Session on Critical Thinking
Love and Greetings from Sunshine Homes!
The children of Udayan Care’s Sunshine Homes, want to reach out to people by telling them the stories of Shailaja and Kaushik’s (names changed) journey. They want it to echo among those who can extend their helping hand to disadvantaged children.
Child Shailja (name changed) was placed at Udayan Care in 2018 after her father's demise. She was then 8 years old. The child is blessed with good intellect and started taking an interest in studies from the very beginning. She is consistently improving on the academic front. She stood second in the 5th standard and has been promoted to the 6th standard. Her determination would lead her to a bright future.
Shailja has been active in participating in extracurricular activities at school and at home too. During the last quarter, she got a chance to visit the National Museum and the International Dolls Museum. Shailja also regularly attends Yoga sessions to keep herself healthy and fit. Shailja takes a healthy diet. She also regularly takes supplements to mitigate the calcium deficiency as per the advice of the paediatrician. Shailja wants to become a teacher in the future.
Kaushik (name changed) is also a promising child who lost his parents in his early childhood. He is staying at Udayan Ghar Noida's home. Kaushik came to Udayan Care in 2016 by the orders of the Child Welfare Committee. He has one elder brother and three elder sisters. One of his sisters is also staying in Udayan Care. Capitalizing on the opportunities he got through Udayan Care, Kaushik has gone the extra mile in grooming his personality apart from improving in academic and health spheres.
At the time of his arrival at Udayan Care, he was seven years old. Though he was enrolled in a school earlier, he struggled to read and write his textbooks properly at the time of his arrival. At Udayan Care, he started to respond to the efforts exerted by the Udayan Care team to improve his academic performance. Under the guidance of the education committee, he was provided with effective home tutoring which started to show results in no time. His performance remarkably improved in English and Science. His hard work and determination paid off when he earned a scholarship and secured a seat in the 8th grade at Genesis Global School, a testament to his academic excellence.
Apart from his academic achievements, he has also made Udayan Care proud through his stand-out performance in extracurricular activities like Cooking-without-fire, handicrafts, art competitions at Vishwa Bharti School Noida, etc. One notable milestone in his journey was his participation in the 'Spandan' Annual Inter-school Cultural Fiesta 2023, hosted by Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida. In this competition, which brought together more than 15 schools from the Delhi-NCR region, Kaushik stood out by winning the 'Second Position' in the Folk Art category. What made this achievement even more remarkable was that the topics for the competition were provided on the spot, challenging students to tap into their creativity spontaneously.
Kaushik is an avid cricket player. He likes to dance. Apart from that, his hobbies include playing online games, listening to music, and watching movies. Kaushik wants to become either a chef or a cricketer in the future. Kaushik credits Udayan Care for his achievements during the last seven years. He passionately explains his improvements and claims that Udayan Care is undoubtedly a better home for children to stay and improve. He resolves to live up to the expectations of the Udayan Care Team. Kaushik’s success story serves as a shining example of how dedication, talent, and opportunities provided by organizations like Udayan Care can transform the lives of young individuals, inspiring them to reach greater heights
Millions of children worldwide are devoid of parental love, care, and support, with their futures at stake. Udayan Care hopes that one day, every child will be cared for, and supported.
Now, here are the highlights of the activities done by the Team of Sunshine Homes during the last quarter.
Session on Understanding Motivation
A life skill workshop session was organized on the topic of Understanding Motivation to infuse the feeling of motivation and its importance in the day-to-day affairs of our lives. It included the methodology of group discussion and story narration. After the formal introduction, the children were explained a story of two frogs. The story teaches that most of the time even a small word uttered by someone can have an electrifying effect on other’s lives. Children were cautioned about the selection of words and the pitch. They were told another story of a donkey to make them understand that everyone is bound to face difficulties in life. But we can still go on by adopting the strategy of not stopping and never giving up. It was observed that children really engaged with both stories and imbibed the learnings.
Session on Critical Thinking
Children attended another session on critical thinking – which taught them to deal with any situation effectively only after understanding the entire scenario. This included the methodology of group discussion. After a formal introduction, children were made to solve the riddle-like “How does a man having hiccups say thank you to a shopkeeper who didn’t give him anything? “How is a woman’s life saved by going to the airport? The children were also given a 6-dot problem wherein they had to join 6 dots without raising their pen. This was followed by the Tower of Hanoi problem where they had to shift rings from the first tower to the third tower such that the shorter ring is above the bigger ring always. It was observed at the end that children were able to solve problems by utilizing the information and skills acquired in the past.
