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.
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. 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 Decision Making- An essential life skill which helped them to take certain difficult decisions of their lives whether personal or professional then a refreshing session on Meditation and Yogic Exercises helped them relieve their stress. Small group workshop on leadership gave fellows the required qualities and the confidence to act as a leader. The ongoing mentor mentee meet help fellows sort out their queries with their respective mentor didis.
II. Details of Progress during Reporting Period:
Activities Undertaken During the Reporting Period
9th April’ 2017
Core Committee Member
Decision Making- An essential life skill
Mahavir Senior Model School
PROCESS OF THE WORKHOP
It was an honor for us to have Mr Ashish , one of our eminent resource people with us to teach our Shalinis the essential life skill of decision making. Decision making forms the most important part of our every one’s life and this is something which is required at every stage of life. Facilitator talked that taking decisions is about daring in life. He started the session by discussing six attributes of Decision making which are:
Facilitator spoke about two circles – one is circle of influence which focuses on our own selves, our own performance and the other is circle of Concern which talks about our surroundings.
Moving towards the end of the session, facilitator talked about the decision impact analysis and divided the impact of a decision into five parts. These are:
SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP/MENTOR – MENTEE MEET
2nd April ’17
Meenakshi (Senior Trainer), Vishal, Kavita, Ayush
Yoga Prana Vidya
Meditation and Yogic exercises
PROCESS OF THE WORKHOP:
The session was taken by Ms Meenakshi, Senior Trainer and her team from Yoga Prana Vidya organization who talked about mental peace, meditation and forgiveness. She started the session by asking the fellows “What is stress? How many types does it have?” Fellows shared that a little stress is required for us to perform well but when it increases it affects our mental well-being. Facilitator then told them how this stress in us radiates in our surroundings from our body and affects others also and vice versa so we need to relive our stress.
She compared stress with energy which cannot be destroyed or created but can be transferred so through meditation we will transform our stress into calmness and peace. Facilitator taught meditational exercises and how to relax ourselves from our stress. She then talked about forgiveness which is very important for a person to grow. Thus she taught forgiveness prayer to all fellows so that we create peace in the surroundings and forgive the person who has caused hurt to us or vice versa. Session moved towards the discussion of the aura - a layer which surrounds our body. She discussed that our body has a crown centre from where we receive blessings from the environment and heart centre helps in radiating that blessing into the surroundings. End of the session was marked by performing an act to feel the energy radiating from these centers.
The session had great impact on fellows. They felt too relaxed after doing meditation and left their stress behind. They learnt how they can convert their negative stress and positive stress.
Some quotes shared by fellows:
“I had a great experience. We mostly pray for ourselves but today I prayed for others also, it gave me immense pleasure. I learnt that stress can be converted into something positive too. We can have control over our anger. Thanks for the whole session” – USF Ankur (Batch 13)
“Today, I was thinking to go to some peaceful, a place full of greenery to feel good and calm but after attending this workshop, I got my mental peace, I feel so fresh, all my negative thoughts have just vanished away”- Neha Gupta (Batch14)
7th May ’17
Richa & Ritika
Facilitator started the workshop by defining the term leader and leadership. Leader is somebody who guides a group of people and leadership is organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal. She emphasized that unless and until a leader does not have a goal for his/her team, he/she can never be a good leader.
Moving further she discussed about the components of Leadership which are as follows-:
Facilitator explained the qualities of a leader by comparing it with the character of Bhuvan (played by Aamir Khan) in the movie ‘LAGAAN’. Various lessons of leadership which fellows learnt from the movie were as follows:
Facilitator concluded the workshop by saying that when situation arises we all can do extra ordinary things and can be leader in their own way. We just have to bring out the hidden potential inside which has been long forgotten.
4th June ’17
Mr. Joga (YPV Certified Trainer and Healer), Priti and Meenakshi
Meditation Techniques and Planetary Peace Meditation
In today’s stressful life days, mental health needs to be taken care of for leading a balanced life. Thus, the workshop was designed keeping in mind the relevance of meditation and to make fellows understand the techniques of meditation.
Facilitator took an orientation session on importance of Mediation. He also talked about mental peace which helps us in enhancing our self-growth and makes us feel empowered. It makes our relation better.
Facilitator further explained techniques of meditation to make our mind sharper which is called Super Yoga. He explained that Super Yoga is an effective technique that activates the brain and sustains brain health. Facilitator taught the importance of Planetary Peace Meditation. Via Planetary peace meditation one can get rid from negative emotions which destroys our happiness and inner peace. Therefore, it is important to learn techniques of Planetary Peace Meditation so that one can connect from positive universal power. He also explained knowledge about Spiritual Technology and recognize Divine Self.
Facilitator taught some techniques of Yoga. Additionally, he explained the benefits of these techniques which will be helpful in self-realization and internal purification. Towards the end, he informed about upcoming event on Spiritual Growth and Life Transforming. Priti Jain added “why it is necessary to join it? Also she explained the important highlights of the event. The session culminated with the taking feedback to ensure the understanding on discussed points.
MENTOR – MENTEE MEET
As this was the time of exams for many fellows. They discussed their problems related to their subjects with their mentors. Fellows were seen learning the supply demand graph from their mentors. Fellows shared about the workshop which they attended on meditation and how relaxed and calm they feel after attending it.
During the interaction session with mentee’s the fellows were asked about their individual experiences of workshop and how now they perceive stress in their lives. Fellows shared about the meditation techniques which they learnt during the workshop to handle their stress.
Fellows also shared lighter moments with their mentors. They talk about their college activities. Mentors suggested their mentees about some books to read and to discuss about it the next time.
We introduced a new system this time of Mentor didi buddies. Fellows who are about to pass out and will take on the responsibility of Mentor didis in future will sit with the present mentor didis to observe the process so that they are able to take the responsibility smoothly.
Fellows just had their exams over and then they were quite excited about their upcoming residential camp which is scheduled in one month’s time. Mentees asked their respective mentors about the residential camp and the activities which are conducted there. Mentees were very excited to take part in the camp activities and were ready to share their responsibilities to be done at the camp. Mentors asked their mentees about their future plans which they have as their exams are over now. Fellows who have now entered class XII have their extra classes now and the ones who were through with their board exams are now thinking of the career options to pursue further and are preparing for entrance exams.
Mentors asked the fellows about their favorite subjects and how do they plan their studies. And an answer came up saying that we do group study to cover our topics to which the mentor asked “Do you think group study helps or does it result more in wastage of time?” One of the mentees said, “It helps a lot as we divide different topics and then explain them to each other”. Mentor asked if some members are not serious in the group then what can you do. Another answered that we can have games like puzzles to invoke interest of other members or can make studies interesting by adapting any other game.
Mentees were motivated to attend the residential camp as it would be a life time opportunity for them.