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October 13, 2009

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October 13, 2009

Udayan Care - is an organisation with a true difference. It doesnot run orphanages but homes for disadvantaged children. There is no doubt that any person can take the place or let alone claim to take the place/ duties/ love of a parent, but in my opinion UC is very near to it. The amount of love, personal attention, care..... is given to all the children by each and every member of this family is amazing. I have seen UC grown over so many years to its present level, which has been possible because of the continuous support and confidence given by our society. It brings joy to my heart seeing all these kids shape up so well, you got to see them to believe it. The amount of confidence that is bestowed in each child is amazing, the kind of skills they are able to show on stage, i am myself get jittery.

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

Trust - the place is so energised

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

HUMAN! People who are making a difference, not just talking about it.

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

take our disadvantaged children towards their rightful future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

I was fortunate enough to work with 41 girls, between the ages of 5 and 21 who are within Udayan Care in Greater Noida. The girls were happy, loving and extremely talented.We created large scale mandalas that contained colourful symbols with positive affirmations. My ideas for the mandalas were basic but the girls were driven to expand on this to create remarkable designs. They demonstrated focus, discipline, enthusiasm and passion to produce results that far exceeded anything that I have seen while working with youth in London. I believe that their motivation is the influence of the people who work within the organization. Kiran Modi and all the staff nurture and support the children in a way that demands admiration. The experience has been inspirational having a dramatic impact on the way I perceive the potential of human kindness and selfless service to those who have lost their family. Kiran's organization compensates for this loss in such a profound and compassionate way.

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

trying to recognize the potential in others to bring out the best and do so in a patient and caring manner.

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

having a collection of wonderful memories of the children working as a unit to create spectacular mandalas.

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

really concerned with the development and well being of the children. They encouraged their strengths and gave support to areas that needed love and attention.

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

provide more children with a safe and solid environment to have a chance to achieve in education and all areas of their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

While working as a volunteer, I realised that Udayan Care is an institution with a 'soul' and a clear intent. It is heartening to see its member children regain their zest for life and confidence in themselves thereby achieving the extra-ordinary, thanks to the platform provided to them.

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

set up more Udayan Ghar units, which not only provide a roof to the homeless, destitute children but also a family-like environment. Funds would also come handy to run its education initiative effectively.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

I have been a beneficiary of the Udayan Sahlini Fellowship (USF). I was inducted in the third batch of the USF when I was in higher secondary( class 11th CBSE Delhi) since then Udayan Care family has been a sourse of constant support and motivation for me. This year only i have graduated from the program after successfully completing my five year with them and graduating from MIRANDA HOUSE university of Delhi. Now i have joined at India's one of the premier research institute for my higher studies.the five years that i have spent with udayan care has been great in all dimensions. its all their support and motivation. Udayan shalini fellowship changed my life completely. from a government school girl to being a part of India's most prestigious research institution. its all coz of udayan shalini fellowship. i couldn't have moved a step forward without their help. the constant motivation in form of regular three monthly workshops boosted up my self confidence and gave me the vision to dream high and work hard in order to achieve my goals. towards the last two years of my stay with them they appointed me as mentor didi. it helped me to look towards world in a different way by mentoring school girls younger to me. our programme coordinator Mr Sajan Mathew and Mr Faheem Khan has always been a good listeners and a ray of hope and great counsellors in our blue moments. being fellows we were encouraged to be involved in social work, which was a necessary part of the programme. this helped us to understand our social responsibilities and work for a better tomorrow with greater hope. social campaigns were really fun that increased our knowledge about certain social problems and issues and gave us a better insight into the lives of those less privileged then us. in all i have learnt a lot being with them and evolved as a better and more confident human being in all spheres of life.I am really thankful to Mr Vikram Dutt, Mr Sajan and Udayan Shalini fellowships for the wonderful opportunity that they brought in for me through this beautiful programme. I am blessed to have been a beneficiary of this programme as this has shaped many of my thoughts and shaped my future. I am always thankful to them for being a guide and a friend.

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

being a beneficiary of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. which gave a me motivation to pursue my dreams and a never say die attitude towards my all problems.

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

everything was absolutely enjoyable from the residential camps at the greater noida home to the social awareness camps and quarterly workshops were a great source of motivation,

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

extremely helpful understanding and caring.

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

shape the future of many girls like it did for me and help them to realize their potential and dreams.

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 12, 2009

I've had a few chance meetings with the team at Udayan Care, and specifically Kiran Modi and Subhasis Chakrabarti. I think that the model adopted by Udayan Care to give a home atomosphere to the children where they feel a sense of normalcy and familial belonging is truly wonderful

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

While volunteering with Udayan Care, I realized that their zest for life and drive to accomplish all the good that they can in a 24 hour period is contagious!!

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

Enthused, compassionate, and totally focussed on the well being and welfare of the Udayan 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 12, 2009

I have personally visited the Udayan Homes and was overwhelmed to see the how confidently each of the kids came across. Udayan doing a phenomenal job with respect to gettin these kids at pace with the world outide.

