THE UDAYAN CARE SUNRISE
Vol. 3, No. 5
 
Highlights of September – October, 2009

Udayan Care welcomes Ms. Naumita Rishi, a practicing Psychologist, as a Counsellor at our Kurukshetra Home and Ms. Hemanti Sikdar, as a Counsellor cum Social Worker at our Mehrauli Home.

Under the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program, we welcome new Mentors Ms. Vinita Sud, Ms. Kiran Handa and Prof. S C Handa at our Dehradun Chapter and Mr. Gaurav Goel, Mr. D.P.Goel and Prof. K.K.Rishi at our Kurukshetra Chapter.

Amidst claps and applauds!

Dr. Kiran Modi, our Managing Trustee received a Life Time Achievement Award from the Yog Confederation of India during an International Conference held on Gandhi, Yog and Global Peace. She was recognized for her outstanding contribution in the field of children who have no parents and guardians

  UDAYAN GHAR PROGRAMME :
Congratulations and Celebrations…

‘Knotted’

Ruhi Udayan, our alumni from Mehrauli Home who is now working with Intele Net gets engaged! As the 5 Mentor Mothers of Mehrauli Udayan Home vowed to give away Ruhi in marriage to Surendra, a man of her choice, Udayan Care rejoiced and blessed her with a happy future. Wedding bells are also in the offing for Monica Udayan, our alumni from Sant Nagar Home with Mayank, a man of her choice.

Towards the Cause!

Udayan Care since its inception has been trying to bring up disadvantaged children through a strategy called LIFE i.e. ‘Living in Family Environment’. Interventions of the HOH sponsored Mental Health program have made us realize that it is extremely important for the people dealing with traumatized children to receive a formal training in ‘Parenting’ so that the daily problems ofchildren can be dealt with, in a more professional manner.Thus, it was decided that the caregivers should be empowered first, as they are the ones dealing with the children, 24x7.

Getting better and better

Thus a training on ‘Parenting Skills’ was imparted to the Caregivers of our Children’s Homes, by Dr. Shilpa Gupta, a practicing Psychologist. Dr. Shilpa Gupta received the training from Ms. Louis Williams, an American who is associated with the Love Humanity Foundation.

 

Topics such as Preventive and Effective teaching, Exercising Self Control and Effective praise were discussed and the 11 Caregivers from 8 of our Children’s Homes, who participated also practiced the same in order to make themselves better equipped with understanding and handling children.

The Groundwork!

As we set to take bigger leaps, and open newer homes beyond our vicinity, it is very essential for us to strengthen our roots so that the essence of Udayan Care does not get lost. It is only due to the intervention of our Mental Health Program that we were able to realize the gaps in our Program and have stopped working through trial-and-error method.

Thus, in the month of September, Dr. Deepak Gupta conducted a workshop with our existing Mentors in an attempt to develop an orientation/ induction program for the new Mentors who will be inducted at our new homes, as we expand.

In October, as a follow up, Ms. Antra, the Sr. Program Coordinator took the Mentors through the different practices that were being followed at different Homes and encouraged them to take certain unanimous decisions regarding policies pertaining to education, vocation, exit and marriage of the children.

Festive Minds!

Lights! Camera! Action!

Colourful ‘Rangoli’, lighted homes and sparkling interiors greeted Goddess ‘Lakshmi’ when she came in search of our children this Diwali. Sincere prayers touched the golden heart and the Goddess bestowed our children with lots of love and benevolence.

Bhai Dooj was yet another occasion when the children from all the Homes came together to spread the message of love and brotherhood. Indraprastha Park in New Delhi saw 130 children from 8 Homes bonding emotionally with each other and taking blessings from their Mentor Parents.

Corporate Connection!

Rocket Science, is it?

Children at Sant Nagar received an opportunity to participate in a painting competition organized by HUDCO, where they were asked to paint ‘The city of their Dreams’. Paintings made by the children reflected their level of mental maturity and understanding as each one of the paintings revolved around keeping the city clean and green. Rashmi Udayan, our child from Sant Nagar Home won cash prize of Rs.3000/-

Representatives from American Express took all our kids at Gurgaon to the Science Museum. Children just loved the visit!

