January - February, 2008: A Portrayal
Vol.2 , No. 1
  Highlights of January - February, 2008  

Udayan Care is a Public Charitable Trust, working for the last 14 years, for the quality care of disadvantaged children and women.
The vision is to ‘Regenerate the rhythm of life of the disadvantaged’.
The mission is ‘For every child a home and education for every adult the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society’.’

Media Fiesta!

  • Sport Personified, Sport Enthusiasts
    The 2nd Adi Dasler Udayan Care Sports Day held on January 13, 2008, at Banyan Tree School sports ground emerged as a memorable experience for our children as Mr. Murali Karthik, the famous cricketer made his presence felt by actively participating in the event. Teams led by Mr. Karthik and Mr. Raghavendra Mudgal, the Television celebrity played cricket with the children. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Mr. Andreas Gellner (Managing Director, Adidas India) and Mr. Hartwin Fedderson (Marketing Head, Adidas India)
    Sport Personified, Sport Enthusiasts
    . We are grateful to Banyan Tree School for giving us their school grounds for the event, Adidas for providing our children with footgear and prizes and Creambell for making icecream available for all. Channel Metro Nation and newspapers ‘Dainik Jagran’ and ‘Amar Ujala’ covered the event.
  • Udayan Ghar at BBC Hindi – An article on Udayan Ghars has been uploaded by the BBC on their site. The under-mentioned link is worth a look! http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/regionalnews/story/2008/02/080210_udayan_house.shtml

Impressive Impressions!

  • RBS India Development Center launched a community Cashback Programme in which they invited Dr. Kiran Modi to make a presentation on Udayan Care. Around 800 invitees showed active interest in the organisation
  • Udayan Care hosted a first-ever Total Quality Management Meet at its head office, where organizations, from Delhi and Punjab, supported by Home of Hope, USA, came together to develop quality childcare systems in their organizations. This meeting was conducted by Mr. Vikram Dutt, Program Director HOH, Inc. USA, a noted Rehabilitation Consultant. Mr. Dutt is also one of Udayan Care’s Advisors.
  • Udayan Care was invited to share its Udayan Ghar model on Foster Care in a National Consultation on ‘Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration of Unknown Babies- Evolving an accountable system’. This meet was organized by the QIC&AC group of which Udayan Care is an active member.

Guiding Strokes!

Artists at Work

Udayan Care held Collaborative Art events at Make My Trip and IFFCO, where noted, contemporary artists and the employees of the companies rubbed shoulders in creating artworks of distinction. It brought a very unique experience to the participants as they received guidance from artists such as Prem Singh, Nupur Kundu and Donavon TW. The IFFCO team, led by their MD Mr. U S Awasthi, a renowned art enthusiast, was greatly amused at the joint canvas and created motifs, which are going to grace their office as a wonderful example of teamwork.Artists Nupur Kundu and Prem Singh,chipped in with their artistic strokes and thus emerged an artwork fit to be put before viewers.
The Art Force

Besides paintings of both the artists were conceived and started to be finished later at their studios.A similar excitement was palpable at Make My Trip office when their employees painted a joint canvas with Donavan. There was an art student too to egg on children and the employees. Donavan started his own work there to be completed later.

Both the artworks are presold to their respective companies for the construction of our newest Home in Modinagar and shall grace the exhibition, CONTINUUM, to be held on 5th and 6th April at Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Lohri’ing’ differently!

Ms. Meenu Gupta, a volunteer, celebrated ‘Lohri’ this year by requesting her guests to make donations to Udayan Care instead of bringing gifts for her newborn grandchild. This community initiative was a very positive kick-start to the New Year.

Strengthening the In-House!

  • Mentor mothers, Volunteers and staff participated in a Child Protection Training that was conducted by Ms. Dee Jethwa at VSO. This wonderful seminar was organized by AFP, our partners in UK. The insight thus developed helped us in fortifying the Child Protection Policy that we were already working upon, with the help of Melanie Effenberger, our volunteer from Germany, an expert in Child Rights. A draft of the Policy was shared with the volunteers and the staff and their feedback was taken. Now the Policy is in order and shall be made available for the staff and volunteers soon.
  • Program Coordinators of our Ghar Project also participated in a Volunteer Management workshop conducted by Youthreach.
  • We were participants in a workshop on Good Governance conducted by CAF.
  • Udayan Care was party to the First draft of procedural protocols proposed for Delhi CWCs in the month of February.

