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Mariya K.

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Review for Udayan Care, New Delhi, , India

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Frontier Horizon Inc, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My first memories of meeting people from Frontier date to my childhood, about 10 years ago. I remember just how happy I was, along with many other kids at my orphanage, to hang out with Frontier volunteers, plays games, and feel like somebody genuinely cared about us. These are just warm memories of the amazing Frontier people that dedicated so much of their time to us. But this is only a small (although very significant) part of what Frontier does. So many lives were changed due to the efforts of this organization: many, many children were given the opportunity to have a family. I will say that out of about 20 children in my class, more 3/4 were adopted before we graduated. And this is only in my class! They are the happy young adults today, who have a place where they belong, a place where they are loved. Frontier has given to many children (including some of my closest friends) the biggest gift a one could ever get: a family.

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