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“One Two – It might not be a seasonal flu

Three Four – CORONA waits outside the door

Five Six – Stay home and watch some flicks

Seven Eight – Our carers are great

Nine Ten – Social distance is must to maintain

Eleven Twelve –Take care of yourself”

-By Anjali, 14 years

 

Hello all,

Love & Greetings from the children at Sunshine Homes!

I am Santosh, a child living at one of the Sunshine Homes (Udayan Ghar), run and managed by Udayan Care with your love and support under the aegis of Udayan Ghar Programme. I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well during these troubled times. I feel happy to be writing this report and share how we, the children and staff at Sunshine Homes, have been dealing with this pandemic outbreak and how we have felt during the nationwide lockdown.

It’s been a difficult time for all of us during this pandemic crisis and everyone and everything across the world is affected in one way or the other. In other words, the impact of the pandemic COVID-19 has been outrageous.

The impact of the pandemic, clearly visible in the form of economic and health crisis, no or difficult access to food, education and other services etc., has presented a proven threat into the lives of all people across age and identities. However, children across the world, remained to be the worst affected due to this unprecedented crisis. As we all know that governments all over the world have issued stay at home and social distancing guidelines to contain the spread of the virus, the precautionary measures may vary from country to country but the policies largely involvedclosing academic institutions, non-essential physical shops and businesses, and limiting public transportation and spaces, as well as social gatherings.

During the nationwide lockdown we, like everybody else, did not have physical access to school, our friends, schoolmates and had no or limited opportunity for outdoor play and socialization. We felt secluded and isolated. Such a time could have impacted us adversely making us bored, lethargic, anxious, angry and frustrated and may have exposed us to some unforeseen risks that other vulnerable children face every day and night. It could have hampered our health and development. However, we are fortunate enough to have around such a loving family, including carers, Mentor Parents and counsellors to look after us.

Our Udayan Care family devised strategies to continue to provide care and protection to more than 200 children and Aftercare Young Adults living in 17 Sunshine Homes and 2 Aftercare facilities. Apart from providing safe and protected environment at the homes, nutritious diet and health services to all of us, the team tried its best in making us strong and stay connected with each other. One of the major interventions that the team took up was to ensure that none of us miss our part on school learning.

As the schools in India continue to be shut for an indefinite period of time, online classes on zoom, google meet, Microsoft teams, whatsapp and many other digital platforms are being conducted. It is similar to home schooling happening abroad. I am also attending my school classes on such digital platforms. Seeing the need, all Sunshine Homes have been equipped with additional desktops, laptop, web cameras, speakers, mics, high speed internet and other gadgets. This technological transformation has helped us become smarter and stand on the brighter side of the digital divide.

Much emphasis is being given on physical and mental health at Sunshine Homes. While following the required precautionary measures as notified by government in the guidelines are being followed, regular sanitization of Sunshine continued to happen and provision of basic health aids, medicine and consultation with doctors and physicians is being well taken care of. As new children continue to come in the Udayan Ghars, it is ensured that they are quarantined in a separate room within the ghar premises for the required period and medical test for COVID-19 is done. Group and individual counseling sessions, structured routines and productive engagements are being planned and conducted with children, youth and carers. Considering the psychological impact of the pandemic crisis, a number of training programmes and workshops have been conducted with children, carers and other concerned stakeholders.

Some of the training programmes or workshops that took place were :

1)     Art; A mode of Expression with carers and social workers

A time off from their regular and vigorous routine, the carers and social workers were engaged in experiencing the therapeutic benefits of art. The session offered space to the participants to rejuvenate, relive the moments of their childhood and, experiment with their creativity. They also got to know about some renowned artists and were mesmerized by their artwork and inspiring stories.The sessions were conducted separately with carers and social workers.

2)     EmoAid Training programme with children, youth, carers, social workers and mentor parents

Emo-Aid, a self- care online programme conducted by mental health professionals, is designed to provide Emotional First Aid for Emotional wellbeing. It is a series of experiential learning workshops to develop practical skills and tools for enhancing and capacity building in emotional health.It is being conducted with all the programme stakeholders in batches

3)     Keeping up well during COVID Times with children

The Corona Virus Pandemic and the unending lockdown have taken a toll on not only the lifestyle but also the mental health of children. Having being engaged in creative activities while continuing to attend online classes, children have accepted it as a new way of life. But as this time is getting prolonged day by day, there is brewing up anxiety about the present and the future. To facilitate children develop an effective coping mechanism and also understand that this will pass too, a session on “Keeping up Well during COVID Times” was conducted.

4)     Handling Inspections at Udayan Ghars with Carers

As frequency of inspections has increased in the recent past, the vigilance of the Government Bodies has been at its highest. With the growing lens of the Inspection staff, children often became scared and felt uneasy on the suddenness of these checks. On the other hand, the care staff also was suddenly on tender hooks. Thus to effectively manage the inspections and provide a support to the care staff, a workshop on “Handling Inspections at the Udayan Ghars.”

