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Udayan Care

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: By engaging individuals, committed to human rights, under the framework of the SDGs, Udayan Care enables nurturing homes for vulnerable children; empowers girls to aspire for and pursue higher education and gain employability; offers communities digital and vocational training to become self-reliant. Through research, training, conferences, and advocacy, Udayan Care influences policies and practices on the Standards of Alternative Care in the South Asian region.

Results: Since inception, with the help of many passionate people like you we were able to impact and empower: 1211 children in 17 Udayan Ghars across Delhi, NCR, Kurukshetra and Jaipur More than 8400 Shalinis through Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme More than 17000 women, children and youth through Udayan Care Information Technology and Vocational Training Centers 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 homework 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 advice, 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: children, youth and women

Direct beneficiaries per year: With a Vision "Making Young Lives Shine", presently there are 211 children across 17 Udayan Ghars, 8314 Shalinis were inducted in the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme who will live their dream of higher education. Since inception our 15 IT centres have equipped over 16752 students with the dignity of self reliance. Our Vocational training centre has since inception given successful training to 1426 underserved women in Stitching and Tailoring, Beauty Therapy, Paper Craft, Enamel Work, Block Printing, Graphic Design, China painting, etc. and provides livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged women by selling items created by them, under the label ‘Sukriti’. Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 25 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children, youth 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

Geographic areas served: Delhi, U.P, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu

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, caregivers and supervisors. 2. Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme - USF Through monetary and mentoring support, 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, Gurgaon, Dehradun, Haridwar, Phagwara, Aurangabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Greater Noida, Panchkula, Pune, Thane, Bengaluru, Noida, Chennai, and Baddi. 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 13 Computer training and 1 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. 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. 5. 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.

Community Stories

537 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience about Udayan Care is fantastic and I really admire Udayan Care for it's supporting and caring for us. I wish every child of Udayan make the proud of this name and make their future bright to make urself and udayan members proud. I am thankful to udayan care for giving me a nice education from Sanskriti school. Whatever I have learnt that is from Udayan Care.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Udayan Care as a volunteer during my summer vacations in May-June 2007 and 2008. I used to help the girls at the Sant nagar Home with their studies. Its absolutely amazing the way all those children are looked after by the Udayan Care team. They are nutured with lots of love and values. I've seen them working, playing, dancing and studying together. The Udayan care team works very hard to give them the best. The mentors and mother mentors look after the children like their own family. While my time there, i've seen an 8 year old girl who had been recently brought into the family being welcomed and helped by everyone,younger and older, with instant love and care. And i've also seen, all the members organise a farewell party for a 20 year old who was leaving the house beacuse she got a job. Everyone was happy that she had made a place for herself in this world and yet sad that she was leaving the home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Udayan is a Sanskrit word signifying 'Eternal Sunrise'. I have always experienced that UDAYAN CARE lives upto its name by bringing sunshine into the lives of the disadvantaged. As I had always wanted to contribute toward my society but sometimes got restricted by my busy schedules or something else, being in Narsinghpur House of Udayan Care has been my golden chance to do something, to make a difference to myself to some extent. Teaching those kids, coaching them, playing with them or simply talking or listening to them always give me an intuitive understanding of life. Some time when the world seems to be a very tough place to live in, these kids make me realize that life is still beautiful; we just need to keep our eyes open. I will like to convey my love to all my kids and sincere regards from core of my heart to Mrs. Lily Ghosh and Mr. Ranjan Ghosh to become parents of these kids in true sense. Thanks to Udayan Care to bring many beautiful sunrise in many lives including that of mine. Isha

