Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), one of the unique programmes of Udayan Care, aims to promote and support higher education for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, 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, 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 Interview Facing, small group workshop conducted on “Coping With Emotions” helped in carving out a way in dealing with emotions fellows experience in the age group they are currently in. The successful Induction for fifteenth batch of meritorious girls was splendidly conducted. The workshop on Communication Skills provided fellows with the tips and techniques for improving communication. Social Awareness Rally was organized in the streets of Jama masjid, old Delhi on behalf of thousands of young women and girls who are enslaved and trafficked across the country.
Details of Progress during Reporting Period:
DATE: 22nd October’16
VENUE: Mahavir Senior Model School, Model Town
In a grand induction ceremony, fellowship was awarded to 50 candidates who were becoming Shalinis for 15th batch of Delhi, continuing the legacy of the unique programme.
Mr Sandeep, who is an IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax, Ministry of finance, GOI graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The much awaited segment of the day was when the Honourable Chief Guest administered the oath to the new batch. A sense of pride echoed in the voice of the fellows when they took the oath.
After the oath, the fellows were awarded their first fellowship cheque along with the Shalini badges. The ceremony was also an event to award the certificate of achievement to the fellows of 10th batch who had completed their successful fellowship as a Shalini.
“It was a wonderful learning experience for all of us, what inspired the most was the presence of senior shalinis in the function sharing their experiences. We could see our reflection in them.”
~ Neha ( Name Changed )
SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP
Coping with Emotions
BACKGROUND OF THE WORKSHOP
Each one of us has experienced a variety of emotions and feelings: happy, sad, angry, nervous, confusion, worry, fear, love, shame, surprise, disgust and many more. And everyone has a unique way of expressing them. When we are young, these emotions and feelings are often accompanied by intense mood swings.
These emotions, sometimes, affect our very behavior. The social set up that the fellows are living in- with cultural norms, gender bias etc, affects their expression of feelings.
The facilitator, knowing that understanding one’s feelings is the first step to learning how to have control over them, initiated an activity called “Pass the Feeling”.
The exercise workshop ended on a happy note; fellows recalled when they laughed most recently or expressed joy.
The facilitator then gave tips to fellows to deal with all kinds of emotions before they turn into intense mood swings affecting fellows’ behavior. Very often, some feelings that are viewed as “bad” or “wrong,” are bottled up and suppressed.
October 10th’ 2016
PROCESS OF THE WORKHOP:
The workshop was held in three sessions as follows:
Mr Ricky, Chief mentor, USF, is known for having been associated with Udayan care since a very long time. He came on the occasion to impart few words of wisdom to the Shalinis.
Mr Ricky, inspired shalinis on focusing our energies on developing our hearts more than developing our minds. He also talked on clarity of thoughts, concentration of efforts and a key to a successful life.
Distress and Mal-Adjustment in any of the ALP (Aspiration, Life Skills and Personal Attributes) would result often in Aggressive Behavior, Violence and Quitting the particular chores the person is engrossed in.
The fellows were provided with tips and tricks to ace interviews.
BACKGROUND AND DESIGN OF THE WORKSHOP
The role of sound communication skills assumes great importance in the academic, personal and professional life. Therefore, it became important to understand the different components of communication like verbal, non-verbal and listening .The workshop was designed to impact the understanding of the fellows about the form of communication to be adopted in their daily lives and enhance their confidence level. The exercises and activities would help the participants to explore their own communication skills.
Tips for improving, both, verbal and non-verbal communication skills were discussed with the fellows.
Mahavir Senior Model School
As times are changing, so are gender roles. Women are taking the centre stage by moving into the workforce and becoming career-oriented but still mental, physical and sexual harassment, misogyny and gender inequality continue to be a way of life for most of them. It is in this context that her awareness of the legal rights, mandated by Indian law, gains significance. Girls and women are to be made aware of their rights.
