Udayan Care

Rating: 4.72 stars   227 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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I had approached Udyan Care for adoption of a Kid. But was told that they do not give kids for adoption but we can help the kids by funding for their education and food. They are providing a very healthy environment for the ophaned kids who are in different age groups.Our experience in Udyan Care was very enriching the staff was very caring towards the children which satisfied us and many other like us who thought that the organisation was working hard to make the lives of these children very fulfilling.

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

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

Should advertise in colleges and Universities for volunteers that would bring about a lot of change in the attitude of our society for the underpriveleged children in orphanges by bringing about empathy in the youth of our country.

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

the staff is caring and helpful.

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

The volunteers are of all age groups. the Staff is helpful and sincere.

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

help more kids in their education and well being.

Ways to make it better...

It would be good if they also give kids for adoption so that they can also have a family of thier own.

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

to acquire and retain good staff and workers and ofcourse generating income for their organisation and staff.

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

The leadership has been good in Udyan Care. And they should continue with their good work.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with Udayan Care UC since its inception. In last 15 years the way UC has evolved is truely amazing!There was a time when UC had choose between more no. of children to be taken care of , or, have less children but provide them good education and better standard of life, it chose the latter. Today UC can cerainly take credit of making the beneficiaries better and productive citizens of the country.

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

making the children very confident, standing upto challenges in life and more than anything many of them have started repaying to the society.

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

appoint more proffessionals having positive frame of mind,able to take decisions independently within the laid guidelines.

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

the total transparency in their op erations. UC has been able to create a modest pool of volunteers although they need to have many many more.

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

fully committed to the cause. They are not only proffessionals, their heart is also very much into it.

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

spend the entire money into the mental heath programme of the children.

Ways to make it better...

UC was more equipped to handle the mental health of its beneficiaries.

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

raising the level of its operations to a much higher plank.For that UC needs to have more proffessional staff to reach out to various states.

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

such Non Profits need to be supported in every way. UC is fortunate to have such committed volunteers and mentors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

i got to know Udayan Care through a friend of mine. what struck me most about Udayan Care was the passion and commitment of its, relatively small staff, who were able to move mountains for the women and children who found a home with them. personally, love, guidance and time the staff and the volunteers shower on the children was an eye-opener. at udayan care it isn't about a hand out but a hand up from the earliest stages...these children are taught the righ value systems and are given the resources that will make them independent, self reliant and contributing members of society. i was glad that my daughter had the opportunity to volunteer at and spend time in udayan care meeting and interacting with the kids. it's nonprofit organization with a big heart!

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

seeing the happy and confident attitude of the children

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

passionate, thoughtful and loving

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Having worked for almost 10 years in developmental sector, I sincerely hope that Udyan Care has actually set the ethics of developmental work by adopting disadvantaged children and doing some concrete work. The most satisfying aspect is the high quality of care which a child gets in these adoption homes. ( I have visited one of the homes) My only concern is that as the number of disadvantaged children are increasing day by day and quality adoption homes are very few, it has to be seen that in the coming days what strategy Udyan Care adopts to reach the vast population of disadvantaged children and bring smile on their faces.

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

Smiling faces of children living in the homes

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About once a year

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2009-1-01

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Udayan Care - is an organisation with a true difference. It doesnot run orphanages but homes for disadvantaged children. There is no doubt that any person can take the place or let alone claim to take the place/ duties/ love of a parent, but in my opinion UC is very near to it. The amount of love, personal attention, care..... is given to all the children by each and every member of this family is amazing. I have seen UC grown over so many years to its present level, which has been possible because of the continuous support and confidence given by our society. It brings joy to my heart seeing all these kids shape up so well, you got to see them to believe it. The amount of confidence that is bestowed in each child is amazing, the kind of skills they are able to show on stage, i am myself get jittery.

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

Trust - the place is so energised

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

HUMAN! People who are making a difference, not just talking about it.

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

take our disadvantaged children towards their rightful future.

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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I have been a beneficiary of the Udayan Sahlini Fellowship (USF). I was inducted in the third batch of the USF when I was in higher secondary( class 11th CBSE Delhi) since then Udayan Care family has been a sourse of constant support and motivation for me. This year only i have graduated from the program after successfully completing my five year with them and graduating from MIRANDA HOUSE university of Delhi. Now i have joined at India's one of the premier research institute for my higher studies.the five years that i have spent with udayan care has been great in all dimensions. its all their support and motivation. Udayan shalini fellowship changed my life completely. from a government school girl to being a part of India's most prestigious research institution. its all coz of udayan shalini fellowship. i couldn't have moved a step forward without their help. the constant motivation in form of regular three monthly workshops boosted up my self confidence and gave me the vision to dream high and work hard in order to achieve my goals. towards the last two years of my stay with them they appointed me as mentor didi. it helped me to look towards world in a different way by mentoring school girls younger to me. our programme coordinator Mr Sajan Mathew and Mr Faheem Khan has always been a good listeners and a ray of hope and great counsellors in our blue moments. being fellows we were encouraged to be involved in social work, which was a necessary part of the programme. this helped us to understand our social responsibilities and work for a better tomorrow with greater hope. social campaigns were really fun that increased our knowledge about certain social problems and issues and gave us a better insight into the lives of those less privileged then us. in all i have learnt a lot being with them and evolved as a better and more confident human being in all spheres of life.I am really thankful to Mr Vikram Dutt, Mr Sajan and Udayan Shalini fellowships for the wonderful opportunity that they brought in for me through this beautiful programme. I am blessed to have been a beneficiary of this programme as this has shaped many of my thoughts and shaped my future. I am always thankful to them for being a guide and a friend.

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

being a beneficiary of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. which gave a me motivation to pursue my dreams and a never say die attitude towards my all problems.

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

everything was absolutely enjoyable from the residential camps at the greater noida home to the social awareness camps and quarterly workshops were a great source of motivation,

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

extremely helpful understanding and caring.

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

shape the future of many girls like it did for me and help them to realize their potential and dreams.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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It is a treat to meet members,volunteers and specially mentor mothers of UC.They are such a committed bunch who are ready to compromise even their mental peace to raise the girls of Udayan Ghars.

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

children giving back to the society what they have received from UC.taking activites

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

bring more proffessnal staff with positive frame of mind in UC.you are doing a great

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

their tireless efforts to make its beneficiaries good, productive and positive citizens of our country.

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

totally committed to the cause of UC.

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

spent the entire money on the mental health programme of children.more

Ways to make it better...

more and more efforts were made on the mental health of children.

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

taking activities of UC to a much higher level and then sustain it without compromising the present quality of its work.

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

you are doing a great job. Keep it up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-4-01

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This is a unique organisation which has become very strong because of their volunteers and members. The transparency in Udayan Care is TOTAL. UC is becoming instrumental in making its beneficiaries productive and positive citizens of our country.

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

their various programmes. They have zeal to constantly improvise and upgrade their programmes with an open mind.

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

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

truely taking care of children in various Udayan Ghars. Ability of mentor mothers to forgive and forget the gross misbehaveour of the children is remarkable.

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

totally committed

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

provide more UDAYAN SHALINI fellowships to the needy girls

Ways to make it better...

children understood how lucky they were to find a place in Udayan Ghar.

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

employing first grade proffessionals to take it to a much higher playing field.

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?

1997-12-01

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