the festival of lights and celebrations, is here again.
Every whiff of air is filled with
tremendous joy and excitement. As this festival brings
love and light into your lives,
wish you all the radiance, enlightenment and choicest
blessings this day can bring. Together, Let us spread
the spirit of the day by touching more lives!
Care presents paper at Amity University, Noida :
Dr. Deepak Gupta, our Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist,
Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee, Vikas Katoch and Antra
(social workers/counselors) from Udayan Care presented a
paper on ‘Perception of Quality of Parenting and Mental
Health Programme in Foster Care Residential Homes’
on 14th September at third National Mental Health conference
on “Emerging trends in Mental Health of Children and
Adolescents” organized by AIBHAS (Amity Institute
of Behavioural Health and Allied Sciences) in collaboration
with UNICEF at the Amity University Campus, Noida from 13th
September to 15th September
GHAR (SUNSHINE HOMES): A glance at the recent times :
Manoj from Mayur Vihar Boys Home, a student of class VIII
who studies at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir boarding
School at Una, H.P, secured Ist position in his class in the
recently held unit exams. Similarly, Aakash, a class IV student
in Sagar boarding School, Rajasthan secured IInd position
in his unit exams. Our Udayan children are reaching for the
stars and making us proud every single day. We also have more
good news. One of the boys from Gurgaon home Santosh got admission
in Prestigious Sagar School , Rajasthan in class V.
Our children celebrated Dussera at their respective homes
and had a great experience witnessing our mythological history
by understanding the significance of the festival. Looking
forward to celebrating the festival of lights, Diwali, at
our homes, we have been displaying and selling the artwork
and products created by our children at various pre Diwali
melas. These products include candles, chocolates, greeting
cards, memo pads and several other things that have been
made by our children. This is our way of sharing the joy
of Diwali with many more people.
The boys from Mayur Vihar home had
a true boys time with volunteers on 5th of September from
the Bikers Association, going for rides with them on their
bikes. They were really excited to receive gifts from
the bikers too.
The children had a great time as one
of our well wishers, Ms. Rasika Kajaria, organized a grand
picnic for them at the Lado Sarai Park on 15th of September/
On 24th September children from Sant
Nagar, Mayur Vihar and Mehrauli homes were lucky to meet
the team of Chak De at the PVR cinemas on the eve of Radio
FM 92.7’s first birth anniversary. They were inspired
and had a great time meeting the team and enjoyed themselves
with the actors.
The month of September started with
a meaningful note for Udayan girls as they joined a rally
on female foeticide at Dilli Haat, understanding the issue
at greater length
8th September saw the boys from Gurgaon
home participating in an athletic competition organized
by Adidas, showcasing their athletic/sport abilities to
Ruhi one of our Udayan Care alumnis,
working with Makemytrip, was chosen to represent Udayan
Care at an international forum organized by Home of Hope
in USA. Home of hope is supporting mental health programme
at our Udayan Ghars, and invited her for a fund raiser
to America as a Udayan Care/ Home of Hope beneficiary.
Ruhi wooed everyone present at the event with her confidence
and emotional speech.
On the 30th of October, our children
with special needs attended a painting competition
organized by Tamanna Special School at the MTNL perfect
Health Mela. Four girls from our Udayan Care family participated
and received certificates for their participation.
Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj (JLLM) launched
their CSR programme focusing on
environmental sustainability and employee volunteerism
by creating a herbal garden at our Sat Krishna Udayan
Ghar (Gurgaon) on 31st October, 2007. Taking this forward,
the employees of JLLM and the children of our home planted
herb saplings together. The herbal garden was a wonderful
initiative from their side and it was great to see the
employees and children share a wonderful rapport throughout
the event. The initiative was facilitated and organized
so beautifully by Youthreach.
Mentor Parents Workshop was held on 20th of September which
was a continuation of the
workshop done earlier on Organizational Development.
The mentors and our psychiatrist Dr. Deepak Gupta had a varied
discussion on “integrated growth and sense of belongingness
in children”. Discussions were also held on various aspects of our children
growing up at Udayan Ghars like psychological sense of belonging,
togetherness, identity formation, etc. Mentor Parents shared
their experiences with Dr. Gupta, further helping us to understand
the factors that contribute to behavior and belongingness in
Mentor Parents workshop that was held on 18th of October saw
several discussions on ‘educational issues and
policy making’. Our psychiatrist Dr. Deepak
Gupta made a presentation about the significant issues like
age, background, basic education, motivation, diversity etc
that are prerequisites to creating a educational framework
for our children.
workshop for Caregivers was organized on 27th of September
to introduce to them the several factors that contribute to
life skills. The guidelines defined by WHO for life
skills was the crux of the workshop. The caregivers were made
to understand several concepts like empathy, decision making,
creative thinking, self awareness etc. They were totally involved
in the discussions, also charting down a SWOT analysis to
better their understanding of life skills.
attended a workshop held by us on the 25th of October to understand
the background of learning disabilities in children.
The workshop saw discussions on what factors add to a child’s
growth and learning. Discussions on how we can help children
with learning disabilities to perceive better and further
their learning also took place. It was very heartening to
see our Sant Nagar home Supervisor, Ms. Sheela Goyal, conducting
the workshop with such confidence. She shared her learning
with the other caregivers, disseminating information on vital
factors like how cautious to be with slow learners, or what
exercises could help them improve etc.
