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  

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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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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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I had such an amazing experience volunteering for the Udayan Care girls home in Greater Noida earlier this year. The sense of family and friendship was so evident as soon as we got there. The girls, Auntie and Uncle warmly welcomed us & made us feel right at home. We refurbished the dining room and tv room during the mornings and lead workshops with the girls later in the afternoon.

I was able to experience first hand the work that Udayan Care do, not only for their residents, but for the local community. Their work is truly life changing and they give young boys and girls a chance to succeed, to ensure their future is much better than their past.

I would recommend Udayan Care to anyone looking to volunteer in the future!

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Udayan Care do some excellent work with the children that they home - providing shelter, food, an education and most importantly a sense of family! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the home in Greater Noida, Delhi and look forward to visiting again. Mitul Lakhani

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Rating: 5 stars  

I visited the Greater Noida Home in Delhi, with a team of 6 members from asos.com we helped to refurbish their TV Room and the Dining area but we also ran workshops with the children. I was there for 10days..

My Experience at Udayan Care has truly been amazing! From all the refurbishment work to every single workshop carried out by all volunteers, it got better day by day. I have learnt so much in only 10 days and the entire experience has inspired me to continue working with local communities in london to really make a difference

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The 10 days spent with Udayan Care and the Girls were the best 10 days of my life. It was a life changing experience, the love and respect we received from the girls was incredible. We hope they are enjoying their new refurbished TV and Dining room.

The work Udayan Care do is life changing, they give young boys and girls a chance in life, a chance to become something and a chance to decide their future.

Ankita Patel x

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Rating: 5 stars  

EXCELLENT ORGANIZATION! In my search for an NGO based in Delhi to volunteer my time with I happened to stumble upon Udayan Care. I feel very fortunate for having found such a passionate and caring organization to volunteer with. Udayan has diverse rolls available to volunteers; ranging from being a mentor to children at a Udayan home (ghar) to advocacy work. There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities for one to help in Udayan Care’s mission of empowering India’s disadvantaged youth to realize their full potential by providing quality care and education to those in their care. Everyone I encountered during my time with Udayan was welcoming with open arms and passionate about Udayan Care’s mission. I was happy to learn during my orientation about Udayan’s commitment to transparency and accountability at all levels of the organization, and this becomes apparent during one’s volunteer period. I had the wonderful experience of being placed in the Gurgaon boy’s home to improve the children’s English. The mentor parents at the home, Mr. and Mrs. Ghosh, are two of the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure of knowing. The love and affection shared between everyone is immediately felt when you arrive at the home. It brings a smile to one’s heart when you see the impact Udayan Care’s work has on the orphaned and disadvantaged children of India. I could not recommend a better organization to volunteer one’s time with. You will be sad when your volunteer period is over, but you can take solace in knowing you contributed to a great organization and are now part of the Udayan Care family.

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I did my internship with Udayan Care in January, 2014. Initially, I did not have much idea about the activities of the organization, but when I spoke to several people at the NGO, I was very inspired with the kind of dedication and commitment put by them in all activities of the organization. During the three week internship stint, we developed a case study on Udayan Care, covering several aspects of the organisation. I also had the opportunity to visit Udayan Ghars and interact with the kids and mentor mothers and I was very impressed by the entire Ghar model. The organization’s administration was extremely helpful and made us feel completely at home. I would like to thank them for the brilliant work they have been doing for the past 2 decades and hope they can keep this up for decades to come.

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

Integrate the functionalities of the organisation by bringing in advanced IT systems, employ professionals at positions like COOs

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned with Udayan Care in the month of January, 2014. When I went to the NGO, I did not have a lot of idea about the functioning of the institute. But of the very first day, I was very impressed by the activities of the NGO and how it goes ahead to achieve its goals. During my three week stint, my team developed a case study on Udayan Care, covering several aspects of the organisation. The institute's administration was extremely helpful and made us feel completely at home. At the end of three weeks, I felt like my stay at the NGO had been really short and would have loved to continue my association with Udayan. Unfortunately, my hectic academic schedule does not allow that sort of freedom and I hope to associate with Udayan once I am in my professional life.

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

Integrate the functionalities of the organisation by bringing in advanced IT systems, employ professionals at positions like COOs

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I had an incredibly enriching experience at Udayan Care. I learned about NGO and program management from some extremely dedicated people who work at the organization. I benefited from writing policy at the headquarter level, but I've also benefited largely from interacting with the wonderful children at the foster home.

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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

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Definitely

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2013

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