Facilitator asked fellows about their understanding of “RIGHTS”. After series of responses, facilitator explained that Rights are what is allowed to people or owed to people according to a legal, social and ethical system. There are certain rights that are entitled to us just because our identity of a particular Gender. So, there are certain rights that are entitled to women. Facilitator briefed the fellows about the following important legal rights:
Women have the right to have a lawyer accompanying her to the Police Station while filing an FIR so that she doesn’t face the risk of being misquoted.
Under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, a woman who has been raped can record her statement before the district magistrate when the case is under trial, and no one else needs to be present. The cops have to, by law, upkeep the woman's right to privacy.
“The police cannot refuse to register an FIR even if a considerable period of time has elapsed since the incident of rape or molestation took place. Supreme Court has ruled that the police must register an FIR even if there has been a gap between the report and the occurrence of the incident," says Tariq, advocate, Supreme Court.
According to the guidelines issued by the Delhi Police, a woman has the privilege of lodging a complaint via email or registered post addressed to a senior police officer of the level of Deputy Commissioner or Commissioner of Police. The Police then come over to the residence of the victim to take her statement.
A rape victim can register her police complaint from any police station under the Zero FIR ruling by Supreme Court. Sometimes, the SHO of Police station sends the victim saying that this doesn’t come under their jurisdiction so in such cases, she should know that she has the right to lodge an FIR at any police station in the city under the Zero FIR ruling.
According to a Supreme Court ruling, a woman cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise. Even if there is a woman constable accompanying the officers, the police can’t arrest a woman at night.
Women cannot be called to the police station for interrogation under Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code. This law provides Indian women the right of not being physically present at the police station for interrogation. The police can interrogate a woman at her residence in the presence of a woman constable and family members or friends.
Under no circumstances can the identity of a rape victim be revealed. Neither the police nor media can make known the name of the victim in public. Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code makes the disclosure of a victim's identity a punishable offense. This is done to prevent social victimization or ostracism of the victim of a sexual offense.
A case of rape can't be dismissed even if the doctor says rape had not taken place. A victim of rape needs to be medically examined as per Section 164 A of the Criminal Procedure Code, and only the report can act as proof. Rape is crime and not a medical condition. It is a legal term and not a diagnosis to be made by the medical officer treating the victim.
According to a guideline issued by the Supreme Court, it is mandatory for all firms, public and private, to set up these committees to resolve matters of sexual harassment. It is the duty of every employer to create a Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee within the organization for redressal of such complaints.
SOCIAL AWARENESS RALLY ON #MISSING GIRLS
On 4th December 2016, #every8minutes National campaign, with the tagline of “Walk for Freedom”, was organized in the streets of Jama Masjid, Old Delhi. The rally saw the participation of 35 fellows, who filled the atmosphere with great zeal as the preparation for the rally was on with full swing.
The rally was on behalf of thousands of young women and girls who are enslaved and trafficked across the country.
Following the rally, the fellows marched on the streets of Jama Masjid, displayed banners, recited slogans, and interacted with locals. Fellows explained to people, the significance of the rally and the relevance of the Helpline Number 1098. This number can be used under any unusual circumstance, where they feel that the child or girl is with a suspected person. The whole rally took place for more than an hour and the participants then reassembled at the starting point.
Fellows unanimously said that they were glad that they could do something for the society.
Hailing from the home of scenic mountains, towns, and resorts, Himachal Pradesh, Nidhi’s (Name Changed) grandfather shifted to Delhi, years back, in search for a better livelihood and quality of life. She remembers her grandfather narrating tales of their life in Himachal, but she never got a chance to go there. Nidhi, born and brought up in Delhi, in a lower middle class family, is currently living with her parents and one younger brother in a two room flat. She could still register the days when she was in 5th standard and her financial conditioned worsened and to support the family, her mother took up stitching work to add to the family income.
Nidhi's mother worked hard day and night. She didn’t get the chance to educate herself, but she realized the value of education and the value of being economically independent, especially, for a girl. Nidhi’s mother is her role model in every way; in every fragile and sturdy situation in her life she witnessed her immense support. Her parents always believed in her potential but they were also aware of teh fianancial constraint of the family. Since her school days, Nidhi was an exemplary girl in all ways and the apple of her teachers eyes. She had immersed herself in the habit of reading books by motivational personalities.
