THE UDAYAN CARE SUNRISE
Vol. 4, No. 1
 
Highlights of January- February, 2010

 

As the festival of colours descended, Udayan Care was also filled with different shades and colours, some of joy, some of sorrow. In this issue, we express our grief at the loss of our long time friend and donor, Mr. Mahesh Doshi. We share our deep condolence at the sad demise.  Our children at the Greater NOIDA Home, which has been receiving support from Mr. Doshi since so many years, planted a sapling in memory and to keep the unmatched spirit of Mr. Doshi towards care for the underserved alive.

The past two months literally kept everyone on their toes. This is the time of the year when everyone, throughout is worked up on wrapping up the year gone by, planning for the year that is approaching fast, appraisals of the staffs and departments and drawing the budget for the year ahead. Also, as Tax Planning does its round at every corner, we decided to make an honest appeal to everyone, to invest for a good cause- the cause that Udayan Care works for.

Donate to us under 35AC and also under The India Tax Saving Challenge and gift joy to the underprivileged (Donations to our Greater NOIDA Home are 100% Tax Exempt while under the India Tax Saving Challenge, you will receive an 80G Tax Receipt for your donation through our iGive page!). While you save taxes, you also give the disadvantaged, a new leash of life.


  News
CSO Partners Annual Report Awards 2010- We won!

Udayan Care won the CSO Partners Annual Report Awards 2010 in the Medium Size Organization Category. This is the second time that we have won the award. In the year before, we qualified as the 1st Runner up for the same award! This is an award that is aimed at bringing forth the credibility of Voluntary Sector Organisations and to encourage them for their good work. The CSO Partners Outstanding Annual Report Awards 2010 was being presented in association with Financial Management Service Foundation (FMSF), Credibility Alliance (CA) and Spatial Access Advertising Consultancy (SAAC) on March 6, 2010 at New Delhi.

Thanks to CSO partners for realising our worth and recognising our work

Integrated Child Protection Scheme and Udayan Care

Our Managing Trustee, Dr. Kiran Modi was invited to a panel discussion on "Challenges in Implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme". This was jointly organized by the Kusuma Trust and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences where a manual to improve the practices of caregivers in Residential Care Homes was also launched. This was held on the 22nd of January at the India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Jaipur Home on a Fast Track…

Ritu Udayan receiving her Medal and Certificate

Our now licensed Jaipur Home already has four children, Ritu Udayan(6), Priya Udayan(3), Meera Udayan(6) and Sayari Udayan (8) residing while we still wait for eight more children to fill the home with laughter and joy! Ritu and Priya have started attending school at The Study School and our home already has a winner’s trophy to be proud of. Ritu stood second in the Plant-a-Tree-Race on the Annual Sports Day of her school!

Visit of Encouragements…

 We are highly honoured by the visits paid by enthusiasts from various walks of life. Mr. Anurag Dikshit and Trustees of Kusuma Trust, Dr. Soma Pujari, Andrew Hutton and Prashant Jain, along with their Country Head, India (Programmes), Mr. Ravi Chandra Raju and Senior Programme officer, Sriramulu, Bina Rani from iPartner India, Bala Thakrar and Viji Rao from Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, UK and Neel Sahay along with a team from Minerva Trust, UK; all visited and inspired us with their suggestions and encouragement.

Thank you all for appreciating Udayan Care’s efforts!

To Meet and to Part-A Way of Life

We welcome all the staffs, employees and lifetime volunteers who have joined us in the past two months. Neera Garg and Deepa Sibal joined Udayan Care as mentor mothers at the Sant Nagar Home and Meenakshi Sharma as Social Worker cum Supervisor at the Yaakov’s Light Udayan Ghar in Kurukshetra. We also welcome our caregivers Shalu at our Greater NOIDA home and Ms. Mangala at our Jaipur Home.

Dehradun chapter of the USF Programme too welcomed Ms. Preeti Pundir as Co-ordinator and Mr. Ashwini Kumar as Jr. Accountant.

Sarina and Shayna, our girls from the NOIDA girls’ home and Ruby from our Greater NOIDA home were restored to their parents. We parted with them with a heavy heart but at the same time, elated as they go back to their natural parents.

