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.
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 784 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 178 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 March - May, 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.
Shanti Home and the Mentor Father, Mr. Deepak conducts workshop with Greater Noida children on a monthly basis. The topics covered during the quarter are Reaching My Goals in the month of March & April and Moving Forward in the month of May.
Psychologist, Ms. Dipti conducts life skill workshops every month with both Noida Boys and Girls. The topics covered so far include, Relationship, Communication & Teenage Issues.
And likewise, life skill workshops at other Udayan Ghars were also conducted during the quarter.
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.
On 8th March, 2017 International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women was celebrated at the Udayan Care Head Office and across different Udayan Ghars.
Holi, the festival of colors is one of the widely celebrated festivals in India. The festival brings with itself joy, love unity and marks the beginning of spring. The festival is loved by Udayan Ghar children as well. The young Udayanites spared some time from their too busy and tiring annual examination schedule and experienced the joy of the festival along with the mentor parents on 13th March, 2017.
Consultation on ‘Trauma Informed Care: Concepts & Practices for Children in Alternative Care’ was organised by Udayan Care on 17th of March 2017.
Experts, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, volunteers, members of various Child Welfare Committee, DCPU officers, counselors, senior organization heads and civil society members came together to discuss aspects of trauma-informed care for children living under alternative care.
Ms. Vandana from ArtReach India conducted workshops on 28th and 29th March, 2017 wherein, the participants were interviewed regarding how their journey with ArtReach India Teaching Fellowship Programme had been so far, what all they have learnt and experienced in the whole journey. In the next day’s session, children were taught about making and designing objects using ‘Plaster of Paris’ (P.O.P). The participants made some beautiful creations that were preserved to be put on display later on 6th May, 2017.
March is a month where children go through a phase that changes their daily routine, makes some of them undergo stress and anxiety, long hours of study and spend ample time on learning and working on time management. This phase is called as the Examination Phase. The phase is also marked by symptoms such as sleeplessness, restlessness, loss of appetite and fatigue. By the end of the month of March, children feel lethargic and exhausted, so felt our Udayan Ghar children. This time, out of 150 school-going children, all of them successfully appeared for their final term examination for different classes and out of these 150 children, 15 appeared for their Board examination for class X and XII. Therefore, in order to revive their energy before they start attending the next session at their school, Udayan Care planned to take all the children and the staff across its 11 ghars in Delhi/NCR for the movie, Poorna and later to KidZania. On 6th April, 2017, a group of 140 children and 30 staff members went to Spice Mall to witness the inspiring story of Poorna Malavath and later in the second half, the crowd headed towards KidZania andhad an amazing time enjoying activities, such as fashion show, dance show, theatre and working in the kitchen of some of the world’s renowned fast food restaurant chains like, Dominos, Dunkin Donuts etc.
On 9th April, 2017, the track at the Thyagraj Sports Complex was bustled with energy and enthusiasm. The track where 15 teams consisting of 12 participants in each fought against each other in the track and field event of 100 m dash. Competitors from each team tried hard to prove how strong their legs were, how fast they could be and how much pain they could take to bag the trophy for the first position and of course the best team. The event, Khelyatra was organized by Jyotiyatra. Athletes/competitors from each team competed in three different age categories – 12 & under, 14 & under and 16 & under. Team Udayan Care not only won the first position but also got a set of 14 domestic roundtrip air tickets (12 athletes & 2 coaches) to any place in the country.
On 14th & 15th April, 2017, art workshops continue to happen at the Greater Noida ghar. This time, the children were asked to paint the objects made from plaster of paris in the last class. After that children were asked to make big leaves out of plaster so that they can be put up on exhibition in the month of May. In the evening children were asked to cut the boxes from edges so as to make a structure out of it. Each and every child was asked to make his/her structure for the exhibition.
As planned, the artwork of children that included scroll paintings, sculptures, enamel art pieces and so much more was finally put on display at the Kiran Nadar museum of Art (KNMA) on 6th May, 2017. Children across different Udayan Ghars had been attending art workshops from the past six months organized by ArtReach India as part of their Teaching Fellowship Programme. The programme has helped these young artists polish their talent and have a promising future ahead. The exhibition will extend till 6th June, 2017.
On 13th and 14th May, 2017 Udayan Ghar children were invited for a two days camp, “Camp Zonovation” organized by Zonopact, a US based software developing company. The camp wasan idea incubator, which participants from idea generation, prototyping, product design, and investment to market launch. The Udayan Ghar children grabbed all the prizes (1st, 2nd & 3rd) in the activities carried out during the camp.