Session on Empathy, Sympathy, and Respect
A session was held to enable children to understand empathy and recognize its significance in connecting with and understanding others. It was also aimed to guide children to distinguish between sympathy and empathy. It included the methodology of group discussion and group activity. After a formal introduction, the counselor initiated the discussion by explaining the meaning of Empathy. Then, the term Respect was explained and finally, the three concepts were linked to demonstrate their interconnectedness. In the end, the counselor emphasized three values i.e. sympathy, empathy, and respect while adding these values are not only relevant to human interactions but also to our relationships with animals. Children narrated their own stories drawing on real experiences as well as fiction.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration
Ganesh Chaturthi is an Indian festival, that pays tribute to Lord Ganesha. The festival celebrates Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Difficulties. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi also took place at different Udayan Care homes. Children at the home offered prayers to Lord Ganesha, watched movies, and made drawings on the theme of Ganesh Chaturthi. They all had a delicious lunch to make the day a memorable moment for them.
Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights which also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It is the biggest festival in India. Children had a fun-filled day on Diwali this year. They made candles to celebrate the auspicious day. They also made beautiful Rangoli (colorful floor decorations) to enjoy the spirit of the festival. Some of our girl children applied Mehandi (henna) on their hands to celebrate Diwali. Children across homes organized prayers to Lord Lakshmi Ganesha, the most exciting part of the day, and enjoyed the sweets.
World Mental Health Day Celebration
On World Mental Health Day, Udayan Care Head Office organized a special full-day workshop for social workers that covered many aspects of Mental Health. A session on “helping children manage grief and build coping and resilience mechanisms” was conducted by Dr. Deepak Gupta for the staff members. It was held to enable social workers and counselors to understand different types of grief and its manifestation. They, in turn would help children manage grief and build coping and resilience mechanisms. Overall, the session was a good mix of knowledge, insights, discussions, and thought-provoking question-and-answer sessions. Social workers and counselors, especially those who joined recently, benefitted a lot from the experiences of Dr Deepak Gupta.
Many of our Children from various Udayan Care homes participated in World Mental Health Day organized by the Delhi Child Rights Club. They all participated in Drawing competitions and Dance performances. Overall, it was a joyful and learning day for children.
Gandhi Jayanti Celebration
Children celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with great joy. We invited Government authorities to come home as guests on the occasion. The program began with a Lamp Lighting ceremony, followed by a yoga performance by children, poetry, a captivating skit on 'Unity In Diversity,' and a colorful exhibition showcasing art, craft, and self-made science projects by our talented children. Some choreographed dances and songs were also performed by our children. We had a painting and essay writing competition on different themes including cleanliness. One of the government dignitaries told the children about the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Later, the children presented the guests with a welcome card and a photo frame of their artwork to the honorable guests. It was a veritable celebration of unity, diversity, and youthful creativity.
Dan Utsav Celebration (The Joy of Giving Week)
Dan Utsav is a unique initiative that motivates people to celebrate the joy of GIVING. On this day we conduct some innovative activities (campaigns). This year, Udayan Care celebrated Dan Utsav Week wherein all of our homes planned and organized various activities and campaigns to make the children realize the joy of “giving”. Children across the homes distributed clothes and stationery to the children from the marginalized section of the community living in the vicinity of the Udayan Care homes. In some homes, children prepared burgers and distributed them among children in nearby marginalized colonies.
Guru Nanak Jayanti Celebration
On Guru Nanak Jayanti, children learned the importance of this festival and portrayed their understanding through poster making. They all learned the teachings of Guru Nanak and resolved to abide by those principles for making the world a more beautiful place. Through the preaching of Guru Nanak Dev the children were taught to live harmoniously and peacefully. On this auspicious Day, they all made paintings of Guru Nanak Dev ji at their homes marking the importance of this day in their life.
Children Day Celebration
The 14th of November is celebrated as Children’s Day all over India, in remembrance of the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, first Prime minister of India. On this day, children in India enjoy this day to the fullest at their schools. All the children and staff members at home celebrated Children’s Day and enjoyed making posters and playing games with mentor mothers and volunteers. It was a memorable day for the children as this special day is named after children. They also learned the teachings and life journey of their former Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Christmas was celebrated at all the homes with traditional joy and enthusiasm. A few of our donors visited homes to celebrate Christmas with the children. They presented lunch boxes, cricket kits, winter caps, gloves, shoes, footballs, and various other gifts to children. They also gave lunch treats to children. The children expressed their joy through a heartfelt dance performance, a thank-you speech, and a card. The atmosphere was celebratory as the children thoroughly enjoyed this special day.
Birthday Celebration at Home
In the last four months, several birthdays were celebrated in the presence of all the children, staff, and mentor parents. Children decorated the entire house with balloons and ribbons and prepared handmade greeting cards whenever the occasion came.
This was a roundup of activities of children of Udayan Care’s Sunshine Homes. With this, Udayan Care thanks GlobalGiving and the associated donors for their sustained support.
Session on Understanding Motivation
Session on Empathy, Sympathy and Respect
Session on Empathy, Sympathy and Respect 1
Session on Exploring one's own mind
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day 1
Diwali Celebration 1
Christmas Celebrations 1
Joy of Giving Week
Guru Nanak Jayanti