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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4 people found this review helpful

I have known Udayan Care for the past 2 years and highly appreciate their outstanding performance and passionate involvement. Their involvement with the kids and their approach to care for their children as well as for the girls of the the Udayan Fellowship is remarkable. Their work is very important and deserves attention and support!

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

high performance, dedication and personal involvement, care and great interaction with the kids.

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

give many more children a chance to change their lives!

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About every six months

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2009-8-01

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This is one of the few places I saw where the children where treated like ones parents would - and I found that very touching. Most organizations attempt to touch as many children as possible, which is a good thing if the quality of care is not compromised. So, its refreshing to find a place where children are given the best care possible. Its an utopian idea - but would love to see that happen everywhere. Havent been able to spend much time with Udayan as I would like - but that will be fixed with time !

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

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

ensure that the word orphan would be used more sparingly !

Ways to make it better...

I had found more time to spend with them.

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

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Everything about Udayan Care is very professionaland well organized. But more than that, it is visionary and compassionate. The reports of the children, the activities organized for them and the personal coaching provided for them make it truly exemplary.

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

Extreme competence and visionary nature. Everything is meticulous in their planning.

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One time

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2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I looked hard to find a charitable organization in India that was high trustworthy that I could give to. An associate of mine in India recommended Udayan Care. I also traveled from the U.S. and visited Udayan Care in the summer of 2008. I was impressed to learn how deeply they care for children and women's education. They are a well-balanced organization supporting a variety of programs. They also receive volunteers from all over the world. While there, I met volunteers from the Czech Republic, Scotland, England, and Princeton University in the U.S.

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

A volunteer from the Czech Republic told me why Kiran Modi founded the organization. Kiran's son was attending a U.S. college when he was killed in a car accident. She found he had taken a second job at a gas station to help struggling friends in India.

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About every six months

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2009-1-01

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I am on the advisory board of an organization here in the US called Home of hope inc. I was in charge of overseeing our contribution to Udayan Care and I have to say that I have not seen a more dedicated passionate person than Dr. Kiran Modi. She started and has now nurtured with the help of q committed staff, an organization which has single handidly taken care of hungreds of children who otherwise would have been on the street. Udayan care has set a worthy example of how to nurture vulnerable citizens of our community into healthy loved and caring and self sustaining individuals!

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

The Mental health program we initiated at Udayan Care homes was run extremely well.

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

The palpable results I have seen in the children's faces

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

Dedicated, loving, professional and caring

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

really open a lot more homes, improve the current homes, in terms of infrastructure, hire more mental health counselors, buy more computers etc

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About every six months

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2008-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I was aware of ‘Udayan Care’ only four years ago by an accidental meet with Dr. Kiran Modi who is the Managing Trustee. Her personality and her commitment to the cause were evident to me from my first meeting. I voluntarily got involved with the activities of ‘Udayan Care’ and I learned more and gradually I discovered how emotionally the children of their homes were cared and the mentoring that was provided to the Shalini Fellowship girls which was far more than just extending financial support. Because of this I got emotionally involved and started participating in their events and assisting ‘Udayan Care’ in whatever little way I could on a regular basis. It was sheer delight to see some of the children who were grown in these houses and how they have emerged as self confident with aspiration and waiting to perform their role in the society. When these children and Shalini Fellowship girls address Dr. Kiran Modi as ‘Kiran Bhua’ one has to see their emotion and experience how they feel about it.

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

It is one organization which works intensively in whatever it does and the emotional input is never compromised for the sake of growing organization larger. This is the beauty of this organization that while it is growing, the basic values remain intact.