We also bid farewell to Aparna, Yoga teacher at the Greater NOIDA home and Ms. Anuradha Valecha who worked with us at the Kurukshetra Home as Compliance Officer. We wish them all the very best as they move ahead and thank them for their service.

Kolkata Chapter of the USF Programme also bid goodbye to a senior mentor, Mrs. Bharti Dutta.

We Participated…

Our staffs were actively involved in the various discussions and workshops which took place in and around Delhi. Hemanti Sikdar, our Social Worker cum Counsellor was part of the discussion on Juvenile Justice Act, organized by the Delhi Judicial Academy. Hemanti and Sadaf Farooq, also a social worker, attended the discussion on the “Minimum Standards of Care and Protection at the Shelter Homes” , organised by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) in association with Catholic Relief Services. Our programme co-ordinator Zuleikha Gupta attended the Delhi State Convention organized by Credibility Alliance on the 20th of January. The sessions focused on how to build trust among all stakeholders through improving governance within the voluntary sector.

 

UDAYAN GHAR PROGRAMME :

The Homes all across were filled with activities- Mehrauli Home saw the marriage of Ruhi, the 4th Annual Adi Dassler Udayan Care Sports Day took place, children from our Kurukshetra Home participated in the Bal Sabha organized by All India Radio while we also celebrated Republic Day in varied manners in the homes

Colours at the Home

Staffs and children from our Jaipur home were invited to the Holi Meet and celebrations organised by Balika Grah and the Child Welfare Committee of Jaipur on the 26th of February. The event was filled with colours, good food and loads of entertainment for everyone present. We thank the organizers for inviting us to this colourful event.

Sportings Spirits come Alive at Udayan Care

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Children in Action on Sports Day

The 4th Annual Adi Dassler Udayan Care Sports Day took place on the 17th of January, 2010 at the Banyan Tree School, Lodhi Road. This annual event for the children of the Homes saw active participation from nine Udayan Ghars (Homes). The chief guest of the event was Mr. Andreas Gellner, Managing Director and Head of Adidas India while the Guest of Honour was the well known cricketer Ajay Jadeja. The march past by children followed by the oath by Mr. Gellner declared the Sports day open. The guests and everyone present saw various races and competitions on the field; some that carry a social message while others for the best interest of the children. One such event was the Tree Plantation Drive where children between 6-9 years of age ran with plant saplings in hand. The guests also witnessed an impressive Yoga performance by the children from the Greater NOIDA Jagshanti Udayan Ghar.

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Our Guests, Andreas Gellner and Ajay Jadeja with our Trustees

The sports gear for the children and the prizes were sponsored by Adidas, a long time sponsor and partner of Udayan Care. The Banyan Tree School and IILM, as every year, this year too, they lent us the play ground for the event.

Many thanks to all; without the collective effort of whom, the Sports Day would not have been so successful!


Wedding Bells once again!

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Ruhi and Surendra…

Ruhi married the man of her choice, Surendra, on the 17th of February. The marriage was solemnized at the Arya Samaj Mandir in Chattarpur. Ruhi’s wedding is the 10th wedding in the Udayan Care family since inception in 1994. The formal marriage ceremonies were followed by a reception in the evening and good food to make the happy occasion complete. Once again, the proud mentor mothers of Udayan Care gave away their daughter in marriage. We congratulate Ruhi and wish her the very best as she shoulders more responsibilities and commitments in life.

We thank all our donors, supporters and well wishers who lent us a helping hand and once again showed their engagement through their donations. Last but not the least, kudos for the mentor mothers, who so critically and caringly watched each step of Ruhi and also the other children across all the homes. Their long term involvement and their commitment for the care and protection of the children is what have made Ruhi a Professional and a home-maker alike.

Arts, Crafts and more fun

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Swatantrata Rang with our Children at Sant Nagar

Our children at the Sant Nagar home had the most creative visitor from Swatantrata Rang. The children were taken through as to how to turn waste material into useful items. Attractive recycled art such as Caps, animals and other such creative things were made out of newspapers and with the use of colours. Many thanks to Swatantrata Rang for the useful fun activity which kept the children on their toes with excitement, whole day long!

