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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Ram Sushama

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am associated with Udayan Care since 2005 at Kurukshetra..First we began USF programme where 11 meritorious girls from poor socio-economic status were awarded Udayan Shalini Fellowship and within two years Udayan Care started its Ghar with 10 girls Abandoned /Orphaned). I feel blessed to play a constructive role in the lives of 167 Udayan Shalini Fellows (USFs) receiving education in Kurukshetra and around i.e. Ladwa, Shahbad and Ismilabad. In Udayan Ghar, we are parenting our girls..As a Professional I have used RTE for my girls and got them admitted in age-appropriate classes..They really excelled and made us feel proud of them. Within a span of three years most of them have completed the education of 5/6 years. They all receiving education in the best schools of Kurukshetra.It is great so see them developing so well. Udayan Shalini Fellows also play a very active role in their lives. I feel so fortunate to be associated with Udayan Care and be a member of U Care Family..We certainly have capability to give role models for our society. MAY GOD GUIDE US THROUGH OUT!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have beeen involved with Udayan Care for the last five years. It was through award of Udayan Shalini Fellowship to 11 students at Kurukshetra University campus. For the last almost one year I have been involved with Udayan Ghar where 10 girls are being looked after. Its great opportunity where you witness life being transformed for better..I,Prof. Sushama Sharma, Professor of Education (Special Education), presently Dean, Faculty of Education and Chairperson, Department of Education at Kurukshetra University and work on honourary capacity as Mentor Mother and Convener.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife Ms. Saroj Kapoor and myself Professor(Dr) B.S.Kapoor have been associated with the teaching programme at the school and University level respectively.After our retirement we decided to join some Organization engaged in running the programme of upliftment of the underpriviledged children.This is how we came in contact with Udayan Care Organization running a programme,viz., Udayan Shalini Fellowship(USF)"---bringing the girl students into the main stream of the Society.The central theme of UC has been to make such children self confidant and standing up to face challenges in life. Both of us have been carrying out our duties as mentor-parents for the past ten years or so.What we have enjoyed the most is the total dedication of a team of committed people under the able guidance of individuals likes of Dr.Kiran modi, Dr.Vikram Dutt and others having a much broader vision ahead. The way UC/UFS has evolved during the years has been really amazing.We have seen girls, some of them belonging to first-generation school going ones,joining colleges. Some of them got admitted to the Medical/Engineering streams as well. Three years back, an attempt was made to extend the UFS Scheme to the college-going girls as well.The responsse was good and the results were very encouraging.Some of the fellows got selected for courses like MCA,M.Sc. biotechnology, B.Ed. etc. Unfortunately, this programme of financial assistance to the college-going girls students had to be withdrawn, perhaps, due to paucity of funds. Besides,through "Udyan Ghars"the Organization has been trying to provide a family-environment to the orphans and the underpriviledged children.A commendable efforts!Various events & social Programmes are organised as means to make the fellows aware of the social problems, and to have some fun as well. To sum up, what the Organization needs the most,besides the FUNDS of course, is the availability of dedicated and professional personnel to make the programme a more successful and meaningful too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I HAVE BEEN OBSERVING THE UDAYAN CARE FOR QUITE SOMETIME, AND KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH IT, ON HONORARY BASIS, AND FOR THE CAUSE OF PHILANTHROPY. THERE IS A CONSENSUS AMONG ALL OF US THAT THE ASSOCIATION IS REALLY DOING A COMMENDABLE JOB, AND NEEDS FULL SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT. ITS EFFORTS HAVE YIELDED GOOD RESULTS, AND IT IS POSITIVELY INFLUENCING LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF DOWNTRODDENS. THE BEST PART OF THE ASSOCIATION IS THAT IT FOLLOWS THE NORMS OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY, AND HENCE ITS CREDIBILTY IS MANY LEVELS HIGHER THAN OTHER CSOs. I CONVEY MY BEST WISHES TO ITS MANAGEMENT AND VOLUNTEERS WORKING FOR UDAYAN CARE. ---YOGESH BAWEJA y_baweja@yahoo.com

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came across this organisation and its prime mover while working with another charitable NGO. Udayan care has grown in size and stature.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Well to start with, let it be known that i have not worked with Udayan Care but being a journalist by training whose core area of interest is development issues and Environment, I have been silently monitoring painstaking efforts of quite a few non profits both in metropolis and small pockets of India that are doing remarkable job and spreading smiles. Udayan care happens to be just one of them. With their programmes like Udayan Shalini Fellowship(USF), they have been successfully integrating a good amount of girl students into the mainstream society. And its not just integrating them but also making them self dependent, thats where the challenge lies.The beauty of this non profit lies in the fact that they have been doing remarkable job without beating drums about it. The efforts to carry out meaningful change to the lives of less privileged have been done in the most effective and honest manner.There have these girls from USF who have gone to engineering colleges, got great jobs and taken care of girls in USF with their own hard earned money. Thats the cycle of success that Udayan care has set in society. My heartful good wishes for the non profit from both as a journalist and as a human being. Goodluck....Udayan Care...you have a long way to go....