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

This organization possibly attracts volunteers and mentor mothers, mentor fathers, international volunteers and even people like us who are always ready to our bit for the cause of ‘Udayan Care’. I believe very few organizations can have the range of vol

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

…. It is not the question if the organization would have had another 10 million bucks or 100, the question really is how well each penny is spent and how long that penny travels to better the life of those who are cared by this organization. Of course if

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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i have been associated with udayan care since 2001 and it's been a real pleasure to see the organization grow so well under kiran's passionate leadership. the grassroot level support provided by UC to the children is commendable. the unique 'udayan ghar' and 'mentor mother' model has been successfully proven. it UC is able to attract more managerial talent, sky is the limit for them .. and the benefits to society at large! power to the entire udayan care family and kiran - who's passion is inspiring.

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

have seen so many of the young children grow into responsbible young adults and stand on their own feet.

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

the fact that they have delivered consistently over 8 years .. and kept growing

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

very dedicated and passionate.

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About every six months

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2009-8-01

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In 2012 to early 2013,I had an opportunity as a visiting scholar doing research in JNU,during this period I had taken my son fulfilled a volunteer service in Udayan Care-----We went to two Udayan Care's kid's home in succession,therefore we met with such wonderful children and mentor parents.I found this charitable group is really set example for whole society.I rate this group as excellent work and highest Volunteer Spirits!
I hope I could visit udayan Care again and again! keep life long relationship!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I am a Chinese schalor,I had visited Udayan care in Christmas day 2007.I had met Dr. Kiran Modi and many other friends.I had a very happy day spent with lovely girls at your children's home. I was deeply touched by Udayan's spirits which is charity and devotion.I hope I would have a chance to meet you again in Udayan Care or I welcome you come to visit our country--China,so that we can learn from each other the experience on how to run a charity trust. My best regards give to Dr. Kiran Modi and all good friends and boys and girls in Udayan Care. May warm friendship between India and China last forever! Sincerely yours Ling Lan Tianjin University of Finance and Economics China

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

many ways.

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

teach children many skills

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

Children there are under good care.

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

all staff and volunteer i met were very hard working.

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

excellent!

Ways to make it better...

run more education school

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

living rooms and play space.

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

promote exchange between China and India. wu are both big countries in Asia,we should close our friendship.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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Since the time of foundation of Udayan Care, i have ben associated with this loving family. Honestly i am not a very active volunteer/donor but needless to say that whenever and whichever way i have associated myself , it has been a cherishing moment of my life....

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

kids at all homes... their is a drastic change in level of confidence when they have joined this NGO and now... best of education, exposure is given to all....

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

defintely ensure that more young people from corporate world gets associated with it and can make every resource fully utilised to take this to the next level...

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

It is completely transparent and pure in its deeds... Udayan care sticks to its mission....

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

Fully committed....

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

bring a value to life of lot of underprivileged children

Ways to make it better...

everyday is new experience so difficult to comment on this.

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

Children come from different spectrums of life. At times due to their past they re not able to appreciate their present and its challenging to then make them understand that they have a bright future here.

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

UDAYAN CARE is not an orphanage, its a home of children who crave complete love and affection and have right like any other priviledged child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My mother is a mentor mother at one of the homes that Udayan Care runs. It is such a joy to go into this home and witness the transformation in the lives of these little girls through constant love and care. When you walk into the home you are surrounded by laughing, giggling children, excited to see you and show you all they have accomplished. When I heard the stories of these children and the background they came from I'm amazed at the progress they've made and how happy, normal and contented they seem. One story I remember vividly my mother telling me. One 6 year old girl said to her one day that we must have been bad to have been born in our families that treated us so badly. Then she paused for a moment and said, "But we must have done something good to have come across people like you to take care of us and love us". It was such an wonderful testimonial and reward for my mother.

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

depth and seen the transformation in the lives of these children. They are happy, well looked after and have learnt to trust again.

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

try and get more funding for them so that the children could have more room for themselves

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

the dedication of the staff and the fact that they spend every penny that is donated to their organization for the betterment of these children.

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

smart, educated, highly dedicated individuals that take a personal interest in the lives of their charges.

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

change the lives of hundreds of children and train them to become confident, contributing members of society.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time during my visits to India to help mentor these children.

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

enough dedicated and hard working volunteers to carry on the good work.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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