Udayan Care

Rating: 4.73 stars   241 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  

I had a great experience working with Udayan Care. Out of the many things that I liked, there are two very striking features. The first is the level of professionalism exhibited by the employees of Udayan Care. I have been to many NGOs, but they are usually dainty places, with very little enthusiasm among staff. However, Udayan Care staff were motivated, energetic and highly professional (Like in a Corporate Company, only much kinder). The second thing that I loved about Udayan Care was the atmosphere it has created for the underprivileged children. Children here feel more confident, happier and at home compare to many other NGOs that I have visited. These are the striking features that I remember when I think about Udayan Care and the memory that I have had here, I shall always cherish.

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?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I interned at Udayan Care for six weeks last summer and it proved to be one of the most satisfying experience of my life. The thing that touched me most is the cause that this organization works for. I have seen the kind of difference they have brought in the lives of its children. Those kids, who were once orphaned and abandoned without any hope for future, today lead a comfortable life of dignity and self reliance. I admire Kiran Modi, Founder and Managing Trustee-Udayan Care, for her dedication and will to make this society, this world a better place for the children.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

“Spirt, thy name is life” This is the most important learning which I am taking back from Udayan Care. Everybody in the organization, from the kids to the mentor mothers, shows immense will and spirit to move on with life. In spite of the ordeal they have gone through in the past they have learned how to smile and take the world in its stride.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I, Ina Rüber, 20 years old, from Germany, volunteered for Udayan Care Home IV in Greater Noida for one year (2010-2011). I would say that this year changed my life. I started appreciating every opportunity I had and still have in my life more than ever before. Daily work with the Udayan kids included every kind of emotion. While studying, playing, discussing, jogging, cooking, painting, talking, storytelling, singing... I got attached to each child. Udayan Care is an organisation, which focus on the future of the kids and invests in the important things, like good education. I have seen a lot of NGO's but non, giving the child such a great environment as Udayan Care does. I still feel attached to this organisation and I will definetly support it further in my life. At my last visit I got the chance to visit kurushetra home and I was impressed. I guess like this a home should work. The unity between the kids was outstanding and the care provided by the mentor and caregiver was perfect. To achieve this in every home volunteers could play an important role, organising unity-creating activities once a week for example. Caregiver should be reminded that their work is not only household, but caring for the kids as well. They should be motivated to talk to the children, to get personaly attached. During my last visti to Greater Noida I could see one awesome improvement in a relation between Ushaunty (caregiver) and Arti (child). Arti sadly got diabetes and needs an injection every evening. Thus Ushaunty has to spend more time with Arti and this did a lot to their relationship. Due to this special care Ushaunty got quite more attached to Arti and cares for her in a much lovelier way than she did before. Udayan Care has a lot of potential, which I noticed in a lot of meetings, but sometimes there were more talks than activities. If every idea could be realized with the help of volunteers Udayan Care could grow signifacantly in providing the best for the child.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My twin sister and I travelled to India in May 2011, we stayed at the Greater Noida Girls home for 4-5 weeks. Our experience was absoloutely amazing. We were there to experience an absoloutely fantastic summer camp that had been organised where all the Udayan Care children came to the Greater Noida home. The summer camp consisted of fantastic activities that all children thoroughly enjoyed aswell as giving time to the children to socialise and spend time with one another. The child led presentation at the end of the summer camp showed how much the children had learnt and how much they enjoyed the week-long activities. We were also there during the wedding of one of the girls at Greater Noida. It was amazing to see how hard Udayan Care were working to ensure that these girls were part of a family, and never felt they were lacking in any ways. .......We absoloutely loved our time at Udayan Care! The children were amazing and we keep in touch with them through facebook. We hope to return soon, to see all our little sisters and brothers!

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) seems to be one initiative in education that can transform the way a child learns more than nearly all educational innovations of the past century together. Sounds like a tall claim? Just check out Khairat school near Mumbai and Keekerwali in Shriganganagar, Rajasthan. Its an spiritual experience for those who want to see children discover themselves.

As OLPC says, children are born genius and society works hard to dumb them down. OLPC laptops help them discover the genius within.

What a great organization like Pratham may achieve in a decade, OLPC can help achieve less than in a year. Just try it out.

If one had to look at the ROI on education, ROI from a Rs 15000 investment in OLPC laptops will top nearly any investments anyone can make anywhere.

If you want to see the smile on a child's face for ever, try out OLPC laptops for every child in your school. If in doubt, check out Uruguay where EVERY SINGLE child learns with OLPC.

Ask Sandeep Surve of Khairat or Dr Veena Sethi of Udaan what they see in OLPC. And take the message to as many people as you can take it to.

Most of all take it to Kapil Sibal and every chief minister of various states in India. Ask them not to stand in the way of the future of the underprivileged Indian children.

Let them know that every child in India is as good as the best anywhere. Its the state policies and the education system that force them to forego their future and live an existence that would have been shameful a century ago.

Ask them to help children learn learning and make India a great country that it can become if all its children get the right education.