All such initiatives and interventions have helped us stay strong and sail through this pandemic crisis but our carer teamacross all the homes has played a prime role in keeping us safe and healthy. They were there with us and for us all the time. They cooked food for us, played indoor games with us, exercised daily in the morning with us, engaged us in some exciting activities and storytelling, helped us with our studies, helped us overcome our fears and anxieties around the pandemic and lived with us 24X7. Ifdoctors, nurses and police are the warriors outside homes then our residential carers are the superheroes inside the homes.

To acknowledge, appreciate and honor the heroic work of the residential carers during COVID times, the UG team organized an event, ‘To Carers, with Love’ that ran over a week. The group of children, mentor parents and social worker at each of the 17 homes brought in their own flavors and gave their best to make the day special for one of the most important part of their Udayan Ghar family i.e. the carers. Where some of the homes planned for surprise party with home cooked food by mentor parents and social workers, the other homes went with organizing dance and group song performance and funny impersonation acts by the children for the carers. The group at each ghar also presented hand crafted thank you cards with beautiful messages for the carers.

While culminating, the individual celebrations resulted in the grand online event organized where mentor parents, carers, social workers, programme officials and members from the senior management across the 17 Udayan Ghars connected over a video call to give tribute to our residential carer team, the unsung heroes of the pandemic.

The one thing that I am certain about is that I am lucky to have found such a loving and caring family at Sunshine Homes, Udayan Care.

I am grateful to GlobalGiving and all the associated sponsors and donors who have supported my family so that children like me can be loved and looked after by such wonderful family members.

Hoping to stay connected with you all.

Stay safe and healthy.

 

With love,

Santosh, 18 years

 

 

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Dear Everyone,

Hope you are keeping well and adhering to the required precautionary measures to keep yourself and others protected during this strange and difficult time.

I am Ravinder, heading the Udayan Ghar Programme (Udayan Care Sunshine Homes) at Udayan Care. I feel proud to be leading this magnificent programme which is providing shelter, love, care, protection and nourishment to over 200 at-risk children in 17 Udayan Ghars at the moment. We, at Udayan Care, aim to build a conducive family environment helping these children to reach their full potential and subsequently transform into self-dependent individuals.

It is indeed a matter of great pride to be writing this report for the GlobalGiving family and present our work to the benevolent supporters and well-wishers.

The last few months have been difficult, the toughest ones to be precise. The past 3 months’ time taught us to be adaptable, flexible, resilient, innovative and strong to stay focused towardsour most important responsibility - the young people who are the reason we exist.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the world, keeping oneself and their loved ones safe remained to be the first and foremost priority for everyone. We too, at Udayan Care, are doing our best to keep our young ones, children being nurtured in Udayan Ghars (Sunshine Homes), and ourselves protected and safe amidst this pandemic.

In order to continue to provide the same family environment to our young ones, the team at Udayan Care felt the need of revising its strategy and approach of working towards fulfilling the overall needs of the children and at the same time keeping them safe and protected against all the ill effects of the pandemic including physical, emotional and psychological.

 

Our approach during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis –

  •  Awareness Building

The children and carers across 17 Udayan Ghars, through storytelling, comic strips, interactive sessions, posters and presentations were educated about the COVID-19 and its spread. They were made aware about the precautionary measures to be taken to protect themselves and others against the infection.

Social distancing, sanitizing or washing hands regularly, maintaining hygiene and staying at home and were reiterated as must to follow steps.

  •   Creating Safe Space

In order to ensure the Ghar family members’ safety, each and every corner of the Udayan Ghars was sanitized with the help of government and private sanitization agencies.Food and other essential commodities (medicines, masks, gloves, toiletries etc.) were stocked so as to limit the movement outside the premises.

In every Udayan Ghar, a separate room, with all the essentials, was turned into a quarantine room for any new child coming to the Ghar or any family member in the Ghar, who might show symptoms.

Health advisories and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) was developed and shared across all the Ghars. The carers through online platforms were also trained on the use of the SOP.

  • Ensuring Positive Mental Well-Being

Research studies have shown that children who have been exposed to traumatic experiences in the past are at a greater risk of developing mental health concerns during crisis situation. There is a likelihood of any previous trauma getting resurfaced or even worse.

In order to ensure a healthy and conducive environment at the Ghar, our mental health team, led by the mental health experts and the programme head, intervened with counseling and group sessions with children and carers through audio and video calls at regular intervals.

  • Upgrading Skills

The carer team at the Udayan Ghars often come from an underprivileged background where they do not have opportunities to learn and develop and get exposed to the outside world. While being at Udayan Ghars, the carer team is ensured to learn and develop the skills required to work with the children in an out-of-home care setting, the need to make them tech savvy was never realized. However, this pandemic crisis and the nationwide lockdown has certainly made us realize that how important it is for the carers to know and learn about different communication platforms in the virtual world.

