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Quarterly Report for Global Giving

Jan-March 2013

The Genesis

Based on the belief that a loving family and home is the rightful privilege of every child, Udayan Care set up its first Udayan Ghar (Home) in 1996 on the model of LIFE: Living in Family Environment. This model enables erstwhile orphaned and abandoned children in Udayan Ghars 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 social workers, and resident care givers.

Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 290 children with love and protection in 13 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 192 children across all homes.

Efforts

  1.  Capacity Building Workshops

Besides providing quality education to our children in some of the best educational institutions, and individual mentoring at homes, Udayan Care also lays much emphasis on a strong and effective Mental Health Programme for their overall well being. As part of this programme, several capacity building workshops and meetings are held not just for the children but also the entire team of Udayan Ghar care providers.

In this quarter, children came over to Head Office to attend workshops on -

-          Menstruation & related issues was conducted by a practicing gynecologist Dr. Manisha Arora. She talked about reproductive health system, myths and perceptions that prevail in the society regarding menstruation; and also encouraged children to speak up and get their issues sorted in this session.

-          Dealing with Exam Pressure was the demand of the examination season. This workshop was specially organized by Dr. Deepak Gupta, child & adolescent psychiatrist, for children about to appear for their Board classes. The children were asked to focus on their strengths and fight their fears with The Butterfly Therapy.

             For residential care staff across all homes, informative sessions on topics like Reproductive Health and related issues amongst Teenagers and Cervical Cancer were organized under the aegis of Udayan Ghar’s Mental Health Programme.

 

The mentors and professional staff also came around for workshops on Epilepsy, Building Resiliency among children; Emotional Abuse; Ethics in Research and Orphan Care in China. Two of the social workers attended a three day EMDR Training held at Sir Gangaram Hospital. It is a psychological tool to help the client to release the negative thoughts and images of the past.

 

  1. Major Recreational and Co-curricular Events
  • This year, on the 10th of February, everyone eagerly welcomed the 7th edition of the adidas Group Udayan Care Annual Sports Day, at The Banyan Tree School, New Delhi, where children from all 13 Ghars celebrated their Right to Play. Gracing the occasion were Mr. Erick Haskell, Managing Director, adidas Group and Mr. Unmukt Chand, the under 19 cricket sports star.

Our young comperes, Karishma and Deepak Udayan held the audience’s attention throughout the day. The event began with a March past represented by each of our 13 Ghars, the Torch Lighting ceremony and the Oath taking led by Mr. Haskell. Our young children also got an opportunity to play a friendly game of cricket against the adidas team with Unmukt by their side.

Thorough planning led to a vast array of games for all children in different age groups. Besides, the familiar ones like the Lemon & Spoon race, Sack race, and the 50mtrs/100 mtrs dash, and 3-legged race. This year the children were pleasantly surprised with the addition of certain innovative ones like the Turtle race, Newspaper game, Hen race, Skipping race and Trisome.  Also keeping in mind the young energetic boy and girls of our Homes, we also held some of the all time favorites like the Relay, 400 mtrs sprint, Hurdle race and our boys’ most favorite the Wheelbarrow race.

Like every year, this year too special games were organized for Udayan Care’s staff, mentors, international volunteers and guest from adidas group. These included 100 mtrs dash (male staff); throw ball (female staff) and 400 mtrs Relay (volunteers and adidas group). 

 

The event ended with prize distribution, a vote of thanks by UC Mentor and Trustee Ms. Aneesha Wadhwa, and the children proudly singing the Udayan Anthem. Children from all Ghars made it to the victory stand and returned home with haul of adidas bags, bottles and socks as there were 92 prizes to be won!

 

  •  The Art of Living Foundation has been organizing Bal Shivirs at our Udayan  Ghars. This quarter they visited Udayan Ghar, Sant Nagar. The Shivir was very effective and children learnt asanas, breathing techniques and narrating mantra OM, apart from other yoga exercises.

 

  • At Udayan Ghar, Gurgaon, team members from EXL paid a visit to the boys. They assisted children in their Class 10th and 12th with their studies; and also organized matches of Football and Cricket with the boys. Later all sat down to snacks of everyone’s choice – wraps and burgers.

