Udayan Care Information Technology Programme report for Global Giving
About Udayan Care
Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working since the last 21 years for the quality care of disadvantaged children womenand youth.
Vision: To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged.
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 among the poor urban and rural communities including communities around our Udayan homes. We have also found that the use of computers and IT is 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 centers for imparting Information Technology 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
Updates from this quarter
Workshop on “How to maximize brain’s potential”
The month of March means exam time (in India) which is a hectic time in the life of the students. This month, Udayan Care decided to give some tips to students for increasing their skills and improving their concentration power. We had conducted a small workshop on the topic "How to maximize brain's potential".
This workshop was structured for two hours with two sessions:
1:- How to do mind mapping with brainstorming
2:- Activity on chart paper
During the first session,the mentor taught the students how people have used brainstorming sessions to generate ideas and how to come up with creative solutions to overcome hitches. However, you need to use brainstorming correctly for it to be abundantly fruitful.Brainstorming combines a relaxed, informal approach to problem solving with lateral thinking. It encourages people to come up with thoughts and ideas that can, at first, seem a bit bizarre. Some of these ideas can be crafted into original, creative solutions to overcome a problem, while others can spark even more ideas. This helps to get people unstuck by "jolting" them out of their normal ways of thinking.
In the second session students learnt about mind mapping. Mind mapping helps to organize thoughts when we are struggling with brainstorming. Our students prepared a mind map on a chart paper by using different topics like:- Lifestyle, Enjoyment, & sports etc. Once they were done, they gave a small presentation, during which they explained how they prepared mind maps revolving around the topic.
Our Graphic & Print Design students have polished themselves actively. Udayan Care has decided to give exposure to boost them through a visit to Ajanta offset & Packaging Ltd. (Printing Press) Faridabad, Haryana. During this exposure visit, students understood the process of printing, gathering process pertaining to book making, 3 steps folding process and all those things which, as a graphic designer, one has to keep in mind while designing the print material.
The vision of Youth Voices Program was to empower young people to harness creativity and digital skills to create change in their lives and their communities. We enroll 20 students in a 6 month duration course. Through dedicated educators, we inspire young people to be intentional and impactful in their media making, to create using youth voices and digital media for social change in communities.
Women’s Day Celebration
Young girls from United Decoratives-Udayan Care IT Center were excited to celebrate women's day at the center. Students decided to dedicate this day to Dr. Kiran Modi (Managing Trustee-Udayan Care), who has rendered her services in the field of welfare of children.
On the occasion of women’s day, we organized a card making workshop. During the workshop, the students prepared cards for Dr. Modi to wish her a happy women's day. The girls quoted beautiful lines about her efforts in the field of child welfare and in the field of education.
Nothing can stop a dedicated women
Anjali(name changed), a young girl belonging to Garhwal, Uttrakhand grew up in Delhi with her four siblings. She is a simple girl. When she was admitted to the DCA course at our Badarpur center, her mother came everyday to pick and drop her. After a few months, Anjalistarted feeling confident about coming alone to the center. Now, she is working with Digital Media at Kalkaji and she travels up and down daily from Badarpur to Kalka ji by metro.
“I enjoy working on computers. Recently, I started working with digital media with the help of Udayan care placement cell, but this is just the beginning of the fulfillment of my dreams. I want to work with a big organization and I know I have to work hard to make this possible.”
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. Howe ever, 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 six months were filled with series of activities which included Quarterly Workshop, Small Group Workshop, Social Campaign, Inter Chapter Meet and Alumni Meet. Quarterly workshops were conducted covering diverse themes incorporating, Domestic Violence Act” for children from economically weaker section of society. Small group workshops conducted on imbibing an understanding on exam preparedness techniques and indispensable life skills including self-esteem, Confidence & Communication. Induction ceremony marked another milestone with the new intake of fifty additions to the USF family. An Alumni Meet was also organized to bridge the gap between the passed out and existing Shalinis.
Activities Undertaken During the Reporting Period
A) A Workshop on Self Esteem
Through the activities conduted druring the workshop, facilitator helped the fellows in identifying the factors affecting our self-esteem. One of the activities involved fellows to recall places, names, situations, etc. that helped in building their self-esteemand write them down while other activity involved fellows recalling their favorite actress and write their feeling if they looked like them.
In the end, the girls we asked to make a promise card to themselves as a commitment to action to build body confidence.
