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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

302 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The two months I worked at Udayan Care as an intern will remain an unforgettable enriching grass root experience in the humanitarian field. During this short time, I learned so much personnally and professionnaly and now back in Europe, I can sincerely say this internship has changed my values and view of life. I deeply recommend Udayann Care for a first step in the NGO world. You will understand the various issues an NGO has to deal with ; how to raise funds and people's awareness, how to communicate about the projects and last but not least how to implement and evaluate them. Udayan Care is well organized and an exemple of best practises in this country.
When I came to India, I did not know what to expect, I was just wondering about my professional plans for the future. Interning at Udayan Care was eye-opener and it made me want to keep working in the social sector. I met amazing people who are completly dedicated to the children's well-being and bring about changes by working closely together. Sometimes it is not easy to adapt to the different way of living and working. You might face some personal problem or doubts about your work but you will always find someone helpful who will provide you with good advice and support. I really enjoyed the friendly and warm atmosphere at the office.
Sometimes I wondered whether I was useful for Udayan Care. I keep thinking my impact was really low due to my lack of experience but I quickly understood that everyone with creativity and new ideas can take an active part in Udayan Care work.
Thank you a ton for everything and I definitely hope to come back soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering with Udayan Care. I spent four weeks teaching English at the Gurgaon Ghar for boys. The children are wonderful and we had a lot of fun together - in the classroom, but also in the garden playing cricket or in the kitchen having dance parties! Also everybody in the office and Mama and Papa at the home is helpful, friendly and fantastic people devoting their time to help the children.

1 Rohan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I worked at Udayan Care for a month as an intern and the experience was really great. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work in an organisation which is so well organised and dedicated for helping the children in need of care. In such a short period of time I was able to learn so much academically as well as personally. My seniors were always there to help with all the issues that came up during my interning period.

1 Aruna C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Interning at Udayan Care was an enriching experience. The one month I worked here, I gained not only in the academic front, but also on the personal front. Interning at this place was an eye-opener. The work was intensive, yet inspiring. The seniors never failed to make me feel at home. It was a beautiful experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The two months I worked at Udayan Care as an intern in the office and as a volunteer in one of the homes have been a lifetime experience.
It was very interesting to get an impression of the structure of an NGO. Fundraising, communication, etc. - everything must be organized very well in order to help as many people as possible. And Udayan Care is well organized and Udayan Care helps many people. It is an inspiring working environment if you keep that in mind. Besides, everybody in the office is very helpful, warm and kind. You feel welcome all the time and whenever you have a problem - on a professional or personal level - you find immediately somebody who will help you with joy.
The work with the children could sometimes be frustrating due to the lack of visible improvement regarding the performance at school or the behaviour in general, but of course most of the time the work with the children was very moving, fulfilling and a lot of fun!! I spent wonderful moments with the children: either something "ordinary" like playing cards, going to the park, singing and dancing together or something special like playing soccer in the rain, organizing a fashion show and celebrating birthdays... at the beginning, it was not easy to build a deeper connection towards the children because it was the period of the exams, everybody was busy and there were a lot of other volunteers/tutors in the home but with a little bit of time and patience I maintained a really good and intense relationship with all the girls in the end which is also made possible by the small amount of girls who live in a home (in my case only 10!) - you really get to know everybody very well.
At the office, I had several assignments: in the first month I helped the communication team with various things such as writing short reports for the facebook site, checking the NGO's representation on other websites and sending a lot of mails. In the second month I started with my "own" project called "international volunteer program as a chance of cultural exchange" which included some sort of essay, two surveys and their examination. I worked independently and could follow my own way. It was very interesting as it represented my interests and as it was complementary to my strengths.
On a personal level, I sometimes wondered whether my help was needed elsewhere more and whether I was really useful at Udayan Care because it is so well organized and because there are so many volunteers (which is actually a really really good thing!!). That occupied me a lot and even if I could for example see the impact I made on the children, still the question stayed in my mind.
BUT (or apart of that) Udayan Care is the perfect NGO to make first experiences with a big variety of things (there are so many programs Udayan Care has and you can work on, you can work in the office and interact with the children...) and to get the best impressions of NGO work.
I think nobody would regret to choose Udayan Care.