 

  • In March, the girls at our latest Udayan Ghar at Sant Nagar, were visited by an enthusiastic, enterprising group of young friends who have come together to form a group – The Eating Outing Group. They visited the girls on 26th March to celebrate Holi with the children. Together with herbal colors, they spent an evening filled with excitement and fun. They also gifted children bags, pencil boxes and hair clips to the children. They children were treated to special gujias and other snacks.

 

  • The children from Udayan Ghars at Noida, Greater Noida, Mayur Vihar and Sant Nagar on 26th March in the morning went to an amusement park – World of Wonders in Noida along with their care staff. The children had an exciting, gala time riding on amusement rides and spending leisure time with their friends.

 

Our Miracle of Hope: Nuruksha

The outcomes of our efforts put into ‘Regenerating the Rhythm of the Disadvantaged’ are innumerable. These are a result of the mentoring at the individual level of the Mentors and care staff at home; the counseling and different therapies brought in use by our professional staff; the successful implementation of the Mental Health Programme; and plenty of donors and well wishers from the community who engage our children in several recreational events and outings. 

One such Miracle of Hope is 10 year old Nuruksha. Over a year’s span, with constant love, concern and support from mentor, caregivers, other girls at this home as well as the tutors, the turnaround in 10 year old Nuruksha is hard to miss.

Having come to Udayan Ghar at Ghaziabad, straight from her family of ten members, she deeply missed her parents and siblings. She was very reserved, self-doubting; and the language barrier only added to the difficulty. Nuruksha, completely unfamiliar with English, regarded herself as being different from the others, leading to her self-imposed isolation.

After a couple of months of home tutoring, mentoring and counseling, Nuruksha was enrolled in English-medium Deep Memorial School. Her mentor ensured that the teachers encourage the child to speak in the class in Hindi so that at least she breaks her inhibitions and overcomes them. Soon, after a month’s time at school, Nuruksha began making friends, developing rapport with teachers and gradually started voicing her concerns not only at home but at school too.  

Now, the child, who detested school a year a year back, now looks forward to attending it every single day; and who feared participation in group activities owing to her low self esteem and language barrier, now participates in almost all extracurricular activities that come her way. In addition, Nuruksha has shown such maturity and responsibility, that her mentor regards as one of the most trust-worthy girls at home, entrusting her with special tasks. But to top all of these accomplishments, Nuruskha’s is now an enthusiastic learner of the English language, and tries to speak, read and understand it with all her might! 

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Prakash-our Success Story
Prakash-our Success Story

                      Udayan Ghar-Sunshine Homes for erstwhile orphaned and abondoned children

Appalled by the stark reality of 31 million orphans in India and shocked by the condition of institutions housing them, a few like- minded individuals got together to take serious action. This obsession was the seed which sprouted as Udayan Care, – which was registered in 1994, as a Public Charitable Trust.

Based on the belief that a loving family and home is the rightful privilege of every child, Udayan Care set up its first Udayan Ghar (Home) in 1996 on the model of LIFE: Living in Family Environment. This model enables erstwhile orphaned and abandoned children in Udayan Ghars 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 social workers, and resident care givers.

Since inception Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 270 children with love and protection in 12 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 185 children across all homes.

                                                   Our Success story of last quarter

In one such Udayan Ghar for boys, came a timid 9 year old boy Prakash in 2005. He had come to Delhi with his widowed mother to earn a livelihood. However, after his mothers’ death, the little boy was left at the mercy of his ill-treating tenant.

Despite having faced a series of separations and difficulties at a young age, this boy stands out an exemplar for all those who wish to move forward from their past & carve out their own future by their absolute perseverance & hard work.

With consistent love and support from his mentors and caregivers at this Udayan Ghar, he soon settled in his new safe and comfortable home; learning new concepts every week, at first at home and then quickly adapting to the English medium education at a St. P.B.N. Public School.

The boy has been staying in Udayan Care for over 8 years now. Throughout, the boy has continued to outshine others in academics. Currently in class XII, he is studying Science, and aims at pursuing Mechanical Engineering from Delhi. Though extremely keen on Engineering, the boy has however applied for SCRA i.e. Special Class Railway Apprenticeship. He also views National Defence Academy (NDA) as another option.

Apart from studying, his other interests include playing Volleyball for his school’s team, carom at home and also helping in the kitchen. Also, being a genius at Mathematics, he loves to tutor the younger boys at home, clearing their concepts and queries.

