Udayan Care

Rating: 4.72 stars   227 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  

Working with Udayan Care as an intern and volunteer over the past 6 weeks has been an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience, thanks in no small part to the friendly fellow interns, helpful supervisors, and of course, the wonderful welcoming children at the homes. I had the opportunity to work with and teach children, which is one of my passions, and also gain a better understanding of how NGOs operate through my time in the office. I would recommend this organization to anyone who is remotely interested in the field of social work or is looking for a meaningful way to spend a break.

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

I would perhaps be a little clearer about the available/doable office projects when the intern is starting out.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a honour it was to work with the children and the staff at Udayan Care. This is truly an agency that is visionary and progressive in serving the needs of the most vulnerable to see children empowered to fulfill their full potential. The insight, resilience and hope that is present in each of the children I had the pleasure to work with will be a motivator for community wide change. Continue to believe in your vision and hold fast to the courageous and meaningful work that is being done in individuals as well as for greater realms of society. I will always hold closely my experience with Udayan Care.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great experience with Udayan!!!. I came with a perception of gaining from field work. But to my outmost surprise, Udayan has given me more than I had expected. My notion and looking at the world has been greatly metamorphosed. Seeing the satisfaction and happiness on these young faces at Mayur Vihar 1, has inspired me to be happy and content with myself. It has been a pleasure working with Udayan. The one month I spent with Udayan has really been fruitful. I hope to stay in touch with the NGO and help them with as much as i can. Thanks to the Volunteer department and the entire Udayan administration for their support.

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

First and foremost: i would improve on the internet connectivity. Secondly: Would introduce the expert volunteer programs and lastly inspire and motivate the already enthused workers to continue with their good works.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

it was my great pleasure to work with Udayan Care as an intern for almost two months. i have learned the importance to give back to the society and the happiness in helping others. i will always be very greatful to this organization for providing me this opportunity to gain experience in the field of organizational behaviour.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Working with Udayan has been a great delight. I came with a perspective of gaining exposure in field work and handling matters in the administrative level , and Udayan has given me more than I could ask for. My thinking and looking at the world has tranformed drastically , I am taking back with myself an emotion of gratitude towards what all I have. Seeing the satisfaction on these young soul's faces has been an eye opener for me. It was a pleasure working here , the one and a half months that I spent year were indeed fruitful. I hope to stay in touch with the NGO and help them with as much as i can. :)

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

For the interns , have more inspirational talks with influential figures , so we are motivated through and through

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 lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Udayan Care is a NGO that regenerate the rhythm of life of the disadvantaged. The six weeks that i spent my time being a volunteer there, was the best time of my life. i was able to work not only at the office, but with this kids at one of the Udayan ghars (home).
At the head office i could collect some informations of those who help the organization with donations. Every person i met there was friendly and they made me fell home. I used to go everyday (monday to friday) to one of the homes, a house with 12 girls from 10 to 15 years old. Since the first day, i was completely in love with all of them, we had the best time ever, studying and also having fun.
What Udayan provides for this children in incredible and i will always be proud of myself for being part of this organization and thankful for what i learned with them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I feel I had great fun working with the kids. Some of them were eager to learn, and a few were restless, but overall, all of them were very welcoming, interactive and friendly, so it was an amazing experience. The positive aspects, I believe, were that the place was not very far, and the kids lead very normal lives, like any of me and my family. They had school, homework, tuition, television, tennis classes, painting , dancing, singing, pretty much everything a middle class kid has, which made me glad that they were a part of this ghar and glad that I was a part of the volunteering programme with Udayan.

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

I believe that if we would have got our confirmation for working with the ghar a little earlier, we would have been able to help the kids much more. Also, I would recommend that the NGO should get into more contact with the volunteers and the placement supervisors should give us proper guidelines as to what has to be done with a kids on a daily basis.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an intern at Udayan Care for 3 months and it has been one of the most interesting and amazing experience i have ever had. I had the opportunity to work in the head office as well as in the children home.
I collected data of university and i maintained the correspondance with universities all over the word to increase the size of our volunteer program. The office environment is relaxed and familiar, collegues are friendly and always there if you need any kind of help.
i also worked with children, girls from 8 to 15 years old. The children made my India, as i always say. They are amazing, smart and i have learnt a lot about indian culture from them. I think that UC is doing a great work for these children,what i want to underline is that children do not live in an unique building as an orphanage but they have proper home. each home has 12 girls or boys , supervisors and mentor mothers that create a familiar atmosphere . Each home is a real family, the only difference is that each girl has 11 sisters. Supervisor and Mentor Mother are amazing and they excellently educate girls.
i am proud of being part of such a organization, i strongly recommend Udayan Care to everyone is interested in this kind of organization.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I really recommand Udayan Care to everybody who wants to work with children, do something useful and discover India at the same time. Volunteering for Udayan Care really changed my life. I am in my second year of master to become primary school teacher and my work at Udayan Care was divided into two: the morning I worked on networking with International Universities for the Head Office and I spent every afternoon in one of their home teaching the basis of English to the four youngest girls(3 to 7 years old). It was a big challenge because I do not speak Hindi and my little pupils obviously did not speak English but the magic part of it is that somehow with flashcards, drawing and acting we managed quite well. As a future primary school teacher, this experience gave me the opportunity to face a situation that, back home, every teacher is scared to face because he does not know how to do and do not really have the time to experiment because he has 20 other pupils to teach to. My strategy was to teach through games and it worked quite well. As I had really few material, it also gave me the opportunity to create mine and let express my own creativity. I am proud to say that my little pupils have reach quite a level for their age, especially the 3 years old one, and I received so much love back from them. I also took some times to get to know the 9 older girls of the home and I am also glad I did. They are so lively, cute and sweet. The two mentor mothers, the supervisor, the care-giver and the social worker of my home gave me a lot of support through my stay and I have to say that they do an amazing job: the girls really feel at home, they are well treated and they receive a lot of love. It was really hard for me to leave everyone and I definitely want to go back one day at least to say hello and spend some times with them.

My stay at Udayan Care which was related to the writing of my master thesis about plurilinguism and how other languages spoken by children can be included at school, participates to that amazing mark I have received for it: 20 over 20. Thank you Udayan Care

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Likely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Volunteering at Udayan Care Greater Noida was such an experience! I wouldn't do it justice if I was to put it into words so suggest EVERYONE takes a visit there to see how much of an experience it is! From day 1 of arriving we were made us feel so welcome: it was like we were long lost family members. Udayan Care are doing a great job and I was so glad to be a part of their mission of creating a family home for those who have come from disadvantage backgrounds. The girls were so lovely and accommodating and really made me realise that sometimes giving your time and presence is better than donating your money.

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