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  

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.

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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.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last summer, I was a volunteer at Udayan Care's Greater Noida Girls' home for about 4 weeks. In that short period of time, I learned so much academically, culturally, and personally. At first, Udayan Care's overall mission and goals are what convinced me to volunteer for this organization. But, each day, the children at this home are what truly gave me the passion to want to do better in this world. Udayan Care is an example of a great non-profit and my experiences there will never be duplicated or replaced. Whether being a volunteer, mentor, social worker, caretaker, etc., every role is important in shaping these children's lives and I believe Udayan Care is truly making a difference in India.

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hello i'm Alex, and i lived in noida boys home. Really, i think that the experience was incredible, really fantastic. you will see another culture, all the bad things and the goods things, you will grow up like a person, and open your mind in another ways.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I was at the girls' home in Noida for 2,5 weeks. It was a great time. I learned a lot from the children and every day there happened something new. So it never got boring. We did different activities together, like Yoga, Dance-class or going to the park and playing there. I was really surprised how self-consistent the girls are. They told me a lot about living in India and I told them about living in Germany. It was a great exchange! There were also several challenges to be met, but it only made be stronger and more self confident. The staff of Udayan Care was very friendly and helpful! I would recommend such a volunteer trip to a totally different country to everyone. It is a great experience and helps you to see your life from a different view. Thank you for the great experience!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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My association with Udayan Care Started in 2008. I used to visit their Noida Home where young boys who used to live on the streets, orphaned, drug abused; these kids found a Home where they were loved, cared and provided with everything that any child in a Middle class family can possibly have. I had the opportunity to teach some basic math, language skills but more than that I learned how happiness is not about receiving , it's about giving, sharing. Udayan Care is a very committed organization, doing a fabulous job and the credit for that goes to the leadership of the organization headed by Ms. Kiran Modi. If you want to Volunteer , teach kids, spread smiles get in touch with Udayan Care.

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I am linked with the organization from more than 6 years now. I still remember the first day the first talk and the way I was motivated to move ahead in life, with positivism, right attitude, considering those well, who are deprived than me.Being a Udayan Shalini Fellow, I feel proud and honored to tell all that I am learning everyday, growing every minute, enhancing my skills each second for the betterment of myself, family and the society. I owe all my achievements, success and identification till yet, to Udayan Care. It will not be wrong to say that Udayan Care is my second parent. Being a source of inspiration, Udayan Care has always extended the support every minute in my thick and thin and because of the same, I look forward to serve the society in all possible means I can. Thank you, Udayan Care! Always with you!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I travelled to India in May 2011 with my twin sister. We both spent 4 weeks at the Greater Noida home. During this time, we were also a part of the annual summer camp. It was fantastic spending time with all the other children from the other homes, especially the younger ones. Whilst at Greater Noida, we spent all of our time with the children, talking, having fun, helping them with holiday homework etc. The children were all lovely and we became very close with them in a very short space of time....We also spent a day at the Gurgaon home. This was a lovely experience as it was a boys home and it differed to the Greater Noida home in the manner that it was being run by a couple. Ranjan Uncle and Lily Aunty are fantastic with the boys and treat them as their own. It had a proper family feel to it and we thoroughly enjoyed our very short stay with them. We hope to return again this summer to see all those bright smiling faces. Can't wait!

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Rating: 4 stars  

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We have been in practice at the orphanage in Greter Noida. In Denmark, we are studying both nutrition and health, and this practice was something special, partly because we had to go out and show what we could but also because we were going to the country that are so far from Denmark that you only read about in books. It has been a very special experience to stay at the orphanage and help the girls' daily routines, it has been something special to hear their views on health and see how little is actually needed to create happy times. We have learned much from being at the orphanage. it has been a great experience.

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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.

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A lot

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Quite well

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2012

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