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 885 children with love, care and protection in 14 Homes across 4 states of India. Presently, there are 182 children across all homes. 25 of our young adults are also being supported through our After Care Programme.
Workshops/ Activities during this Quarter
During the period of March - May, 2018, the team continued working for the betterment of children and the programme. The quarter went well with children studiously engaged in preparing for their final term examination. 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.
The boys at Mayur Vihar Ghars are growing and grooming well in the ghar environment. Ms. Kritika, psychologist has been regularly conducting like skills workshops with the boys. The topics covered during the quarter include Effective Communication, Recognizing Emotions and Good Touch & Bad Touch.
Life Skills Workshops on Relationship Abuse, Healthy Relationships and Needs & Wants were conducted in Noida Boys Ghar.
The girls at Jaipur Ghar are being provided with all the required love, care, protection and the right nourishment. To empower the girls, life skills workshops on Letting out Yourself and Decision Making were conducted with them during the quarter.Likewise, life skills workshops on a range of topics were conducted in other Udayan Ghars.
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 –
Holi Celebration with Team Baxter
Holi, a festival of colors, is widely celebrated all across the country. It signifies the victory of good over evil, love, laugh, play and strengthens the relationship. Taking time from a busy schedule, volunteers from Baxter India Pvt. Ltd. celebrated Holi with Children in Gurgaon Ghar. Children and volunteers smeared and drenched each other with colors. They have also arranged dinner for all the children in the ghar.
Likewise, Holi was celebrated across all the Udayan Ghars where children, mentor parents, care givers, volunteers gathered together to fill the colors of happiness in each other’s life.
Trip to Ranthambore National Park
Since, camps and excursions is an essential feature of Udayan Ghar Programme aiming to help children to build qualities of cooperation, coordination, tolerance, decision-making, team work, leadership, etc. thus, catering to the all round development of personality of children, Udayan Care in association with Adidas organized 2 days trip to Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan for the children across different Udayan Ghars aged between 12-17 years from 26th to 28th March’18. The trip was also supported by Monarch International Travel services
The trip aimed to cover natural prosperity incurring scenic beauty, lent to wild life glory (flora and fauna), visit to Ranthambore Fort followed by fun activities in the resort. The children enjoyed the stay, and also ingrained supportive knowledge about the tour place.
Few quotes from children-
- “It was thrilling experience for me witnessing Tiger for the first time. I have seen the Tiger only on television. Now it’s like dream come true. Thanks to Udayan Care & adidas for organizing such a wonderful trip.”
- “This is the best adventurous trip I have ever been to. Watching the Tiger on sight is ineffable.”
Trip to Udaipur
The children and staff in Udayan Ghar for Girls, Ghaziabad got an amazing opportunity to visit Udaipur in Rajasthan, also known as ‘Venice of the East’ or ‘City of Lakes’. The weeklong trip to this city, famous for its rich history & culture, lakes, Rajput era palaces, museums and extra ordinary scenic locations, was organized from 23rd to 31st March’18. It was an educational cum recreational trip for the children as they visited some historical places, exposed to the new culture and had a time filled with fun and thrill while being a part of various other activities.
The trip was wholly organized and sponsored by two of our international volunteers from Germany who have been associated with us from past many years.
A Day with Team Genpact
On 5th April’18, team Genpact visited Jagshanti Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida to interact and spend quality time with children. The team carried out some ice-breakers and other activities to bond well with the children. The children danced, sang songs and enjoyed with the team. At the end, all children were gifted school bags and water bottles.
On 14th April’18, children from Udayan Ghar for Girls, Noida went to watch the movie, Baaghi 2 at PVR Logix Mall. The outing was planned as a reward for children’s hard work and improved academic performance during their final examination. The children loved the movie and enjoyed themselves to the fullest with the Mentor Mothers.
Sukriti Fashion Show
On 20th April’18, a fashion show was organized at Canadian Embassy marking the commencement of celebration for Udayan Care’s to-be Silver Jubilee and displaying the clothes prepared at the skill development centre at Greater Noida. The children across different Udayan Ghars and, Aftercare young adults and Alumni wore the attire and walked the ramp. It was a celebration of the talent and vigor of our unstoppable women at Udayan Care. Mr. Nadir (High Commissioner for Canada to India) was present as the counterpart and Dr. Naresh (Founder Chairman of Medanta) as our guest of honor.
World Earth Day
Children from Udayan Ghar for Girls, Jaipur went to St. Jude India Child Care Centre to celebrate World Earth day on 22nd April’18. The children organized a group dance and group song performance for the children and families in the centre followed by a short skit highlighting the importance of environment conservation and planting trees.
Begining of New Session with ArtReach India Foundation
To keep a sustained growth of the artistic talent in children, ArtReach India Foundation began with organizing sessions for children under its Artroom Programme with the aim to help children explore careers in the arts. The first session, an introductory session was organized on 6th May’18. The children were briefed about the programme and workshops that will be taking place in the coming months being led by different professionals.
Visit to Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage, INTACH
On 25th May’18, the participants of Artroom programme got an amazing opportunity to visit to Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Delhi. It has beenrecognized as one of the world’s largest heritage organizations. The children were truly mesmerized seeing how INTACH works to conserve the art and culture through its different programmes and divisions.
Success Story (any one)
“The sun only sets to rise again”
This is what exactly defines Shalu.
Tormented by loss of her parents and other misfortunes, Shalu, a child of the street, came to Udayan Care in 2011 for her long term care and protection at the age of 10 years. The trauma she had been through, left her bereft of love and hope. Young enough to understand and know what she had lost, new bonds, new family of peers and a new destiny was written at Udayan Ghar, Mehrauli Home III for Neelu where she was helped to battle through her unresolved grief & overcome depression.
Shalu adapted well to the home environment and was supported by the elder girls at the home. Love, care affection and protection at Udayan Ghar slowly transformed her into a strong, confident and independent girl that she had the potential to be. She was enrolled in C.S.K.M Public School where she studied for one year and was then enrolled in Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj. She has been a hardworking student and puts efforts to do well in her studies. She received appreciation for her thoughtful nature and good behavior at school. She likes to read for which she has received an appreciation certificate from her school. She aspires to build a career into Creative Writing. To gain clarity, she participated in a Writing and Blogging workshop in August, 2017.
The child is a keen observer and informative. She likes to sing and participate in different functions. Some of her past achievements include-
- She was one of the two anchors for 12th adidas Udayan Care Annual Sports Day held on 11th February’18.
- Certificate of Merit for Hindi in class VIII
- Certificate of Merit for participating in Camp Himalayan in March 2017.
- Participation Certificate for Adventure Youth Camp, Nainital in 2015.
- Certificate for participating in Sports Day in 2013.
- Certificate of Merit for Essay Writing Competition at 13th International Child Art Exhibition in 2014.
- Participation Certificate for being actively involved in Conserving Energy and Protecting the Environment in 2014
- Certificate of Appreciation for being organized and meticulous during the session 2012-13.
Trip to Ranthambore
Trip to Udaipur