THE UDAYAN CARE SUNRISE
Vol. 3, No. 3
 
Highlights of May– June, 2009

Udayan Care welcomes Mr. Subhasis Chakraborti, as its Chief Operating Officer! Mr. Chakraborty has joined us as our COO in the month of June, 2009. We are privileged to have such an experienced person as our Team Leader. Welcome to Udayan Care, Mr. Chakraborti!

  UDAYAN GHAR PROGRAMME :This season
Engaged and Activated! 

When it is vacation time at schools, our Homes are bustling with activity. We try to engage our children in innumerable learning experiences thereby channelising their energy into positive directions. Besides providing the children with opportunities of participating in events organized by corporate, NGOs and others, we also design Camps for them that ensure their overall development. The following throws light on the kind of activities our children engaged in, in order to beat summers this year.

They sweat it out!

Hey! We’ve Won!

About 50 boys from the 4 Udayan Care boys’ homes once again displayed their sporting attitude and equally matching skills at the ‘Just for Kicks’ YKK Football Clinic Brief, organized by Globosports, in the month of May.

 

 

They camped!


     
                                                                              - Gurmeet Udayan (Mehrauli Home)

Creating magic!  

The above-mentioned words reflect the feelings our children bring along when they gather together from 8 different corners, at our Greater Noida Home, to enjoy their Bi-Annual Camps, organized for all 9 Udayan Ghar children.

Besides various foreign and Indian volunteers, this Summer Campsaw a number of organizations such as Plan India, Ashkit, Goonj, India Japan Initiative and Naz Foundation associating with us, thereby creating a knowledge hub for our children. They sent their representatives all the way to Greater Noida to teach skills to our children on Article Writing, Public Speaking,

Mathematics as well as Origami and share knowledge on various social issues. Our children also helped mobilize the rural community of Greater Noida, as a part of our UC ITVT intervention.

The heightened spirit of the Campers could not help but touch our Mental Health professionals too. Dr. Deepak Gupta, our Child Psychiatric and his associate, Ms. Priyanka Goenka joined us at the Camp and engaged our children in a few games that aimed at developing their personalities.
The Show Stoppers  

Breath taking performances by the children marked the end of the Camp. Special thanks to our volunteer from Germany, Katharina who introduced our girls to acrobatics.

In an effort to boost their confidence, prizes were given out to  the best participants during the Camp and monetary  awards,sponsored by the family of Late Mr. Mani Sharma to the best academic performers during the year. Lunch on the last day of the Camp was organized by Mrs. Rita Jhunjhunwala and ice cream was sponsored by the family of Late Mr. Mani Sharma.

They made us proud!

9 of our children, who appeared in Board exams this year passed out with flying colours. Many children across all our 9 Homes received above 80% marks in their schools and a few also received above 90% marks. Some of them even stood first in their respective classes.

OUR child, THEIR dais

They represented!

Gurmeet and Salma made us proud this season! The two children from Mehrauli Home, who have been participating in the Children’s Advisory Board at Plan India, took an active role in a recently held Seminar on ‘Learn Without Fear-A Campaign against Violence in Schools’, which  was organized by Plan India. Gurmeet presided the dais at the Seminar and Salma held the forefront while interacting with the media.

They set ablaze!

Ramp on fire!  

8 children from our Sant Nagar and Greater Noida Homes participated in a Kid’s Fashion Show organized by Ms. Vinnie Mathur, at DLF Mall, Vasant Kunj. One of our children from Sant Nagar Home bagged the ‘Most Confident child’ Award while the other expressed her thoughts about us in beautiful words.         


They competed!

Casting Spell! 

6 of our children campaigned for Universal Birth Registration by participating in a Speech Competition on ‘Importance of Birth Registration’, organized by the NGO, Chetna at Delhi Haat. Three of our children participating in different categories won first prizes while 2 received second and 1 of them attained a third position.

They cooled off!

Summer Paradise 

Children from all our Homes gathered together to enjoy a good swimming, play games and have delicious lunch at the farmhouse, ‘Surabhi’. We cannot thank our Trustee, Mr. Suresh Neotia enough for organizing this picnic at his place and sponsoring lunch for all.  

 

Career smart!    

They participated!

Skills on Public Speaking were shared with the children of class
10 and above by Mr. Sameer Pathak, Director BusinessDevelopment, T.V. Channel CNBC Awaaz during their monthlyworkshop in May while Ms. Mansi Sharma, a journalist on TV Channel CNN IBN took the children on a journey into the   worklife of a Television journalist in the month of June

We deliberated!

Motivated!

How to Motivate Children to Study was the major issue of discussion during the meeting held with the Mentors in May. The group exchanged their views on the reasons for low motivation in children and whether kids really understood the importance of academics.

In June, policies pertaining to children’s education loan were discussed.

Policy developed by Udayan Care on Child Protection was reiterated and reinstated in the people who are taking care of the children, time and again. Thus, the month of May saw yet another brainstorming session with the Caregivers of all the Homes on the same.

