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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

Apoorva A.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This was my first internship and it was quite a good learning experience to work in an office and with children. I got to learn about how a research is conducted and what all it takes for a successful research project. Through the audit work, I came to know about all the homes and the children living in the homes, how they live and taken care of, what all opportunities they get and how their registers are maintained on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
My overall experience was good and it was a new learning experience.

Muskaan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an extremely exciting journey. Since it was the first time I did a community service I wasn’t confident about it. But the orientation that we got before joining helped me boost my confidence. I was interested in devoting my time towards the children but unfortunately I was a bit late! All the children had left for summer camp to Nanital. But still office was a unique experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was associated with Udayan Care as an intern for one month . It was an enriching experience working here. My project was to develop communication research material for Need assessment of urban slum community , staff members are very cooperative and supportive , they helped me to accomplish my tasks successfully . i also visited child home and had a very nice experience interacting with girls there . I am very Thankful to this organisation for giving me this opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It has been a great learning experience. The organisation is very co-operative. It was a very warm feeling working with Udayan Care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was with Udayan Care with a month and a half and volunteered at one of their orphanages, and I feel that it has helped me to grow as a better person and a more compassionate human being. Udayan Care is doing an amazing job by uplifting underprivileged children and providing them with numerous opportunities to shine and do well for themselves.

Prateek N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working with Udayan Care.I interned in this organisation for a month.Got to learn a lot.Working in a such a environment was a very good experience.All the interns and the staff members were really helpful and cooperative.The project given to me will surely be helpful in future.The organisation is really very good and motivates all the volunteers to work hard.I had a great time at Udayn ghars with the lovely kids .Udayan Care is taking a good care of all the children residing in Udayan ghars. Would love to work with the organisation in future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As interning for the first time, i had high hopes that I'd learn many things from this organization. The fellow inters took their inspiration from the office workers from their high level of work and due diligence. The visit to Udayan Ghar was an experience of its own, the children taught me so much considering the fact that I went there to teach them something.

Payal D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a really nice experience at Udayan Care. I interned here for a month and i enjoyed my work. Working in an office environment was a great thing. I also visited Udayan Ghars and spend time with the kids, interacted with them and helped them with their studies. My one month went with a lot of learning, lot of hard work, lot of experiences. I had a good time and I'm taking back lots from here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Udayan care as an intern. First time i did any internship or worked in any office. Udayan care is a great ngo and people are so much helpfull. Udayan care is doing a great work for hundreds of children . At udayan care i spent a great time. I am thankfull to udayan care for giving me such opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a great experience worked with udayan care.I learn lots of things worked here as an intern.I worked for a period of one month.And I really enjoy during internship.I learn new things here.
Udayan care is doing very incredible job.They make their future, and I appreciate.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity for work.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I worked as a volunteer at the Udayan Care office and I learned a lot.. I loved the experience of actually working in an office for the first time and it was amazing. I joined Udayan Care as a compulsion from school to work for 40 hours as community service and i really enjoyed it.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I came to Udayan Care for a project from my school, which was to serve a community. However, I loved working even in the office, though I really really wished to work with the girls. My main aim and my wish was to work with the children, but I really don't regret staying and working in the office, even if it was only for 5 days. This place is great, and the people are extremely good here. This organization has the sweetest and the most cheerful and amiable people. The work atmosphere in itself is so lovely, that you yourself would be willing to be here and work here. I had an amazing time, and I surely will come back next year, but this time, I'd work in the Ghar most definitely.

1 neel221193

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 21 year old student of management at IIM, Indore and I spent 6 weeks at Udayan. First and foremost, what I noticed most and loved about the organisation during my time there was the work environment. Every single volunteer/intern as well as staff member is extremely motivated and driven. Everybody is extremely happy and satisfied with their job because they know that everyday, their work is positively impacting and shaping lives of many. No matter who you talk to, you'll always be greeted with a smile. There is a very clear cut work division and there are designated people doing specialized work. I really liked the efficiency and motivation with which Udayan functions. I couldn't help but absorb the same qualities while working there. It was also an extremely enriching experience which involved interacting with little kids at the Ghars, interacting with other volunteers from various backgrounds and parts of the country, attending the presentations of other volunteers and benefitting from their experience and knowledge, creating a specialized fellowship model from scratch along with my colleagues and presenting the same to the volunteers and the trustees, attending workshops and meetings etc. It was a memorable experience and I will cherish the time that I spent in this beautiful organization and the amazing people that I met there. To conclude, I'll say that there's a great sense of satisfaction associated with working in an organization of this sort because one can be sure that they will allocate work to you in a way that you end up doing something useful, impacting and important everyday and I don't know about everybody else but knowing that I have done something so satisfying for me, helps me believe in myself and I can go to sleep every night knowing that today I am a better and more enriched person then I was yesterday. Keep it up Udayan and continue the great work.