Seeing the boy’s steadfast resolve to excel in his Class XII Boards and later in all the entrance examinations, making it to the best Engineering Institute in Delhi; we at Udayan Care naturally want to provide the best of everything to him and all other children. And we are sure that with little help from us, and a lot of his sheer hard work and determination, they are bound to reach the skies!

Prakash means:" A bright light which illuminates everything around you". It is only support from YOU people which made Prakash shine brighter in life. Thank YOU!

                                           Capacity Buidling Workshops for children

  • Besides providing quality education to our children in some of the best educational institutions, Udayan Care also lays much emphasis on a strong and effective Mental Health Programme for their overall well being.
  •  The children attended workshops on Gender and Sexuality; Dealing with fears using the Butterfly Pat therapy; safe use of Electricity and Conservation; Career Guidance and Animation
  • For care providers, primarily workshops on Competency Training & Affect Modulation; Nutrition and Cost-effective cooking; Counseling; and working with defiant children were organized.

 

                                                Recreation and excursions for children

  Besides ongoing Tennis, Dance and Taekwondo classes, festivals, carnivals and corporate engagement programmes kept the children on their toes. While children celebrated Diwali, the festival of light with crackers and sweets; Christmas brought them plum cakes and presents from the Santa!

To add to this, were certain Corporates like DLF Pramerica, Eli Lily and Co., Baxter, Whirlpool, CSC and Headstrong who organized carnivals, planned outings for children or simply played with the children in the warm winter sun. Mentors and Volunteers also left no stone unturned in making the child’s vacations a memorable time, packed with excursions, picnics and musical and theatre performance. 

                                                  Conclusion for the last quarter

All in all, this quarter was a fun-filled one for children across all Udayan Homes, as they ushered in the New Year with dance parties, celebrations and of course resolutions!

 Since the current situation of orphan and abandoned children in India continues to be bleak, Udayan Care aims to reach out to more children in need of care and protection. With our Vision To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged, Udayan Care seeks to engage socially committed individuals in bringing about a world in which each disadvantaged child enjoys a supportive family environment, opportunities for self-development and higher education, the dignity of self-reliance, and the ability and desire to give back to society.

 

Please write to us at: fundraising@udayancare.org for feedback about our report and programme.

For more please log on to our website:http://www.udayancare.org/

Please click the link below to read our Annual Report 2011-12:

http://www.udayancare.org/upload/files/udayan%20annual%20report%202011-2012.pdf

 


 



 

Udayan girl with  Corporate Volunteer
Udayan girl with Corporate Volunteer
Mentor's meeting in progress
Mentor's meeting in progress
At Kumaon for excursion with Mentor Mother
At Kumaon for excursion with Mentor Mother
Capacity Building workshop with Dr. Deepak Gupta
Capacity Building workshop with Dr. Deepak Gupta
Children-Gift a Smile Carnival by DLF Pramerica
Children-Gift a Smile Carnival by DLF Pramerica

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Udayan Ghar children at Sapient Bal  Mela
Udayan Ghar children at Sapient Bal Mela

 

Quarterly Progress Reports July – September 2012

CONTENTS

This Report is for the period of July – September 2012 covers the following:

  • Details of Udayan Ghar Programme: In Numbers
  •  Udayan Care wins the India Ngo Award 2011: We thank you!
  •  Achievements & Opportunities
  •  Capacity Building Workshops
  •  Recreational and Co-curricular Events

Details of Udayan Ghar Programme: In numbers

HOMES                      NO. OF CHILDREN

Sant Nagar                               12

Mayur Vihar                              14

Mehrauli                                   13

Gr. Noida                                  42

Gurgaon                                    24

Noida Boys                               09

Noida Girls                                09

Mayur Vihar-II                            12

Kurukshetra                                09

Jaipur                                         13

Ghaziabad                                  11

Chhatarpur                                  09

TOTAL                                        177

 

 

Total No. of Beneficiaries as on 30th September 2012: 177

New Children joining in this Quarter: 1 girl, Ashiya, aged 12 years joined at Mehrauli Home on 6th September.

Children Exiting  in this QuarterSeven children from Mayur Vihar, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Noida Boys, and Ghaziabad Homes.

July

 1.      Nakul, from Mayur Vihar 1, moved out from After Care. He is now independent & our latest Alumni.

 2.      Another boy, Surender, from Gurgaon Home was restored to his mother. He stayed with us for a little more than a month.

