Udayan Care

Rating: 4.68 stars   262 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 interned with Udayan Care in the month of January, 2014. When I went to the NGO, I did not have a lot of idea about the functioning of the institute. But of the very first day, I was very impressed by the activities of the NGO and how it goes ahead to achieve its goals. During my three week stint, my team developed a case study on Udayan Care, covering several aspects of the organisation. The institute's administration was extremely helpful and made us feel completely at home. At the end of three weeks, I felt like my stay at the NGO had been really short and would have loved to continue my association with Udayan. Unfortunately, my hectic academic schedule does not allow that sort of freedom and I hope to associate with Udayan once I am in my professional life.

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

Integrate the functionalities of the organisation by bringing in advanced IT systems, employ professionals at positions like COOs

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an incredibly enriching experience at Udayan Care. I learned about NGO and program management from some extremely dedicated people who work at the organization. I benefited from writing policy at the headquarter level, but I've also benefited largely from interacting with the wonderful children at the foster home.

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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

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Udayan Care, a child welfare NGO, is solely driven by the enthusiasm and the dedication of its employees. The trustees and employees of Udayan Care are passionately committed to serve the society and one can feel their dedication just by observing their daily routine. Despite facing several challenges like attrition of employees, procuring more funds etc, Udayan remains true to its purpose- to empower vulnerable children, women and youth. I had the opportunity to visit their Sant nagar and Mayur Vihar ghars, which offered conducive environment for the children to grow into successful human beings and the activities that were carried out ensured a great balance between their academic rigour and extra-curricular events. Interacting with some of the children like Lucky, who is the youngest member of the Sant Nagar home, made it quite evident that children felt safe and were enjoying their stay at Udayan thanks to the motherly love given by some of the mentors like Mrs Madhu Gupta. To sum up, the past 3 weeks at Udayan was a very enriching experience and hopefully my association with them continuous forever.

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

Employ a COO who would reduce the load off Dr. Kiran Modi, who is the managing trustee at Udayan Care.

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Definitely

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2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was attached with Udayan Care for 3 weeks and during this time I have come to admire the organization greatly. The dedication and commitment of the people of this organisation is truly commendable. I have has the opportunity to visit children homes in other cities and locations but the Udayan Ghar model is by far the most thought out and amazingly well executed. Their importance on giving the children a home like environment to grow in is truly remarkable and you can clearly make out the difference interacting with the children.
Even the other programmes like the Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme is a great step in promoting education of girls/women and the results are very heartening with so many of the graduates of the programme doing so well after graduating from the programmes.
I wish all the success to the Udayan Team and would also like to thank them for the splendid work they have been doing for the past 2 decades and hope they can keep this up for decades to come.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A grass root organization working for providing care to abandoned children - that is what Udayan Care is all about. I was given an opportunity to work for Udayan Care and it was an amazing experience of understanding the challenges that a grassroots organization face. Udayan Care has a very unique model of group foster care which aims at providing quality life to these children among its various programs. What was truely wonderful was the passion and dedication for each everyone associated with Udayan towards the common goal.
I would definitely would like to be associated with Udayan Care in future in any capacity I can contribute.

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

Contribute towards the great plan of affecting more lives and continue the vision of the founding trustees.

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Some

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Very Well

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2014

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I had a 3 week stint with Udayan Care in January,2014 as part of our b-school curriculum. This gave me a chance to understand the working of the different programmes run by Udayan Care. I was associated with the Udayan Ghar programme and the work i did was quite relevant with respect to our current curriculum. Albiet a short stint, yet i was awed to see the impact on lives of those underprivileged children, young girls being supported by Udayan. What was particularly impressive was the focus on high quality education and high quality of their programs, which is a big distinguishing factor. The role of mentor mothers and the unique group foster care model is their USP. Processes are also quite transparent in Udayan Care. Overall it was a very enriching experience.

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Definitely

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A little

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was associated with Udayan Care in Delhi for 3 weeks! This gave me a chance to understand the working of the different programs run by this organisation. I was awed to see the result on lives of those underprivileged children, young girls being supported by Udayan. What was particularly impressive was the focus on ensuring high quality of their programs, which is a big distinguishing factor.
Also, the mentoring provided to the young girls associated with their Shalini program, besides financial aid, is praiseworthy. Processes at Udayan care are carried out in a transparent manner, which goes a long way in keeping the faith of donors, volunteers and everyone associated with it, and attaches a high degree of credibility which I believe is its USP.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Quite well

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2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

The two months I worked at Udayan Care as an intern will remain an unforgettable enriching grass root experience in the humanitarian field. During this short time, I learned so much personnally and professionnaly and now back in Europe, I can sincerely say this internship has changed my values and view of life. I deeply recommend Udayann Care for a first step in the NGO world. You will understand the various issues an NGO has to deal with ; how to raise funds and people's awareness, how to communicate about the projects and last but not least how to implement and evaluate them. Udayan Care is well organized and an exemple of best practises in this country.
When I came to India, I did not know what to expect, I was just wondering about my professional plans for the future. Interning at Udayan Care was eye-opener and it made me want to keep working in the social sector. I met amazing people who are completly dedicated to the children's well-being and bring about changes by working closely together. Sometimes it is not easy to adapt to the different way of living and working. You might face some personal problem or doubts about your work but you will always find someone helpful who will provide you with good advice and support. I really enjoyed the friendly and warm atmosphere at the office.
Sometimes I wondered whether I was useful for Udayan Care. I keep thinking my impact was really low due to my lack of experience but I quickly understood that everyone with creativity and new ideas can take an active part in Udayan Care work.
Thank you a ton for everything and I definitely hope to come back soon.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great time volunteering with Udayan Care. I spent four weeks teaching English at the Gurgaon Ghar for boys. The children are wonderful and we had a lot of fun together - in the classroom, but also in the garden playing cricket or in the kitchen having dance parties! Also everybody in the office and Mama and Papa at the home is helpful, friendly and fantastic people devoting their time to help the children.

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I have volunteered with two other NGOs, and must say that Udayan by far is the most organized one! If there is any changes I would have liked considering my experience, it was to be assigned to a project prior to arrival. As it was my first time teaching abroad, the result might had been different if I had prepared a teaching plan beforehand and then customize it after spending time with the children.

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Definitely

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Some

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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I worked at Udayan Care for a month as an intern and the experience was really great. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work in an organisation which is so well organised and dedicated for helping the children in need of care. In such a short period of time I was able to learn so much academically as well as personally. My seniors were always there to help with all the issues that came up during my interning period.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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2013

 
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