Q–Is Udayan Care an Indian organization?
Ans – Udayan Care is an Indian organization headquartered in New Delhi. We are working across 15 states, 25 cities in India. We also have chapters in Germany, Australia and the USA.
Q -Is Udayan Care Trust supported by any religious organisation?
Ans - No. We are a secular organisation in the best spirit of Indian tradition. We have children, women and youth from different religions as beneficiaries of our services.
Q – What are the most resonating causes of Udayan Care?
Ans – We advocate, intervene and work for Child and Youth Care, Education and Skill Development in the community.
Q - Has Udayan Care received Accreditations& Recognitions from the different organizations?
Ans - Udayan Care has been accredited by GiveIndia, Credibility Alliance & Guide Star India, organisations that monitor and accredit non-governmental organisations for transparent and credible performance. We have also received ISO 9001:2008 for Accountability, Credibility and Transparency in Systems & Procedures for Programme Implementation, Fundraising & Financial Management. Also In 2018, Udayan Care was selected as one of the 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofits by Great Nonprofits. A recipient of the prestigious India NGO Award 2011 (medium category), the Karamveer Puruskar and the PHD Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in Service, among numerous other awards, in 2015, the Honourable President of India awarded Udayan Care the National Award for Child Welfare 2014—India’s highest commendation for a non-profit child welfare organisation. Additionally, in 2016 Udayan Care received the GuideStar India NGO Transparency Awards 2016. Recently Udayan Care was awarded the leadership position in Volunteer Management by iVolunteer India. Udayan Care also has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of United Nations (ECOSOC) since 2018.
Q–Why should I donate online?
Ans–Online donation is very safe and brings a couple of benefits for you. You save your time and money as you are not required to visit the office or make a call for your donation.
Q – Is it safe to share my bank details for online transactions?
Ans – All your personal information including your bank details are highly protected. Udayan Care adheres to stringent security policies for their online transactions.
Q – Does Udayan Care receive Government Funding?
Ans–Whilst Udayan Care works closely with both state and central government bodies, we are not funded by them.
Q - How does Udayan Care raise and disburse funds?
Ans - Udayan Care partners with individuals, corporates, foundations and trusts in India and abroad to raise resources for its initiatives. Udayan Care is fortunate to have a good network of partners who contribute to our organization and its programmes. Their unwavering generosity and faith in our work ensure that our organization continues its work with children and youth. We continuously make efforts to reach out to potential donors and supporters. We also raise funds online, which, besides allowing us to tap people across the globe, is also a very cost-effective medium. Udayan Care is present on fundraising portals like Global Giving, GiveIndia, and CAF among others. An active participant in events like DaanUtsav, and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Udayan Care also raises funds through events. Besides, Udayan Care organizes it sown fundraising events periodically. Our products and funds received from various sources are disbursed as per our donors’ requests, across our various Programmes, Udayan Care Corpus Funds or to our General Fund.Funds to our different Corpus are invested and only the interest is used, while the principal amount is not spent for operations. This helps to strengthen the organization and ensures a risk mitigation measure in case of a shortfall.
Q - Is there a minimum amount that Udayan Care requires donors to contribute? Are donations in kind accepted?
Ans - We believe no contribution is too small and hence encourage donors to contribute as they like. Donations in kind are certainly accepted. However, we consider only those in-kind donations which can be effectively utilized by our beneficiaries.
Q– How may I contribute to your cause?
Ans – You can give your contribution by donating or volunteering with our various programmes.
Q–How can I volunteer for your cause?
Ans – Just click the Volunteer button on our home page and follow the instructions. Our Volunteer department will connect with you and guide you to the various volunteering opportunities we offer. Udayan Care also offers online volunteering opportunities.
Q - Who is an intern at Udayan Care?
Ans - An intern is a student from any Indian or international university having an opportunity to integrate the career-related experience into an undergraduate or postgraduate education by participating in planned, supervised work for a fixed period.
Q - How does an intern gain from associating with Udayan Care?
Ans - An intern gets valuable experience in areas ranging from social work, fundraising, public relations, psychological research, and marketing and accounting to name a few, to be equipped to contribute to society.
Q - Is there a fixed period for Internship at Udayan Care?
Ans - No, an internship can be done at any time of the year.
Q - How does one apply for an internship with Udayan Care?
Ans - You can apply directly on our website, or through the Placement Coordinator of your college/university.