August

 3.    1 boy from Noida Home, Harsh, was restored to his mother.

 4.    Urmila, who was in the Aftercare, having attaining the age of 22 years, acquired a job & moved from Greater Noida home to lead an independent and progressive life.

5.    Another girl from Greater Noida Home, Rehanna, 22 years old, got a job at a Hospital and moved out as Alumni.

September

 6. Raizem from Ghaziabad Home was restored to her parents on 5th September.

7. Shabana left Greater Noida home on 11th September.

 

Aftercare: Six young adults stepped out of our Homes and have started availing our Aftercare facility -

  1. Raja from Mayur Vihar 1
  2. Manoj from Mayur Vihar 1
  3. Manisha from Mehrauli
  4. Bunty from Gurgaon
  5. Akash from Gurgaon
  6. Deepak from Mayur Vihar 2

(See details in the report)

Thus the Aftercare number increased to 15 (4 at Mayur Vihar, 1 at Mehrauli, 7 at Greater Noida, 2 at Gurgaon and 1 at Mayur Vihar 2).  

Alumni/ Independent living after completion of 18 years:  With two adults – Urmila and Rehanna becoming our recent Alumni, Udayan Care has a total of 27 Alumni now. (5-Sant Nagar, 4-Mayur Vihar, 4-Mehrauli, 12-Greater Noida and 2 – Gurgaon) (For details, see report)

Care staff32 across all Homes(20 caregivers; 2 part time caregiver; 4 supervisors; 3 part-time supervisors, 1 coordinator, 1 residential tutor and 1 residential cook)

Mentor parents: 31 mentor parents across all homes (28 mentor mothers & 3 mentor fathers)

 

Udayan Care wins the India Ngo Award 2011: We thank you!

 

Udayan Care was honored with the prestigious India NGO Award 2011, by the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation (in the medium NGO category). Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee, Udayan Care received the trophy from the Union Minster for Information and Broadcasting, Ms. Ambika Soni.

 

Udayan Care was shortlisted from a total of 150 NGOs. The six months selection process involved site visits and a due diligence check by the team of assessors from Resource Alliance. Udayan Care was selected from among three nominees in the medium category, and awarded on the basis of –

-          Effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources

-          Demonstration of efficient management of resources.

-          Good governance

-          Transparency and accountability

-          Impact of work in bringing about tangible benefits to the communities we work with.

The award money will primarily be utilized for organizational development and continuing to ensure transparency and accountability.

 

Udayan Care expresses its heartfelt thanks to the real winners – our children, who make us proud each day and our donors, volunteers and mentors, who selflessly share their time, skills and resources to give them a better tomorrow.  

 

Achievements & Opportunities

  • Six young adults from Udayan Care moved onto our Aftercare Section -
  1. Raja, from Mayur Vihar Home 1, who completed his Class 12th with 84% this year, has now joined College of Vocational Studies. He is Bachelors in Tourism. Raja is also doing an internship under the guidance of Ms. Meera Sawhny, Trustee, Udayan Care, and is learning diction, shorthand and the like. 
  2. 2.       Manoj, from the same Home as Raja’s, has joined Hi-Tech Institute of Engineering & Technology in Ghaziabad for a degree in Information Technology (IT). He had scored 76 % in his Class XII board exams.  
  3. 3.       Manisha, from Mehrauli Home, who turned 18 a few months back, has been shifted to her school – CSKM Hostel. She is presently in her Class 12th. And will be visiting her home during vacations & to celebrate festivals whenever possible.  
  4. 4.       Deepak from Mayur Vihar Home 8, has started attending Vivekanand Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi. It is a 5 year course. He too had scored 76% in his class XII exams.  
  5. 5.       Bunty & Akash Udayan, having attained the age of 18 years, from Gurgaon Home, have shifted their base to the aftercare room in the same compound as their Home. These boys visit their Home for their meals except dinner, which they are asked to make; and tuitions after school.  Bunty weighing the importance of pursuing a vocational course has joined Udayan Care Computer Teaching (ITVT) Centre as a support Faculty. He has applied in National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) as well to simultaneously complete his Class XII. Talks are also going with corporate Whirlpool to provide him with on the on the job training.  
  6. Akash is focused on completing his schooling from his St. P. B. N. Public School.