Nina12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time with Udayan Care was intensive and inspiring. Working as an Intern at the office as well as a Volunteer in one of the homes for orphaned and abandoned children was pretty challenging but amazing. On the professional side I learned a lot about non-profit management as well as the conception and implementation of projects. I really enjoyed the possibility to bring in one's own ideas and creativity. Your ideas are respected and taken seriously and while you are still learning, you are still invited to take an active part. During the ten weeks of my stay, I got to get an overview over the different projects run by Udayan Care and to balance practical experiences with the work at the office. Coming from a country like Germany it took some time and energy to adjust to the different living and working conditions, but it was worth the effort as I received so may things in return. Sometimes you might face frustrating situations due to cultural differences as well as to every day life in an organization, but as everyone is so supportive and easy-going this has never been a real problem for me. On the personal level, i was amazed by the friendly and personal tone and contact between everyone working at the office. When I came to India, I did not really now what to expect, i just wanted to gain some experience working in the social sector. My stay with this organization, showed me that this is the work, I want to be doing and how people working together can make some change. Thank you for everything, I hope to be back soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience to stay with Udayan Care in India. I made an internship of 8 weeks. Besides working in the offices I lived together with the children of one house and worked with the children of another house.
In the office I had my own project was I was working on. If I had questions there was always a person to ask for help or for getting a feedback. The atmosphere is very comfortable. Each person is friendly and helpful. Sometimes it was difficult to make clear arrangements with some persons.
The office is located near a metro station, so it is also easy to get there.
The work and living in the house was a great and extremely deeply experience. Of course it was not always easy but all in all the children appreciate the presence of international volunteers. I helped them with their homework and stuff for school, played with them and served as a friend or person of trust. The other people were also always so friendly and warm-hearted. By living in the houses it is difficult to get along with the food. I needed a lot of time to get used to it. The staying with the children gave me unique impressions about the Indian culture and helped me also to learn more about me and my values in live. So I can recommend this experience although it is not always easy to everyone who wants besides helping these children extend his or her experiences and wants to reflect his or her way of live.

1 Nobuhito N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great experience for me to work in India. At first, it was difficult for me to get into the different environment, because oh the difference of language and culture. But as time passed, I had been used to that difference and enjoyed it. The most remineded and challengiable experience was working with Europeans, canadian and indian with English. There were many problems but through sorting out each program, I have been attached some new ideas. Thank you

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience at Udayan Care has been fantastic. At the beginning it was not easy to settle into a completely different country from Italy, but after two months I can say I had a great time and I would be ready to do the same choices.
The other volunteers and colleagues were very helpful and always very kind to me.
I spend ten days in the Noida Boys Home and it was a great experience, I played with the children and I explain them the origin of my country and some history of this.
Udayan Care is very well integrated in local territory and a lot of people know this reality.
I hope to collaborate again with Udayan Care.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The 2 weeks that changed my outlook on life- working with children is really something different and the way that Udayan Care works to nurture, educate and love these precious beings is highly commendable. I wish I could transmit to everybody the warmth and purity that the people (including other volunteers, staff members) and children of Udayan Care shared with me. Although I wish my stay was longer so that I could laugh more, learn more and most of all give more0 I wouldn't exchange my experience for anything in the world. At Udayan Care, the greatest lesson that I learnt was the importance of love and companionship that the children of Sant Nagar endowed me with. The girls lived together in such a harmonious way, forgetting all their problems and coming together as a family (if not more) to form a bond that is so precious. It was here, at Udayan Care, that I made life-long bonds and friendships with some of the girls. So thank you with each teeny tiny fibre of my soul, for giving me the opportunity to learn from these beautiful children as they grow to be the future of India. Also, know that my heart has a little spot all decked out for each one of the children and I can't wait to be back! I try and keep in touch with some of the girls who have facebook and I ALWAYS recommend Udayan Care as a volunteer program to all my friends here in Melbourne. I will be back and this time for longer.
All my love,
to the Udayan Care team