Riya B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience I gained by working in Udayan Care is life changing for me. Not only I learned how to work in an office environment but also these small children inspired me a lot. Seeing them full of confidence and determination will work as a catalyst for me in achieving my own goals. i will miss working here :"(

1 Aanchal A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned a lot of things working here as a volunteer. I felt really nice by acting as a helping hand to Udayan Care and contributing something for the betterment of these kids. This organization takes absolutely proper care of the kids living in Udayan Ghars and fulfill their small and big needs and the mentors really play the role of parents to them.

3 ParasBharel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone has rightly said that true meaning of happiness is not what you can do for yourself it is about what you can do for others to bring happiness into their lives. This is the mantra that is being followed by Udayan Care since its inception. My tenure with Udayan Care was one of the most memorable time I had spent for social cause till now. I was fascinated and motivated looking at the way the staff members of this NGO work .They put their heart, mind and soul into even the smallest acts and I guess this is the major reason for the success of this NGO. It was a pleasure for me to help and support the technical training programs of this NGO. I hope this NGO to cherish each and every day and make an impact on the society by touching many lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at Udayan Care as a volunteer to tutor some of the children there and in that short while, I came to have one of the best learning experiences ever. As a 14 yr old girl just learning about the different aspects of society - the privileged and the unprivileged people, I was amazed to see Udayan care take in orphans, and neglected children and give them a home, a family, a sense of belonging, along with a way of nurturing each child's individuality. All in all this was something I could never forget and I encourage all to visit and take time to get to know these strong, wonderful children.

1 Aditya T.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I never really had high regard for NGOs until I started working as a volunteer for this NGO – Udayan Care. I was always under this impression that they are just meant for making money. I had been skeptical about how things really work here and how authentic people associated with NGOs are. Integrity is of utmost importance when it comes to working for a social cause. You really have to set the common cause ahead of your personal goals. This is no easy task. Only those who really feel for the unfortunate souls can actually stay committed.
People keep getting calls for donations and I wonder how many calls are actually entertained, especially in a country like India where people feel they never have enough. We must admit that we are very self centered. We like to stay in this illusionary world where we tend to believe that nothing unfortunate will ever happen to us. Only when we go through any ordeal we are able to empathize with the less fortunate children these NGOs cater too. And we still have our family and friends to support us, these children have no one.
But it’s not the common man’s fault entirely as this perception of such organization being fake is deeply rooted in their mind and thus these inhibitions to donate or work for the less privileged people are not difficult to fathom. One has to wonder how much of their donation is actually going to the people it is meant for and that is the real challenge here.
If one really wants to know how things are in its true sense then one should consider doing some sort of volunteer work as that is the key to know the nitty-gritty of this world of serving the humanity. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to work for an NGO which truly believes in serving the society and putting all the effort possible to make a meaningful difference to the lives of children who are not as fortunate as we are. Every kid has his/her own heart wrenching story. Some are abandoned, some are physically exploited, some are subjected to child labor and the list goes on. One has to be really sensitive while interacting with these children staying conscious about not reminding them of their dreaded past. They are traumatized, shattered and have no hope whatsoever. It’s really difficult to get them back on track and the efforts put in by Udayan Care are really commendable.
I also got a chance to see the organizational aspect of Udayan care. Different verticals like HR, finance, fund raising, social media marketing working in sync is very important for any organization but the difference in an NGO is the passion with which the people work here. Serving humanity is the ultimate objective of every person here and that is the driving force which sets an NGO apart. I am overwhelmed to see people working with such dedication and I believe that if each one of us does their bit for the society there wouldn’t be any person deprived of at least the basic necessities.
I am thankful to School of Inspired leadership (SOIL) for getting me connected to such a wonderful NGO and I hope that other B schools also take such initiatives, creating a wider volunteer base and sensitization towards such dire issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

It was a great experience working with Udayan care as an intern. I worked for a period of 1 month

The work environment is very professional, however at the same time very homely. Autonomy was provided in work. We could explore adopt approach to work that suited us
It was extremely encouraging that constant review of work was done and suggestions/insights were shared
Level of professionalism exhibited by the employees of Udayan Care is very high. Udayan Care staff members are motivated, energetic and willing to give their best. Apart from the employees, Ms. Kiran Modi (Managing Trustee) is tirelessly working and contributing to society which is extremely encouraging

I thank them for the opportunity that was provided to me and it is certainly the best NGO that I've worked in so far

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

It was a great experience working with Udayan care as an intern. Though it was just one day a week for a continuous period of ten months but it was great to work with staff members and be a part of Udayan family. I also got the chance to interact with children of different homes and conducted many activities as well. It was my first experience working with an NGO and I really want to thank my college and Udayan care for giving me this wonderful opportunity and to make me experience the value of making a person smile and supporting others in need.