Aadhya Foundation Sports Meet
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 1061 children with love, care and protection in 17 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 211 children across all homes. 27of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.
Expanding its embrace of care and protection to reach out to more children at-risk, Udayan Care has opened 1 new home (another Home for Girls in Faridabad, Haryana) in the month of May’19, making it to a total of 17 homes.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of March-May 2019, the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children engaged in preparing and appeared for their final-term examination. During the quarter, preparations for annual summer camp for children were in full swing. Workshops being a monthly affair addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators and also served for building their capacity.
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:
- Workshop on “Career Planning & Career Assessment” with Children
- Workshop on “Revision of FAIRSTART Training Sessions” with Caregivers and Supervisors.
- Workshop on “Child Participation” with Children
- Workshop on “Revision of Udayan Care Vision, Mission & Values” with Caregivers and Supervisors.
- Discussion on “Trauma & its Neurobehavioral Sequelae; CCI Perspective” with Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
- Workshop on “Setting Career Goals” with Children.
- Workshop on “FAIRSTART Training Programme, Session VI” with Caregivers and Supervisors.
- Session on “Interactive Session on Understanding Care Providers’ Challenges in Child Protection” with Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
Children don't naturally know how to make good choices. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as how to make good decisions about more abstract, long-term choices. 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.
Opportunities, events and outings are some of the things that never end for our Udayan Ghar children. The major recreational and co-curricular events that took place during the quarter include –
Women’s Day Celebration with APCO WorldWide
"Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity” – Mahatma Gandhi
8th March is observed as International Women’s Day and celebrated across the world recognizing and highlighting the achievements and struggle of women around the globe. Women’s Day was celebrated across different Udayan Ghars whereby our children and staff greeted all their female counterparts, mentor mothers, caregivers and teachers. The day was celebrated with exchange of handmade cards and remembering some of the great women leaders of the world.
Apco worldwide company celebrated women's day with children at Sant Nagar Ghars, Home 1 and 13 distributing some finger-licking snacks and engaging them in interactive sessions and other group activities.
Holi celebration, also called as festival of colors, takes place with lot of joy and verve throughout the country. The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in ones lives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing.
Drowned in colors, our children and staff across different Udayan Ghars celebrated the festival of colors, Holi, on 21st March’19. The joy and love of the festival really added color into the lives of the children. In addition to that mouthwatering snacks, sweets and delicious lunch was all set to rejuvenate them after playing with colors.
LSR NEXUS Event by LSR College
Children from Sant Ghars, Home 1 & 13 were invited by the LSR College, Delhi University to be a part of their Annual Day Celebration, LSR Nexus Event, on 30th March, 2019. Our children participated in different activities, enjoyed some delicious eats, played games and received gifts too.
Visit to Science Museum & Waste to Wonder Park
Children and staff from Mayur Vihar Homes 2 & 8 visited Science Museum and Waste to Wonder Park on 30th March’19. Children were thrilled to see the store house of knowledge and information about human civilization, mechanics and some working science models making it easier for the children to understand principles of science.
They were overwhelmed to see the 7 wonders of the world together, created out of industrial waste at Waste to Wonder Park.
Visit by Team Accenture
Team from Accenture visited Mayur Vihar Home 2 on 6th April’19 as part of their CSR engagement initiative. The team held interactive sessions and fun activities with the children. They sang songs and even distributed some snacks.
Visit to Nehru Planetarium
A visit to Nehru Planetarium was organized by volunteers of U & I for children & staff from Sant Nagar Homes 1 & 13 on 6th April’19. They enjoyed a short video on formation of solar system along with reading some interesting facts about the universe displayed in the vicinity.
Sports Event by Aadhya Foundation
Sports Event was organized by Aadhya Foundation at Mayur Phase-II Sports Complex on 7th Apr’19. Children from Sant Nagar (Home 1 & 13), Mayur Vihar Home (2 & 8) and Mehrauli (3 & 12) participated and won medals in different races such as dash race, sack race, relay race etc.
Trip to Tirthan Valley, Himiachal Pradesh
Our long time donor and supporter, Vatika Group organized a 7 days adventure cum educational trip to Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh. A total of 13 girls from Sant Nagar, Mehrauli, Kurukshetra, Faridabad and Vasant Kunj Homes and children from other organizations supported by Vatika Group went for the trip. The group of children accompanied by our two staff members stayed at The Mother’s Riverfront, a retreat center managed by Camp Himalyan, situated in Gusaini, Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The group enjoyed the trip and was engaged in activities such as River Crossing, trekking, night jungle trek, rappelling, and trek to Great Himalyan National Park (India’s 11th World Heritage Site).
ArtReach India Foundation Exhibition and Open Day
The yearlong series of art workshops focusing on different themes was culminated into a wonderful exhibition on 28th April’19 wherein our budding artists who have been a part of Art Room programme by ArtReach India Foundation got an opportunity to display their art work and gather an applauding praise for themselves.
Visit to Drishyakala, an Exhibition at Red Fort
Children and staff from Sant Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj Homes visited Red Fort on 111th, 18th and 25th May’19 where they had a curated walkthrough in the Museum and saw the Exhibition, Drishyakala. Children were also engaged in fun activities around coloring and finding pictures in the museum.
“I’ am different but, not less” – Temple Grandin
Rescued as a 6 years old little girl from the notorious streets of Delhi, Amulya came to Udayan Care in 2006 for her long term care and rehabilitation.
Having no traces of her past and family, Amulya was nurtured with all the required love, care and support. She was enrolled in a school for children with special needs as she was assessed to be a child with IQ below borderline. She was also diagnosed with epilepsy. Being groomed by the Udayan Ghar team composed of mental health & social work professionals, caregivers and mentor parents, Amulya turned out to be a more social & confident child executing high standards of performance.
Overcoming all her limitations, Amulya was enabled to skill herself into different sports and participated in various sports competitions for children with special needs winning numerous awards, certificates and laureled alongside many known sports personalities. Recently, she had been to Abu Dhabi for World Special Olympics held in the month of March’19 where she won a bronze medal in 100 m race and bagged 4th position in 200 m race. Participation in such a grand event itself is an achievement and to win is a feat.
Amulya, now a grown up young adult, is being supported through our After Care Programme so that she could achieve her dream to bring gold to the nation in the next World Special Olympics.
LSR Nexus Event
Trip to Science Museum
Trip to Tirthan Valley
Visit to Drishyakala, an Exhibition at Red Fort
Visit to Nehru Planetarium