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since the last 11 months I work for Udayan Care, which is a very well organized organization.
The staff members are very heartly and courteous whereby my work was very convenient, as they helped me directly when any problems occured.
Compared to other NGO's in India, Udayan Care has a certain structure, which is the needed base of an organization in this dimension.
My work here as a graphic designer was very inspiring as I had very often the possibility to put my own creativity into the works. This free and relaxed working conditions are what a volunteer appreciates and needs.
I worked also with the boys from Noida Boys Home, who are very lovely children . I loved to interact with them und to change experiences and intercultural knowledge. These boys are very smart und polite und brought me very close to the indian culture, even if they're compared to other people in Delhi/NCR very modern.
One of my highlights in the last 11 months was the summer camp , which happened in May. All children from the homes got together and we, the international volunteers, held workshops, where the children have been able to participate. It was very exhausting but one of the best experiences during my whole stay in India.
Join Udayan Care! I promise, you won't regret ;)

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Three years (2010), I spent the summer after my sophomore year with Udayan Care. I was connected through the International Internship Office at my university, Princeton. The first week of my 2-month stay was very challenging and it took some time to get used the heat, the new language and just that general feeling of not always understanding what was going on. But by the end of my 8 weeks, I did not want to leave. The children are INCREDIBLE and this organization really thrives when there are foreign volunteers at the home. You WILL make a difference, though as I said before, prepare yourself for a challenge. This is difficult, but very rewarding work. I think about the 40 girls at the Greater Noida home often.
I was living in Thailand this past year and knew that I had to make a return trip to Udayan Care. I visited the Greater Noida home for a week and was amazing how much the children had grown and matured. Even after almost 3 years apart, the girls all remembered me and it took no time to get reacquainted. Once you get to know these children, they will always be a part of you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've joined Udayan Care for 3 months, starting from April till the end of June. I've found this opportunity through my university (Bocconi University).
Initially i wasn't supposed to live in the homes provided by Udayan Care, since i envisage to pass the majority of my time during my internship working in the head office of the organization.
At the end i decided for a "complete" experience, and i took the chance to live in the Noida Boys Home.
And definitly i cannot regret this decision.
I've spent 3 hard-working but wonderful months, since i was dividing myself between the project research at the head office and being at home with the kids.
I've held some guitar-classes at home, and it's wonderful to see how the children react to this kind of activities. They're always enthusiastic.
Life-changing experience. I'll definitly visit India again.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 3 months in the boys home in noida sector 35.
And I am really happy that I decided to work there because I won alot of new experiences.
The most of the time I spent the time with the kids of the orphanage together, that was really good because all of them were verry friendly and polite. We did alot of sports together cooked together I tried to help them with there homework and also some outside activities
During the time the children went to school I worked in the office of Udayan care. There I worked on some exel files but I also looked for some opportunities which I could do with the children for example outside activities.
All in all this trip was verry good it somehow changes my life now because its completly different there and you learn and see alot of new things.
So I really can recommend this, and ofcause its hard at the beginning because India is really completly different but keep going and you will love it :)
Regards