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Tanjore Paintings by our Children

A Tanjore Painting Exhibition was also held in Sant Nagar home. These were paintings made by the children of the home who were so skillfully trained by Ms. Varsha Gupta, an experienced Tanjore painter. Our guests who came for the exhibition also bought the paintings!




Udayan Care and the MMT Rock Band

MMT Band with our Mehrauli Home children

The Make My Trip Rock Band, as part of the Corporate mentoring Programme, delivered an enthralling performance for the Mehrauli Home children on the 5th of February. They performed on various tracks including Mairee, Yellow, Rock On and many more.

A special thanks goes to Make my Trip for this special act!

Visitors and more visitors

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Angelina Grin being welcomed by our girls in Kurukshetra

We also had some heartwarming visits from our long time friends and volunteers. Angelina Grin our donor from the US visited our homes in NOIDA and Kurukshetra, Neelima Sabharwal, our old friend and Managing Director and Chairperson of Home of Hope Inc. USA paid a visit and blessed Ruhi on her Mehndi ceremony.

Mr. Shahram and Mrs. Atti from Australia and Mrs. C.K Sharma visited our Yaakov’s Light Udayan Ghar in Kurukshetra and brought along gifts (watches, chocolates and cookies) for our children. They congratulated us on our hard work and efforts while expressing their joy in being in the company of our girls.

The CWC members visited our boys’ homes in Mayur Vihar and Pratap Nagar while the UP Control Board from Lucknow visited us at the NOIDA and Greater NOIDA homes. They were here for inspection and before leaving, remarked that they were very satisfied and had no complaints on the functioning and set up of our homes. Dee Jethwa, a professional on Child Rights from the UK visited our children. She is in the process of developing our Ghars Manual and Policies on Confidentiality and Discipline. Kusuma Trust and Manas Foundation also came in as visitors.

Representatives from the Meteorological Department, Lodhi Road too paid a visit at the Sant Nagar home and remarked that they enjoyed the company of our children.

We would like to sincerely thank all our visitors for their support to our cause by giving us and our children their time.

Trainings

The mentor mothers’ workshop and Caregivers workshop continues to be a constant feature and a monthly activity where varied many concerns of the homes are dealt with.

Our programme co-ordinators and social workers took part in a training programme organized by Manas Foundation on Counselling Skills while our Sr. Programme Co-ordinator (Homes)participated in the three day training programme on ‘Training of Trainers’ at the Indian Social Institute organized by Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

 

  UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP :

At the Fellowship front, we have been mostly occupied in workshops, meets, awareness drives and campaigns, throughout all the chapters. We also had a coveted guest among us for one of the Quarterly workshops of the Delhi fellows, Deepti Naval, the successful actor of Bollywood.

Our fellows at Howrah, at the Kolkata Chapter also celebrated the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on the 12th of January along with their mentors.

Workshops

The Quarterly workshop of the Delhi Fellows were held on the 17th of January, where Deepti Naval, the renowned actor of Bollywood came as a special guest to address the girls on her journey through life, the various facets that comes across. She left a deep impact on our fellows when she stated that the only thing that is required to be successful in life is ‘determination and dedication’. Also, while sharing her perspective, she remarked that the Udayan Shalini Fellowship is an innovative programme, different from the other scholarship programmes available. She also stated that this programme has a wholistic approach towards personality development along with education. Mr. Ashish Aggarwal, core committee member of the USF programme flagged off the workshop with a session, ‘I Want to Grow up Once Again’, which dealt with topics such as ‘fear of failure’ and ‘self capacity building’.

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A Quarterly workshop in the Dehradun USF Chapter
Dehradun, Kurukshetra and Kolkata too had the quarterly workshop of the fellows from their respective chapters on varied topics such as Personality Development and Public Speaking. Small Group workshops were also conducted throughout Delhi and Dehradun for the fellows to help them prepare themselves for their Board examinations.



Campaigns and Drives

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Aurangabad Fellows in Action

The Aurangabad Chapter had an Environmental Awareness Campaign which was attended by around 30 fellows. The campaign was followed by a picnic.

