Workshop _ Child Identity
Udayan Sunshine Home
Udayan Care had set up its first Sunshine 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.
Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 518 children with love, care and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 158 children across all homes along with 29 young adults After Care Programme
Workshops/ Activites during this Quarter
During this period of July August several activities took place at home level. Children got the opportunity to attend workshops outside home and many workshops were conducted within the organizational level addressing several concerns pertaining to their overall growth & development.
Workshops were held focused on Gender Sensitization through the medium of Art with the children by Adele – Flow India with two different age group of children keeping in mind their ability of comprehension of the subjecton the other hand sessions with all the program stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children) were conducted to encourage Child Participation & enhance the understanding of Child Identity during this period. Children also got the exposure to learn the Japanese form of paper art “Origami”.
Mr. Rajnish Virmani who has a 30 years of working experience in multinationals like Amex, Aviva, Coltand is presently theCEO, Arrows Group conducted afocused group session on Team Building with the team of Udayan Ghar (mentors & home coordinators) during this period. The session highlighted upon certain key aspects, the prerequisites for team building. He talked about the strengths and areas of opportunity of the team members. He also emphasized upon the relevance of having strong Communication Skill within the team members which came along with having better clarity about the roles and responsibilities for each team members, and methods/ steps to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the program.
The YP foundation encourages young people to take eucation outside the classroom and apply their skills, knowledge and innovation towards instituting practical solutions to Human Rights issues they have identified in their communities. During this period they continued working on the life skill of our children at Sant Nagar Girls Home, Mehrauli girls home & Mayur Vihar boys homes. The taregted age group were the same 10-18 years old children which were further divided into two groups. The topics being covered are Understanding gender, growing up and puberty, body anatomy, mensuration, masturbation and night fall, sexuality, relationships – power, consent and negotiation, violence STIs and HIV + STDs, contraception and abortion.
As a part of the closure activity towards the end of the Workshops a campaign was conducted by the facilitator at each home in order to gauge the imapct of the one months continous session on Life Skills. The children enjoyed the sessions a lot and were delighted to perform activities in the presence of the mentor parents during the activities.
Children also celebrated Independence Day on 15th August by unfurling the National Flag and performing various activities at home level. Boys made card and participated in poster making competition in the memory of freedom fighters and girls showed their theatre talents by performing role play on the freedom fighters, recited poems, danced on a patriotic song and shared their understanding about our freedom fighters.
Success Stories this quarter
Varun (Name Changed)
Varun (Name changed) was 9 years old when his father passed away and his mother left him and his brother Ram (elder brother) and got remarried. Both the siblings were staying with their grandmother. After the death of their grandmother both the Varun & Ram (siblings) were referred to Udayan home, Mayur Vihar home for boys.
Varun was diagnosed with low IQ as a result he was then enrolled to a special school in order to provide him appropriate education. Presently he is studying in 4th standard in Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan. In order to provide him proper medical care for his cognitive development being a slow learner he is also under psychiatric drug prescribed by mental health consultant (Dr Deepak Gupta, child & adolescent psychiatrist).
With the constant care and protection provided by the home staff and programme team the child exhibited his talent in sports as a result his energy was channelized in sports under supervision.Varun started participating in sport activities held in school like- Table tennis, Volleyball, shot put, race etc. Till now he made three outstation tours and played two times inter-state level table tennis (1st (gold) & 4th position) in Special Olympics and one time national level achievement in table tennis single (silver medal) Special Olympics held at Odisha, India.
We have also applied for his scholarship for his national level achievement from Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi. He is also a wonderful chess player. He is happy & enjoying his stay at home. There’s still a long way to go for which he is preparing himself!!
Workshop on Child Participation with caregivers
Independence Day Celebration
Workshop on Origami
workshop on Team Building