Helping carers and children learn to use online meeting platforms such as zoom, google meet etc. not only upskilled them but also helped other members of the Ghar team to monitor the day to day functioning of the Ghar virtually and also offered opportunities to engage them in workshops and a number of other fun and learning activities.

  • Continuum of Learning

With the nationwide lockdown and the academic institutions shut, our inquisitive children didn’t let go off that opportunity to learn. As the schools started with remote classes, children at Udayan Ghars diligently began to study online being at the Ghar and hence, the continuum of learning was maintained.

  • Workshops and Capacity Building

The team continued to conduct capacity building workshops with children and carers despite the crisis. The upgraded skills of children and carers to use online communication applications proved quite helpful in conducting the workshops and implementing the lesson plans.

The topics for the workshops were decided based on the on ground assessment during this pandemic crisis.

  • Work from Home

The lockdown in India progressed in versions from 1.0 to 4.0 and the non-residential members of the Ghar team continued to work from their private war rooms, home, trying their best to provide the required support, guidance and aid to the carers and the children at the Ghars.

  • Giving Back

Surviving a crisis can never be easy until the support to overcome or resettle comes in one’s way.

As an endeavor to reach out to others in need, our mental health team obligingly volunteered to be a part of COVID Response Team, an initiative by DCPCR and a host of other partners, to provide psychological and emotional support to thousands of vulnerable people across the nation through toll-free helpline. Migrant laborers, young people and others who could not return back to their family due to the untamed situation, anxious and alone, called and connected with the response team via the helpline. They shared their feelings, concerns and were counseled to stay positive and healthy. The team also helped them to locate the different aid provided in their local area such as ration and other essential commodities.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Prevention and Management COVID 19 in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) developed by Udayan Care was shared with other agencies working in the alternative care space and child protection.

As the spirit to give back to the society is inculcated in the children in Udayan Ghars, some of our alumni also came forward to help their Udayan Care family sustain and survive during these testing times. Some volunteered to engage the young ones in online tuition classes whereas, some of them offered to donate in the emergency response fund.

  • Bringing Home our Alumni

Rehabilitated in society with a decent job, a decent place to live in and a dream to lead a dignified life which is away from being included or counted among the disadvantaged or vulnerable sections which once they were part of, the youth leaving care feel jeopardized at present.

Hit hard by the unprecedented times that the world is facing today, the care leavers have once again found themselves surrounded by the clouds of setback and distress. Some have lost their jobs, some have not received their monthly salary and some lived with the constant fear of losing their only support for survival anytime soon. One needs to be stronghearted to empathise and understand the situation that they have been through or experiencing at the moment.

As reiterated in the Udayan Care philosophy, “Once an Udayan, always an Udayan” the Udayan Care family extended support to its care leavers and alumni by providing ration kits and medical, psychological, emotional and financial support. Some of the care leavers, after taking the required health safety measures, have also been housed in separate rooms in our aftercare facilities.

 

Fun and Learning Engagements during Pandemic Crisis –

Our young ones at Udayan Ghars utilised the quarantine time by getting engaged in a number of activities ranging from daily morning exercise, mediation, gardening, art and craft, cooking some new mouth-watering recipes, playing mind bending games to attending online academic classes, counselling sessions, storytelling sessions and lending a helping hand in day to day activities.

o   Art & Craft

Creativity and innovativeness are likely to blossom when children are able to sketch out their thoughts and imagination on art notebook. Our dear partner ArtReach India Foundation went virtual and delivered online art sessions with some of the renowned artists of the contemporary times.

The children and carers using various online platforms played with their creativity and created some incredible art & craft pieces.

o   Cooking

Cooking is therapeutic and stimulates your brain offering opportunities to experiment, create and experience a sense of accomplishment. Cooking for someone else is also believed to be a way of expressing of love and helps you connect better with them.

Our budding chefs at Udayan Ghars, with the available ingredients cooked happiness garnished with love and creativity.

o   Yoga and Meditation

If you cannot go outside, go inside! Our young Udayanites, regular with their morning exercise and meditation are trying to get close to their inner-self and healing their lives.

o   Session on Online Safety

The world under lock down is all online but the question arises is that is it safe even after taking so many precautions. Well we are certain that internet isn’t the safest place of all times. So, education about Digital Literacy is a must. And we at Udayan Care take every step to ensure our children’s safety as well as their learning. Voila! A whole session on cyber security was conducted and that too by not leaving their places! This quarantine has not only given us time to spend with our families but also learn with them.

o   Session on Our Planet and Our Life in the Lockdown

Seeing the changing face of the planet earth, the children at Udayan Ghars were engaged in online sessions wherein, they as a group brainstormed to recognize the nature and life before and during the lockdown and came up with write-ups and posters intrigued towards making people realize the harm that has been done to the environment and what they can do to keep the environment and the planet earth safe from further destruction.

o   QUIZantine; Udayan Ghar Online Inter-House Quiz Competition

COVID 19 lockdown has propelled the world towards exploring new dimensions of life. Even giving way to some otherwise unimaginable events. Yes, 17 Udayan Ghars conducted an online Quizantine (Quiz during the self-quarantine). The 4 round quiz competition included multiple choice quiz questions, riddles and other creative questionnaires.

