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 850 children with love, care and protection in 14 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 181 children across all homes. 24 of our young adults are also been supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of December - February, 2017-18, the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children enjoying their winter break, tantalizing events and a few corporate engagements. Workshops being a monthly affair addressed several concerns pertaining to Children, Care-givers, Mentor Parents and Coordinators.
Workshops were held with all the programme stakeholders (mentors, coordinators, caregivers, and children). In order to strengthen the stakeholders the following workshops were held during the quarter:
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 awareness & self identity, coping with emotions, relationship building, healthy & unhealthy relationships, knowing self, decision making, stress management, healthy habits; family & community, communication and problem solving.
YP Foundation, conduct workshops twice in a month at Ghaziabad girls ghar. A range of topics has been selected under the broad topic of sexuality.
Mentor father, Mr. Deepak Sharma and Ghar Admin., Ms. Anita Singh ensure that life skills workshops are conducted at Greater Noida ghar once in every month. The topics covered during the quarter include, knowing myself, worlds that make me happy & unhappy and working in a team
The boys at Mayur Vihar Ghars are grooming and growing out to be bold & confident. Ghar Coordinator, Mr. Tarni ensures that the boys get everything essential for their all round development of personality. During the quarter, the different life skills workshops were conducted on the topics including Feelings, Emotions & Memory, Bullying and Moral Values
Mentor mother, Ms. Rukmani Haldea ensures that her girls in Jaipur Ghar have an equal share for growth and development and are provided all the required skills enabling them to make informed decisions and deal with every day challenges of life. The girls were upraised on the topics such as, Relationship Abuse & Decision Making
Opportunities, events and outings are some of the things that never end for our Udayan Ghar children. The major recreation and co-curricular events that took place during the quarter include –
Theatre Show, I have Dream
Children from Sant Nagar, Mehrauli and Greater Noida Ghars were invited to experience an amazing theater show, ‘I Have a Dream’, musical adaptation of the film Mamma Mia. The show took place on 1st Dec’17 at Sri Ram Center for Performing Arts, Delhi. The story truly showed the spirit of Woman Empowerment as the lead character was a single mother and believed in her to do the appropriate upbringing of her child.
A few quotes from the spectators (Udayan Ghar Girls):
“I loved it. The actors were good.”
“The music and dance was awesome”
“I am happy to watch a play for such a good cause”
“I learnt that we should be happy with the people who love us and not run for those who aren’t there”
“Woman should be strong as the mother in the play”
“We can do theatre as well, the play was great!
Art Workshop by Art Reach India Foundation
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Well said by the great artist but, luckily with support of like-minded people like, ArtReach India Foundation, Udayan Ghar children are being helped to sustain their artistic talents through Artroom Programme engaging children in art workshops led by different artists, exposure visits and art exhibitions where children’s art work is put on display.
On 3rd & 9th December, 2017 a specialized workshop was arranged by ArtReach India Foundation with the participants wherein psychologist and art therapist by profession, Ms. Avantika Malhoutra conducted sessions on expressive art therapy using visual arts and theater. The workshop aimed at training the children to conduct basic art therapy sessions and would help them to showcase and share the acquired skills in the upcoming art festival being organized by ArtReach India Foundation later in the month of December.
Yoga Day Celebration with Team adidas
On 2nd Decemeber’17 Children from Gurgaon and Mehrauli Ghars celebrated Yoga Day with team adidas at DLF mall, Saket, Delhi. The children along with the team performed different asana and were also made aware of uncountable benefits of doing yoga. Children enjoyed the event.
Art Festival by Art Reach India Foundation
The art festival was organised by Art Reach India Foundation at Bikaner House, Delhi from 22nd to 24th December’17. The aim of the festival was to showcase and celebrate art by children, young people and women from marginalized communities across India. The 3 days festival included art exhibition & sale, art & craft workshops, film screening and some amazing performances.
Udayan Ghar children being part of their art room and teaching fellowship programme had the exciting opportunity to visit and get involved in the activities. One of the major attractions of the festival had been Udayan Care booth led by the ghar children where, they shared interactive ways of expressing emotions, gratitude and kindness with the visitors. Their artefacts were also displayed at the festival.
From home to home, heart to heart and from one place to another, the joy and warmth of Christmas brings us closer to each other.