Right to education is meaningless with Right Education. Ask them to embrace OLPC.

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

Yes.. I have been to 20 schools where OLPC is being used and saw the difference it makes.

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

I will contribute to create a corpus, let it have a central office, ask Kapil Sibal to innovate with OLPC and start with just 1% children nationwide, monitor, evaluate and see the results rather than carry out policies that keep PCs in their boxes and purchased to benefit the vendors rather than students.

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My mother and I are qualified teachers who work in Education in Scotland. We visited Udayan Care in the hope that we could offer support with homework, social interaction and conversational English. We found the home we visited a friendly, positive environment. The care staff were welcoming and the girls were an extremely friendly bunch. We were impressed by the level of care and the ethos of the place. There was a strong sense of family in evidence. We felt that the children were encouraged to be responsible and develop independence in a positive and supportive way. Routines gave structure and settled the girls, adults were ambitious about what the girls could achieve academically. We felt privileged to spend some time in such a positive and friendly environment.

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

Motivating children to earn and achieve in life. To work towards goals.

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

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

The warm and friendly family atmosphere.

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

The care staff are conscientious and work hard to help the children. They provide a calm, caring environment for their charges.

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

Provide appropriate tutor support and university places for all its charges.

Ways to make it better...

We had been given information about the care home and the girls' needs in advance to plan for our time there and gather useful resources to bring.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer who came to help. It turned out to be the other way round. Being a part of this beautiful family gave me a new hope. The difference that Udayan Care has made in the lives of these children is unbelievable. I feel extremely proud to have been a part of their beautiful lives, even though only for a brief moment of time. While I was volunteering at Udayan Care, I was never told what to do. I myself used to assign myself to different roles; organizing fund raisers, corporate programs, summer camps etc... I feel proud of my Udayan children who taught all of us how to smile and cherish life, no matter what. The love that I received from the children made all my efforts worthwhile and the passion and commitment of Kiran Maam truly inspired me. I wish everybody at the Udayan family the best of luck and hope to be a part of many success stories along the way !

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

how a little effort can make such a whole lot of difference in somebody's life.

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

The children are very special.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The origanisation meets the requirements of the children at its various homes. They are been given very good educational services. All their needs are takes care of. There is a Mentor mother all the time to give advice and support to the children. I had a very good time volunteering for this NGO and would like to extend my support in shaping up the future of the kids.

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

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

They are being given all the required facilities in the Udayan Homes.

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

very Co-operative

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

Open up its own school so that they did not have to worry about the admission of their children.

Ways to make it better...

I could have devoted more time with them.

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

to bring stability in the children.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Udayan Care has been my Guiding Star all through my MSc, providing not only monetary support but also a motivation to give back to the society. They provided me with a positive attitude in life and I went on to become the University Gold Medalist along with getting the prestigious CSIR-Junior Research Fellowship for my PhD.It's from their motivation that I've been able to reach so far... And I'm not the only one... 7 friends of mine too have a similar story to tell..

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

helping UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN kURUKSHETRA

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

THE JOY OF SELFLESS GIVING N INTERACTION WITH BRIGHT KIDS THAT WE USUALLY CALL SLUM DEVELLERS

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

CHANGE THE LIFE OF MANY CHILDREN N YOUNG GIRLS FOR BETTER

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I am currently a volunteer at the Gurgan boys home. I arrived in sept and will leave in dec. Presently I help the boys with their school work and their english. I lead a mourning exercise routine for all the boys before they go to school and at night I work closly with 4 boys in a more intense exercise routine that involves weight training. I also put together various study assignments for them in the form of team or individual competitions and use prizes to help motivate them to study and prepare. For the central office of Udayan Care I am putting together a study that focuses on the impact volunteers have on the boys at the home. The whole experience thus far has been very enriching and rewarding. I've come to really care for the boys and their well being. We have loads of fun together when playing games and have formed personal connections with some of them. One thing I like a lot about Udayan Care is the availablity of the staff at the office if I have any questions or concerns. Plus the volunteer experience is very open and allows the volunteer much room to do and teach the children what they like and put together various kinds of programs that reflect the strengths of the volunteer. I am expecially impressed by the immense care that the caregivers at the Gurgean home have for the children here, and the intense care that the office staff and mentor mothers have for the children. A times the days can be boring since for half the days the kids are at school but there isn't many places around the home to go and relax. Sometimes I feel that I want to get away from the home, its hard for me to spend all my time here. The good thing is that I am allowed to travel to Delhi for a couple days each week if I want and it is something that is encourged to the volunteers to help them re-energize. Overall it will be emotionally hard for me when I have to leave because I've formed personal attachments to many of the kids and I'm going to really miss them when I'm gone.

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

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

become much larger and as such help far more children in India who despertly need help. It could probable open up many more homes and give real lives and hope and possibility to many more street childrena nd orphans who need an opportunity to have a life

Ways to make it better...

there was more stucture in place for me and the organization gave me more specific tasks.

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

fund. As with any nonprofit organization it seems that money is always an issue. With more money it could do more and help many more who need help.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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