The event rightly roped the sense of being alone together. The children across the homes enjoyed the creative engagement and participated enthusiastically.

This is how the whole team at Udayan Care worked with all vim and vigor and continued to provide care and protection to its most valued members of the family, the children. I hope with time the clouds of misfortune and distress fade away and everything gets back to normal.

I am truly grateful to all the sponsors and well-wishers who are equally creditable for the wonderful work that we have been able to do at Udayan Care with their continued support.

 

Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely indebted,

Ravinder and the entire team at Udayan Care Sunshine Homes

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Hello Everyone,

Love & greetings from the children at Sunshine Homes!

I am Badal, a progeny of Udayan Ghar Programme and at present, an aftercare young adult, being supported through Udayan Care’s Aftercare Programme. I deem it as a great opportunity to connect with you all and take you through my journey so far. But before I start telling my story, I would like to share about the fun, excitement and learning that we have had in the last three months. Let’s have a glimpse at the activities and events happened -

Master Chef-Udayan Care (Inter Udayan Ghar Cookery Competition)

Swad Wahi par Pyaz Nahi!

An onion a day, means you are rich without say!

Be proud to be a part of the nation whose little everyday household item has the ability to compete against the currency rate at global level. Well you guessed it right, it’s a satire on rising onion price.

 So, to beat the sensational price hike of this little, multi layered, everyday household item, onion that has left the country in tears, our Udayan Ghar team planned a competition across Udayan Ghars to see if the same nutritious & delicious recipes can still be cooked without using onion and most importantly liked by children. The cookery competition spanned over two phases where our caregivers from different ghars got the cooked recipes such as, Matar paneer, Mix vegetable, macroni, cutlet, baigan ka bharta etc., to taste by children and the programme officials. The top three winners were awarded with a chef’s cap and a certificate.

Christmas Celebration

Christmas celebration, at Udayan Ghars, every year brings along a wave of happiness, fun and tingling excitement among children and staff. Twinkling lights, merry carols, music, cake and eats and, the mysterious santa handing over gifts were all there to set the Christmas mood right. Various corporates and our donors joined us in the Christmas celebrations, which added to the joy of the festival. Genpact, Barclays Bank, Ongraph Technologies, Showtime Events, Multiplier, Paint Our World and Krishumi Pvt Ltd visited our children to multiply the joy of the festival. They shared Christmas goodies with us all and spent time playing games that left everyone smiling.

Global Family Day Celebration

Family is always formed by blood, they say. But it’s the attachment, emotions and love which bind us together as a family. The bond shared by the family members show that they stand united in every circumstance and support each other in their growth and development. Every year, January 1st is observed as Global Family Day and we at Udayan Care celebrated it too giving giving each one of us, especially the little ones in the ghars, the idea about the day and its significance and revisiting the family values that are inculcated in the members. Blessed to have a huge, extended family at Udayan Care, the celebrations went on for a week.

Colors of India, adidas-Udayan Care Winter Carnival, 2020

Set with the theme, Colors of India, the winter carnival for this year was held on 4th January 2020 in partnership with adidas at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida where more than 180 children, aftercare young adults, half a hundred care staff and programme officials across 15 Udayan Ghars and, nearly 50 other guests came along to get exposed to diverse cultures, traditions and values that exist within our country which is yet united. The event showcased regional dance forms including Bhangra, Lavni, Bharatanatyam, Rauf etc. performed by children. This was followed by a ramp show where children walked wearing popular traditional dresses from the states of Assam, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra etc. The eatery stalls and, fun games and activities were organized surrounding the theme which included pottery, puppetry, candy floss, hoopla and many more.

Republic Day Celebration

Inculcating the patriotic spirit in the young Udayanites, Republic Day was celebrated across all the Udayan Ghars. Each Udayan Ghar celebrated the glorious day with its own taste where, some sang patriotic songs, participated in quiz and others hoisted flag, made presentation on revolutionaries and shared their stories.

14* Not Out, adidas-Udayan Care Annual Sports Day, 2020

Sports is something which is close to my heart and I get hit by adrenaline rush whenever I get onto the field. On 9th February, 2020 the 14th adidas-Udayan Care Annual Sports Day was celebrated wherein, children and staff across all the 17 Udayan Ghars participated in different fun races and competed against each other with a sporting spirit. The theme, 14* Not Out represented the 14 years long ongoing association and support of adidas extended towards Udayan Care for helping children and youth like me become productive and responsible adults.