B) A Workshop on Domestic VIiolence & Right To Education
We have organised a workshop with the objective to educate fellows about the Domestic Violence Act and the Right to Education so that they can imply and spread the learnings.
C) A Workshop on Building Confidence & Communication Skills
This workeshop was organised to develop better understanding of how they can enhance their confidence level by simply adapting few practices like not comparing, by staying calm, relaxing, loving themselves, etc. in their daily lives. This would in turn help in improving on their communication skills.
D) A Workshop on Exam Preparedness
It was workshop full of enjoyable activities to make the fellows realize the importance of memory games to increase the memory power. A sentence was initiated by the facilitator and the fellows had to repeat it adding one word at the end of the sentence. The game continued with each new person reciting the previous list before adding their choice of item. Fellows were also advised to solve puzzles like Sudoku to enhance memory power.
A well-structured plan for preparing for exams was described to them, wherein major focus was laid on staring the preparation at an early stage. Importance of making Flashcards was also explained amongst others.
2. ALUMNAE MEET
Our ALUMNAE of the programme came togther with great zeal and enthusiasm on 31st January. It was a beautiful meet to rejoice and remember the spirit of being a Shalini. Besides the fellows themselves, the meet saw the presence of mentors, convenors and other esteemed guests. Reading the Udayan Shalini pledge was all that was needed to begin the program on the most emotional and optimistic note. Sharing of experiences made fellows go down the memory lane. From the managing trustee, to the mentors and the senior manager, all shared their experiences of their journey with USF.
3. Our Sucess Strory
"Dream of Cardiology”
(B’cOZ HeArt and its matters matter!! )
Born in the bharanta village in kangada valley amidst the green hills of palampur in himachal Pradesh, With hopes in heart and dreams in their eyes, Darshana’s (Name Changed) family in search of better life, better future and better livelihood opportunities migrated to Delhi. Darshana was in third standard at that time. Darshana has always been a brilliant student and is always the apple of her teacher’s eyes. Her father works in a stationary shop in Chandhi Chowk area of Delhi. With his monthly income, he could hardly manage the expenses of his family, he being the only breadwinner in the family.
Udayan fellowship came as a blessing in disguise in their lives. Darshana had her heart in Science subject but she was aware of her father's economic conditions and of the expenses that would be incurred for pursuing further education, financial help given by USF proved to be a great help. Deprived from education, her parents couldn’t guide her to the path of education, besides providing moral and emotional support.
Cardiologist!! This is what she firmly opined she wants to become, her dreams and the dreams of her parents got wings. When she got selected for the fellowship, she said, “I am thankful to my teachers who informed me on this fellowship. I didn’t have much idea on the workshop part to enhance our overall personality which will provide us out of box of thinking.
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 588 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 168 children across all homes. 33 of our young adults are also been supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of Dec, Jan & Feb 2016 the team continued working for the success of the children and program. Our children brought applaud to their Udayan Family by winning a lot of prizes. Workshops being a monthly process addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
Workshops were held with all the program stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children) to enhance skills of preparing care-plans for children, understanding Udayan Ghar Policies, experiential learning on serving food and its impact on children and learning the changing roles with respect to the coming up on New Juvenile Act, 2015 by various trained professionals dealing in terms of child rights and child psychology during this quarter.
The Ghar team (Coordinators) was given training to understand Child Participation by Mr. Krishan Kumar Tripathy, Head Alliance who is an expert in child rights from past 23 years.
“Life Skills” workshops at home were also held during this quarter which focused on various subjects like Decision Making, Sexuality, Relationships, Good touch bad touch, Etiquette and body language, coping with emotions, self-awareness, communication, puberty and menstruation and reaching my goal.
Our Noida Boys recently learned carpentry as a skill at a workshop organized by a young volunteer Vishrut Khaitan in the Noida Boys Home. Mohini Mitra, volunteering at Greater Noida organized workshops with children on menstrual and reproductive health and on personal hygiene.
A big event of Winter Carnival brought a lot of joy to the children on 26th December’15. CPM group expertise in sales brought a lot of excitement to the event with their ‘Khushiyon Ki Gaadi’. From decoration, food, children’s dance performances, raffle and gifts. Ashish Chhabra from JAZBA band sang songs and made the day more memorable for everyone.
