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 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

Links:

Apr 7, 2015

Sharing, Learning and Celebrating the Journey of Being a Shalini Fellow

ALUMNAE MEET
ALUMNAE MEET

During the reporting period of time, the programme has given the opportunity for our new and alumnae fellows to share their experiences and learnings with each other.  Following are few events organised to provide platform of sharing to our fellows.

Interchapter Meet

Fellows across all centers of Delhi chapter came togther to meet, interact, brainstorm and take forward USF to greater heights. Deliberating on the multi-faceted activities of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme (USF), the meet was to share and learn from each others’ innovative, successful strategies and practices.

Understanding the progress of each of the chapters, their challenges were discussed at length leading to with suggestions and reference helps for networking. In totality the two day meet gave ample food for thought in terms of recommendations to addressing the recruitment process of Shalinis, creating a standard model across all chapters, strengthening of mentoring and core committee.

All in all, the ultimate goal to replicate the unique model of the programme across chapters for qualitative improvement was held supreme. Undoubtedly the interchapter meet was one enriching platform that brought the joined the common thread and brought the chapters closer.

Celebrating Being a Shalini Fellow - Usf Alumnae Meet

The 4th USF Alumnae Meet was held with great zeal and enthusiasm on 1st February. The meet started with the pledge that all shalini’s took in the beginning of their journey and went on with sharing their experiences, learnings, strengths,  challenges faced and battles won in their journey.

Quarterly Workshops

The workshop was annuagrated with an inspirational speech by one of our Aluminae – Semma ( name Changed) who is currently working in marketing sector. She inspired the young fellows to identify their hidden talents and skills and polish them to the level that they become their strengths.

Success Story –

Seema ( Name Changed)

Today Seema’s dreams have touched the sky, which has happened quite literally. Becoming an Udayan Shalini Fellow in the year 2008-09 as a 7th batch fellow, she was a regular hardworking student, but not a conventional thinker. Today Seema is a confident Flight Attendant with Saudi Arabian Airlines and staying at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This life altering journey was been both unimaginable and eventful.

Growing up in a rented accommodation, she knew the economic limitations of her family of five members. It was this crucial period of her academic life and personality transition that USF touched her. She always dreamt different but never realized that these could be within her reach. The financial hurdles were no more the road blocks to her education with the monetary support received from USF.

My dreams saw the light at the end of the tunnel when I got selected for the USF fellowship”. It not only supported me financially but gave me the much needed direction to pursue my dreams. For the first time, she felt confident enough of herself and capable to do something. The guidance from the mentor and the quarterly workshops instilled strength to speak about her own self, her ideas and her dreams .After completing her graduation she got a job with Convergys .But destiny was making a place for her dreams. Meanwhile she cleared the interview for this international airline and got the golden opportunity to be a part of its crew and fulfill her childhood dream. Today she has traveled to 11 countries and has many more on her check list. “I will soon get my visa for the United States and will fly to the US and after that to China”, says an overwhelmed Seema.

Going for her dreams also meant developing equivalent degree of courage which entailed living away from family, facing the real challenges on her own, being strong emotionally. But she does it with passion and patience at the same time. Contributing to the family income, today she knows the value of money that once came to her in the form of a scholarship. She still wants to do an MBA and hopes to settle as a Manager to give her career a new twist.

Whenever she is in India she makes it a point to meet her USF family. Recently attending the USF Alumnae Meet she recollected vividly the memories of her journey of attending quarterly and small group workshops, residential camp and growing as a Shalini Fellow. It is only symbolic that she took about two minutes to recognize her own picture clicked at the residential camp. Undoubtedly she has come a long way emerging as a different, confident and empowered girl Shalini.

INTER CHAPTER MEET
INTER CHAPTER MEET
Quarterly Workshop
Quarterly Workshop
Sucess Story
Sucess Story
Apr 6, 2015

Updates from our Sunshine Homes

The Young Engineer of Udayan Care - Ram
The Young Engineer of Udayan Care - Ram

Udayan Ghar Programme

Udayan Ghars are based on the belief that a loving family and home is the rightful privilege of every child. This belief took shape in 1996 in the form of L.I.F.E: Living in Family Environment, when the first Udayan Ghar was set up. These homes are located in busy, middle class neighborhoods, so children can re-integrate themselves into society. Our children are receiving quality education in some of the best educational institutions. Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 431 children with love and protection in 13 Homes across Delhi, NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur. Presently, there are 186 children across all homes. Every moment these little kids make us feel like proud parents.

Success Story of this quarter

Ram (Name Changed)

At a tender age of 7 years, Ram was part of a child trafficking racket in Bihar which ultimately got him to the capital city of India, Delhi. But, unlike many others, Ram was lucky; as he managed to escape and was rehabilitated for long term support and well-being at Udayan Care. Today, Ram is a 23 year old, young and confident engineer who is placed with a big Multi National Company in New Delhi itself.