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

extremely commited to cause of selfless giving.

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 10, 2009

This is a unique organisation which has become very strong because of their volunteers and members. The transparency in Udayan Care is TOTAL. UC is becoming instrumental in making its beneficiaries pr... more

October 12, 2009

It is a treat to meet members,volunteers and specially mentor mothers of UC.They are such a committed bunch who are ready to compromise even their mental peace to raise the girls of Udayan Ghars.

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

children giving back to the society what they have received from UC.taking activites

Ways to make it better...

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

bring more proffessnal staff with positive frame of mind in UC.you are doing a great

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

their tireless efforts to make its beneficiaries good, productive and positive citizens of our country.

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

totally committed to the cause of UC.

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

spent the entire money on the mental health programme of children.more

Ways to make it better...

more and more efforts were made on the mental health of children.

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

taking activities of UC to a much higher level and then sustain it without compromising the present quality of its work.

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

you are doing a great job. Keep it up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

October 10, 2009

This is a unique organisation which has become very strong because of their volunteers and members. The transparency in Udayan Care is TOTAL. UC is becoming instrumental in making its beneficiaries productive and positive citizens of our country.

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

their various programmes. They have zeal to constantly improvise and upgrade their programmes with an open mind.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

truely taking care of children in various Udayan Ghars. Ability of mentor mothers to forgive and forget the gross misbehaveour of the children is remarkable.

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

totally committed

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

provide more UDAYAN SHALINI fellowships to the needy girls

Ways to make it better...

children understood how lucky they were to find a place in Udayan Ghar.

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

employing first grade proffessionals to take it to a much higher playing field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

I have been associated with this organisation for the last 2-3 years through my organisation's work for society (this is one of the NGOs that we support). I beleive they are doing great job. My interaction with the staff of Udayan Care has also been excellent. I may fall short of words to praise Udayan Care. Well done and Keep it up!

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

Been into couple of works being done by Udayan Care - fantastic work.

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

Enjoyed every moment of being with kids - whether from primary, secondary or senior secondary grades.

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

polite and dedicated to the cause.

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

do more - thats what is required in this country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

I have been associated with Udayan Care for the last eight years and, in that time, have been helping to care for the children of the Sant Nagar home. I have watched the children blossom into happy, confident young people. Some of them have never been to school when they come to Udayan Care – often at the age of 10, 12 even 14 – but within one or two years, they become literate in both Hindi and English. Having just 12 children to a home really creates a family atmosphere and it is lovely to see the older children helping the younger children – in their dress, in taking them to school, in helping them with their studies. So far, there has only been a handful of children who have moved on in the world, and it is when I see the lives they are now leading, that I realize how Udayan Care has helped to totally transform their lives. We have young people working in hotels and in textiles, in retail – holding down jobs that they would not have dreamt of before they were given a home in Udayan Care. What do I personally get out of Udayan Care? - The love and affection of the children. There is nothing better than going to their home and being greeted by a small body hurtling itself at you and hugging you tightly. Thanks to Kiran Modi’s magnetic personality, Udayan Care has been able to create a tightly-knit group of dedicated volunteers and staff and the interaction I have with them has been vital to improve my work with the children. Not only have I been able to create a bond with the children of Sant Nagar, but I have also been fortunate to be able to do so with children from the other homes, when I have interacted with them at a Summer Camp and, more recently, in rehearsals for a dance performance. Most importantly, Udayan Care is more than an NGO, it is a family, where the members comes together to celebrate special functions, weddings etc. I am privileged to be part of this family.

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

Seen the children achieve good jobs, be able to compete with any one in the work place and find good mates and get married.

Ways to make it better...

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

1. Give the children training in 'life-skills' to enable them to face the workplace. 2. Create in-house work opportunities for those who will not be able to achieve academic excellence 3. Give formal training to carers before they enter any home.

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

The love I have received from the children

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

Some excellent others adequate

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

Give more scholarships to the Udayan Shalini programme and help more children affected by HIV

Ways to make it better...

The carers were more sympathetic towards the children

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

As it grows, retaining the family atmosphere. As homes are being created in other cities, it will be difficult to have opportunities for children and mentors from all homes to interact as they do at present

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

Udayan Care creates the desire in the children to 'give back to society'. This is clearly shown in the fact that one of our children gave up a very lucrative job in the hotel industry to become part of the Udayan Care team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 11, 2009

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October 11, 2009

I visited this organization's home several times in Sant Nagar, where they take care of 13 girls. I taught English to some of them and also some basic hygiene. My overall experience was that all the people who work at this organization are really dedicated and do all in their power to raise these children. I have seen unexpectedly high level of self-sacrifice and enthusiasm despite the bad financial situation NGOs have to face at these times of financial crisis. I wish they had more support and volunteers to carry out this important and beautiful work.

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

watching their grownup supported children having a well-paying job and establishing families.

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

I could share a part of my life and energy with those in most need of it.

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

really friendly, communicative and dedicated.

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

save much more street children! Then they could educate them to break that vicious cycle of poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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