After years of rented accommodation, Noida Girls moved into their own home, thanks to the generosity of the ASOS Foundation, UK.The housewarming ceremony was conducted amidst lots of fun and laughter. Children from the Noida Boys and Girls home welcomed Team ASOS true desi style, with an entertaining song and dance programme, and a sprinkling of the Udayan touch with a special hand-made ‘Thank You’ card.The ASOS Team has also decided to fully support Udayan Ghar for girls at Kurukshetra.
On 13th January, all Udayan Ghars celebrated Lohri with toasty fires, tasty treats and even some special guests from the ASOS Foundation, UK. On 14th January, children in Jaipur celebrated Makar Sakranti by flying kites. On 25th January, children from Noida Girls and Boys home lighted lamps on the occasion of Shaheed Divas. On 26th January, all Udayan Ghars celebrated 67th Republic Day by hoisting flags followed by a national anthem. Children from Noida Boys and Gurgaon celebrated along with their community by getting involved in different activities like painting, matka phod, badminton, running, chocolate race, slow cycle race and many more. Children from Kurukshetra celebrated it with Udayan Shalini Fellows.
Assistant Manager of the Ghar Program, Mr. Rahul Raja Sharma attended a regional Consultation on Standard Operating Procedure for Care, Protection and Rehabilitation of Street Children in Lucknow.
The 10th annual Adidas Group-Udayan Care Sports Day 2016 is much anticipated by everybody at Udayan Care, because it brings out the inherent spirit of competition and teamwork amongst the young and the old. This year on 14th February 2016, the event serves as a reminder on the importance of a child’s Right to Play. Special thanks to Dave Thomas, Managing Director- Adidas India, former Indian cricketer Nikhil Chopra and Femina Miss India 2014 Koel Rana.
Children from Sant Nagar Girls Home and Gurgaon Boys Home got an opportunity to visit the DAG Modern Art at India Art Fair 2016. It was a wonderful time for our children to learn the different forms of Art and Painting. They learnt about portrait, landscape, modern art, 3D paintings and much more, while studying the paintings of famous artists like Picasso and MF Hussain in wonder.
The achievements and awards are a never ending process for Udayan Famiy:
Bhushan ( Name Changed) is great source of inspiration for all of us. Being diagnosed with mild retardation and IQ of 50 he proved himself to be an unstoppable child. 8 years ago when the child was referred to Udayan Care he was extremely in need of care and protection. He had partial paralysis towards the right side of his body the traces of which are still visible.
Under extensive care & protection gradual and noticeable changes took place in the physical and mental growth and development in the child. As per his intellectual ability the child was enrolled in a special school, Khushboo Welfare Society where he is learning etiquettes & mannerisms to cope up with the world outside. He is very famous and known for his leadership ability at his School. He is extremely helpful and cheerful in nature. As if that was not enough! Bhushan also made remarkable achievements by wining GOLD MEDAL in SPECIAL MARATHON from past two consecutive years. He has won BRONZE MEDAL in FLOOR HOCKEY at CHANDIGARH representing HARAYANA in SPECIAL OLYMPICS also. November 2015, he represented HARAYANA in SPECIAL CRICKET and won MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD. Soon, he will be going to Chhattisgarh as he is been shortlisted to represent Haryana in Special Cricket to be held in the month of March.
Our HERO – also got the opportunity to bear and run with the torch on 10th annual Adidas Group-Udayan Care Sports Day 2016.
A lot more is to come on the way.“He will succeed not immediately but definitely.”
Ravi ( Name Chnaged) is staying with Udayan Care past 4 years now. The child was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and is on continuous psychiatric medicine under Dr. Deepak Gupta. Research studies have proven that children living in alternate care are prone to more high risk behaviour than children living in normal families. Similarly, Ravi wasn’t an easy case. However, the determination of Ghar team; caregivers, supervisors, mentors and coordinator helped the child to channelize his energy and bring positive outcomes in the child.
There has been a consistently progressive improvement in the child. No wonder the child was recently given the title of Most Intelligent Child of the class. Not just in school but the child is a best performer at home as well. He is self-motivated person who is obedient and is aware of the repercussions of his decisions. Also, with time his behavioral issues have been reduced and he has also started performing wonderful in sports activities. Recently, he also got first prize in 200 meters race in school and 3rd prize in 10th Adidas Udayan Care sports day in again 200 meter race.
The child is grooming well and there is a surety that with full determination and perseverance the child will be an all rounder.