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October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

I was aware of ‘Udayan Care’ only four years ago by an accidental meet with Dr. Kiran Modi who is the Managing Trustee. Her personality and her commitment to the cause were evident to me from my first meeting. I voluntarily got involved with the activities of ‘Udayan Care’ and I learned more and gradually I discovered how emotionally the children of their homes were cared and the mentoring that was provided to the Shalini Fellowship girls which was far more than just extending financial support. Because of this I got emotionally involved and started participating in their events and assisting ‘Udayan Care’ in whatever little way I could on a regular basis. It was sheer delight to see some of the children who were grown in these houses and how they have emerged as self confident with aspiration and waiting to perform their role in the society. When these children and Shalini Fellowship girls address Dr. Kiran Modi as ‘Kiran Bhua’ one has to see their emotion and experience how they feel about it.

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It is one organization which works intensively in whatever it does and the emotional input is never compromised for the sake of growing organization larger. This is the beauty of this organization that while it is growing, the basic values remain intact.

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This organization possibly attracts volunteers and mentor mothers, mentor fathers, international volunteers and even people like us who are always ready to our bit for the cause of ‘Udayan Care’. I believe very few organizations can have the range of vol

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

…. It is not the question if the organization would have had another 10 million bucks or 100, the question really is how well each penny is spent and how long that penny travels to better the life of those who are cared by this organization. Of course if

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I was a volunteer for a few months and was sent to the girls home in Greater Noida. I was so impressed with the way the children there were given love and structure and education. They were all so polite and delightful and I loved being called Susan Auntie! Whenever I have been back to visit, they see me and come running, calling 'Susan Auntie'. The programmes that have been set up,such as the 'udayan ghar' and 'mentor mother' work so well for the girls and it was wonderful to see how the older girls are progressing on to higher education. Kiran Modi is doing an amazing job thanks to her hard work and perseverance. Susan Segal, London

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Helping and spending time with the girls in the Greater Noida home.

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I felt I did not have enough to do during the day while the children were at school. I felt my time could have been used better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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I'm from Ireland and went to India to volunteer with Udayan Care, I went with only one other girl. We were very nervous going over to India as we were both only 18 and it was our first time away from our families for that long. But once we met with Kiran Modi we felt relaxed. We volunteered in the boys home in Noida for five weeks and after the first few days we felt like it was our home! I think this is a brilliant organization as it gives so many girls and boys a better chance in life and is raising them to become wonderful and smart people. The organization is also so welcoming to volunteers, they understand how its hard for volunteers being in such a different country and helped us out in seeing the beautiful places in India. I am so proud to have helped with this organization, it gave me a chance to help others and learn more about myself. I hope with all my heart that I will get a chance to volunteer with Udayan Care again as I met some of the greatest people in the world while volunteering with them.

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

the way I'v seen how happy these children are and how brilliant it is that they now have a family.

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

spending time with the children. They were so care free and happy and it reminded me to be this way. I dont think i will ever regret or forget my time in India.

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

change so many lives and make so many more people happy by giving them a home and an education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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i have been associated with udayan care since 2001 and it's been a real pleasure to see the organization grow so well under kiran's passionate leadership. the grassroot level support provided by UC to the children is commendable. the unique 'udayan ghar' and 'mentor mother' model has been successfully proven. it UC is able to attract more managerial talent, sky is the limit for them .. and the benefits to society at large! power to the entire udayan care family and kiran - who's passion is inspiring.

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

have seen so many of the young children grow into responsbible young adults and stand on their own feet.

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

the fact that they have delivered consistently over 8 years .. and kept growing

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

very dedicated and passionate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

They give a total homely environment to children. Their individual attention to children is what attrected me towards this organisation. Thanks Nitin

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

The work with the children who are very talented and if given proper guidance would raise to unimaginable heights, which exactly is what Udayan Care is doing.

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

very caring and thorough in thir attitude.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 13, 2009

I had a great time at Udayan Care. As a volunteer I worked with the girls in the Greater Noida area. I remember entering the place for the first time and all the girls, ages between 3 and 20 years old, came up to me and welcomed me. Although overwhelming, it was a great way to get 'on board'. I applaud Udayan care for the professional way they support both the children and the communities they are in contact with. By providing proper education for these girls and also a warm home, they make a difference in these childrens lives. The way they engage there partners, childeren, staff and volunteers shows that they know what doing. And they are doing a great job!