We capacitated!

Ms. Sadaf Farooq, the social worker who has joined us recently at our Sant Nagar Home, received an opportunity to undergo a training organized by NIPCCD on ‘Counselling intervention for children affected by trauma, abuse and neglect.’

Since most of our children have gone through a difficult past, this training helped Ms. Farooq in acquiring skills to deal with such children and also heightened her sensitivity

Summer Bonanza!

The Angel Act
  • Donors

    Due to Indian Oil's benevolence, we were able to take up the mammoth task of renovating our Children’s Home at Sant Nagar. Under the skilled guidance of the architect, Ms. Sujata Ranganathan, who is also giving us her services probono, the home is really shaping up well. With new shades and newer décor in place, we look forward to a charming and fun-filled atmosphere at the home, a place where our children will spend their days judiciously and nights peacefully.

    American Express raised Rs.12,000/- for our boys at Gurgaon Home and bought them stationery and school bags with the money. Their Oracle Financial Implementation Department promoted Good Citizenship by celebrating an ‘Angel’ Day, where they wore white T-shirts representing angels and invested quality time interacting with our boys at Gurgaon Home. In return, our children entertained them with some beautiful cultural  performances.    
       
    For other stationery expenses, friends of Ms. Rupali raised Rs. 12,075/- for our children at Gurgaon.

    CAF very willingly sponsored 3 more children at our Udayan Ghar, Greater Noida.

    Our successful partnership with Home Of Hope has now enabled us to channelise donations given to us by our overseas donors.

  • Corporate Mentors

    Careless Whispers
    Genpact and Make My Trip worked with our girls at Mehrauli while Absolute Data continued mentoring Sant Nagar girls and Noida Boys. Adidas too continued their sports intervention at Gurgaon Home.

    Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), as always remained committed to our children from Sant Nagar and Mayur Vihar while Steria continued its interventions at our Greater Noida Home.

  • Volunteers
Soothing pictures

Julie Lantry, one of our extremely dedicated volunteers from Australia, who has now also set up our Australia branch, organized an Art Exhibition in her country with the sole aim of donating all the funds raised from the exhibition to Udayan Care. Mink Sadowski hosted the event and paintings made by children of our Homes were put on display. We are so grateful for the generous gift donations from Bulb, Aurelio Costarella, La Boutique Hair, Anita Schumann Beauty, Missoni Fragrances, Ruby's Diner, Troy Brennan, Cedar Lodge Cabins, Michelle Jank and Becker Minty.

Green Thumbs

Deloitte celebrated World Environment Day on 5th June with our boys at Gurgaon Home by planting trees around the home, our Computer Center and the adjacent hospital.

The HR, Head, Xerox along with his team invested a lot of quality time with our boys from Mayur Vihar and Pratap Nagar Homes by conducting workshops with them and taking them on a trip to the rail museum and planetarium.
 
Besides the girls from Princeton University, who chose to volunteer with us at our Greater Noida Home, a few foreign volunteers were sent to us from Volunteering Solutions. Other foreign volunteers who joined us from West Sussex, Glasgow, Canada, Ireland, USA, Germany, France and Switzerlandalso stayed at our various homes and participated in our Summer Camp. They introduced our children to a few extremely interesting games that involved a lot of thinking and analyzing.

One of our Executive members, Ms. Shreela Bajoria volunteered to conduct special Career Counseling’ workshops for a few of our children from Sant Nagar Home.

Besides her, there were a number of Teach India volunteers and other Indian volunteers who tutored our children at our various homes, thus bringing them at par with their classmates at school.

Two Interns from Punjab University, Chandigarh conducted a research study on ‘Academic Profile of Children at Udayan Care’ while another from NIPCCD, and students from Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Bluebells School, IIFT, BIT, Mesra, Pilani Delhi College of Engineering, involved themselves in tutoring children at our Children’s Homes and Computer Centers and database management at office.

Two Interns from Punjab University, Chandigarh conducted a research study on ‘Academic Profile of Children at Udayan Care’ while another from NIPCCD, and students from Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Bluebells School, IIFT, BITS, Pilani Delhi College of Engineering, involved themselves in tutoring children at our Children’s Homes and Computer Centers and database management at office.

 

  UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP : this season

Two in Succession!

Daily Aasan

Residential Camps were conducted one after the other, first for the Delhi Fellows and then for those who came from Dehradun, at our Jagshanti Udayan Home in Greater Noida. This paved way to a better understanding among the Dehradun Fellows towards the program. Interaction between the two groups also exposed them to the different ways of life, the different living conditions and daily problems faced by the families.

USF Bond 2009

The major focus of the Camp for these school going girls was to enhance their leadership qualities. The Camp consisted of a series of workshops which focused on enabling the participants to ‘think’. Other than these workshops, there were debates, quiz competitions, theatre and drama. English speaking, dissemination of knowledge on computer as well as ‘yoga’ formed a part of their daily routine.

Donor Visit !

