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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Foster Care, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

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: 540 children in 13 Udayan Ghars across Delhi, NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur 4400 Shalinis through Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme 10,000 women, children and youth through Udayan Care Information Technology and Vocational Training Centers Also till date we were successfully able to make 80 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.

Target demographics: young children and women

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, West Bengal, Telangana

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.

Community Stories

286 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place for making a difference in the lives of less fortunate children

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wished to intern in an organization that worked for children, families or communities. Hence, I chose to spend the next 21 days at Udayan Care. It is an NGO which works for disadvantaged groups by establishing more family homes, ensuring girls’ higher education, providing vocational training and livelihood programmes, advocating for better standards in institutional and alternative care, etc.

The programme started with an orientation to the interns, 8 in all, about social sector, Udayan Care’s Vision and Mission and its activities across the country. We were also informed about the strict timings which the interns were expected to adhere to, and were told that we’d be working 6 days a week between 10 am to 5 pm at the Lajpat Nagar head office of Udayan Care. Subsequently, the students, divided into different teams, were attached to different departments for three weeks to work with them.

The work allotted to us included, first of all, knowing and understanding the organization, their activities and their brand guidelines, and assisting in areas such as developing content for the communication department. We gradually started enjoying working in an office environment. Each day, we used to reach office between ten to ten thirty in the morning and would leave after four thirty in the evening.

We also had the opportunity to visit the Mehrauli Udayan Ghar, where we spent around 5 hours with the children, playing dumb charades and Antakshari. These girls were cooperative, well behaved and eager to play games and get photographs clicked with us. We left the Ghar with a smile on our faces. The satisfaction derived from spreading smiles amongst children was much more than any college project we would have ever done!

During the internship duration,each intern was supposed to conduct a workshop for the other interns, and these sessions-ranging from cupcake decoration to Haiku writing-brought us interns closer to each other.


The highlight of the internship was a day when an Udayan Care alumnus came to the office to share her life journey with the interns. The lady, whose medical education had been sponsored under the Udayan Shalini fellowship programme, talked about the importance of dreaming big and working hard to realize dreams. She charmed us with her zeal and passion and motivated us to pursue bigger goals.

The programme concluded with each intern presenting a report -summarizing their experiences and recommendations along with organizational development strategies.

Shikhar M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing learning experience. The work assigned suits your interest. Since this is a volunteer driven organisation, my work had immense value to the organisation.

Sai K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Udayan Care for a Period of 3 weeks . It was a wonderful journey . I worked in the Accounts department . I got a glimpse of corporate environment by working here . I used to make different annual and quarterly expense model for both local and FCRA donors. Also I maintained day book expenses of various homes . My supervisor ( Mr. Rajeev sir and Abhimanyu sir )were always there to help me . I am thankful to be a part of this NGO and i will continue to be a part of Udayan care.

Yashika G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with Udayan Care for 3 weeks and it was the best experience .It helped me explore as an individual and inspired me to become a change. The common mindset of community work is challenged by Udayan care as it also incorporates office work along with community work which is great learning experience. I can't thank Udayan care enough for all the exepriences and teachings it help me gain through my internship.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was associated with Udayan Care as an intern roughly for a period of 3 months. During my brief stay at the organisation, I was overwhelmed with the scale of work handled by the members of the team and the dedication each one put to make children smile. It requires a lot of patience and expertise to coordinate the wide range of tasks that the Udayan Care undertakes. My best wishes to the team. People in the office were great and really helpful and made me feel like part of the Organisation.

2 Sonakshi N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at Udayan Care was an immense, once in a lifetime kind of experience. I saw and very closely faced challenges that are involved in the management of the NGO. I can imagine how hard it must be to manage work with full on dedication and sincere efforts towards achieving the whole soul aim of society’s wellbeing and personal growth.
All in all , experience was worth it as it really inspired me to give back to the society.It gives one hope that things can be changed and will change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had a wonderful journey at Udayan Care. I had to know different-different works to do in a accounts department. I gathered information and knowledge from my supervisor. I had learn so many things, e.g.-about Indian and FCRA files, Home Expenses, to know about more in Tally, Bank Reconciliation, etc. I get know about the office environment and type of work. It is very Great experience. The supervisor (Miss. Sumita Ma'am) were always there to help and cleared all the confusion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had really a great time spend with this organisation and collects lots of knowledge and gain experience through this organisation.I really learn that how do manage the official works like Bank reconciliation, TDS ,Home expenses etc. This organisation(UDAYAN CARE)is really done a wonderful work and this is really a memorable journey in my life and also feel thankful to be a part of this organisation.I always pray that this NGO continues very long time.....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Udayan Care is by far the best NGO that I've worked with.
My project was Daan Utsav, previously known as the Joy of Giving week.
In order to achieve our target, we formulated proposals that were sent to CSR's and made PowerPoint Presentations to educate people about the Daan Utsav. All this was done with the help of our Supervisors. I had a great time here and am looking forward to working here for my next internship too.