The joy of Christmas was just doubled for Udayan Ghar children when Corporates like Genpact, Wipro, Indian Terrain & India Today Group stepped in, to celebrate Christmas with children. Apart, from receiving Christmas presents, children got involved in numerous fun filled activities and enjoyed some mouth watering eats.
Following the similar lines, mentors, social workers and care staff in each of the ghar did not lag behind and tried their best to make this Christmas a special one for children.
Adidas Udayan Care Winter Carnival, 2018 – Its Winterrific
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, for a talk beside the fire and for a short break from busy school days. The winters at Udayan Care are Winterrific, as the season forecasts the upcoming amazing events. One such event, Winter Carnival, 2018 was organized at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida in association with adidas, wherein children across all the Udayan Ghars came together for fun, recreation and showcased their talent through their charming and heart-winning performances. The environment was energizing and full of excitement throughout and delicious eats, exciting games, beautiful décor and music was all there to set the mood. The dance competition, Udayan Ghar ke Sitare remained to be the USP of this tantalizing event, drawing in large participation from ghar children.
Makhar Sankranti Celebration
On 14th January, 2018, girls at Jaipur Ghar celebrated Makhar Snakranti. The pleasant weather, delicious eats and companionship of nears and dears while they all flew colorful kites doubled the fun of celebration.
A Day with Team Accenture
On 20th January, 2018, employees from Accenture visited the Udayan Ghar for Boys, Mayur Vihar. The main aim of the visit had been the interaction with children, organizing games & quiz with them and of course enjoying the mouth watering eats that they got along with them.
Republic Day Celebration
Republic Day was celebrated across different Udayan Ghars on 26th January’18. Each home celebrated the glorious with its own taste where, some sang patriotic songs, participated in quiz and others hoisted flag, made presentation on revolutionaries and shared their stories. The day is celebrated at Udayan Care in order to inculcate patriotism, loyalty and a sense of responsibility in children towards the nation.12th adidas-Udayan Care Annual Sports Day, 2018, Clash of Titans
Explosive energy, cheering crowd, salubrious environment and valiant efforts to be the best was all witnessed at the 12th adidas – Udayan Care Annual Sports Day, 2018, Clash of Titans. The event marking the 12 years old commitment of adidas & Udayan Care to celebrate and inculcate the true spirit of sportsmanship, teamwork & competitive spirit among the young Udayanites through annual sports meet was held at Plaza Farms in Mehrauli on 11th February’18.
The event drawing in participation from across different Udayan Ghars, in different races set as per the children’s age group, came out to be wonderful.
Visit to India Art Fair
On 12th February’18, children got an amazing opportunity to visit to India Art Fair at NSIC Exhibition Grounds in Delhi. A walk through the artifacts not only worked as an experiential learning for the children but, also inspired them to produce such works which is beyond anyone’s imagination.
Success Story (any one)
“I am not slow, I fly low”
Tormented by the fate and abandoned by her parents, little June ended up staying in an orphanage. The non-conducive environment at the orphanage compelled the honourable Child Welfare Committee to transfer the child at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida for long term care and protection.
Joining the ghar family in October, 2016, June was provided with all the required love, warmth and care by the team consisting of caregivers, mentor parents and, mental health & social work professionals.
Enrolled in a regular school where she couldn’t adjust and performed, June was then assessed by the mental health professional and was found having an I.Q. of 59% thereby making her a child with borderline intelligence. She was later, enrolled in Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a school for children with special needs.
Being groomed by the ghar team, June started showing improvements, gained confidence, became interactive and now has an improved level of self esteem. She learnt the skills to carry out her day to day activities and developed her relationship building skills as well.
Apart, she also developed interest towards sports and has always been encouraged to come forth & participate in all sports related events.
Recently, June participated in the Futsal NCC cum National Championship (a football championship) organized at Shri Prem Nagar Ashram, Uttarakhand on 19th Febraury’18 where she not only played extremely well but, also helped her team won the 1st prize. June was awarded with a gold medal for her heart winning performance.
She has also won her hearts in the 12th adidas Udayan Care Annual Sports Day’18 where she ran for 100m dash race and bagged the 3rd prize. Her run was indeed electrifying.
Sports Day 2018