Forthcoming Events:

  • Artworks of more than 120 eminent and upcoming artists are being put together by art curators, Sushma Bahl and Archana Sapra, for a show, called "Continuum - the Cycle of Life" to be held at Hotel Hyatt Residency, Delhi on 5th and 6th April. It will be a media event with prominent personalities from the art and other fields. The works by the artists will be featured in an art catalogue. All art lovers are invited. Please preview the paintings at www.udayancare.org at your earliest, so that you don't miss out on a great deal.
  • In our ongoing effort to raise funds, we are organizing SKILLSlab training programme by Mr. Rajiv Khurana. He is an international management trainer, certified management consultant, author and newspapers columnist with over 27 years of professional experience. Mr. Khurrana has very graciously agreed to conduct SIX training programmes during 2008 starting from the 12th of April 2008 absolutely free for us, so that we could raise funds for a new Orphan Children's Home.

    The programme schedule is as follows:
    Creativity Skills April 12, 200 8
    Presentation Skills May 10, 2008
    Personal Effectiveness Skills July 12, 2008
    Interviewing Skills August 9, 2008
    Team Playing Skills September 13, 2008 Team
    Leading Skills October 11, 2008

    The money generated through this beyond compare initiative will be put to use for our UDAYAN GHAR projects.
  Udayan Ghars Programme:
Tender Blenders!
  • An Art function was organized at our Greater Noida Home under the guidance of a renowned artist Ms. Meethu Sen. Children with artistic inclinations, from all 6 homes, came together to develop a participative canvas, which shall be put up for sale during our upcoming Art Event ‘Continuum’.
  • Katha organized a painting competition at India Habitat Center in which our children from Sant Nagar and Mayur Vihar Homes participated

Histrionics!

    Kids Enact
  • The children of our Greater Noida Home enlivened the gathering at Don Bosco Ashalayam and India Habitat Center by participating in their Cultural Programmes, in the month of February.
  • A beautiful dance performance by our boys of Gurgaon Home stole the show as Krishna Maruti Ltd. celebrated its Annual Day.

Voicing beliefs!

  • Two of our children from Mayur Vihar and Gurgaon Homes participated in a study conducted by Bal Adhikar Abhiyan on “Children’s Perception of their rights in the light of UNCRC Reporting in North India”, in the month of February.

Budding Para Counselors!

Healing Mentally
  • Under our Mental Health Programme, our Child Psychiatrist, Dr. Deepak Gupta has started an informal course in Para Counseling for all the mentor mothers and fathers as well as the Programme Staff. This course shall be conducted once in a month, throughout the year.
  • The Programme Staff shall conduct workshop on the same lines throughout the year with the Supervisors and Caregivers of all our Homes.

Testing Times!

  • 5 of our children appear for Board examinations (3 for class XII and 2 for class X)

Volunteers Abound!

Volunteers from around the world continue to share their culture and skills with the children at all our 6 homes:

  • The children of our Greater Noida Home had a gala time with two volunteers from Denmark Marianne Essendrop and Ellen Aaes who developed and organized a puppet show with them.
  • Zeke and Nancy Quinn from USA gifted a huge chart sheet created by the children of their homeland, to our children at Greater Noida. In return, children from our Home presented them with pictures of India.
  • Reena Sood and Juni Palcorn spent two joyful weeks with our children while Lee and Douglas Shult developed a small Maths Lab for our smaller children in Greater NOIDA.
  • Antoine from France and Martin and Philippe from Germany worked with children in Gurgaon and NOIDA Homes respectively.
  • Sheetal (Australia), Melanie (Germany), Sarah (Australia), Kaya (U. S.) gave academic help to our girls in Sant Nagar Home.
    Teaming up with Adidas
  • Lisbet from Potugal is evolving workshops for training the caregivers.
  • Xansa and CSC continue to reach out to the children of our Sant Nagar, Mayur Vihar and Greater Noida Homes. Children from both Sant Nagar and Gurgaon Home received an opportunity to attend marriage parties of their volunteers at CSC and at Krishna Maruti Ltd.
  • Adidas continues to make Sportsmen out of our young boys at Gurgaon Home.
UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME:

Spreading Our Wings! "

  • First quarterly workshop for the year 2008 was held for our Udayan Shalini Fellows from Delhi on 20th January at Mahavir Senior Model School. Mr. Daman Dev Sood, Vice President - Quality & Business Assurance at Xansa (a Steria group company) conducted a workshop on 'Possibility Thinking'. Cheques were distributed to the Fellows later.
    Enlightenment
  • 15 new Mentors were identified from Bharti Foundation who very kindly agreed to join us in strengthening our mentoring programme.
  • Mr. Ashish Agarwal, our Core Committee member and mentor announced the launch of a new session on HR & Marketing.
  • 51 Udayan Shalini Fellows from Kurukshetra also received an opportunity to participate in a quarterly workshop on 2nd February. Prof. Dahiya, Ex Vice Chancellor of Kurukshetra University graced the occasion as a Chief Guest. He very kindly agreed to become the chairman of our Haryana Chapter. A workshop on 'Possibility Thinking' was conducted by the Programme Staff, which was followed by distribution of cheques to the Fellows.
    Emancipated At Last
  • The good will and social sensitivity of one of our funders encouraged us to induct 34 more girls in our programme. These girls belonged to the Muslim Community in Kolkotta. He made us aware of the fact that the Muslim community there has a very poor percentage of educated girls. Thus, on 24th Feb 2008, we held an induction in Kolkotta, in the auspicious presence of Syed Sarfaraz Ahmed (WBCS), Director, Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal, who was also the Chief Guest on the occasion. This induction has taken the total number of Fellows inducted in the first year of the Fellowship in West Bengal from 154 to 188.