 

  • The following girls Gurmeet and Shalu, had cleared their Class XII Board exams with 76% and 88.4% respectively and had gained admissions in the courses as well colleges of their liking -   

-           Gurmeet from Mehrauli Home has joined I.P Lingayat University for pursuing Bachelors in Journalism & Mass Communication.

-          Shalu has got admission in Bachelors of Pharmacy (B. Pharma) in Galgotia University.

 

  • Urmila Udayan happens to be the first child to come to Udayan Care at Sant Nagar Home in 1996, as a 6 year old lost child. She was then transferred to Greater Noida home in 2003. After spending 16 years at Udayan Care, Urmila, who was in the Aftercare, having attaining the age of 22 years, acquired a job & moved from Greater Noida home on 17th August 2012, to lead an independent and progressive life. She completed her graduation – Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and also worked part time at different places to gain exposure. Now Urmila has secured a job at a Garment Shop in Greater Noida and lives on her own in a rented accommodation.

 

  • Rehanna Udayan, a resident of Greater Noida Home, had got a job at Roshan Hospital in Greater Noida as a trainee. Soon after she married her friend, and is living happily with him and his family at their home in UP.  

 

  • Two of our girls from Sant Nagar HomeManisha and Parvinder Udayan have secured admission in the prestigious boarding The Sagar School. After months of negotiating & reasoning with the Government authorities – Department of Women and Child Welfare (WCD) and The Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Udayan Care was able to take their permission for transferring these children to this residential school in Rajasthan, for their more promising future.  

 

  • On 16th of September, HUDCO had organised a painting competition, the theme of which was Changing Cities, Building Opportunities. 10 of our children from all Delhi Homes participated in this event.  

 

Santosh Udayan (11 years) from Udayan Ghar Mayur Vihar has won 1st Prize and Anjali Udayan (9 years) from Udayan Ghar Chattarpur has won Consolation Prize. They were awarded prizes by the Honorable Minister Kumari Selja on 1st October, 2012 on the occasion of World Habitat Day. 

 

  • Shalu Pal Udayan and Manoj Udayan from Udayan Ghar at Greater Noida and Mayur Vihar respectively ran the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012 on Sunday 30th September to raise funds to Build a Home of Joy for their little Udayan siblings. They still have a target to raise Rs. 1.7 lakhs between the two of them. The good news is that they can now raise this money by 15th November 2012. To support them in their challenge one could log onto the following sites.

To support Shalu Click http://www.wishberry.in/Shalu-Pal-Running-Airtel-Delhi-Half-Marathon-for-Udayan-Care-14149 . To support Manoj Click http://www.wishberry.in/Manoj-Udayan-Running-Airtel-Delhi-Half-Marathon-for-Udayan-Care-14108

 

  • Shivani Udayan won Gold Medal in All India Martial Art Championship 2012 organised by Haryana Martial Art Association. The association is affiliated to Martial Art Federation Asian & Union & Recognized by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India.

 Capacity Building Workshops

 

Children

The Mental Health Programme organized a capacity building workshop for adolescent children on 11th August to discuss issues on Attachment (Part II). It was facilitated by Dr. Deepak Gupta and Ms. Priyanka Jain. The objective of this workshop was to reconnect with the learning and findings of Attachment Part-I Workshop held in January this year. Secondly, we also wanted to understand what the perceptions of children are with respect to attachment with Udayan Care, fellow home mates, and carersUdayan Care winning India Ngo Awards 2011

Udayan Care winning India Ngo Awards 2011
Anjali winning the Hudco Painting competition
Anjali winning the Hudco Painting competition
Udayan Kids at the Delhi Marathon 2012
Udayan Kids at the Delhi Marathon 2012
H.E French Ambassador's Visit to Udayan Ghar
H.E French Ambassador's Visit to Udayan Ghar
Workshop: "Managing Children with Special Needs"
Workshop: "Managing Children with Special Needs"
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Bunty Udayan-Success Story
Bunty Udayan-Success Story

“Support Orphaned Children at our Sunshine Homes”-   AN INITIATIVE OF UDAYAN CARE (SUPPORTED BY GLOBAL GIVING)

DETAILS OF CHILDREN

No. of Beneficiaries as on30th June’12 : 183

New Children: 3. 1 girl, Jyoti at Greater Noida Home; 2 boys, Surender & Jeevan at Gurgaon Home

Children Exiting: 1 girl, Shivani Sharma from Kurukshetra Home wasrestored to her grandparents.