This sports day was special for me as I was one of the 14 sports achievers who got the opportunity to carry the torch and get felicitated by Mr. Neelendra, MD adidas India.

As the day furthered, the excitement and energy multiplied seeing the athletes of all ages, all geared up in adidas attire, winning hearts of the crowd by their exuberant performance. The day culminated with prize distribution and a sumptuous lunch having a great variety of eateries.

So, these were some of the activities and events where we all gathered and celebrated as a family.

Now, coming back to my story which goes long back in the year 2005 when I along with my two elder sisters were placed in Udayan Ghar (Sunshine Homes) as my grandmother, due to her old age, financial impediments and physical inabilities, couldn’t take care of us for long after the demise of my mother and the father abandoned us due to some untold circumstances.

I was 5 years old when I was brought to Udayan Ghar in Gurugram and like any other child who goes somewhere for the first time, I had no clue about the place and the people whom I was supposed to live with for an uncertain period of time. As I stepped in, all I had was bafflement and eagerness to know about what happens here, what will happen to me, how are people going to talk to me, what people here will think about me?

The initial period was indeed a struggle for me to settle in, so was it for the carers putting their best foot forward to make me feel comfortable. As the time passed by I started adjusting to the ghar environment. The love and care provided by mentor parents and the carers made me feel safe and further helped me adjusting and I started seeing myself as a part of large Udayan Ghar family. Neither my brothers in the ghar family nor my carers judged me for what I was or what I had been through in the past.

I was soon enrolled in a reputed English medium school and remained to be an average performer. To be honest, I had a limited interest in studies however, I did complete my senior secondary school with second division. But what excited me more than studies, since childhood, was sports and I am glad that the carer team was able to recognize this and supported me at every step. I was encouraged by the mentor parents and it was through their support that my interest in sports turned into my passion and I started training for Taekwondo. I was aligned with suitable opportunities which helped this, once 5 year old, timid boy, turn into a taekwondo player with black belt (4th Dan), equivalent to be called as ‘Sabum’ (instructor) as per International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) standards. So far, I have won a number of medals and awards in different competitions at national and international level. I aspire to become a professional and successful taekwondo player and would love to teach self-defence techniques to people in need.

I consider myself lucky enough to get the required support and follow my dreams but there are many others whose dreams and even needs get overlooked every day.

At last, I express my gratitude to you as without your support this would not have been possible. Hoping to stay connected with you all.

Sincerely indebted,

Badal and the project team at Sunshine Homes

 

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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 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 1181 children with love, care and protection in 17 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 209 children across all homes. 34of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.

Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter

During the period of September - November, 2019, the team passionately worked for children ensuring that they are cared, loved and, protected and assuring that all their developmental needs are met. The quarter unpacked infinite joy, laughter and sense of oneness and belongingness among the children and the team. Festive celebrations, achievements and children being engaged in preparing for mid-term examination remained to be some major highlights of the quarter.

Workshops being a monthly affair continued to happen addressing several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators and also served for building their capacity. In order to strengthen the stakeholders the following workshops were held during the quarter:

  1. September
  • Workshop on “Power of Gratitude” with Children
  • Workshop on “FAIRSTART Training Programme, Revision Session” with Caregivers and Supervisors
  • Session on “Findings of Research Study on After Care Practices in India” with Mentor Parents & Coordinators.

        2.  October

  • Workshop on “My Safety” with Children
  • Session on “Unpacking Learning from Biennial Conference held in Durban, South Africa on Child & Youth Care & Way Forward for Udayan Care” with Mentors & Coordinators

        3.  November

  •  Workshop on “Creating Children’s Manifesto” with Children.
  •  Workshop on “FAIRSTART Training Programme, Session VIII” with Caregivers and Supervisors.

Children do not 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 expression, managing emotions, relationship building, healthy & unhealthy relationships, knowing self, Problem solving, verbal & non verbal communication.

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 –

  • Teachers Day Celebration

Books may provide knowledge but, Teachers help that knowledge get blossom!

A beautiful day to acknowledge and appreciate ones who have helped children inculcate values, discipline, and education and motivate them to become successful and productive individual was celebrated as Teacher’s Day where children across Udayan Ghars honoured their mentor parents and tutors. Children themselves organized activities, greeted their teachers with handmade cards having their thoughts penned down on it. The celebration was then followed by small snacks party.

  • Corporate Visit at our Udayan Ghar for Boys, Gurugram

The team from Toyota Group visited the Udayan Ghar for Boys, Gurugram on 7th September 2019 where they inaugurated their CSR Initiative by donating and bringing into operation in the Ghar the Water Cooler, Air Coolers, Silent DJ, etc. Arun, COO, Udayan Care along with the staff and children of the Gurgaon Ghar were part of this inaugural ceremony. The children and staff expressed their gratitude through momentos and an artistic card prepared by them as a token of respect.

