Udayan Care

Rating: 4.72 stars   227 reviews 3,976

Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training

Location: 16/97A, 1st floor, Vikram Vihar Lajpat Nagar IV New Delhi 110024 India

Mission: A nurturing home for every orphaned child, an opportunity for higher education for every girl and for every adult, the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society.
Results: Since inception, with the help of many passionate people like you we were able to impact and empower: 291 children in 13 Udayan Ghars across delhi, NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur 2678 Shalinis through Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme 8455 women, children and youth through Udayan Care Information Technology and Vocational Training Centers 80 children and 67 families through our Udayan Outreach Programme Also till date we were successfully able to make 39 pairs of Big Friends with Little Friends INTERNING/VOLUNTEERING: WHAT IS IT ABOUT? As an intern, you will have the chance to apply what you have studied by working at the office, having an impact on the structure of the NGO. Psychology, economics, statistics, IT, languages…no matter what is your background, your skills will be needed! As a volunteer you will spend your time with the kids (for international volunteers, criminal background check by your local police is compulsory!), organizing activities, teaching them languages or other subjects, helping them with homeworks or simply just being there for them and enjoy time together by playing or going to the park… Of course you can do both, half of the day at the office and half of the day in a Ghar. You will discuss and decide your specific tasks with your supervisor once arrived, as the situation is constantly evolving and different needs may arise therefore no pre defined job description can be shared. Both you have to get accustomed to the new situation and the staff needs to know you before matching your interests and capabilities to the needs of the kids and Organisation. Keep in mind the differences between India and your home country. All of the international volunteer/interns feel disoriented and often incur into difficulties at the beginning but you will find in Udayan Care all of the support you need. Cultural activities, daily life advices, a lovely staff, the full availability of your supervisor, all of the other volunteers will help you cope with the cultural shock and in a couple of days you will enjoy your experience at best. There are always many interns and volunteers working with us, coming from all over the Globe to share the same experience: France, Japan, Ghana, Italy, Germany, USA, Egypt... The cultural variety will further enhance your staying and you will have many occasions to hang out together. Other opportunities will be about sharing your passions by giving workshops, receiving help for organizing your travels through India, having traditions, Hindi and cooking lessons, international days, receiving support to find the best accommodation according to your requirements… Your volunteering experience will be complete by offering you a chance both to give back and grow in individual capacity. By the end of it, you will probably have friends from all parts of the worlds and know itsy bitsy of all the languages.
Direct beneficiaries per year: With a Vision "To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged", presently there are 188 children across 13 Udayan Ghars, 608 new Shalinis were inducted in the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme who will live their dream of higher education and 896 women, children and youth were provided with vocational training through our Udayan Care IT&VT Centers.Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 19 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children and women.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 Ghars in 1996 - long term residential homes for orphaned and abandoned children.While our first initiative was the Udayan Ghar programme for orphaned and abandoned children, we gradually worked towards ensuring higher education for girls through the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. In 2004. Udayan Care also initiated an Outreach programme for children affected by HIV, as well the Udayan Information and Technology Centres to improve employability of underserved communities.
Geographic areas served: Delhi, U.P, Haryana, Pujnab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal
Programs: Our various innovative Programmes are: 1. Udayan Ghars: long term Residential homes for orphaned or abandoned children who are are nurtured in a simulated family environment from the age of 6-18 years. Through a strategy called L.I.F.E- Living In Family Environment - this ‘Group Foster Care’ model ensures 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, care givers and supervisors. 2. Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme - USF Through monetary and mentoring, this programme supports girls from weaker sections of society to continue higher education. Today, we are proud that our girls, whom we call Shalinis, are pursuing fields like Engineering, Medical, CA, Computer Sc, among others. To make them socially aware as well as socially responsible, they have to fulfill 50 hours of mandatory social work. This Programme is currently on in Delhi, Kurukshetra, Aurangabad, Dehradun, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Haridwar and Phagwara. 3. Udayan Care Information Technology and Vocational Training Centres Udayan Care IT&VT Centres enable underserved youth and adults to develop IT and vocational skills to improve employability and livelihood opportunities. At present, we run seven Computer and Vocational Training Centres where we focus on bridging the digital divide and impart business skills to increase the employability of the beneficiaries we work with. 4. Udayan Outreach Programme Through Outreach, we support the educational and nutritional needs of children of HIV+ parents, who are in financial difficulties because of the debilitating illness. Our interventions are at the family and community level. Our counselors counsel children and parents to understand and cope with the illness. Outreach forges hope and inclusion by reducing stigma and adding resources and belief in a successful future. Since inception, we have worked with 80 children and 67 families. We are currently working with each of our Udayan Outreach families to prepare the necessary documentation for them to get their entitlements under the available government schemes and become independent and self reliant. 5. Advocacy Udayan Care also engages in research on the care of disadvantaged children. Through organizing conferences, participating in NGO networks, developing policy recommendations, we ensure the protection of child rights. We played a leadership role in setting up "Justice for Children: A Policy-Thought Network" an association of NGOs and government members for protection and advocacy of child rights. 6. Volunteer & Internship Programme By encouraging and motivating civil society to participate voluntarily in our Programmes, we enable them to actively advocate for child rights and serve society in a sustained manner. Udayan Care’s Internship Programme provides a great opportunity for students to learn and gain on-the-job exposure to the not for profit sector. The objective of the Programme is to provide students with intense, practical opportunities to learn and experience the constituents of the non-profit sector, as well as contribute in their areas of interest. 7. Big Friend Little Friend Programme The Big Friend Little Friend Programme focuses on the emotional needs of adolescents between the ages of 12-17 years in the urban context. It is a unique initiative born out of our belief that adolescents in the age group of 12-17 years from underprivileged communities need emotional support and companionship. It is a medium which connects volunteers (Big Friends) with children from underprivileged backgrounds (Little Friends).” Since inception, in a short span, we have seen 39 pairs of Big Friends with Little Friends being formed and are looking for many more such pairings this year.
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Rating: 4 stars  