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Udayan Care this summer of 2009 and I honestly felt so much at home. I have volunteered with a lot of organizations before. I'm a student in Canada, so it was my first time volunteering in India but the whole staff was so friendly and they made me feel perfectly at home. I was never in doubt and if I had any questions, answers were easily available. The Santnagar environment was friendly and super fun. I LOVED all the kids! I miss them all so much. I learnt so much from this experience as well. It actually did not even feel like volunteering. It felt like just going to visit friends or my cousins or something. After spending about a month there, I got so used to going to Santnagar that after coming back to Canada, it felt really strange to not be able to go there everyday. I definately want to volunteer again every time I go visit India from now on. And what really moved me was that Udayan Care did not have orphanages like alot of other organizations do. They had homes. The kids had mentor mothers and the staff was like family to them. As well, the staff always looked for the kids' strengths. They were never forced necessarily to pursue a certain thing in life. If they loved art or dance they were encouraged to go for it. This I thought was better than alot of Indian parents as sometimes they put so much pressure on their kids. The staff of Udayan care are so supportive and encouraging of the kids as well as aware of all of their needs. I was truly touched by this organization and I would like to continue being a part of it for my entire life. This experience has moved me so much, it will always remain as one of my most valuable memories for my whole life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Udayan Care for 6 years now and it is a relationship that i believe will always be ongoing. I originally came to Udayan Care as a volunteer working in the children's homes and particularly became a regular part of our Gurgaon boys home. Over the past years i have spent long periods of time regularly living and working directly with the children as well as the Managing Trustee in different capacities. I now continue this involvement on a daily basis from home in Australia running our International Volunteer program. Udayan Care is a huge part of my life and through my experiences and the relationships I have made, i have and continue to learn so much about myself, and what i want to contribute to this world. Udayan Care are about so much more than can be expressed on paper. Our children now have choice and possibility in their lives, not to mention the love and support completely comparable to that of a natural loving family environment. Udayan Care has consistently grown in the years i have been involved and this is due to the amazing people puling together and the calibre of their passion. Kiran Modi continues to be a source of such incredible inspiration to me. Through Kiran and Udayan Care my own life has been shaped to one that i am proud of and passionate about. It is one of giving and i look forward to sharing and growing through my continued involvement with Udayan care.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i was associate with udayan care during my internship of 6 months. i really appreciate the efforts of the team of udayan care. I was really satisfied and touched to see how beautifully a home environment is created for children. It provides good quality of amenities to children and at the same time it takes care of the volunteers working for the cause. to quote an experience which changed my perspective to life was the values imbibed in children by the mentor parents and caregivers. all of them were open to sharing. like in any other family children had difference in opinion but yet they were protective and concerned about each other. udayan care in true sense is successful in creating a well knit "family" for the children. all the best. kudos to you!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was associated with Udayan Care as an intern roughly for a period of 3 months. During my brief stint at the organisation, I was overwhelmed with the scale of work handled by the members of the team and the dedication each one put to make children smile. It requires a lot of patience and expertise to coordinate the wide range of tasks that the Udayan Care undertakes. My best wishes to the team.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 4

Udyan care is an organisation which can really bring about well being of the underpriviliged children and women. The effort put in by the organisation is exemplary and the homes established by them provides a sense of belonging to the children staying there.Apart from the care, the basic education gives the children the right to live their lives respectably and also fosters a spirit of contributing something to the society.I hope that the organisation will continue to do their good work in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wishes to the Udayan Care Team! I have been to Udayan Care centres in Sant Nagar and Gurgaon Homes, interacted with children and staff members. The happiness, sense of belonging, care and satisfaction is quite evident on the innocent faces. This is for sure attributed to the sincere efforts of Udayan team in providing quality care, education and food to children. Personal interaction with the Director, Ms. Kiran Modi will speak of her commitment and dedication to the cause of the children. She and her team's efforts needs regular motivation and all good wishes from everyone. I feel so touched that Udayan uses an all 'inclusive' approach towards girls and boys from different social background and diversities...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Udayan Care's noble cause is towards transforming the lives of disadvantaged children and women, the organization supports the needful in every possible manner that they can. My experience with Udayan Care was something for which i do not end up rewarding myself that I worked with them as a volunteer. The project carried out by me was to redraft the Human Resource Manual of Udayan Care with the introduction of new procedures; studying the present Human Resource Policies & Udayan Care’s focus on employee requirements. Working with Udayan Care, the most important learning that came across is their potential in terms of skills & capabilities of staff, volunteers and administration. Also, involved was the support given by our very own Managing Trustee, Mrs. Modi, she's gem of a person showcasing her charismatic persona for development of Udayan Care. I would be proud to get associated with Udayan Care in the near future with all my support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so pleasantly surprised to visit & interact with children at Udayan Care. Not only are they well cared for but also truly loved. The children across as very wholesome, happy and carefree. The best thing about Udayan is the emphasis they lay on quality education. All the children go to mainstream schools & colleges. And they lead lives which are very similar to their other classmates...pocket money, weekly outings & even an annual holiday!!! This is probably what prevents these children from growing up with complexes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Recently, in a meeting, Udayan Care Trustee, Mr. Suresh Neotia said, " Udayan Care does things differently" I think he is absolutely right. Our Rehabilitation Homes for orphaned and abandoned children is just so different. Children get such bonding and family feeing in our LIFE (Living In Family Environment) Homes. Mentored by life time volunteers, children experience family and give back so much love and warmth. Same is Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Excellent work in rural development particularly working in water sector and tribal development. Professionalism in dealing with donor and other agencies and working with government.