The Shalini fellows from the Kolkata Chapter attended awareness programmes in the month of February. One of the programme was on “Healing Touch” which was attended by about 70 fellows and the other one, an “Exhibition on Posters: Women-2 was attended by about 50-60 fellows. Both the programmes were organized by Weavers’ Studio where they had invited the fellows.

IIT Calling

One of our fellow, Jagriti Rawal from the Delhi Chapter, who is presently pursuing B.Sc.(H) Chemistry from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University got the opportunity for a two month summer internship programme in IIT, Mumbai.

 

  OUTREACH :
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Our Outreach children at the workshop

With the onset of the New Year, our Outreach children were also steered towards making a New Year resolution in the monthly workshop of the children. This was facilitated by our co-ordinator Zuliekha Gupta. Our long time volunteer Sameer Pathak facilitated the parents on a session on positivity which gave the parents a reason to start the new year on a changed note with more hopes and a positive attitude towards life. The parents also expressed their desire to have another session on how to deal with the societal issues that arises out of HIV/AIDS.

 

   UDAYAN CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM :

At the IT & VT centres, 124 new trainees joined in January and February whereas 42 trainees passed out and received their certificate.

Distribution of certificates and Poster Making

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Poster Making at the RKMF IT & VT Centre

A certificate distribution function was held at the RKMF-Udayan Care Computer Training & Learning Center which was accompanied by the Poster Making Activity. Ms. Sayyam Maratha (Manager-CSR) and Ms. Nilima Prakash (Principal RMVM) facilitated the do.

The theme of activity was “Women Empowerment & Environment” where a total of 36 students participated. This was followed by light refreshment for everyone present.

Community mobilization Efforts

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Community mobilisation on the run

Community mobilization activities were carried out in Badarpur Village, Jaitpur & MeethaPur Village of Badarpur Area. The team which comprised of programme co-ordinators, students and trainers gave the villagers comprehensive information related to our IT center.

 

 RESOURCE GENERATION

Udayan Care took part in the “US End-of-Year 15K Giving Challenge 2009” organized by GiveIndia and gained a grant of Rs. 11665/- from them. A matching grant of USD 250 was also won in the daily challenges through the same Challenge!

Microsoft India, believing in the work of Udayan Care took up a voluntary initiative of donating to us. This was done in an innovative way, whereby they commissioned a series of original paintings from Zaki Studios and made it open for public bidding. The funds generated through were to be processed towards Udayan Care and another NGO, Chetna.

Thanks to Microsoft for believing in our cause.

Bibby Financial Services India Pvt. Ltd. showed support to the Udayan Care programmes by donating towards the cause while at the same time representatives from their company visited our Gurgaon Boys’ Home where they organized a recreation session for our children along with refreshments.

We also thank Caring Hand for Children, USA, OCL India Ltd and Stichting Vriendenkring, Netherland for their monetary help to Udayan Care towards care for the disadvantaged.

 

  VOLUNTEERS :
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Kangwon National University Students with one of our Mayur Vihar boys

Representatives from two Universities from Korea visited our children’s homes. 20 students from the Ewah Women’s University, Seoul volunteered at the Mehrauli girls’ home and helped the children in their studies, recreational and other creative activities. 10 students from Kangwon National University, Gangwondo  along with their vice professor Mrs. Jeong,Mee Kyung came to the Mayur Vihar and Pratap Nagar Homes and conducted a workshop on Life Skills Learning and Support. They taught innovative ways of shaping balloons.

We also welcome our International volunteers Kathrin Koll from Germany, Amanda Peterson from UK and Uthmaan Manan from Holland in Udayan Care.  Our Teach India volunteers continue to provide us with their services.

 

 Looking Ahead :
  • The organizational Review and Planning is due by the end of this March. We sincerely look forward to it and hope that with fresh plans, we improve more and more and expand in our venture.

  • Our Big Friend Programme will be launched shortly in Delhi. Look ahead to more reports in the next issue. To know more about the programme, contact us.

  • We look forward to get started with our XIth and XIIth Udayan Ghar in Ghaziabad and Chattarpur which are awaiting licence.

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