1 Theresa D

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I stayed at the Udayan Care girls home at Noida for 2 months. Most of the week I spend my time there, studying, playing etc. with the children. Twice a week I went to the head office where I did research work for some hours.These 2 months were so beautiful, enriching and fantastic. I really enjoyed working with this organisation. It was great to meet so many nice people, who were always helpful and caring. The work at the home was full of happiness, the children so open, friendly and cute that it soon felt like I was part of a big family. Though we mostly spend just the usual daily life together, each day was different, diverse and thus so amazing, always full of new stories, ideas and impressions. Through the work at the office I experienced another kind of volunteer work and had the chance to go to Delhi several times a week. That brought even more variety to my stay. Besides I experienced the amazing, beautiful and colorful Indian culture l through my stay at the girls home. Overall, it was a incredible time with Udayan Care in Delhi. And I'll try to come back soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My short time at Udayan started on the 9th April. I went to the Udayan Office in Vasant Vihar and was warmly welcomed into the whole organization. That I was told my first priority, which was to go the Mehrauli Home, which house 12 girls, two of which I was to tutor and generally spend time with every week day evening, in order to help improve their English, due to their impending trip to Melbourne, Australia. The next day I went to meet Dolly Annad (Dolly Auntie), who very kindly showed me around and introduced me to all the girls, including Sheetal and Shalu, the two lovely girls I would be tutoring for the next month.
I left the house that first day feeling happy, welcomed and extremely excited about the task in hand. I went home and created a plan, which involved one of the girls work book which had been shown to me by one of their other tutors. I went through the book picking out the areas I thought would be important to people going to be speaking only English for a long period of time, aware that I there would be making changes as I got to know the girls and what their strengths and weaknesses were. For the past few weeks I have spent one hour every week day going through exercises in the book and speech exercises that I have created. One of the main problems I noticed in both of the girls was pronunciation, which I have been working on now for the past few days. Their vocabulary, pronunciation and their confidence have been the areas that I have seen the most improvement in. having said that I have seen huge progress in all areas of their work, and it makes me so happy and proud to see them doing so well in their work.
It has been the most amazing experience getting know all the girls in the house. They have all been so kind and welcoming, and I am aware that it must be hard for them to see so many people come and out of their lives so quickly. I can’t believe that I am my last week; I will miss all the girls so much. There was a party last week that celebrated all the girls’ birthdays in April, and I brought my mother along with me and it was so amazing to share all the joy the past month has brought me with her. It truly showed how much the girls and Udayan has affected my life. The past month with Sheetal and Shalu started out as a task and has finished as an achievement which has bought me nothing but joy.
Throughout the past month, I have also been working on the Volunteer’s Annual Report. It was a task that was entrusted to me, despite my concerns about my lack of ability to use a computer very well and yet it was still handed to me. This has allowed me to explore another side to what I can do and for that, I will be always grateful. It has shown me how faith in a person can in turn make them grow and achieve something they wouldn't have thought they could otherwise. The research for the report has also shown me how much the organization and the volunteers have achieved in the past year and how much a difference they have made in so many young people’s lives.
An amazing month, with so much happiness from start to finish. I have a feeling I will be coming back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I interned in Udayan Care for 6 weeks and found the experience truly inspiring and full of learnings. I worked in the head office for 4 weeks where I had to interact with all the corporate employees of Udayan on a daily basis for my project. I found their perseverance and passion for the cause of Udayan awe inspiring. I also visited their Chattarpur Home for 2 weeks and had the time of my life with the children there. They are such a bright, fun-loving and friendly bunch of kids, that they will hold a special place in my heart always.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in for Udayan Care in the Ghaziabad Home for Girls for the third time.
I stayed for 3 weeks.

Again I had a beautiful and exiting stay.

My most beautiful memories are mostly small moments, the girls sharing thoughts or feelings, calm moments which each of the girls, when they forget their thoughts and fights and just want to sit a bit and talk or ask me to sing a song or to tell a story...

Staying full-time in the Home gives the possibility to be very close to the children and to the life in a Home. You get a near impression of the life in the home and you share a lot with the children. But it also can be stressful and makes one feel tired sometimes when there is no possibility to take distance for some time.
It makes it a very intensive experience and every home is individual with its own atmosphere, characters...

The time in Ghaziabad, I think also for other volunteers in different homes, is full of extremes, but in the end there is this feeling of looking back to an intensive time of love and joy.
That’s why I am looking forward the next time and say thank you to Udayan Care, for everything you give to the children!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was at the Ghaziabad Home for girls for the second time in march and last week for 6 days. The experiences I made last week were different as it took not much time to acclimatize. It was a week full of joy as the children had holidays and we could do a lot of fun things. We painted, danced and even went to the mall together with the menthor mother. I could see some developments of the girls, for example their english-skills improve, their looks change and also the topics of interest. Every day in the home is different, full of surprises. After a `crisis´ like a big dispute or chaotic and unmotivated study-time, there is always an even bigger high and beautiful experience. I promised that I´ll come back as soon as possible, so I have to do that ... :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In this NGO, I know a girl named Burlburl,she can dance so well.After working here ,I have know that every child has the chance to grow up happily.Every child has potential to be a star and a singer.And every child need care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had volunteered for Udayan Care as part of our institution's Social Awareness programme. The whole exercise was very enriching in terms of how we understood the intricacies of the working of an NGO, and the efforts put in by Udayan Care in their areas of cause are extremely commendable.

The project guides were helpful and encouraged us to go beyond our mandate and come up with innovative solutions as well.

I would be looking forward to another opportunity of working with them.