Udayan Care

Rating: 4.72 stars   229 reviews

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: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

hello.................udayan family thank you udayan family for giving me so many sisters and brothers.............I am so happy to have such a big family and I am pround of my family..................if I would be with my own family I woul have only 5 people in my family but here i am having 30000000000000000 of people in my family...............now everyone think how lucky I am (plz people don't feel jealous) I LOVE MY FAMILY

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY..........

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I taught at the udyaan home in Noida sector-51 and was really amazed with the udyaan care people. They gave their best to fulfill the needs of the children. Be it the girls' birthdays or the weekends, they used to be with them leaving all their personal works. They made them enter into good schools and used to be really happy if the girls excelled in some or the activity or subject. I am planning to go again if i get time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making sure that the girls get a good education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

udayan care not only look after the orphan children but also care and give love , more than wat a normal child gets from his family.childern in udayan never feel like they don't have parents because they get so much love here that they don't have space to keep that much love.Here we get different oppurtunities to excel in life .Mentor mothers who are not our real mother but they always try to fulfil their duties by giving us love,moral values about life and eperiences.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

flourish more and more....

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing in this organisation which i need to change.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

love and care is given by everyone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff and a volunteer i met were really understanding and made us comfortable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

i would give resources to fulfil general needs

Ways to make it better...

i'm here since my childhood.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

motivating the childern.

One thing I'd also say is that...

udayan is like the mother giving shade to their childern.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The 3 years that i have spent with Udayan Care have been extremely emotional and fulfilling for me. I have worked with several organisations before but the level of emotional commitment that i have seen here is incomparable. Although i am just an employee here, the affection and warmth that i have received not only from the children but also from the Mentor Mothers/ Fathers and my Managing Trustee, Dr. Kiran Modi, has made me feel a part of the Udayan family. Today I feel for them, i pray for their success and strive to give my best to them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the glowing smiles of children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

organizing fun filled events for the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make 10 million homes more and no child will remain homeless, abandoned and uncared for any more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

udayan care is what every child need for thier motivation and to make their future.My experiance about udayan care is realy wonderful and fantastic.udayan care kids are getting nice education and motivation which is needed by a normal child. udayan care gives a family feeling to each and every child. it is more than a ghar. Those children who cannot see the dreams udayan care teaches them to dream and teaches how to make thier dream come true. udayan care encourages the children to choose thier dream and work upon it and it gives suitable vocational training according to the aim chosen.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

letting the children know thier inner qualities and capabilities

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all love, warmth and affection i recieved from this blooming organisation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really understanding, caring and they always had their smiling face and were ready to help evryone at anytime

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help them to florish more. they could get more resorces to fulfill those needs which are not been able to be fulfilled till now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I am associated with udayan care for the past 4 years,getting a fellowship under USF programme.its not just the financial assistance which is helpful but moreover the mentor system and the workshops which provided me with the much needed motivation and enthusiasm to move ahead in life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the difference they bring about in the life of students or anyone else for that matter who is associated with udayan care.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the residential camp held by the ngo was very beneficial, was good to be with so many orpahn and semi orphan children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

they all are very helpful and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I became a part of the udayancare family in '07. What drew me [and most people] is Dr. Kiran Modi's warm ethusiasm and passionate energy for the cause to wich she has dedicated her life.It envelopes the whole organization right from the children to the volunteers!one visit to an Udayancare Ghar and you are completely in awe of the lady when you see the happy and confident children.Their past traumas are all forgotten !

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Swati is a lovely young girl who was nurtured in one of the several udayanghars.Today she is a qualified chef and couldve had a lucrative career in a five star hotel but she chooses to works at udayancare to help others like herself !

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My wife and I began volunteering for Udayan Care in November 2003 and did so until August 2005. We visited each of the five homes every week teaching English and Family Values. Kiran Modi and Vikram Dutt welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like part of the team. One of our assignments was to help the children realize that they had a family (the Udayan Family) with brothers and sisters and wonderful mentor mothers who really cared about them. We soon came to love the children and being with them. They became and extension of our own grandchildren and we still communicate with some of them via Facebook. It was truly a great experience to know and love these children and there we learned what real charity is; the pure love of Jesus Christ. We have the deepest respect and love for Kiran Modi and for Vikram Dutt who give tirelessly their time and resources for these children. It is gratifying to learn that some of them have progressed to adulthood and are studying for careers. We love them and miss them. I would encourage anyone who has the time and/or resources to become involved with this worthy organization. I know that all money received by Udayan Care goes to benefit the children and their education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing a real change in some of the children due to our teaching them family values and the value of living with each other as a family so that they can pattern their own families when they marry in a healthy and satisfying way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In talking with other former volunteers, the biggest problem that was encountered was that the children didn't always have time given them to participate in the planned activities of the volunteers. Some became discouraged at this.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The full support of Kiran Modi and her staff and that she truly loves and cares for each of these children. She shares her life with them as if they were her natural children and sometimes has to make difficult decisions concerning them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I think that they were certainly dedicated to fullfilling their assignments and accepted their tasks willingly. I believe that volunteers are carefully screened to insure the children are receiving the best and most safe care that is available.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more facilities for more children. India truly has the need for it's population of street children. I believe that education is sorely needed in this great country. The growing generation is the future of India.

Ways to make it better...

We had the help and full support of almost everyone involved. We sometimes did not have access to the children when we arrived because the mentor mothers had other things for the children to be involved in and didn't notify us before we made the drive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money and staff to accomplish this great and worthy task. I think that good volunteers who can help for extended periods of time would help a gread deal.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Except for the heat, this was one of the most satisfying experiences of our lives. Being able to serve with Kiran is an unforgettable experience. I can't express enough good about her love and devotion to "her kids".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I am from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I came to know of Udayan Care through a friend in Delhi while looking for an international placement for my 4th year practicum to complete my under-graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria. Having been a long-term public service employee of the Provincial Government in Vancouver within child protection, I was curious to know and understand how social work was conducted in India and what kinds of social programs were available (if any) to those in need, compared to the West. I spent close to 3 months with the agency and was absolutely astonished at the quantity and quality of services provided to children, youth, and community. I commend Dr. Kiran Modi for her passion, commitment and leadership and the staff, mentors, volunteers, professionals, and sponsors who have dedicated themselves to the various programs supported by Udayan Care, in several regions. Each of their efforts is making enormous, positive impacts on the lives of those who are most vulnerable and unfortunate in the communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

girls remain in school/ pursue higher education/ vocational training, opening doors to numerous opportunities. Assist to facilitate skills in critical thinking, strong communication, self-esteem and confidence, community involvement and compassion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1) Assist in developing office systems that would enable staff to work cohesively. Distribution of duties would reduce duplication of work by multiple staff. 2) Planning for special events much ahead of time

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being warmly welcomed to do my practicum with them. This opportunity provided me insights and expanded my vision on the needs of others. ‘Hope’ is something this agency has built into their structure to achieve social change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly hardworking and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

as Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General said “There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. If we want to succeed in our efforts to build a more healthy, peaceful and equitable world, the classrooms of the world have to be filled with girls as well as boys.”

Ways to make it better...

my time with the agency was not so limited.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the funding and not enough social workers in ratio to the number of service users

One thing I'd also say is that...

we need more agencies like Udayan Care who are true to their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Udayan Care has an energy about it that is difficult to explain - it just has to be experienced. Their approach to working with children is unique, interesting and intelligent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more qualified people

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion and love the mentor mothers feel for the children

Ways to make it better...

Volunteers are told clearly outcomes expected and reviewed on the work done

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need more organizations like Udayan.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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