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October 13, 2009

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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