One of our major donors, Ms. Bina Rani, from I Partner India visited us this season. It is through her that Pakhar Foundation is able to support a large number of our Udayan Shalini Fellows. Ms. Bina Rani, on her visit met a few of our Fellows and interacted with them.

Our Joy!

  • Two of our Fellows make it to the prestigious IIT. Vandana Yadav, one of the Fellows who comes from the most remote part of Delhi succeeded in getting admission in IIT, Delhi while the other Fellow, Paromita Das from our West Bengal Chapter got through the Mumbai IIT.
    Paromita could collect only 50% of her course fee with the help of her friends and family. She applied for a loan at Allahabad bank to meet the other half but on a high interest rate. In the meanwhile, we contacted her sponsor, Ambuja Realty, who immediately agreed to give Paromita 50% financial support towards her training.

  • Another of our Fellows, Rita Namdev who is also visually impaired was selected as a lecturer in Delhi University soon after she completed M Phil.

  • Yet again, one of our other Fellows, Darshana Joshi, secured admission in Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, one of the a premier institutes in India, in the field of science and research.

Induction for the selection of 8th batch of Udayan Shalini fellows in Delhi and the 2nd batch of Fellows in Dehradun is in progress. The application form can be down loaded from our website.

 

  UDAYAN OUTREACH PROGRAMME : this season

Group Work !

The Ma & Pa.. z

As part of our program, we conduct monthly workshops for both the HIV+ve parents and their children (our beneficiaries), on the last Sunday of every month at Mahavir Senior Model School, Opp. Nanak Piao Gurudwara, GT Karnal Road, Near Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Rana Pratap Bagh, Delhi

During the months of May and June, workshops on ‘Positive ttitude towards life’ & ‘Life - an opportunity were conducted with the parents and ‘How to perform better in academics’ & ‘Education and Life’ with the children

On their doorstep !

Home visits have always resulted in greater involvement and increased interest in parents and the children. As we succeed in building better relationships with the families, we are able to evaluate whether the parents have been able to make proper use of financial assistance being provided to them and whether the children are receiving the required education and nutrition. Health status of parents also gets assessed.  

In support !

We thank Kidstuff and Promos, a wing of Mudra Communication and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) for their renewed support to 10 of our HIV affected children, for their nutrition and education.

 

  UDAYAN CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM : this season

Udayan Care has decided to rename its UCCTLC Program (Udayan Care Computer Training and Learning Center) with Udayan Care Information Technology and Vocational Training Center (UCITVTC).

Hand Holding!

Besides our other regular donors, Steria continues to support our UC VTIT at Greater Noida

Jab they met

A Combo Effect!

Grown up children from our Udayan Ghar Program joined our UC IT VTC Program and conducted community mobilization at two of the villages at Greater Noida, Jhatta and Dankor. While spreading awareness on the computer facilities being provided at the Jagshanti Udayan Home at Greater Noida, the children came across some extremely hospitable and supportive people.

An increased interest in the community was observed as our children went from door to door explaining to them the benefits of becoming Computer savvy and encouraging them to join the center at Greater Noida.

Newly Enrolled !

As 16 trainees completed their course from our Dharuhera center, 38 new students joined in. At Vinod Nagar, 4 trainees completed their training while 34 new were inducted. Gurgaon saw 26 new enrollments while 9 were certified. Badarpur saw almost an equal number of trainees (20) completing their course while 25 new trainees came in while Greater Noida saw 21 more people joining in.

We participated !

Microsoft in association with Smile Foundation gave our Coordinators an opportunity to participate in a capacity building workshopson ‘IT and Life Skills for Employability’,. This workshop was followed by a ‘UP-CTSP Partners Meet’ designed to facilitate cross learning, sharing of best practices and networking.

 

  FORTHCOMING EVENTS : next season
  • Udayan Care plans its biggest campaign “Home of JOY: An Employee Corporate Partnership in Giving” initiative, in the Joy of Giving Week, organised by Giveindia.

    The biggest ever “employee-corporate partnership–in-giving” under CSR, is all set to be rolled out in the months of August and September. This is for setting up our 11th Children’s Home in Dehradun, “Home of Joy”.

    The grand finale shall be in the 'The Joy of Giving Week’ to be celebrated all over India from September 27- October 3, 2009. Conceptualized by Give India, this unique and ambitious initiative aims to get people from all walks of life together to engage in acts of giving- money, time, skills or simple acts of kindness. Corporates, please call us for details. 

  • Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on 1st November- Please join in to represent us!

  • Rakhi Stalls at HP, Colt, United Health Group, Grant Thornton, Aviva- Please do visit!

  • The 10th Udayan Ghar, in the heart of Jaipur, the Pink City, is being made possible by the spirited initiative of our long time Udayan Care friend and donor Rukmani Haldea, alongwith a wonderful team of dedicated members. A warm welcome to Rukmani Haldea and her team to the Udayan World!!- Please volunteer!


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16/97 A, 1st Floor, Vikram Vihar, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi-110024,
Tel.: 011-29840151/32603837, Telefax: 011-29840151
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