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

the warmth of the girls and the way the organisation continually is looking for ways to improve the situation for the children they take care of.

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they were a little bit better prepared for foreign volunteers at the home where I stayed myself, mostly relating setting mutual goals and acknowledging cultural differences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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I came to know about Udayan Care through a close friend, Dr. Shiv Sarin. One visit to the Udayan Ghar at Sant Nagar showed me a novel method adopted for providing parenting and family bonding to abandoned girls. Here was an organization committed through a well knit group of dedicated mentor mothers/volunteers to make these disadvantaged children confident and capable of facing the world on their own terms. The girls at Sant Nagar were brimming with confidence and determination to do well in life. The motto of Udayan Care, "Empathy, Education, Empowerment" could be seen visible in the various activities/steps being taken to nurture these children. From then onwards I have been closely associated with the activities of Udayan Care.

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

the commitment of all the persons involved in the organization starting with the Managing Trustee, Kiran Modi. These persons would not leave a stone unturned to ensure that their goals are achieved. The parenting of the mentor mothers has resulted in making these children confident with an ambition to be winners. It is a pleasure interacting with these children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 13, 2009

Having worked for almost 10 years in developmental sector, I sincerely hope that Udyan Care has actually set the ethics of developmental work by adopting disadvantaged children and doing some concrete work. The most satisfying aspect is the high quality of care which a child gets in these adoption homes. ( I have visited one of the homes) My only concern is that as the number of disadvantaged children are increasing day by day and quality adoption homes are very few, it has to be seen that in the coming days what strategy Udyan Care adopts to reach the vast population of disadvantaged children and bring smile on their faces.

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

Smiling faces of children living in the homes

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 13, 2009

I am one of the beneficiaries of Udayan Care, Ghar(HOME)Programme. I have successfully put my personal traumas behind and decided to move ahead in life with the help of wonderfull mentor mothers  My career progressed through a positive mental health program; good education and professional training. A degree in Hospitality Management from Rai University won her a place in the workforce in the UK. On my return, I joined the prestigious Oberoi group of hotels, moving later to the Country Inn group of hotels. My heart was however in the career that I subsequently chose – “Making a difference in the lives of those deprived of the joys of childhood.” Everything else followed: the Swasthi Foundation for Education out of my UK savings; the switchover from the glamorous hospitality industry to the more meaningful NGO sector. I formally joined Udayan Care as a resource mobilizer and also Executive Assistant to the Managing Trustee. Having been a beneficiary of Udayan Care in the past, my thought process is more in tune with the children in the Udayan Care homes than those who have never experienced such traumas (works very differently) and my decisions have made a positive impact at the grass root level.

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

the excitement that comes from making a difference in children’s feelings and the understanding of all that goes on around them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 13, 2009

When I decided to give up on the corporate world in order to do something more meaningful 6 years ago, I had no idea I would end up being a 'mentor mom' to 15 beautiful girls that I call family today. My introduction to Udayan Care was a bunch of fiery, committed women who had chosen to provide HOPE as the greatest gift they could give to previously orphaned or abandoned children.Children who had no one to call their own, no home ti call 'mine' and no idea what life had in store for them. 6 years later, I see a bright bunch of girls on the brink of adolescence, really no different from anyone else in the schools they go to, except that they may have 2, 3 or even 5 mentor parents (moms and dads) caring for them. Udayan Care is an organisation with a heart, one that began on the wings of a dream and has grown to be a standard for child care and protection in Delhi, and possibly India. In it's efforts to reach out to the many disadvantaged communities India has today, it spreads itself thin sometimes. But as a team of committed staff, 'life' volunteers and supportive donors help it fulfill each over arching dream, I am convinced Udayan Care's reputation amongst the government's Child Welfare Committees as a gold standard in child care and development will manifest itself as their being true catalysts of change.

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

the change I have seen in the children we look after. From insecure, unsure, under confident children to adolescents proud of their achievements and ready to take on the world

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

focus more on depth rather than width of activities as quality care and intervention is Udayan Care's greatest strength.

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

how much more you get than you can ever hope to give. The girls are my family and as they grow up, I can see them as one day being my friends.

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

inspiring! Levels of commitment and involvement are incredible and temporary volunteers have become volunteers for life.

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

change the way the country looks at child care, mentorship and volunteering as the most powerful tools of change.

Ways to make it better...

we had more academic support for the children in their earlier years

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

replication of the flagship Udayan Home programme whilst maintaining quality

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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