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  

12 people found this review helpful

I am committed to be a life long supporter and benefactor to Udayan care. The calibre of care for the children, dedication of staff and volunteers at Udayan Care is exemplary. They are true to their mission statement in every which way.

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

Positive attitude, mental care and assistance in the integration of the individual back into society

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

Their constant strife and efforts to enhance the lives of the underprivileged.

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

nurture shelter educate and be a parent to the children that are abandoned, orphaned and homeless..............

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I consider Udayan Care, a very transparent and accountable organization. It believes on what it does. The passion and spirit it shows in their work for child rights, it is amazing.

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

Udayan Ghar and Udayan Shalini programme

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am working with Udayan Care from last 2.5 years and I like their transparency, commitment and devotion for the cause

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

Working with children’s.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The 3 years that i have spent with Udayan Care have been extremely emotional and fulfilling for me. I have worked with several organisations before but the level of emotional commitment that i have seen here is incomparable. Although i am just an employee here, the affection and warmth that i have received not only from the children but also from the Mentor Mothers/ Fathers and my Managing Trustee, Dr. Kiran Modi, has made me feel a part of the Udayan family. Today I feel for them, i pray for their success and strive to give my best to them.

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

the glowing smiles of children.

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

organizing fun filled events for the children.

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

make 10 million homes more and no child will remain homeless, abandoned and uncared for any more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

it is a great organisation and have spent almost a decade and a half of involvement with this organisation. Most importantly, this organisation has a 'soul' and all work with a passionate involvement. It is not just a job for anyone who comes in. Most of all, I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy the sense of joyous wonder in all - children, Fellows, volunteers, mentor and professional staff - when children scale new heights; forcing us to reeavaluate our own efforts at facilitating growth. And critically, not only is the organisation child rights centric; it is also doing a great job in involving civil society. Go for it!!!

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

the way lives are being constatntly touched: of everyone - children, Fellows, volunteers and staff.

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

the family spirit. it is truly Living In Family Environment (LIFE).

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

amazing!!!!

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

reach out to even more children. Most importantly, it could take the lead in capacity building of staff and volunteers.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

We(Dr.Sajiv Adlakha & Seema Adlakha) are associated with UDAYAN CARE/(Mrs.Kiran Modi)since its inception as SPEECH THERAPIST & HEARING SPECIALIST for the NGO helping children to make them effective speakers and good communicators.We are highly impressed by the Whole team of U.C.Each and every individual in which ever field he/she is associated with the children is so much dedicated which no words can describe.We hope that God shower upon U.C. His choicest blessing so that Children of UDAYAN CARE make us proud.

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

Dedicated,passionate and ampathetic towards not so fortunate children of the GOD.

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About every six months

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2009-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

A colleague (Dee Jethwa) and I (both of us based in the UK) recently spent time at Udayan. We visited the Ghars, talked at length to the children and young people, their care givers, their mentor parents, Udayan staff and senior management and those responsible for the organisation's governance. Dee and I have lengthy experience of working in social care in the UK and I have managed residential care for children and young people here. We were greatly impressed by what we observed, what we heard (especially from the children and young people) and by all of those responsible for the service. It was a privilege to spend time at Udayan.

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

The quality of care received by the children and young people and the developmental progress they make.

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

Develop systems to clearly evidence its successful outcomes!

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

The commitment of those involved on a voluntary and paid basis. The commitment is greatly impressive. The organisation's success is linked to the values and vision of those involved.

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

Impressive and committed.

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

Extend the amount of residential care for children and young people, further develop some existing projects and embark on new (necessary) ones.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing specific

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

Sustainability for the future and maintaining the values and vision in the organisation's origins.

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

Udayan is indeed a special organisation and is making a lasting and life changing difference to children and young people.

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One time

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2009-9-01

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In working with Udayan Care on a daily basis as from December 2004 I have come to admire the staff and the students of this organization. The quality is in the mix of commitment, persistence, discipline and mutual respect from both staff and children. while recapitulating the last 4 years, the elements that make me classify Udayan Care as a first class organization are: 1) The ability of the chair person to transfer her personal passionate commitment into repeatable business processes; 2) Udayan Care delivers stable, confident, intelligently curious, skillful personalities who grow on the consequences of their decisions, in spite of starting with children without any basis in health, safety, affiliation, esteem; 3) The ability to think scale without ever compromising full commitment to the little personalities; 4) The ability to understand and mitigate risk involved in sending developed children into the world out there. 5) Continuous pressure on exceeding achievements in delivering financially auditable figures - in India; 6) Relationship management resulting in retention of sponsors and other types of support; 7) Successfully fighting bureaucracy in a growing organization, in particular, in India, is an achievement; 8) Repeatability, quality, affordability, reliability; 9) The ability to let go if things do not work out well. I would recommend this organization to anyone, even my own children if needed.

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

Realizing the project Sugam Vedashram in which Udayan Care had a pivotal role, and many visits UC's premises and children.

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

Strengthen the legal/accounting skills. Increase exposure to sponsors & federal education budgets. Increase children's international exposure for the benefit of both sides. Place more emphasis on succession management. Grow alliances in a wide scope.

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

Seeing the results, which surpass the results and efficiency of far larger organizations.

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

A mix of the world's inhabitants. UC makes these common people do common things uncommonly good, resulting quality and personal growth. Among the staff and volunteers are 'graduated' UC children.

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

Continue its controlled growth without compromising quality and integrity.

Ways to make it better...

If the distance were less. If India would be less corrupt. If it was not confirmed that charity is a magnet to corruption and unskilled idealists.

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

Quality control in a growing organisation, in particular, because the result of UC's work is only proved after the childeren have flown out to build their own lives. Acquisition of budget; good people are attracted anyway.

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

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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