Volunteering and Mentoring:
joined hands with Udayan Care to provide training in sports
to the boys at Gurgaon Home. Different teams from Adidas visit
the home each Friday and guide the boys in various sport activities.
a part of Corporate Mentoring Programme, the children from Sant
Nagar and Mayur Vihar Homes continue to visit CSC every Tuesday,
and children from Greater NOIDA are visiting XANSA every Thursday
to interact with their mentors.
volunteers from DELL visited the Gurgaon boys’ home. They
shared a wonderful dinner, sharing their thoughts and ideas
with the boys. Apart from the team from DELL, we also had fifty
volunteers from UPS Delhi; visit our homes in Greater Noida
and Gurgaon on 14th October during the Global Volunteer week.
They spent a lot of time with the children, sharing involving
them in several indoor activities and games.
the kind courtesy of Singapore Airlines, twenty five children
from our homes, watched the movie Chak De at 3Cs cinema hall
on 8th September 2007
SHALINI FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME:
The quarterly workshop for the Udayan Shalini Fellows was held
on 14th October 2007.
was conducted by Poojitha Choudhary, a noted women’s rights
activist and daughter of Union Minister Renuka Choudhary. She
showcased a documentary made by her. The documentary featured
several women taking the initiative and succeeding in male specific
professions. Her purpose was to tell the girls the varied opportunities
they have and that no dream is beyond reach.
help the overall
growth and development of our Shalini fellows. A residential camp
was organized for the College going Udayan Shalini Girls from 7th
to 13th October 2007. A total of 15 Fellows participated in this
programme of 6 days. The main aim of this residential camp was to
develop leadership qualities in these young girls. Several interactive
sessions were conducted on topics like confidence, conflict management,
planning ahead and reflection etc
camps are an integral part of the Udayan Shalini fellowship programme
The selection process of the sixth batch of the Udayan Shalini
Programme has been completed. The induction of 173 girls in New
Delhi is awaited. We have 34 new fellows inducted in Kurukshetra,
making a total of 93 girls. 150 girls are the beneficiaries of
the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme for the first batch in
Kolkata, West Bengal.
CARE OUTREACH PROGRAMME:
was conducted by Akanksha, one of our staff members, in September
with the children
wherein the purpose was to know children of the outreach program
and observe their behaviour, attitudes, communication skills and
the ability to express themselves through various activities such
as singing and dancing. The aim was to provide all the children
with an opportunity to get out of their shells and get over their
hesitation and fear. We conducted an Art & Craft workshop
with the children, which was facilitated by Geetanjali, an Udayan
Shalini Fellow, who is pursuing her Bachelors in Elementary Education
from Delhi University.
we conducted with these parents, held in September saw discussions
pertaining to a particular case study of an HIV infected mother,
who after the death of her husband was ordered by court to give
away her daughter’s custody to her in-laws declaring her
to be unfit to take care of her child. We also conducted a workshop
with parents on the issue of creating more awareness about HIV
amongst people in October.
CARE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER :
has launched its seventh Computer Training and Learning Center in
October this year in New Delhi at Badarpur with the support of Kishwarna
Charitable Trust. We were enlightened to have Dr. Yoganand Shastri,
Minister of Health, Delhi Government as the chief guest at the inauguration
ceremony. We hope the center will reach out to many more people
in the community, enriching their lives and enhancing their future.
Our staff attended
a seminar on Windows Microsoft 2008 which gave them the opportunity
to learn about new technologies, further developing their knowledge
about the subject.
at the Center :
We had ‘one minute’ show and drawing and essay competitions
at two of our computer centers and had more than eighty people participating.
This was just another special way for us to get closer to the community.
Perfect Wife’ PLAY :
The night of 15th October resonated with laughter and humour when
Udayan Care presented
play ‘The Perfect Wife’, a comic caper, in association
with Vatika Group and LG Electronics. The play deals with the
sensitive issue of differences in thought process between a husband
and wife about what a wife’s role should really be. It was
a hilarious evening, further lit up with the presence of Shri
Shatrughan Sinha at the event.
Delhi Half Marathon:
of people have been running for the last three years supporting
a cause they believe in at the Delhi Half Marathon. Udayan Care
has always had supporters running for us, showing they have faith
in the cause we espouse. This year we had nine corporates: American
Express, HDFC Bank, Makemytrip.com, Vatika Group, Mary Kay, ICICI
Prudential Life, Ambuja Cement, Royal Bank of Scotland and The Park,
Delhi.; comprising of about four hundred individuals running so
our children could fly higher to their dreams at the 2007 marathon
that took place on 28th of October. Our joy knew no bounds when
Gupta, Sr. Vice President, American Express and Mr. Ricky Surie,
Management Consultant from USA, chose to be Dream-teamers for
Udayan Care and ran full length to support our cause. Our children
also participated at the marathon wearing beautiful caterpillar
costumes that grabbed appreciation from one and all. Over 80 employees
of adidas also ran sporting Udayan Care logo so proudly on their
chests! We are really grateful to Give India for providing us
with this opportunity.
CARDS AND OTHER UDAYAN CARE PRODUCTS :
is here again and we, at Udayan Care, are back with several kinds
of greeting cards, memo pads, mugs, t-shirts and many more products
designed exclusively by our children. This year, in this festive
season, gift your loved ones something special from Udayan Care
and make a difference in the lives of many children. For greeting
cards, you may click on
the other products please contact us at 29840151.
Office, Udayan Care
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