September-October, 2007
Vol. I, No. 4
  FESTIVE WISHES FROM UDAYAN CARE FAMILY!  
Diwali, 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,
we 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!

Udayan 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

  UDAYAN GHAR (SUNSHINE HOMES): A glance at the recent times :
Academics :
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.

Festivities :
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.

Activities & Outings:

  • 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 the hilt.
  • 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.
Monthly Workshops:

A 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 a child.

The 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.

A 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.


The Caregivers 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.

Corporate Volunteering and Mentoring:
  • ADIDAS 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.
  • As 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.
  • 20 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.
  • With 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
UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME:

Quarterly Workshop:
The quarterly workshop for the Udayan Shalini Fellows was held on 14th October 2007.
The workshop 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.

Residential Camp :
Residential camps are an integral part of the Udayan Shalini fellowship programme and they
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

Selection process :
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.

UDAYAN CARE OUTREACH PROGRAMME:

A workshop 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.


A workshop 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.

UDAYAN CARE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER :

Udayan Care 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.

Activities 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.

EVENTS:

The Perfect Wife’ PLAY :
The night of 15th October resonated with laughter and humour when Udayan Care presented
Rekha Sahay’s 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.

Vodafone Delhi Half Marathon:
Thousands 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
Mr. Sanjay 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.

GREETING CARDS AND OTHER UDAYAN CARE PRODUCTS :

Festive time 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

http://www.udayancare.org/greetings.asp?sel=2

For the other products please contact us at 29840151.

Head Office, Udayan Care
C-9 (Basement), Lajpat Nagar-III, New Delhi-110024,
Tel.: 011-29840151/32603837, Telefax: 011-29840151
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