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 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

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
 
   

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