  • Football Match with Team adidas

Celebrating the more than decade old association with Udayan Care and its children, adidas, had invited children from our Udayan Ghar for Girs, Lajpat Nagar Homes 1 & 13 and Udayan Ghar for Boys, Gurugram Home 5 at their office in Gurugram to play a friendly football match on 17th September’19.

The day began with interaction followed by light refreshments and the teams after that got set with all their safety gears ready to face each other in the football. Dave, MD (Adidas-India) addressed the children and helped them raise their spirits to high levels. Both the teams were packed with explosive energy and soon the ground was filled with some loud cheering. The teams did give a tough fight and gracefully, team Udayan Care won the match by 2-1.

  • Daughter’s Day Celebration

To celebrate Daughter’s Day, volunteers from KAZO, a merchandise company, visited the Udayan Ghar for Girls, Greater Noida on 22nd September 2019. The team of volunteers interacted with the children in the Ghar and donated merchandise from KAZO.

  • World Clean-up Day

On 21st September 2019, children from Udayan Ghar for Boys, Noida Home 6 celebrated World Clean-up day organised by HCL Foundation at Noida Stadium. The engaged in the awareness drive taking forward the need for cleanliness, reducing use of plastic as well as imbibe a healthy living standards.

  • Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week Celebration)

Reinforcing the idea of not always being at the receiving end and instead to be grateful and be a giver, our young children came forth to celebrate Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving) bringing joy into the lives of less privileged people. Colors of celebration were displayed through children getting engaged in donation drives in the nearby slums, spending time and organizing edutainment sessions for children at under privileged schools, Home for Children with Special Needs and senior citizens at Old Age Homes.

  • 3 Days Cricket Tournament, Aadhya Cricket Cup, 2019

11 Warriors representing team Udayan Care, returned back blowing the trumpets of triumph after they stood out victorious in the final cricket match played against Arya Anathalya (Home for orphans) on 13th October’19 at Bharat National Public School, Ram Vihar, Delhi. Team Udayan Care won the match by 8 wickets hitting 128 runs beating the targeted score of 127.

The 3 days cricket tournament, Aadhya Cricket Cup 2019 organized by Aadhya Foundation was seen as a platform for many underprivileged children to come forth and showcase their talent and love for cricket. Apart from Udayan Care, the tournament saw participation from several other NGOs.

With lost none and all won, team Udayan Care ruled over the hearts of not only the spectators and organizers but, also left a deep impression on its opponents.

  • Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”– Robert

Swachhata Hi Seva (Cleanliness is Service) Campaign, themed on Plastic Waste Management was promoted by children across 17 Udayan Ghars in full swing. The activities surrounding the campaign were undertaken during the whole month of October’19 where children from some of the homes organized awareness sessions and rallies in open communities educating people about harmful effects of plastic usage and the best alternatives that could be put in place to avoid its usage. Children from the other homes wrote slogans, distributed pamphlets, held dialogue with local market vendors and local leaders to put a complete stop on the use of plastic carry bags. Some children also initiated cleaning drives wherein they picked up rags from the community parks and other public places involving the local people.

  • Event by DCPCR to Felicitate and Honor Children scoring 70% & above Marks in Board Examination, 2018-19

District Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Delhi organized an event on 23rd October 2019 at open theater INA, Delhi to honor children, living in Child Care Institutions (CCIs), who have scored 70% and above marks in class X & XII Board Examination in the academic session, 2018-19. The event was seen as an innovative endeavor by the government authorities to recognize and acknowledge children’s efforts who despite being gone through hardships in life rise up and shine. A total of 8 children were invited from Udayan Care for the felicitation where they were presented with a memento and a certificate. It was a proud moment for us, being responsible for their care and upbringing, and for the lovely mentor parents, Deepak (Mentor Father) and Saroj (Mentor Mother) who accompanied the children on the day of the event.

  • Diwali Celebration

Dressed in their best ethnic outfits, illuminating their respective homes with colorful lights and diyas, exchanging gifts and sweets and sharing love, Diwali was celebrated with all joy and vigor by children, mentor parents and staff across all the Udayan Ghars. The bright and vibrant festival signifying the victory of good over evil had a lot to teach our young Udayanites about Indian culture and traditions and how everyone gets together to be a part of each other’s happiness. No doubt, such festive celebrations help inculcate a sense of belongingness and oneness among children as a part of Udayan Care family.

Children and staff from Udayan Ghar for Girls, Gurugram Home 17were invited by United Colors of Benetton at their Head Office for Diwali Celebration. Children had a great time interacting with the team UCB. They were engaged in games and fun activities followed by a mouthwatering festive feast. The children also received Diwali gifts from UCB. Likewise, children from Udayan Ghar for Girls, Ghaziabad celebrated Diwali with Greenlam at their office.

  • Children’s Day Celebration

Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.

