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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Foster Care, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

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: 540 children in 13 Udayan Ghars across Delhi, NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur 4400 Shalinis through Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme 10,000 women, children and youth through Udayan Care Information Technology and Vocational Training Centers Also till date we were successfully able to make 80 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.

Target demographics: young children and women

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, West Bengal, Telangana

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.

Community Stories

374 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Surya Pratap Singh

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been associated with 'Udayan Care' since September 2017 and i must say it's an amazing place to work. There's a lot to learn from and contribute to this institution dedicated to the noble cause of empowering vulnerable children, women and youth across 11 states of India. The management under the leadership of Kiran mam is very kind and supportive. I would like to thank the entire team of Udayan care for making my volunteering experience such a memorable one.
Loads of Love !!

Meghna P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On the first day I felt connected with the organisation and the cause. Never ever have I been this much excited about the task given to me. The members of the Organisation were always supportive and provided me with the resources required to achieve my tasks.
I would like to thank Kiran Mam for all her guidance and support and all other members who supported me. I thank my college for giving me this great opportunity to work with Udayan Care.
Udayan Care will always remain special to me and will always look forward to work with it.
Love,
Meghna- SOIL Intern

Rushikesh M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been associated with Udayan Care since Sept 2017 and since then it's been a great opportunity to give whatever I can selflessly towards contribution of a better society. There are many NGOs/Child Care Institutions in India who focus on child welfare and they truly live upto the mark by supporting the children to a legal age of 18. But what next just imagine yourself left by your family at that age, how will you carry on living a normal life after living under the guidance of parents/CCIs . Its difficult all of a sudden to face the harsh realities of life and children are vulnerable to unemployment, psychological stress, physical and mental illness, homelessness and dependency. Udayan care has started implementing After care services which will the benefit the children leaving CCIs and help them establish an independent life. Very few organisations have come up such initiatives that have holistic approach for welfare of children. The journey to fulfill this mission is very long yet Udayan Care is determined with to get over it with a strong workforce supported by energetic and diversely equipped volunteers. Udayan Care has seen a tremendous support from highly active volunteer base.

--Rushikesh Mandavkar (School of Inspired Leadership,Gurgaon)

rebeccaramsey

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working with Udayan Care was an incredible learning opportunity! The staff are incredibly welcoming and kind, and show an inspirational dedication to their work. They are motivating, hard-working, and engaging. The work can be very self-driven and directed, which offers a greater freedom to the individual work process and overall project outcome. It is a holistically enriching experience and it is greatly recommended to pursue this nonprofit if slightly interested or curious. Working in the homes, if you choose to do so, is an experience that will impact you indescribably.

Vasavi B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I worked with Udayan care under the Shalini Fellowship Programme for two months. As a content writer, it was mostly an online work. But still I believe that my efforts would serve the purpose of helping out the Shalinis. With constant support and guidance from the leads, I learned a lot while working. It was a peaceful environment conducive to personal development.

Yilan G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful time here interning with Udayan Care. Learned so much about the world and also myself. Anyone can come make an impact on these children's lives if you really want to and have the heart to do some good.

Vidit A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my one year association at Udayan Care my main aim was to develop high order thinking capabilities in the group and I have given my 100% towards this. We know Udayan Care’s aim is to support overall development of all inmates and ensure they are given opportunity for right skill set and education to evolve as capable, responsible individuals. In my approximately 25 visits, I contributed towards the same cause.

This project was focused on interacting and assisting them with studies. During my long sessions, we used to have a study session first and then an activity session like playing football, solving puzzle, awareness on hygiene, creating a joke scrapbook by pasting the newspaper jokes etc. though these activities were limited to two to three students at a time yet enjoyable.

Overall I got a great experience from this project as it enabled me to touch many lives as if you teach someone you touch his soul. I have enjoyed my time in Udayan Ghar and will be continuing as time permits.

Vidit Agrawal
Udayan Volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The entire experience was very welcoming and heart touching. It felt like another family. These are doing a noble cause.