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Udayan Care is one of the few organizations working on the issue of Children and yet having a limited number of children being served (for the beginners). A closer look inside, unlike many organizations which flaunt their strength by the sheer number of beneficiaries like herds, Udayan Care stands apart. What sets it apart is its commitment and quality of care which is wholistic and integrative in approach and impact. The organization has always maintained a focused vision of providing FAMILY to the orphan and disadvantaged children. Distinguishably, it has stood true to its vision and purpose with its tenacity and best of endeavours. The first batches of Udayan Care children who joined the family in its early days, have graduated to the regular and independent lives. Some have got married. Many have got employed. Surprisingly, with reputed employers and organizations. The children not only study at "big" schools like DPS and Sanskriti schools but, it has set new precedents by sending its child(ren) to attain education and courses outside India too. Hats off to Udayan Care. Anything for the sweet children at Udayan Care :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was excited to teach painting to the girls who had interest in painting and drawing.Four of the girls learnt the art forms seriously.They would look forward for the next session and always welcome me with bright smile. I was amazed to see the way these children are taken care by their mentor mothers and staff. I always found them very well behaved and well mannered.'Udayan care'relly takes care... It was a memorable experience for me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been closely involved with UdayanCare since its inception. Having worked in poverty alleviation and international development for over twenty years, I was and still am so pleased with UdayanCare for its noble vision of empowering abandoned children and giving them the care and nurturing they need until they are able to face life with confidence and optimisn. What impresses me most about UdayanCare is its transparency and integrity. Around the world, I have seen and worked with NGOs and other organizations that do good, but often a lot of donor funding is wasted and very little reaches the actual beneficiaries. In UdayanCare, every penny is diverted for the cause it stands for: welfare of its children and other helpless young girls and boys. I have watched its growth from a hardly-known small outfit to what it is today, spreading its wings all over Delhi and beyond. The homes under UdayanCare have thrived under the efficient and selfless leadership of Dr. Kiran Modi, who I have known since 1980. The team of dedicated and loving volunteers and kind and caring staff and hordes of well-wishers make it a unique organization, one of its kind. I can say with confidence that UdayanCare is one of the best organizations I have come across in my career which has spanned several continents and over seventy countries. The children at UdayanCare are a proof of what they have accomplished. If I had to select the best NGO/organization dedicated to a noble cause, I would undoubtedly select UdayanCare!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Udayan Care welcomed me with warm and welcome arms eg. by showing me around, offering me a place to sleep and answering all my questions. After our meeting our contact has been very stable and informative. I am still very impressed with the values of the organisation and to see how happy the children were,

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am committed to be a life long supporter and benefactor to Udayan care. The calibre of care for the children, dedication of staff and volunteers at Udayan Care is exemplary. They are true to their mission statement in every which way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I consider Udayan Care, a very transparent and accountable organization. It believes on what it does. The passion and spirit it shows in their work for child rights, it is amazing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am working with Udayan Care from last 2.5 years and I like their transparency, commitment and devotion for the cause

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The 3 years that i have spent with Udayan Care have been extremely emotional and fulfilling for me. I have worked with several organisations before but the level of emotional commitment that i have seen here is incomparable. Although i am just an employee here, the affection and warmth that i have received not only from the children but also from the Mentor Mothers/ Fathers and my Managing Trustee, Dr. Kiran Modi, has made me feel a part of the Udayan family. Today I feel for them, i pray for their success and strive to give my best to them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

it is a great organisation and have spent almost a decade and a half of involvement with this organisation. Most importantly, this organisation has a 'soul' and all work with a passionate involvement. It is not just a job for anyone who comes in. Most of all, I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy the sense of joyous wonder in all - children, Fellows, volunteers, mentor and professional staff - when children scale new heights; forcing us to reeavaluate our own efforts at facilitating growth. And critically, not only is the organisation child rights centric; it is also doing a great job in involving civil society. Go for it!!!

5 Dr.Sajiv Adlakha/Seema Adlakha (SPEECH THERAPIST)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We(Dr.Sajiv Adlakha & Seema Adlakha) are associated with UDAYAN CARE/(Mrs.Kiran Modi)since its inception as SPEECH THERAPIST & HEARING SPECIALIST for the NGO helping children to make them effective speakers and good communicators.We are highly impressed by the Whole team of U.C.Each and every individual in which ever field he/she is associated with the children is so much dedicated which no words can describe.We hope that God shower upon U.C. His choicest blessing so that Children of UDAYAN CARE make us proud.

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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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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.