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January 26, 2012
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January 26, 2012
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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!

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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

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

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.

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

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

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

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 !

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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.

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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

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

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..

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

helping UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN kURUKSHETRA

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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

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I volunteered with Udayan care beginning February 2009, when I was in India on a Fulbright grant. I volunteered there for a month but returned several times to visit with the girls at the Sant Nagar home for girls. During my time at the home, I helped the girls with homework and their studies. I was immediately struck by the girls' drive and sense of community. Udayan Care gives these children the opportunity to have an excellent education, succeed at their work, and live in a caring environment. Dr. Kiran Modi is truly exceptional--she truly loves these children and goes to great lengths to improve the program every day. Since I first volunteered, the program, which was already stellar at the time, has grown even stronger due to her efforts and the efforts of the staff and caretakers at Udayan care. The children thrive in their environment, learn to help and support one another in their new family, and reach their full potential. This is an extraordinary organization.

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

working with the children, Dr. Modi, the caretakers and staff, and other volunteers.

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

warm, deeply compassionate, highly motivated individuals.

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

help even more children in need in India!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I volunteered with the Udayan team for 6 weeks in 2004 living mainly in their Greater Noida home. The organisation was fantastic then and I know it has only grown and improved since. I have assisting in raising funds for the children back in Australia and will always have fond memories of my time with the children there.

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

visiting the children and seeing how they have excelled since my first visit.

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

that I am still in contact with some of the children many years later.

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

inspirational

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

extend its reach to so many more children. It could start also start schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I was new to Udyancare untill I came across them being the part of the corporate social responsibility team of the organisation I work with. My experience was far beyond my expectations and I was really impressed by the committment to quality demonstrated by them. I wish them all the very best in all their future endeavours and wish to contribute as a volunteer in all possible means

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

Quality & not quantity...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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