Samriddhi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Udayan care is well reputed for a reason. The efforts made by the organisation is highly commendable. The children are sent to good schools which ensures holistic development. The organisation also supports such children who are not inclined towards studies and desire to pursue non-academic courses like photography, painting etc.It ensures that the kids are well placed in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have developed personally by working here. The children here are so special and always have a smiling face. They treat everyone as their own siblings. The management has actually given them a family. The children have so much potential in them and they work really hard to fulfill their aspirations.
- Navya Chhabra

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organisation is perfect as per the current scenario in the country as it brings out issues related to the welfare of the women force. It was my privilege to be associated with this organisation, even though for a small period but definitely an eye opener.
I wish them all the best for their upcoming initiatives.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

it was great experience and i hv learned more than what i expected. at the time when i was leaving i felt like i m leaving my home...thank you for such beautiful experience...

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had a great opportunity to intern with Udayan care for a month , it certainly believes that all children are special because in the first place it works towards the welfare and betterment of the underprivileged children and secondly it gives an opportunity to intern for students of all courses and streams . For me the internship at Udayan care was one of the best experiences of my life , i found a new family here and it feels just like home because everyone is very helpful and supportive . I learned many new things here and i believe i have become a more better person both professionally and personally .

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The first day when I came to the Organisation, everything just seemed like how an office would look like (probably a little boring). But with time, it probably grew on me. I felt more like a home. A home where I might be a stranger to everybody else. As I continued my work I began talking to the staff and soon build a good bond with them.
Now when it's my time to leave the organisation, it feels like I am leaving my home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had the great opportunity to intern with this NGO and Udayan Care is really working very well for the orphan and abandoned children, the whole staff is very helpful and I never felt like a intern here, its just like a family as well as I also learned a lot from here, the practical knowledge which I have gathered from here will definitely help me out in my future plans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the lovely opportunity to live in the Jagshanti Udayan Ghar care home for girls for 7 weeks, conducting drama workshops. This was part of our Masters in Applied Theatre programme placement at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Everyone at the home took such excellent care of my colleague and I and helped us integrate into life at the home with ease and grace. We felt very much like a part of their extended family. They treated us with respect, care and compassion.

Teaching English to the children everyday for 2 hours Mondays to Fridays and conducting drama workshops with them, our main programme, was a treat and a joy to experience. The staff were every ready to communicate with us when we needed materials and supplies and always found ways to help us sort any issues we may have had.


We learned much about the culture, some new Hindi words and even got up to date with the latest drama shows! The home cooked food was authentic and top notch, food haven indeed.

Thank you everyone at the Care Home! It has been a truly wonderful experience. Thank you for welcoming me into your Home and taking care of me. I hope I have brought some smiles to you as you have filled my heart with smiles and joy :) Love and Light, Varshini

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the chance to live in the home for 7 weeks and deliver a drama project. We felt like a part of their extended family. The home really took care of us as international volunteers and the home staff treated us with the absolute top respect.

1 Mariya K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Udayan Ghars for ten weeks, and my only regret is that I could not stay longer. It wasn't just that the kids stole my heart (although that is certainly true); but seeing with what passion and commitment Dr. Kiran Modi and others at Udayan are working made me want to be a part of their efforts. What stood out in particular is a constant striving to improve the programs and approaches: during my visits to the main office I would often run into program managers discussing what needs to be changed or adjusted. I originally came to Dr. Modi with a proposal to include Udayan Care in my independent research on orphan mentoring programs. She was very open to it, and asked me to let her know if I have any insights on what else the children are lacking and what can be improved upon.
Udayan Care approaches the problems that vulnerable children might have from multiple angles. It provides a family-like environment, mentoring of caring adults, academic, artistic, and sports education, and guidance and support after they enter adult life. Some of the mentor parents, I could see, took on a full time volunteering position and committed themselves completely. The children themselves would tell me: "Udayan Care is the best NGO!" This, as well as direct observation of how well the children and the young people who have graduated from Udayan Care are doing, showed me that the model works. I am so grateful to have gotten an opportunity to be exposed to the great work Udayan Care does.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It was a great experience working with this N.G.O. It gives immense satisfaction to work for the society and see those kids you worked for, grow up into responsible citizens.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

An N.G.O. with a very broad objective and aim to reach full perfections. My experience as an intern in this N.G.O. has been totally enriching and encouraging. Throughout my internship, I was working with the organisation, for the children, for the organisation. The multiple projects I was given in the N.G.O, like Report Compilation, workshop enrollment etc, groomed me into a well trained worker in an organisation, made me cautious and careful with work, made me responsible and conscious about the environment in which I am working and for whom I am working. It also gave me immense technical skill and knowledge.