Q - Does an intern have to be from a university in Delhi/NCR region only?
Ans - No, an intern can be from any university/institute in India or overseas. But they have to make their own living arrangements etc.Udayan Care also offers online internship opportunities.
Q - What is the minimum period of an internship?
Ans - The minimum period for an internship is one month.
Q - Do you provide a stipend to volunteers/ interns?
Ans - It is completely voluntary and an unpaid assignment.
Q - Do we get a certificate for acknowledgement of our work?
Ans - Yes! You do get a Certificate of Appreciation as an acknowledgement for the work you have done.
Q - Which period of the year would be the best time for a volunteer or an intern to work with Udayan Care?
Ans - Being a volunteer-driven organisation, we love to have volunteers round the year. However, we especially need volunteers during May and June, as schools are shut for the summers and all the children are at home. It’s the best time to spend time with the children and enhance their skills.
Q – What are the tax benefits of donating for your cause?
Ans - All donations made to Udayan Care are exempted under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. This means that 50% of your donation amount is eligible for tax exemption. Please use the Udayan Care Receipt to claim this exemption when filing your Income Tax returns. The existing 80G certificate of Udayan Care is valid until it is surrendered or withdrawn.
Q–Will I get a certified document for the same?
Ans - Yes, with 50% Tax benefit under 80G of IncomeTax Act, wherever applicable.
Q – What is Udayan Ghar(Home) programme?
Ans - An ‘UdayanGhar’ is a loving residential home, where vulnerable children are cared for in a compassionate family like environment. A close-knit group of around 12 children of the ages 6 to 18 live as a unit in these group homes called UdayanGhars, with separate Ghars for boys and girls. We currently have two multi-unit homes as well.
Q - Can we adopt a child from Udayan Care?
Ans–Udayan Care is not an adoption agency. One has to register oneself with the Central Adoption Resource Authority in order to adopt a child in India.
Q – How do children come to your organization?
Ans - Children in need of care and protection and out-of home-care (OHC) are sent to Udayan Ghars by the local Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), a quasi-judicial body. Based on the Social Investigation Report (SIR) we submit, the zonal CWC under which a particular Home is mandated gives us the guardianship of the children. Concerned citizens also refer children to Udayan Care. These children are then produced before the CWC and specific orders are obtained.
Q- Is there any age criteria for the children?
Ans - Ideally we take children who are past the adoption age of 5 years. This means that we take children between the ages of 6 and 12 years; though there have been some exceptions, in case of a younger sibling.
Q - Does Udayan Care adopt the children ?
Ans - Under existing Indian laws, Udayan Care only becomes the guardian of the children.
Q - How does Udayan Care handle children’s emotional traumas?
Ans - Many of the children, before coming to Udayan Care, have faced extreme hardships. To understand them, help them deal with their past and move forward, we provide regular counselling. Our strong Mental Health programme, run by professionals, makes every effort to ensure children cope with their trauma, thereby helping them in their emotional well-being. Capacity-building Workshops are conducted regularly for all carers/ stakeholders to understand trauma issues, enabling them to give professional support and counselling to such children.
Q - Who are Mentor Parents and what role do they play in the lives of Udayan children?
Ans - Mentor parents are lifetime volunteers at all UdayanGhars, who raise our children as their own. They not only support, encourage and love our children but are there for them in times of rain and sunshine. They share all the joys of being a parent - they care for children’s well-being, help them with their studies, impart good values, attend PTAs, listen with pride to their children being praised and with hurt when admonished! They are just like the parents that many of us have been fortunate in having with us all the time.
Q - Can I be a Mentor Parent, even though I can’t be available all the time?
Ans - We understand that you have work and family commitments and you can’t be with our children constantly. While you don’t have to be physically present at the Ghar all the time, keeping in touch with children and the Ghar staff and spending quality time with children is a must. Therefore, while Mentor Parents do not stay with the children, they are always available in times of need, committing them for life.
Q - Does Udayan Care own the Udayan Ghars?
Ans - We prefer to own the houses since many children who come to us have a history of disturbed and uprooted existence. Through permanent residences; we try to develop a sense of stability in them. Moreover, it’s not easy to get houses on rent which is suitable to be children’s homes. Even if we find one, the lease period is too short. At the same time, the infrastructure cost is highly difficult to raise. Some homes are given to us by some noble persons, organizations, even our mentors, at zero rent as they believe in our model and work for children. However, we still have some homes which are on rent.