Aftercare:  11 (3 at Mayur Vihar, 8 at Greater Noida).

Alumni/ Independent livingafter completion of 18 years:  24 (5-Sant Nagar, 3-Mayur Vihar, 4-Mehrauli, 10-Greater Noida and 2 – Gurgaon)

Care staff:  27 across all Homes(19 caregivers; 1 part time caregiver; 3 supervisors; 3part-time supervisors and 1 coordinator).

Mentor parents:   28 mentor parents across all homes

SUCCESS STORY OF THE QUARTER:

Bunty Udayan, 20 years, Gurgaon HomeAfter his mother expired in 2003, Bunty’s neighbors approached an organization, Sadhu Sunder SinghWelfare Society, to take care of him and his younger sister. After staying there for couple of years, the children were eventually handed over to Udayan Carein 2005 for their long term care & rehabilitation. (The sister stays at Udayan Ghar for Girls at Mehrauli).Bunty or Tarsem Singh was barely 14 years when he came to Udayan Ghar for boys at Gurgaon. Soon after his joining, he started enjoying the love & care provided by his mentor mothers, care staff &friends. Bunty has been a sociable person, very affectionate and participates in co-curricular activities with enthusiasm.However, off late in Class XI, he became the center of our concern. Bunty’s interest in studies &related academic performance started dropping drastically. He started missing his school often. At home, in order to avoid any discussion with his mentors or care staff, he would remain in his longer, sleep till late & when the coast would be clear, he ended up spending his time on the internet.His mentor, Ms. Arti Kapur, Dr. Kiran Modi, supervisor Mr. Ranjan Ghosh and Ms. Neetu Tyagi(the then Asst. Manager, Ghar Programme), all had individual sessions with Bunty. After every counseling session he would improve and try to behave logically, but he would slide back.Eventually, Bunty was referred to Dr. Deepak Gupta who took a few sessions with him and certain positive changes were seen. Bunty was also referred to Dr. Geetika Goel, a psychologist, who practices in the Satkrishna Charitable Hospital. (The Hospital is in the same compound as this Udayan Care Home.) Bunty responded well to Dr. Geetika’s sessions, and many positive changes were noticeable in him.He has also been attending workshops at head office, participating in Corporate Mentoring programmes and other events which are all doing him good. Tremendous positive changes are visible in Bunty. He now plans to complete his schooling. Presently, Bunty is studying Commerce in Class XII in Rabindranath World School and would like to undergo a vocational training course after XII.

 

ACADEMIC PROGRESS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• All children who appeared for their final school examinations for the academic session 2011-12, cleared them and are promoted to new classes.

• The following children have got exceptional results –

Abhishek Udayan from Gurgaon Home passed UKG with 100% in all subjects. Promila, Ishika and Mathura from Noida Girrls Home have scored 95%, 92 %, 88 % in their class IV, II and II respectively. Meera, Alisha, Ruchika from Jaipur Home have scored 99.50%, 97.50% and 97.50%  in their class I, and KGs respectively.

• The girls in our Aftercare section at Greater Noida Home have also done quite well in their respective courses –-

Manpreet (Nancy) Udayan has scored 80% marks in her 1st year exams of Bachelors of Art in Fashion Technology, Rita Udayan has scored 79% marks in her 1st year exams of Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management, Arti Udayan has scored 77% marks in her 1st year exams of Bachelors of Science in Media & Communication.

The Board Results of Class X & XII came out. All Udayan children who had appeared for these exams fared well.

• On the basis of these results, the children are aiming at the best of colleges/ universities and their courses of interest.- Raja has applied for Economic (Honours) and other related courses in colleges of University of Delhi.- Manoj is interested in pursuing an Engineering degree in Information Technology.Though he is majorly keen on joining Amity University, he is also weighing other options. Deepak has cleared his entrance test for Law in IP University. He is now waiting for counselling.Gurmeet after completion of her Class XII, interned at CNN-IBN. She is keen on entering IP University to pursue Mass Media & Mass Communication. She has also interested in Journalism from IP College, University of Delhi. Shalu is planning to join BSc Pharma, either in Delhi University or in Sharda University in Greater NOIDA.Majority of the girls who cleared Class X – Pooja, Karishma, Shuchita, Arti (III), and Poonam have opted for Humanities stream in their Class XI. Only Komal shall be studying Commerce at her +2 level.

CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Two workshops were held in the month of May with children on the 24th at our Head Office. One session was taken by Mr. Rohit Rajpoot. The second session was held on the same day by Dr. Deepak Gupta along with Ms. Tripti Choudhary. They conducted a workshop on Anger Management, Mr. Rohit Rajpoot, a trainer, engaged the children in a very interesting conversation. The main aim was to get to know the children. For this purpose he talked about several things, asking about their interests, suggesting career options & linkages, giving them activities to do to make them understand differences between response & reaction. He also answered the group’s questions as to how to make one happy.

Dr. Gupta along with Ms. Tripti talked about Anger Management Techniques. They asked the children to fill in a questionnaire with self-introspective questions like how do you know when you are angry;where in your body do you feel anger – physical signs of being angry etc.

Dr. Gupta gave many fresh perspectives to the children.He said that anger is not always a negative feeling. It is at times positive as it motivates us to do something.Also in most cases, anger doesn’t last for more than 20 seconds. It is up to us as to how do we channelize it or control it after 20 seconds. He told the children that we all are mother of our own actions. Dr. Gupta also spoke about stories that we make to present our lives to others. He shared that our life story can either be positive or negative and depending in this it could make us happy or sad. Thus in short, we are responsible for our overall mood & life – if we present it well, we too shall feel happy about being ourselves.

On the 7th of June, Rahul & Nidhi,social workers, along with Dr. Deepak Gupta conducted workshops on Sexuality for children in the age groups of 11-15 years and 16 years &above. These sessions were conducted in separate batches for girls & boys to make them feel comfortable during these sessions &ask questions without much hesitation. Thus on the whole four sessions were conducted on this day. The modules used were Tarshi’s Blue & Red Books. The Ghar Team at Head office coordinated for these Workshops.The sessions on Sexuality for girls mainly covered the importance of learning about Sexuality from the right source; human body & changes that occur as a result of hormonal changes; process of menstruation in girls; maintaining menstrual & genital hygiene; and sexual abuse. Also, an activity was conducted for all the four groups, which aimed at Body Mapping.The girls/ boys drew a female/ male body on a big chart and then drew & named the private body parts. It helped them learn the correct names of their genitals & other private areas.T

he sessions on Sexuality for younger boys mainly covered the importance of learning about it from the right source; Body Mapping exercise; and Child abuse. Dr. Gupta helped cleared their illusion that sexual abuse only/mostly occurs with girls. He made them understand that most young people who have been abused have been abused by someone they know, how to save themselves or how to report to others & whom.

The session for elder boys also covered issues relating to Masturbation, Nocturnal emission/Wet dreams/Night fall, and Pornography. The youngsters were told about how the porn industry functions & how girls, women and children are trafficked into the trade. So by watching we are promoting it. Dr. Gupta also explained it to the children that the explicit material which is shown in the porn movies is unrealistic & doesn’t happen in reality. The boys were told about the new The Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Bill, 2011.On the whole these workshops were a hit amongst the children as they got the correct information about something which they have a right to know. Also many myths of both boys & girls were cleared; and many more questions answered.

Mentors: The Mentors came together on the 3rd April to continue their discussion on the Issues that need Policy decision. They discussed important issues like leaves of the caregivers, admission of children of care givers at the time of their employment, medical policy for caregivers and volunteers at Home. It is essentially important to discuss these issues as they will be incorporated in the Policies of Udayan Care in the best interest of children & Homes.The Mentors came together at Udayan Care’s Head Office on 10th May for a workshop with Dr.Gupta on Mental Health Issues. Dr. Gupta mainly talked about Types of Disorders &Interventions. He began with a brainstorming session asking all the members to share as to what is the most noticeable thing that brings a child to their attention in terms of his behavior or actions. In other words, what are the issues that that make them alert & look for help for the child.

Dr. Gupta told that if a symptom persists and leads to dysfunction, it needs to be brought into notice of a mental health professional. Also, he spoke in length on types of disorders –emotional, behavioral, developmental, habit. Moving on to Types of interventions, Dr. Gupta talked about Supportive work, individual therapy, group work/therapy, parent management training, holistic therapy, nutritional inputs, other paramedical therapies and software training for those with learning disabilities.