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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 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 692 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes, across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 169 children across all homes. 28 of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of September, October and November, 2016 the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children engrossed in studies for their mid-term examinations and a few corporate engagements. Workshops, being a monthly affair addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
Following workshops were held with the various programme stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children), in order to strengthen them:
Life Skill workshops
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 every other quarter. These workshops 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, on a monthly, basis conducts workshops with Greater Noida children. The topics covered so far are Anger Management, Safety and Security, Sexuality, and Empathy.
Psychologist, Ms. Dipti, conducts life skill workshops every month with both Noida Boys and Girls. The topics covered so far include, Empathy, Relationship Building, and Interpersonal Communication.
And likewise, life skill workshops at other Udayan Ghars were also conducted during the quarter.
Talhunt, Outreach’s annual interschool competition, was held in NCR in the month of September, 2016 and it took place at Varunika Auditorium, Nausena Bagh, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Children from various Outreach supported institutions participated to compete against each other and showcase their talent. Children from Gurgaon Ghar secured 2nd position in Group dance and won Cash prize of Rs 10,000.
Alka from Ghaziabad Ghar won 2nd prize in a painting competition organized by Hudco. The theme was ‘Housing at the Center’. The children had to portray in the form of drawing about the issues of shelter, personal spaces etc. that are becoming major environmental concerns these days.
Visits and celebrations
In the month of Oct’16, Mr. Jason (Harry Potter Star) along with his wife and daughters, visited the Sant Nagar Ghars organized by Mr. Ian, MSW, National Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care of Children (India) & Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI).
On 8th September, 2016 World Literacy Day was celebrated by children from Jaipur Ghar. Chairman and members of CWC, Jaipur also attended the programme. Children presented a play on Importance of Education and also gave a speech. CWC members appreciated the efforts of children.
In the month of October, 2016, Mehrauli Ghar children celebrated ‘Daan Utsav’ with the children living under Sarita Vihar flyover. The children there are being engaged at the centre run by Bucket List. The children not only gifted their extra stationery items and toys to the children but also did craft activities & played games with them. All the children participated in the activities with great enthusiasm.
As part of Art Reach classes, children from Udayan Ghars visited Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in the month of October, 2016 where special focus was given to Jeram Patel’s ‘Hospital Series’.
Mr. Dave (Managing Director, adidas India) along with his 55 team members ,Mr. Arijit (Group HR Director), Preet (Senior Manager, Talent Management), and Ritu (HR) visited the Udayan Ghar for Boys in Gurgaon. The purpose of the visit was to spend quality time with children and to promote sporting spirit among them. Various sports events like Sack Race, Three legged race, and Lemon race were organized by the team and winners were also presented with prizes.
Team Genpact visited Noida Ghars to celebrate Diwali with the children as they used to come every year and celebrate Diwali with the all the Kids of Noida Homes. There were 5 members of Genpact namely, Abhinav, Rajesh, Sudhir, Chandan and Vertika who came along with some snacks, crackers, fruit juice, candles, books and colours. As usual they started with Rangoli making competition and then lighted crackers with all the kids.
Every year Baxter celebrates MAMD Day in which their all employees along with families get together and celebrate the day. Likewise every year, Baxter has invited the Udayan Care children to be a part of the celebration. 12 children from Udayan Care for Boys, Gurgaon along with the Coordinator participated in the event at Tivoli in November, 2016.
The team Genpact visited Udayan Ghar for Boys, Gurgaon in November, 2016, to spend memorable time with the children. The purpose of the visit was to interact with the children and spend quality time with them.
National Child Award ceremony was celebrated on 14th November’16 at Rashtrapati Bhawan wherein awardees of Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award, 2016, National Child Award (Individual and Institution), 2015 and National Child Award for exceptional Achievement, 2016 were honored by the Hon'ble President of India. Udayan Care being the recipient of National Award for child welfare, 2014, conferred in the year 2015 was invited at the event as a passive observer. A total of 08 children- Narbdi, Shivani, Marjeena, Surja from Sant Nagar Ghars and Raja, Santosh, Madhur, Manish from Mayur Vihar Ghars accompanied by 02 representatives, Mr. Shafi and Ms. Uddipona from Udayan Care attended the event.