A happy childhood nurtures confidence, talent, and creativity, helping children excel in their adult life. Children are not liability but, God’s most beautiful creation that must be celebrated. Celebrating childhood and bringing a smile on every child’s face, November 14th is celebrated as children’s day all over the Indian nation.The staff and mentor parents at Udayan Ghars with all vim vigor put their best foot forward to make children feel happy and special where some of them had organized games, activities and delicious treats and some of them brought smile by giving surprise gifts. The day turned out well most importantly made children feel loved, cared and happy.

 

Success Story

The sun sets to rise again!

Childhood is the time wherein the munchkins, all adorable, are loved, cared for and protected against any harm to their delicate being and psyche but, fate had its own offerings for little Gulnisha who lost her parents one after the other at a very young age. The loss of parents rendered her into early childhood trauma. With nowhere to live and nowhere to go for support, Gulnisha landed on the streets of the capital city where she stayed for quite some time with her paternal grandmother and continued to struggle for shelter, food and survival. Rescued from the streets, Gulnisha was transferred to a government children’s home for her care and protection but, due to the non-conducive environment at the care home she was later transferred to Udayan Care for her long term care and protection.

Provided with all the required love, care, attention and protection, Gulnisha started showing improvements in her self-confidence, sense of worth and developed her social and relationship building skills. The ghar team comprising of mentor parents, social work and mental health professionals and caregivers did all their best in grooming her and helping her to overcome her traumatized past through Trauma Informed Care (TIC).

Today, Gulnisha is studying in class VII in a reputed English medium school and surprising everyone with her talents and dedication. She has keen interest towards almost all extra co-curricular activities. Arts, dancing, singing and sports, she has left nothing. Recently, she has been awarded with a Gold Medal in North India Shotokan Karate Championship, 2019 organized by Shotokan Martial Arts Federation of India.

Football match with Adidas team
Football match with Adidas team
Aadhya Cricket Cup
Aadhya Cricket Cup
Swachhata hi Seva Campaign
Swachhata hi Seva Campaign
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Auro Camp
Auro Camp

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 CareGivers, Supervisors, & Volunteers.

These homes are located in busy, middle-class neighborhoods, so children can reintegrate themselves into society through direct community involvement which helps to mainstream 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 1141 children with love, care and protection in 17 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 206 children across all homes. 29of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.

Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter

During the period of June - August 2019, the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children enjoying their summer vacations. Like every other year, Udayan Care Annual Summer Camp (5 Days residential camp) was organized wherein, all the children and staff across all Udayan Ghars get together and get engaged in different sessions filled with lot of fun and insights. Workshops being a monthly affair continued to happen addressing 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 (mentor parents, coordinators, caregivers, and children).In order to strengthen the stakeholders the following workshops were held during the quarter:

June

  • Workshop on “FAIRSTART Training Programme, Session VII” with Caregivers and Supervisors
  • Session on “Udayan Care; Genesis & Philosophy” with Mentor Parents & Coordinators.

July

  • Workshop on “Importance of Health, Nutrition & Hygiene” with Children
  • Revision session on “FAIRSTART Training Programme, Session VII” with Caregivers and Supervisors.
  • Session on “Udayan Care’s Vision, Mission & Values” with Mentor Parents and Coordinators.

August

  • Workshop on “Self Expression through Writing” with Children.
  • Workshop on “Working with Children with Special Needs” with Caregivers and Supervisors.

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 expression, managing emotions, relationship building, healthy & unhealthy relationships, knowing self, Problem solving, verbal &non verbal communication.

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 – 

Udayan Care Annual Summer Camp, Summer Funksters 

Schools are out, summers are in. Let’s welcome the fun as the summer camp begins!

Summer Camp is the time when children and staff across all Udayan Ghars come together for fun & learning and showcase their talent. It is the time filled with lots of surprises, gifts & awards and delicious treats. It is also the time where mentor parents, social workers, and caregivers get a wonderful opportunity to revive & beautify their relationship with the children.  Summer camp brings along the opportunity for everyone to come together to a common platform for becoming a part of collective and collaborative learning with fun.

This time, 17 Udayan Ghars, 205 children, 27 young adults & 40 staff members came together to be a part of 5 days Udayan Care Annual Summer organized at Jagshanti UdayanGhar, Greater Noida from 10th to 14th June’19with the theme, Summer Funksters: Let’s have fun under summer sun, set right to beat the sizzling heat. No doubt, the scorching heat wasn’t strong enough to stand against everyone’s highly raised spirits and excitement. 

Like every other year, children were engaged in different activities encompassing theatre, dance, music, amazing do it yourself science experiments, art & craft and more with the last day culminated into the grand finale where children presented/performed what all they have learned during the camp.

 

International Yoga Day Celebration

Know yourself, work on yourself & transform yourself with Yoga!

Proud to be a part of the nation which has been instrumental in recognizing this wonderful traditional Indian art form across the world. June 21st is observed as International Yoga Day around the globe. Keeping up the high spirits and giving due importance to its therapeutic and soothing benefits our young Udayanites celebrated International Yoga Day and practiced different YogAsanas at Udayan Ghars.