I never really had high regard for NGOs until I started working as a volunteer for this NGO – Udayan Care. I was always under this impression that they are just meant for making money. I had been skeptical about how things really work here and how authentic people associated with NGOs are. Integrity is of utmost importance when it comes to working for a social cause. You really have to set the common cause ahead of your personal goals. This is no easy task. Only those who really feel for the unfortunate souls can actually stay committed.
People keep getting calls for donations and I wonder how many calls are actually entertained, especially in a country like India where people feel they never have enough. We must admit that we are very self centered. We like to stay in this illusionary world where we tend to believe that nothing unfortunate will ever happen to us. Only when we go through any ordeal we are able to empathize with the less fortunate children these NGOs cater too. And we still have our family and friends to support us, these children have no one.
But it’s not the common man’s fault entirely as this perception of such organization being fake is deeply rooted in their mind and thus these inhibitions to donate or work for the less privileged people are not difficult to fathom. One has to wonder how much of their donation is actually going to the people it is meant for and that is the real challenge here.
If one really wants to know how things are in its true sense then one should consider doing some sort of volunteer work as that is the key to know the nitty-gritty of this world of serving the humanity. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to work for an NGO which truly believes in serving the society and putting all the effort possible to make a meaningful difference to the lives of children who are not as fortunate as we are. Every kid has his/her own heart wrenching story. Some are abandoned, some are physically exploited, some are subjected to child labor and the list goes on. One has to be really sensitive while interacting with these children staying conscious about not reminding them of their dreaded past. They are traumatized, shattered and have no hope whatsoever. It’s really difficult to get them back on track and the efforts put in by Udayan Care are really commendable.
I also got a chance to see the organizational aspect of Udayan care. Different verticals like HR, finance, fund raising, social media marketing working in sync is very important for any organization but the difference in an NGO is the passion with which the people work here. Serving humanity is the ultimate objective of every person here and that is the driving force which sets an NGO apart. I am overwhelmed to see people working with such dedication and I believe that if each one of us does their bit for the society there wouldn’t be any person deprived of at least the basic necessities.
I am thankful to School of Inspired leadership (SOIL) for getting me connected to such a wonderful NGO and I hope that other B schools also take such initiatives, creating a wider volunteer base and sensitization towards such dire issues.

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Rating: 4 stars  

It was a great experience working with Udayan care as an intern. I worked for a period of 1 month

The work environment is very professional, however at the same time very homely. Autonomy was provided in work. We could explore adopt approach to work that suited us
It was extremely encouraging that constant review of work was done and suggestions/insights were shared
Level of professionalism exhibited by the employees of Udayan Care is very high. Udayan Care staff members are motivated, energetic and willing to give their best. Apart from the employees, Ms. Kiran Modi (Managing Trustee) is tirelessly working and contributing to society which is extremely encouraging

I thank them for the opportunity that was provided to me and it is certainly the best NGO that I've worked in so far

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Rating: 4 stars  

It was a great experience working with Udayan care as an intern. Though it was just one day a week for a continuous period of ten months but it was great to work with staff members and be a part of Udayan family. I also got the chance to interact with children of different homes and conducted many activities as well. It was my first experience working with an NGO and I really want to thank my college and Udayan care for giving me this wonderful opportunity and to make me experience the value of making a person smile and supporting others in need.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I joined Udayan Care for a period of a little more than two months, for two days a week. My placement duration was quite short, but I quite enjoyed the experience of working in the head office. Udayan Care is no doubt sincere in its efforts to help children, and it was an honour to be placed here, no matter how short-lived. I hope in future I will be able to return and help out for a longer period.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for Udayan Care for a period of three weeks as a volunteer. It is very hard to comment about an organization after working for a duration as short as mine but I can easily claim that Udayan Care is one of those very few NGOs which are dedicated to their cause and are always looking for the opportunities to grow bigger and stronger. The dearth of resources is not a hindrance for them at all. The dedicated staff working here under an inspired founder not only fulfills the goals of the organization but also creates a memory for those associated with them indirectly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at udayan care in feb-2015. It is a good experience for me, the management and the whole team are a very motivated group of individuals. During my short stint of just 3 weeks I could see how deeply the entire team related with the children and their welfare. udayan care is the light at the end of the tunnel for the underprivileged, lost and usually ignored young children, giving them a hope for a better future.

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Rating: 4 stars  

It is really nice to work in here because they not only give you valuable experiences but also widen your knowledge about the children and women in India. The people at the office are really nice and supportive, they will never give you pressure on your work. And the best thing ever during my internship here in when I got to meet the kids, who will always hugged me and called me 'Didi' whenever I came to their place. For me, they are just too lovely to be true

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks for the opportunity to work with you. You were very receptive and I liked working with you. The kids at the homes are lovely! You do an amazing thing helping the kids and women. I can not put in words the experience I gained and how happy I was by seeing the NGO in action and the life changes you provide and being a part of it.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I Joined Udayan Care for 3 Month intern any it was a pleasant experience working there. It was like family working together for a good cause. Udayan Care is working for the needy childs and provide them all the facility needed. They have good team and supportive staff.
Neha Singh

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Rating: 5 stars  

An NGO very active in nurturing Orphan Kids and granting scholarships to needy female child. They are a very active team doing great work. All the best to them

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