The achievements and awards are a never ending process for Udayan Family:
Ruksana, Sayri and Deepika from Jaipur secured 3rd position in a group dance in Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Memorial Inter School Competition.
Ayushi(Name Changed) came to Udayan Ghar through the orders of CWC at a very tender age of 08 years; an age where children are expected to be protected, loved and cared by the family but, with her, there was no one except her traumatic past.
She walked from a life filled with emotional turmoil into a family where she got love, care, affection and opportunities to grow. The initial time was a tough challenge for the child as well as the Ghar team. She was introverted, less participative, had low self esteem and poor educational back ground. But after being groomed by the Udayan Ghar team, which consisted of mental health & social work professionals, caregivers and mentor mothers, she turned into a more social, confident & fun loving child executing high standards of performance. She is presently enrolled in Modern School, Vasant Vihar in class X. She has shown remarkable improvements ever since she was placed with us.
No one could have imagined that the same girl one day will be an inspiration for others and would rise high breaking all the gender biased barriers in the field of sports especially, in games like football & cricket that are highly male dominant, just like our patriarchal society.
Ayushi’s passion for football first sparked when she was in IIIrd standard and this spark turned into a raging inferno as she grew up. Today, she plays at State & National Level from her school’s under-19 football team. Ayushi has played various tournaments and has been awarded with a number of trophies, certificates and medals. Being a proficient goal keeper she is considered to be savior of the team. Recently, she played football tournaments under CBSE inter school sports and games competition (Ocober’16), Doon cup, Dehradoon (September’16) and Delhi Soccer Association.
Apart from football, Ayushi plays cricket and has an upper hand in art & craft. She has been attending art workshops that are being organized by Art Reach India.
About Udayan Care
Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 22 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 who 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 ITSD centers
There is a growing demand for Information Technology and Skill development 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 programmes 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 & SD centers for imparting Information Technology and skill development training.
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
Social Campaign “Save Yamuna”
Students from one of our centers, during DaanUtsav, conducted a social campaign on importance of clean and safe water reservoirs. The students took initiative to make people and the community aware of the significance of reservoirs for the economic and ecological needs. Through this campaign they have urged the community to prevent water pollution and protect the river YAMUNA from losing its purity. Students designed attractive posters & illustrations and this visual communication material helped them to create awareness for clean Yamuna.
Mr Ajay Arora (Sub Division Magistrate-MayurVihar), Mr Haji Sharif Ahmad (Chief Warden, District-East Delhi) has joined this social campaign and motivated our students to make this social campaign successful.
Workshop with UPS Foundation “Badarpur IT Centre”
UPS (United Parcel Service) US based company who works with Udayan Care IT program since 2012. On Saturday 24.09.2016, 32 volunteers organized a workshop with our Badarpur IT center students. During this workshop they conducted fun based games, quiz contest, & competition. After the fun activities, volunteers shared their work experience; they counseled students on how they can make their career in the field of logistics. At the end of the day, they distributed the prizes to students and gave a small treat to students with a delicious meal.
Miracle of hope
Ravi ( Name Changed) was armed with powerful wings to fly high and achieve his dreams.
He belongs to a very poor family which is supported by nominal financial resources, since his father works as a peon and his income is the only source of family income for them. After completing 12th from a govt school, Ravi pursued distance learning from IGNOU. Simultaneously, he also joined basic computer course in our East vinod Nagar center (one of our centers in East Delhi). He trained himself in Basic computer skills & typing skills from Udayan Care and, thereafter, with the help of the placement cell, he got an opportunity to work in Vivid Techno (Wajirabad, Delhi) at a decent salary.
Recently, I started working with Vivid Techno as a Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’m enjoying my work profile and I believe my hard work will prove to be fruitful very soon.