Volunteers from the Citibank came to celebrate Diwali with our Mehrauli kids. They brought food items for tea, biscuits, chocolates and T-shirts for all the kids. Symantec and Indian Express celebrated Diwali with our Sant Nagar girls by bringing them lost of sweets, fruits and gifts. Symantec also made monetary donations to the Home. Our boys at Gurgaon enjoyed their Diwali in the company of adidas. Lilliput gifted clothes to our boys in Noida.

We are so thankful to all of you for adding glitters to our Diwali celebrations!

CSC and adidas continued to hold hands with our children at Sant Nagar, Mayur Vihar and Gurgaon homes. Children at our Mehrauli Home impressed MakeMyTrip.Com, their Corporate Mentors by a presentation that they made on the countries of their choice. The children won an all-sponsored opportunity to visit Mumbai plus a couple of gift vouchers.

Our Pillars of Strength!

  • Donors

Thank You Dear Donors for making our cause your own and helping our various projects grow through your donations. We thrive on you

  • Volunteers
    Dancing Puppets

Erstwhile employees of Udayan Care, Ms. Mallika and Ms. Subhadra contributed by representing us at Infosys, Bangalore during their Community Empathy Outreach Fair.  The event was a platform to connect Infosys employees with NGOs through a unique sabbatical option.

Sant Nagar children received a few puppets as visitors to their home in October. One of our volunteers, Merion Lelu organized a puppet show specially for our children at Sant Nagar. Everyone just loved the show and continue to cherish the memories.

Many foreign volunteers from Hongkong, USA, Dubai, and Germany volunteered at our various children’s homes through GSK and VIA and through Kristen, our much committed volunteer who is running the Volunteer Management Program in US. A team from Toorak College too spent some quality time with our girls at Greater Noida.

 

  UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP :

Hear them say…

Our donors from Kusuma Foundation, Director, Mr. Ravi Raju and Program Officer, Mr. Sriramulu, visited our office at Dehradun and interacted with several Fellows. Girls related to them how attending workshops and residential camps under the USF Program brought positivity in their lives and how informed and strengthened they feel now.

Ms. Shweta, an Udayan Shalini Fellow, on clearing CSIR-JRF NET Exam writes……

This mail is MY GRATITUDE TOWARDS YOU…..

Every time someone congratulates me for this, something inside me says, “I AM NOT THE ONE BEHIND THIS. I couldn’t have done this alone. Some really wonderful people have helped me tremendously in reaching here. The ones who’ve DONE THIS COUNTLESS TIMES BEFORE through the minds they’ve being training so meticulously... Yet not asking for the credit even a single time… ...

So today I would take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all the amazing things you have taught me; for all those encouraging words; for all the times you corrected my faults, sometimes without even letting me know; for all those sweet smiles and for your MOTHERLY AFFECTIONS that made me feel so special…

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAM.

Oaths and Pledges !

Dehradun saw 103 new inductions. Prof. Girijesh Pant, Vice Chancellor, Doon University honored the event that was held at Welham’s Girls School by administering oath to the newly inducted USF Fellows. Mr. Keshav Desiraju, Principal Secretary to Govt of Uttrakhand graced the occasion as a Guest of Honor. Mr. Sriramulu from Kusuma Foundation also attended the function. Leading newspapers such as Dainik Jagran, Hindustan, Garhwal Post and The Tribune gave full coverage to our event.

Delhi saw 51 new inductions. We were honored by Justice S.N. Agarwal, the sitting judge of Delhi High Court who administered the oath to our Fellows. Selection for 25 Fellows at Kurukshetra and 40 at Aurangabad is under process.

Gathered to Enlighten

Career Steer !

Workshop this quarter saw yet another Career Mela wherein Mr. Sameer Pathak, our much committed volunteer and his team of experts discussed about various career options available. The 10 professionals who took out time from their busy schedules floored our Fellows with huge amount of knowledge.

A small group workshop held at Dehradun oriented Fellows on the best way to prepare for Board examinations. Saraswati Vidhya Mandir Inter College very kindly gave us their premises for conducting the program.

Reaping the Future

Green Future!

27 Fellows took part in a social campaign that we organised at the Saraswati Vidhya Mandir Inter College, where they joined hands to plant trees in and around the school premises. The school very generously donated plants to us for the purpose and the Principal, Mr. Naresh Kumar was all praise for us and our Fellows for taking up this environmental cause.

 

  UDAYAN CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM :

Strategic Meet!

