physical Abuse, Transition & Preparedness – Role of Caregivers, Communication skills. The workshop on Orientation on Udayan Ghar programme was conducted in order to enhance & enrich the knowledge of the mentors & the coordinators with respect to the programme. The workshop on Paradigm Shift provided a very different angle of looking at various issues while dealing with the children. The workshop on Physical abuse and Communication skills are the presentation made by the coordinators focusing upon the mental health concerns and how does it affect/ impacts a child’s personality. Similarly, Transition & Preparedness – Role of the caregiver was a workshop done with the caregivers to enhance their knowledge regarding the measures & preparedness required while the child is in his/ her transition period before reintegrating into the society. Our staff has also attended training outside on parenting, child personality, conjugal relationship.

Events

During this quarter one of the major events that took place was the 9th Summer Camp at Jagshanti home (One of our 13 homes located in the state of Uttar Pradesh) . The theme for this year’s summer camp was the Summer of 21 as Udayan Care completed its 21 years of journey.

Children from across 13 homes participated in this event along with the Programme staff. It was a 5 days event starting from 16th June 2015 to 20th June, 2015. All the 163 children were accompanied by 25 care staff; and entire team along with the Director of Jagshanti Home celebrated this summer camp at Jagshanti Home.

Summer Camp is a platform for the children to socialize with other children of different homes. The children take away with them a lot of memories and learning with the help of several activities that are conducted in the camp like taekwondo for body fitness, art and craft, theatre, dance, graffiti for overall capacity enhancement. Apart from this there was a star show conducted in the evening through telescope organized by Nehru Planetarium group for the children. Children were very excited to see the planets such as Venus the morning planet and Jupiter along with its satellites through telescope.

Road safety is one of the major concerns in present scenario therefore a street play was performed by ROSES, NGO working on the issue of Road Safety and Traffic Rules. It was very informative & creative way of making children learn and enjoy about the road safety. Towards the end of the street play the forum was kept open for the children to ask questions and interact to ensure that the right message is conveyed.

On the last day i.e, 20th June, beautiful dance performances took place by different groups who had been practicing while the summer camp. Along with this some group also exhibited their theater skills learnt during the summer camp under the guidance of trained professionals. An art & craft exhibition was also put in place across for the guests to have a glance at the beautiful creative skills of our little children. Towards the end of the day, cash awards were distributed to all the children who have excelled in the academics in the year 2014-15. Last but not the least the colorful 9th summer camp came said good bye to the children by ripping off the birthday cake of two of our children followed by the lunch. 

Success Stories this quarter

Rahul (Name Changed)

Rahul(Name Changed) was a lost child transferred to Udayan Care from Salam Balak Trust (NGO) for long term Rehabilitation by the legal orders. It was observed that Rahul(Name Changed) being a child with Low IQ level was facing lot of challenges in his daily chores. These challenges was giving rise to several mental health issues such as aggressiveness, lack of attention, low self esteem. Because he also used to stammer he was unable to convey his thoughts well across.It was through proper sessions conducted by of Dr. Geetika Goel (psychologist & counselor) we developed a better understanding about the child and his concerns to be able to work upon. He is pursuing his education from Open schooling and is also enrolled in Aurobindo Ashram vocational training centre for 6 months to get vocational training in Art, Craft and Paper making.

Having interest in hospitality & care, Rahul(Name Changed) has also done his internship at Custom Canteen in Gurgaon as a hospitality and kitchen staff for he is also being paid of Rs.5000 for travel and extra expenses. He is very happy with his internship and soon will be permanently be hired by the organization once he attains 18 yrs of age which will certainly bring a remarkable change in his life ahead.

workshop on listening skills
workshop on listening skills
Orientation on Paradigm Shift
Orientation on Paradigm Shift
Rock the floor this Summer Camp
Rock the floor this Summer Camp
Jun 2, 2015

The multi-layered dimension of Computer Technology

Sweden Delegation at our IT centre
Sweden Delegation at our IT centre

 

Adobe youth Voice Program

On 5th February ‘2015, a project on cyber crime by the students of one of our centres won them accolades at the FICCI auditorium, an association of buisness organizations in India. The recognition came as a reward for the past three months of rigorous training workshops aimed to hone the IT skills of our students. The students were given the basic knowledge of using digital media which included Adobe Premiere Element 11, Adobe photoshop skills.  All students under the age group of 19 years were trained under this programme. They chose various social issues for their project work for instance- Importance of Hygiene and Sanitation and poverty.


The objective of the Udayan Care’s ITVT programmes is to improve the lifelong learning for underserved young people and adults, especially women drawn from the poor urban communities by providing technology skills through Udayan Care IT & VT Centres. This is achieved by empowering the poor urban communities to make use of technology to help them improve their limits and individual potential. 

The integration of AIF- AYV programme with our existing centre definitely helped us to promote technological literacy in the community and make people realize that it can be utilized in all walks of life to bring about betterment in their life.

We are extremely thankful to the AIF-AYV for giving us the opportunity through this three month programme to empower our youth to become agents of change in their respective communities. The AVY programme indeed became a model for strengthening our existing leadership and communication skills.

 

Here is the link of our program uploaded on you-tube.

http://youtu.be/ip0S7duN2x8

Sweden Express at our Computer Centre:

In March, 2015, one of our IT centres at Sidhrawali hosted a delegation, comprising of 24 students with three escort teachers from Abt Kungsholmens Gymnasium School, Sweden. It was an amazing experience for our students and the teaching staff as everyone got to interact with the student group. It also became an occasion where our students were exposed to a different culture and its people.

Impact of the Programme activities

There is both direct and indirect impact of the programme. On the tangible lines, the basic and advanced computer courses are adding on to both knowledge and skills of the young students. Interacting with each other, the students become better aware and explore different career opportunities. Thus enhancing the livelihood options available to these students and giving them an advantage in the job market. Spoken English and life skills training are also a part of the curriculum to make students job ready. Looking at it on indirect lines, there is increase in the confidence level of the students who step out of the school academics attending the center and broaden their horizon. The students are ready to compete in the job market and stand equipped to face the career challenges. A sense of dignified independence touches them with the completion of the course. The students of different ages, gender and economic backgrounds make the learning experience more diverse and rich. Year on year the centers produce equipped more aware and optimistic students.

It goes without saying that the IT&VT centers have equipped students across Delhi & NCR with the dignity of self reliance.

                                                                                                           

Miracle of Hopes

From the narrow bylanes of Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh to the metropolitan city of Delhi, Prashant Singh (name changed) has come a long way. And this journey has changed him in more ways than one. Being the eldest son of agriculture based family, Prashant Singh was expected to shoulder the family responsibilities along with his father. After completing his 12th, 24 year old Prashant Singh (name changed) was searching for a job, but without any knowledge of computers, he could not succeed in his efforts.

Learning about the Udayan care ITVT center through Udayan Care’s community mobilization team, he got some hope. He joined the DCA course (Diploma in Computer Application) at the Udayan Care IT Centre in Delhi. After completing the course he got his first job in a Private Company as a data entry operator with a salary of Rs.9000/- per month.

More than Prashant Singh his family is very proud of his efforts and truly believes that the computer training and holistic development at the centre has helped transform the life of the whole family. 

Our IT students at the FICCI auditorium
Our IT students at the FICCI auditorium

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