Privileged!

Mutually Impressed

The Udayan Shalini Fellows had the privilege of meeting Ms. Bina Rani, the representative of the largest funding organization, Connect for Change/ Pakhar Foundation on 10th Feb 2008. She held an informal discussion with about 40 Fellows on their desire to give back to society. Much impressed by their response, Ms. Bina Rani said that the enthusiasm displayed by the girls has left her overwhelmed.

UDAYAN CARE SUGAM VEDASHRAM PROJECT:

Blessings Invoked!

  • Our first wooden doorframe was placed with a special ‘puja’
    Towards Completion
  • Now, we have reached the roof stage. Last weekend we started the construction of all concrete roofs. The roofs for the toilets and storerooms are complete. We are about to order the wood for the sloped roofs
  • The gable and parapet walls have been completed which means that all brickwork for the entire building has been completed
  • The external plastering of the basement is complete
  • Arrangements have been made for the formation of roads and the entrance of the building is in shape

Motivation Overflow!

Around 50 children attend tuition daily. Our support to the schools in Thalempettai and Chandrapadi continues. The teachers we have there are extremely motivated and hardly ever call in sick.

UDAYAN CARE OUTREACH PROGRAMME:
Unbolting emotions!
  • Two workshops were conducted with the children in the month of January and February with an aim to prepare them for their upcoming final exams. In the workshop, emphasis was laid on strengthening the communication skills of the participants. Also opportunities were given to the children to express themselves through story telling, narration of poems etc.
  • Workshops were conducted with their parents simultaneously. The aim was to make all the parents develop an understanding on the importance of time management. A deliberate attempt was made to understand the views of the participants on getting remarried amongst themselves. This was done in order to build hope in the infected that the future can still be better.
  • Eight more children were inducted in the programme with the total of the beneficiaries rising to fifty-seven
Building Hopes
Small Talk
UDAYAN CARE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER :

Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Kishwarna Udayan Care Centre, Badarpur. Students and teachers joined hands to make this event a huge success. A small interaction was held within the group wherein significance of Republic Day was discussed. Light snacks followed after the group indulged in music, dance and mono acting.

UDAYAN CARE FUND RAISING PRODUCTS:

Udayan Care Design Studio:

Our design studio, under the able leadership of Ms. Isabel Sahni, who is also a mentor mother of Sant Nagar Home, assisted by our member Shreela Bajoria, is adding on new items every now and then. Besides the ornamental memo pads, fridge magnets wonderful coffee mugs, beautiful jewellery, lovely purses, embroidered pictures and enticing photo frames all displaying our children’s artwork, and not to forget the lovely T- shirts, these are attracting buyers from all quarters. To popularize these even more, we participated in some fetes.

Stalls Enthrall !

Enchanted
  • Our stall at the residence of British Ambassador, courtesy Akshay Pratishthan, was visited by the wife of Deputy High Commissioner. Impressed with the artwork of our children, she has decided to visit our Sant Nagar Home on the 11th of this month. Besides this, the stall generated a lot of positive response as well as enquiries about our organization.
  • Another of our stalls at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat was visited by a number of people from Central Government. Comments such as “Very useful and innovative stuff. I have not come across anything like this before” were very encouraging.
Accelerating Opportunities

We wish to recruit personnel for the following positions:

1. Job Title: Ghar Supervisor
Specific requirements: 40-50yrs., M/F, Graduate, Single (Unmarried/ Divorced/ Widowed) & childless,
If married, apply with spouse

2. Job Title: Care Givers
Specific requirements: 30-40yrs., M/F, min. Class 8, Single (Unmarried/ Divorced/ Widowed) & childless,
If married, apply with spouse

Head Office, Udayan Care
C-9 (Basement), Lajpat Nagar-III, New Delhi-110024,
Tel.: 011-29840151/32603837, Telefax: 011-29840151
For further details,
visit us: www.udayancare.org or
e-mail us at: udayancare@gmail.com, ucare@udayancare.org