 

Weeklong Trip to Auro Camp, Nainital

Making this summer even exciting and vacations fun, a weeklong trip to Auro Camp, Nainital was organized for the children from 25th June to 3rd July’19 in association with Sri Aurobindo Ashram. A total 53 children and 7 staff members went for the camp that was held at Van Niwas, situated at a height of 7400 ft. on the top of a hill in a serene retreat, nestling among the Himalayan peaks, surrounded by trees & forests away from the hustle and bustle of the town. 

The group stayed at Sri Aurobindo Ashram where they were engaged in adventure activities such as rock climbing, trekking, artificial river crossing, etc. and, meditation, yoga, spiritual talks among others contributing towards the overall personality development of children.

 

Movie Outing

Children across all Udayan Ghars had a movie outing for “Super 30” organised by our Donors and Mentor Parents. The movie is based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and the educational programme run by him. From being a child who while studying was engaged in supporting his family by earning through selling street food as well as tutoring 30 children for practical mathematics who in the long run clear IIT Exams and become successful in life. The movie was motivational and had a great message for children to understand the importance of studies and overcoming all hardships in life and become successful young adults. The children across all Ghars found it inspirational and thoroughly enjoyed the movie along with snacks and tasty lunch.

 

Visit by Feed India

Team Feed India visited Gurgaon Boys Ghar on 10th July 2019 as part of their CSR activity. The team conducted fun activities in the lawn outside the Ghar as well as played board games with the children. The children were also engaged in cooking simple recipes made from bread as well as the team did a small tree plantation drive to enhance their consciousness towards the environment. The day was made even more exciting with Feed India sponsoring a delicious lunch and providing children with goodies. The children really enjoyed the day.

 

Visit by Genpact

Team Genpact visited Noida Girls & Boys Ghars on 16th July 2019 as part of their CSR initiative where they engaged children in educational activities conducted in a fun way as well as played cricket with the boys at the Ghar. The team extended their generosity by donating ration for a month which also consisted of tasty food items for the children. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and acknowledged team Genpact with a Thank You card.

 

Workshops by ArtReach India Foundation

The next series of art workshops under Artroom Programme (II) has begun from the month of July’19. During the months of July and August children were engaged in 2 days film making workshop and visual story building workshop. The participants were exposed to the basics of cinema and camera holding, shot their own film and created their own short visual stories.

 

Independence Day Celebration

Inculcating the spirit of patriotism and developing a sense of love towards the nation and its people, the Independence Day was celebrated across different Udayan Ghars. The preparations for the celebration were in full swing with young hearts filled with inspiration and energy.

The day was an amalgamation of fun-filled activities which included quiz and kite-making activity that were conducted at all the Homes.  The quiz based on general awareness about facts of India’s independence was found to be interesting and a mind flexing exercise. The kite making activity, gave the children, the full freedom to apply their creativity and scientific skills to make decorative kites. The kites were then flown high in the sky, giving the children, a sense of pride for their country. Children also engaged in role plays wherein, by emulating our freedom fighters, the core values were revived. The real essence of independence was embraced with the unfurling of the national flag and singing of the national anthem by children & staff at all the homes.

 

Independence Day Celebration with Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree Hotel, Gurgaon invited children and staff from Gurgaon Boys Ghar to celebrate Independence Dayat at their Hotel. The celebration began with flag hoisting and singing national anthem followed by some games, art competition and other activities wherein, children won some exciting prizes and had fun. The children also enjoyed a delicious lunch.

 

Success Story 

Abandoned by her parents when she just learnt to crawl, Parvinder was devoid of the kind of love & care that every child deserves. Continued to be looked after by her grandmother who found it difficult to bear the expenses, she was placed at Bal Vihar Anath Ashram (an orphanage) at the age of 4. Have Lived there for 10 years, Parvinder was then transferred to Udayan Care for her long term care and protection. 

Parvinder, with warmth of love of the mentor parents, care givers and psychosocial interventions of the mental health team including social worker and mental health professionals, was helped to overcome her issues relating to fractured attachment, stress, anxiety and relationship building that arouse as a result of traumatic experiences around abandonment and multiple placements that she has been through in the past. 

Over the time, Parvinder had shown exemplary improvements and grew to be a bright and hardworking girl. She has always been clear and focused about her dreams and goals and aspired to be a clinical psychologist to help children undergoing mental trauma. After clearing her class XII with 73%, she was enrolled in Ashoka University to pursue her graduation. 

Parvinder today, a graduate in BA (Hons.) Psychology with 77% marks started her career as a counselor with Centre for Child & Adolescent Wellbeing (CCAW) under the mentorship of Dr. Gupta, Child &Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Independence celebration with Lemontree
Independence celebration with Lemontree
Yoga Day Celebration
Yoga Day Celebration
Success story of Parvinder
Success story of Parvinder
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