Mentors also came to the Head Office on the 8th of June to discuss the Formation of Committees for looking into the matters of Alumni support, higher education & health. This session was facilitated by Dr. Kiran Modi. Ms. Reena Tete also talked about standardization of salaries of care staff.

 

Mentors, Caregivers & Social Workers:During the Summer Camp, on 2nd of June, Ms. Reena Tete conducted an activity on Team Building with all the Mentors, Social Workers & Care staff. The participants were divided into 3groups on 3 islands with limited capabilities like one groups’ feet were tied & the like. They were asked to save others when fire broke out, using various props given out to them. Later,the nuances of Team spirit were discussed.

Ghar Personnel:Ms. Priyanka Jain and Ms. Kanikashree Bhalla attended a 3-day Workshop on Working with Traumatized Children/ Adolescents and their families from 14-16th May 2012. This workshop was a collaborative effort of Dr. Deepak Gupta and Dr. Monisha Akhtar, and was held at Sir Gangaram Hospital.Dr. Monisha Akhtar, the resource person, covered the topics of

• Trauma - its meaning, sources, symptoms, signs

• Developmental framework in trauma, adolescent issues

• Grief

• Impact on families

• When to seek help, Treatment & Techniques.

This workshop was an enriching one for the two Ghar personnel.

Ms. Sumedha Upadhyay, a law student, who interned at Udayan Care, studied the Portrayal of children in Media with respect to laws & other legal bodies in India. We needed to understand as to how we can project our children from Udayan Ghars in media in the permissible limits of law. Though this presentation was to be made with Dr. Deepak Gupta’s presence, but since he wasn’t available in Delhi on that day, we would be discussing this paper with him & social workers in one of the Tuesday meetings to follow.

Social workers: Every Tuesday all the social workers from different homes, the Research & Document Officer,the Assistant Manager, Director- Programmes and Dr. Kiran Modi meet Dr. Deepak Gupta to discuss the mental health progress of the children. The social workers use this platform to share their concerns about children who are facing some difficulties be it in behavior, studies or relationships. Dr. Gupta and also other team members share their opinion & together an action plan is formulated for each of these children. In subsequent meetings, the child’s mental health progress is reviewed & these action plans are updated accordingly.

April 2012 - Preeti Singh and Vandana Lakra, who had attended at training programme at NIPCCD, presented on “Trauma, Managing Difficult Behavior and Alternative Playing Techniques for Counseling” in the month of April 2012. They tried to bring out the essence of their training into this PPT. The group got a fair idea as to how to manage difficult behavior seen amongst Udayan children, which arise out of their traumatic past. Also, the presenters talked about the various play-way techniques & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that can be used by the social workers with the kids like Thoughts stopping, thoughts distraction, positive self talk, Teddy Bear method, Animal game, group ball game and other group & individual activities. These techniques will help equip our social workers & the team to work with children in a more interesting manner and enter their world more easily.

May 2012 - Rahul Raja Sharma and Nidhi Singhal, presented on the topic ‘Emergencies at Udayan Ghars’. Recently, it was felt that the Ghar team needs to be prepared for various kinds of emergencies that could occur at any point in Udayan Homes without any prior warning. To keep ourselves aware of the various emergencies & how to identify if something in the offing,we decided to have two of our social workers present on this topic.They talked about various emergency situations that could arise in our Homes & how to deal with them promptly & efficiently. They could cover only two of the major ones – run away and self harm in this meeting, as a detailed discussion ensued after each of the presentation.

GENERAL ACTIVITIES ACROSS UDAYAN GHARS:

 On the 8th of April, a team from Mary Kay, a cosmetics company, visited Greater Noida Home.They divided the children into groups and encouraged the girls to give presentations. They also spent leisure time with the children, playing games & doing painting. Mary Kay team also spoke about their brand & the work they do. Lastly, to the delight of the young girls, they gave them tipsChildren at Ranthambore Park

Children at Ranthambore Park
Dr.Gupta conducting Anger Management Workshop
Dr.Gupta conducting Anger Management Workshop
Workshop-Children in session by Dr.Rohit Rajput
Workshop-Children in session by Dr.Rohit Rajput
Chlidren and their Art work at the Summer Camp
Chlidren and their Art work at the Summer Camp
Children at the Summer Camp
Children at the Summer Camp
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