The achievements and awards are a never ending process for Udayan Family:
Success Story (any one)
Sheetal used to live at her native place with her father and 4 sisters. Her mother died a few months after giving birth to Sheetal. Her father could not stand the trauma and went through severe depression. Her father was also diagnosed with TB (Tuberculosis). Due to his health being deteriorated day by day, he took all his five daughters to their uncle and aunt who showed unwillingness to receive them. The family then moved to their maternal grandparents in Delhi but the clouds of misfortune didn’t disappear. Poor financial condition was the reason this time that the family had to move again. Left with no other options, the father decided to put all his 5 children into Hope Foundation (an adoption home). But, as nobody came forth to adopt the children, they were transferred to Udayan Care for long term care and protection.
By this time, the little sisters had experienced so much of trauma and neglect that had affected their delicate childhood, their socialisation process and their mental & emotional well being.
Sheetal was just 5 years old when she came at Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida. She was traumatized, had no self confidence, had poor educational background and used to cry missing her mother whom she never saw.
She was nurtured with all required love, care and affection and started believing that she had found a new family at the Udayan Ghar. The efforts of the ghar team have transformed her into a girl who shares her experience of traumatized past without any hesitation.
Sheetal was supported through basic need of love and education too. Seeing her sincerity and dedication she was soon enrolled in one of the best schools of the town, DPS, Greater Noida where she groomed out to be a laborious student and started showing inclination towards fashion designing. She had recently appeared for her XII class board examination and scored 87.6% marks. Her dream to pursue her career in fashion designing has also taken a constructive shape as she had been successful in making her way to the India’s most renowned fashion institute, National Institute of Fashion & Technology (NIFT).
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 IT 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
Udayan Care IT centers are located across Delhi and NCR.
“Expert session by Alumni”
Udayan Care strongly believes to maintain a bonding with its alumni and likes to invite them in order to engage them with the existing students for their motivation. Udayan Care Conducted a special 3 hour workshop was conducted in Udayan Care Information Technology center. The session was conducted by none other than Deepak Nailwal an Alumni of Udayan Care Information Technology Centre. It was through Udayan Care that he got an opportunity to work with a profound company. During the session he covered many useful and interesting topics like: - Digital matt print, Digital painting, and Visual communication. The attraction of the session was when he taught the students that how they can make visual communication effective in Photoshop.
“Life skills Olympiad-2017”
In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. To cope up with the increasing pace and change of modern life, students need new life skills such as the ability to deal with stress and frustration. Today’s students will have many new jobs over the course of their lives, with associated pressures and the need for flexibility. As Udayan Care "where young lives shine" focused to provide holistic development based training to the youth, Life skills training is also a part of it. On 24th March American India Foundation(AIF) took an initiative to celebrate Life Skills Olympiad - 2017 Udayan Care Information Technology Centre (West Vinod Nagar) students and project staff actively participated to make this Olympiad successful, during the event all the student were involved in various activities like:- Goal setting, team building, self-awareness etc.
“Financial Literacy Workshop”
Financial literacy training is part of our job specific course curriculum which helps to youth to understand to settle their basic accounts. Ms Preeti (CMA qualify) Mr Ratan (Finance team-Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi) and Mr Mayank (Finance controller- Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi) took the 7 financial literacy workshops for trained Udayan Care Information Technology Centre students in basic accounting, during their sessions they have shared their expertise with students in “Employment & Earnings”, “Savings”, “Spending” and “Borrowing”. These all sessions structured on games based activities.
“Miracle of hope”
Pooja – Student (Advance Diploma in Computer Application)
Our happiness took new heights when we come to know about a story of change now becoming a success story. A true example for this line is one of our students Pooja who has always shown an attitude like I can and I will and this is what makes her to stand out of the crowd. Pooja a passionate girl, who always likes to be smart in every manner, she is a quick learner and her mind is really sharp to grasp knowledge especially when it comes to the IT field. The youngest daughter of her family now ready to add wings to her bright career in the field of accounting. Pooja grew up in Shyam Park (Sahibabad) which is somewhat a retrograded area. She is staying with two siblings and her parents, her father is working in a small firm, it is a private job and earnings are hand to mouth and her mother is a homemaker.
Pooja has completed 1 year Advance Diploma in Computer Application (ADCA) course from United Decoratives-Udayan Care IT Centre (Sahibabad), as she want to make her career in the field of accounting and after completing the course Pooja got the opportunity to join a reputed firm in Sahibabad as an accountant with good entry level salary as per industry standard.