Udayan Care

Rating: 4.72 stars   227 reviews

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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  

2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered in for Udayan Care in the Ghaziabad Home for Girls for the third time.
I stayed for 3 weeks.

Again I had a beautiful and exiting stay.

My most beautiful memories are mostly small moments, the girls sharing thoughts or feelings, calm moments which each of the girls, when they forget their thoughts and fights and just want to sit a bit and talk or ask me to sing a song or to tell a story...

Staying full-time in the Home gives the possibility to be very close to the children and to the life in a Home. You get a near impression of the life in the home and you share a lot with the children. But it also can be stressful and makes one feel tired sometimes when there is no possibility to take distance for some time.
It makes it a very intensive experience and every home is individual with its own atmosphere, characters...

The time in Ghaziabad, I think also for other volunteers in different homes, is full of extremes, but in the end there is this feeling of looking back to an intensive time of love and joy.
That’s why I am looking forward the next time and say thank you to Udayan Care, for everything you give to the children!

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

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was at the Ghaziabad Home for girls for the second time in march and last week for 6 days. The experiences I made last week were different as it took not much time to acclimatize. It was a week full of joy as the children had holidays and we could do a lot of fun things. We painted, danced and even went to the mall together with the menthor mother. I could see some developments of the girls, for example their english-skills improve, their looks change and also the topics of interest. Every day in the home is different, full of surprises. After a `crisis´ like a big dispute or chaotic and unmotivated study-time, there is always an even bigger high and beautiful experience. I promised that I´ll come back as soon as possible, so I have to do that ... :)

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great time with Udayan Care in the Ghaziabad Home for girls. Sharing the every-day-life, we had much fun. Even if I don't speak hindi and they didn't speak much english that time, we were laughing a lot. Of course not everything is always easy but all in all they showed more love then I ever could imagine before. I decided some weeks ago to visit the home again, to share some more time with the girls...

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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In this NGO, I know a girl named Burlburl,she can dance so well.After working here ,I have know that every child has the chance to grow up happily.Every child has potential to be a star and a singer.And every child need care.

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?

2012

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I had volunteered for Udayan Care as part of our institution's Social Awareness programme. The whole exercise was very enriching in terms of how we understood the intricacies of the working of an NGO, and the efforts put in by Udayan Care in their areas of cause are extremely commendable.

The project guides were helpful and encouraged us to go beyond our mandate and come up with innovative solutions as well.

I would be looking forward to another opportunity of working 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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have spend my last five month volunteering at Udayan Care. In the morning I worked in the head office and in the afternoon I visited one of the homes where I mainly helped the children in there daily life and in there studies.
It was an amazing experience which influenced me in a very positive way, I worked together with such lovely people and the work with the children was so much fun. I really was involved in the projects I was working on and was able to give a lot of my own impact to it.
It was an impressive time and I am really looking forward to come back.

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?

2013

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I am an educated teacher from Denmark who are spending 4 months with Udayan Care here in New Delhi. From 10am-2pm I am working at their Head Office doing very exciting work for the organization and from 2.30-6pm I am staying at the Sant Nagar home for girls. I am not living in the home, but I am enjoying all the time I spend with the girls. We put up a Gymnastics show on the big event of "Gift a Smile" held in the Greater Noida home in October. We are playing math games, speaking danish/hindi, doing their homework and practising more gymnastics and some short dances. I have already been here in India for 1½ month, so the time is flying. Hopefully I will find the time to come back since being with Udayan Care and with these girls definitely have changed my way of living :)

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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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I volunteered with Udayan in the summer of 2010. I worked with 2 other foreign volunteers at the Chatturpur home in New Delhi for 6 weeks. We lived there and spent a lot of time with the girls in that home. It was an amazing experience and I think of those little girls every day. I can't wait to find the time to go back again and see 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?

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?

2010

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I just returned from India where I worked with Udayan Care. I lived and worked at one of the orphanages for girls in Delhi. This was one of the newer homes they have opened. There were 12 girls aged 5 1/2-14 yrs old. I was placed with Udayan through a volunteer vacation company and I am grateful for the experience. After a rocky start with the girls I left with a heavy heart! We helped the girls learn english and helped with math. This is a well run organization...they care about the volunteers and our experiences as well as taking great care that the kids are well taken care of on a daily basis. I plan on doing whatever I can from home to help raise awareness about this great non-profit!!

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

yes

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

I don't have any suggestions...they are great!

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

The kids of course!!

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

Everyone at Udayan Care has the childrens' best interest first and foremost.

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

help alot more children!

Ways to make it better...

it wasn't so hot!! But thats Delhi in the summer!!

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

Raising awareness/money

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?

2010-7-01

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I spent two months volunteering with Udayan Care in Jaipur and had such a great experience.I truly enjoyed being there and spending time with the children. This was the experience that I was looking for. I lived at the home with the children and got to spend 2 months giving my undivided attention to deserving children. Every day I was amazed by these children. 
 The organization itself is great, I could tell that the children are well taken care of and cared for. There was a good balance of discipline, studying time, playing time and extra curricular activities . There is no doubt that these children are being given all the tools they need to become successful individuals. This was also my first time in India and I felt very supported by the staff at the home. They made me feel welcome and always made sure I had anything I needed. 
I am so happy I got to be a part of these children's lives and I will definitely be back to see them. I strongly recommend Udayan Care for anyone looking to volunteer. I really felt that my time here was meaningful and will have a great impact on the children and on myself. 

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have joined Udayan Care for 3 weeks and, even if it was a short period, it was a challenging and instructive experience. I have worked at the Head Office and I dealt with the creation of long-term partnerships with the principal foreign Universities aiming at receiving International students as volunteers or interns at Udayan Care.
The working environment was really nice and cooperative. The volunteer department supported me, but at the same time they demonstrated to trust me by allowing me to work independently and to take responsibilities.
I discovered a keen interest in networking and public relations tasks.
It is a NGO that is working in an effective and transparent way, making a great impact on the life of the children, women and youth involved in its programmes!

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hey there, my name is Sabrina I am 20 years old and I stayed in India working with Udayan Care for 2 month. I worked as a volunteer in one of Udayan Care children homes. I Was situated in greater Noida in the biggest home of Udayan Care. There are living 40 girl in the Age of 6-23. I first had to get acquainted to the girls, their daily life and how I could place my role in that daily life. I helped the girls with the food, managing school stuff, getting ready and started for school, solving homework problems and after school stuff was finished I tried to do and plan some freetime acitivity as we would do in my home country, Germany. Therefore it is good if you, as a volunteer have some special skills or hobbies you could share with the girls as they are really happy for everything you share with them for example pictures of your family, stories about school life in Germany etc. Also the communication and contact with the organization which has its main office in Delhi, was very good. We joined the volunteers meeting every month and if there where any problems, the email contact was fast and constant. All in all I really enjoyed working with the organization, what I really love about them is that they really put the main aspect on the education of the children and that they, later on, can stand on their own feed and look into a wonderful future as independet persons. I would definitely work again with Udayan Care and I can just recommend it.

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  

I was involved with Udayan Care for one year. In this time I made lots of new, important and good experiences. I built a relationship with the girls of one of the homes, which is hard to break now. I never had the feeling, that Udayan Care would hide anything from me and this transparency made it so interesting for me, to get more inside of the NGO life. I think it is definitely a good institution for beginners as well as professionals to get to know more about the way of working of an NGO. Sometimes I felt myself being on my own a little bit, but I guess that made it more instructive in the end.

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?

Some

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?

2012

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