Learner’s alley

In keeping with our strategy to take the program a step further, with an aim of incorporating ‘quality’ into each of its aspects and components, a learners’ meet was organized in October at our Lajpat Nagar office. Image building, Personal Grooming, SWOT Analysis, Time Management, Stress Management, Team building and Enhancing Self-Esteem were few issues that invited a lot of discussion.


Deepawali goes Techsavvy!

On Colourful Grounds

Our IT& VT Center at Vinod Nagar celebrated Deepawali with colorful rangolis and diyas. Workshops were arranged that taught students how to decorate diyas and other earthenware with paint and beads. The diyas and earthen pots were painted in blue, magenta, green, red, orange, purple and golden colors.

A band of boys from National Victor Public School volunteered to play guitar for us on the occasion.

Certified!

Gottcha!

A certificate distribution ceremony was arranged at our RKMF-Udayan Care Computer Training and Learning Center. Ms. Sayyam Maratha (Manager-CSR), Ms. Nilima Prakash (Principal RMVM), Ms. Gita (Vice Principal RMVM) facilitated the ceremony and handed certificates to 30 students at our center.

A total of 100 trainees were certified and 124 new enrollments received at our 7 different centers.

 

 FUND RAISING!

Joyous Occasions!

Grace Unmatched

Under the Joy of Giving Week (September 27- October 3, 2009) that was conceptualized by Give India, Udayan Care conceived a unique event called Home of Joy, an ‘Employee Corporate Partnership-in-Giving Initiative’. Children of our Homes gave a beautiful performance on the 3rd of October at Hotel Vista, which was directed by Stephen Marazzi, the famous Theatre and Music Director. Ms. Nandita Das graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. 15 Corporates whose names are ACC Limited, Adani Group, Ambuja Cements Ltd., Ambuja Realty Development Ltd., Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd., Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd., Emami Group, Everest Industries Ltd., RKBK Ltd., Usha Martin Industries Ltd., Vatika Ltd., Make My Trip.com, L.T.Food Ltd., BPTP Ltd., Jindal Poly Films Ltd. and Takshaka Interiors Pvt. Ltd. donated to help us construct our upcoming Children’s Home in Dehradun.

Diwali Stalls and Melas were organized at Corporates such as Orange, Tatvakala, Moserbaer, All India Ayurvedic Congress, UHG, AMEX, Spice-BPO, Absolutdata, MMT, Copal Partners, HCL, Indian Express and HSBC. Beautifully designed candles, some floating, others scented, carved diyas, 2010 calendars and diaries wooed customers in huge numbers.

Get, Set, Run!

Ambuja Cement, Make My Trip, HDFC Bank, Vatika, AMEX, RBS and Vatika teamed up for Udayan Care in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, 2009 and were a part of the Corproate Challenge Team. CSC, Mary Kay and ABN ran for our cause as a part of the I Pledge Category. Mr. Vivek Gambhir from RBS, Mr. Ricky Surie from Genpact and Mr. Rajesh Jain from Grant Thornton ran for us in the Dream Teamer category. Volunteers, college and school going students along with Udayan Care staff too participated. A total of 650 people participated in the Marathon and supported our cause.

Kudos to Mr. Abhinav Parekh who was able to raise a substantial amount for us in just a couple of days!

Product 2010!

Udayan Care is proud to introduce a wonderful table calendar and an enchanting diary, full of beautiful moments with our children, to our assortment of merchandise. The calendar is a stylish, well-designed, black and while table calendar; the photos shot so lovingly by the renowned, upcoming, photographer, Prarthana Modi; the dates have spaces on the reverse side for personal notes. The calendar has been a labor of love of several volunteers like Katharina, Benedikt, Nicole and our children, who together created this beautiful diary to put down your own thoughts, appointments, etc. in; while getting inspired by what our children have done on some of the pages. Both have a dual purpose to let you share a slice of our children's lives and help raise funds for our projects. Click to order

 

  LOOK FORWARD TO….
  • A detailed report on the recently organized National Workshop on Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children in Institutional Care (Under JJ Act) in our next E-Newsletter. Udayan Care conceived and organized this workshop with the sponsorship of NCPCR, QICAC and HOH.

  • Winter Camp (27th- 31st December). We invite volunteers to join us once more and make our Camp a huge success. Your support will help us transform the lives of many, many more innocent lives.

  • 4th Adi Dasler Udayan Care Sports Meet scheduled on January 10, 2010. Come, be our Cheerleaders!

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