Workshops during this Quarter

This quarter we had conducted workshop with children and caregivers on various subject/ topics such as Personal Hygiene, Child Sexual Abuse, Exam Anxiety, Transfer of a child, Child Protection Policy, Protection of children against sexual offence (POCSO) along with the Life skill workshops.

On the 6th of January 2015, three new trainee care staff from the Sant Nagar, Mayur Vihar and Gurgaon Udayan Ghars attended a compulsory workshop on the Child Protection Policy of Udayan Care. The workshop was held at the Udayan Care Head Office by the Assistant Manager, Udayan Ghar Programme. Another workshop on the POSCO was organized on 6th of January, 2015 was conducted by Mr. Rahul Raja Sharma and Mr. Nikhil Cliford David. This was to sensitize the staff towards the suffering faced by children who are too young to handle their situations.

A workshop about Exam Anxiety was conducted on the 10th of January, 2015 by Ms. Aakanksha Tiwari and Mr. Ramiz Khan Sherwani.The workshop focused on the symptoms of anxiety related to exams and how to tame it. During this session, some of the strategies were recommended to reduce stress. They learned a great deal from the workshop on controlling and facing anxiety; this will allow them to tackle their academic problems and do better than ever before.

On January 19, 2015 Meenakshi the coordinator of Kurukshetra home for girls conducted a workshop at home on the topic Child Sexual Abuse in order to make them able to deal with child abuse issues & its prevention at home. On the 23rd of January 2015, a workshop on the Importance of Personal Hygiene was conducted by Ramiz Khan Sherwani. It was aimed to the group of children from ages 7 to 17.The importance of hygiene was explained both at a macro and micro level, relating to communities, groups and individuals.An important workshop on the Transfer of children and the role of the caregiversduring transfer was conducted by Ms. Ira Tomar, the coordinator of the Ghaziabad home. The workshop took place on the 22nd of January, specifically for the caregivers in the case of transferring a child to another home. The caregiver also decided that they will be more careful and responsible from the next time and will try to handle trivial problems on their own.

On 20th February 2015 Lalit, coordinator of Mayur Vihar Home conducted a workshop with the children on topic of the disease most prevalent these days "SWINE FLU (H1N1) virus". In this workshop it was observed that children knew about the disease however weren't aware about the causes, symptoms, prevention and treatments. On 8th Feb 2015 Volunteers, Enactus Sri Ram College of Commerce conducted a workshop on Health & Hygiene with the children at Mayur Vihar Home under the guidance of the coordinator Mr Lalit. Similarly, Dr Deepak Gupta (child and adolescent psychiatrist) along with the team decided to conduct a workshop on 19th February 2015 on the topic Listening Skills with the Caregivers/ Care takers dealing with children at homes. A workshop was conducted on 23rd Feb 2015 in which all the four committees Health, Aftercare, Education, Alumni presented the review of 2014-15 and way forward among all participants.

Similarly on 19th March, 2015 Mr. Rahul Raja Sharma (Asst. Manager) conducted a workshop with the caregivers on the topic Caregiving 2014-15 which was to reflect upon all the workshops conducted during 2014 and way forward. On 27th March, 2015 Dr Deepak Gupta (Child & Adolescents Psychiatrists) took a session with the Mentor Parents and Coordinators on the Mental Health Programme 2014-15 & way forward.

Other Recreational activities were organized in collaboration with Corporates (CSR), who is our direct/ indirect stakeholders Such as our children of the Udayan Care Mehrauli Homes were invited to visit Genpact (MNC) at Gurgaon. This was a part of the company’s CSR responsibilities to the society, and they used the opportunity to interact with children and sensitize the society about children such as those staying in the Udayan Care Ghars.

 Sports Day Celebration

During this quarter Children also celebrated Republic Day of India at their respective home hosting the National Flag and performing in cultural. Like every year, on 29th March 2015, 9th Adidas sports day was organized for our little children. This event is organized by Udayan Care in partnership of Adidas group. During this event various sports activity, performances, and innovative races, games are conducted for our children. Mr. Dave Thomas, Managing Director – Adidas, India was invited as the chief guest along with our special Guest of Honor star cricket player Mr. K.L. Rahul. Children and the entire team had great fun and fulfillment throughout the event.

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Caregiving Workshop for Caregivers at Udayan Care
Caregiving Workshop for Caregivers at Udayan Care
"SWINE FLU (H1N1)  workshop at Udayan Care
"SWINE FLU (H1N1) workshop at Udayan Care
Sports Day Celebration at Udayan Care
Sports Day Celebration at Udayan Care
 
   

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