Q - Can I start an Udayan Ghar?
Ans - Yes, certainly. If you have the passion and the determination to make a difference in the lives of children, you have succeeded in winning half the battle! Most of the Homes of Udayan Care have been set up by like-minded individuals, under the umbrella of the Udayan Care Trust. Becoming mentor parents to our children or contributing in monetary terms or in-kind donations, there are innumerable ways you can help. All you need to do is get in touch with us. You can mail us at email@example.com or call 011- 46548105/06
Q - Do children leave Udayan Ghars as they turn 18 years?
Ans - While children over the age of 18 are required to move out of children’s homes, the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000, Section 44, allows for Aftercare programmes to help these young adults reintegrate into the mainstream society. Understanding that children often need more time and extra support and are not fully independent at 18, we have set up two After Care programmes for our young adults: 1) at Jagshanti Udayan Ghar in Greater Noida for girls, and 2) at Gurgaon for boys, near the Boys Home in the existing campus itself. Young adults are supported through for their accommodation, living expenses, their higher education or vocational training, as per their talent and interests, and are given career guidance and life skills training. The mentors, who groomed them at the Home, continue to mentor them. Additionally, they are encouraged to take up part-time jobs and even manage their own kitchen as part of their transition to being independent citizens of tomorrow.
Q - How is it that UdayanGhars have cared for only about a thousand children and youth in so many years?
Ans - All interventions undertaken by Udayan Care are long term and require the depth of intensity. Especially, in the case of UdayanGhars as children come to us at a vulnerable age. They stay at UdayanGhars for at least 12 years, right through the turbulent phase of adolescence. Many come from unimaginably traumatic pasts. Udayan Cares intervention, which is based on the philosophy of LIFE-Living in Family Environment, doesn’t stop at simply providing shelter to our children. We also ensure their mental and physical well-being, quality education and make every effort to fulfil their needs and dreams. We don’t just take them in; we become a family, also helping them settle in their careers and marriages. Moreover, we are also limited by resources at our disposal. As we all would know, bringing up children is expensive! By increasing the funds at our disposal, we can reach out to more children in need.
Q – What is the Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme?
Ans - By implementing the powerful combination of financial support, mentoring and leadership development, the UdayanShalini Fellowship (USF) arms underprivileged girls after their high school, with college degrees or vocational training, helping them blossom into confident and independent young women. Shalini is a Hindi word meaning a ‘dignified, empowered woman’.
Q - Do girls selected for UdayanShalini Fellowships stay at Udayan Ghars?
Ans - No, they do not. Girls selected for fellowships live with their biological families in their own homes. We financially support their higher education and help in capacity building by mentoring them and through curriculum based workshops.
Q - Is a girl who doesn’t belong to a government school but is financially needy, also eligible to apply for the UdayanShalini Fellowship Programme?
Ans - No, she is not since through USF, we try to give opportunities to girls who need them the most. Girls in government schools are enrolled there as their families’ economic disposition leaves them with no alternative education opportunities. Their exposure is limited and the chances of them being self-sufficient are slim. Hence, only girls from government schools or government-aided schools can apply for USF.
Q - In case a girl from USF chooses to go for highly-specialized costly education, would UdayanShalini Fellowship Programme support her?
Ans - This would happen only in very exceptional cases. The fellowship of Rs.1 lakh per girl for 5-6 years covers the cost of a Bachelor’s degree or vocational training courses. Udayan Care provides fellowships to those girls who are not yet financially independent. However, in some exceptional cases, we have made tremendous efforts to raise money separately for our girls who decided to go for specialized education. Many of our mentors, donors and partners have also made it possible for our Shalinis to avail freeships.
Q – What is Udayan Care Information Technology programme?
The programme acts as a platform to bring children, women and youth from economically weaker sections to access IT and vocational training. It empowers them through digital literacy and job-oriented skill training. Established on the core belief that skills improve employability, our centres are a hub of knowledge and learning in digital education that open doors to new career options for our beneficiaries.
Q - What isUdayan Care Skill Development Programme?
Ans - Our Skill Development Centres at Greater NOIDA, UP and Srinagar, Uttarakhand have given successful training to underserved women in digital education, stitching and tailoring, beauty therapy, paper craft, enamel work, block printing, graphic design, yoga , etc. and provides livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged women by selling items created by them, under the label ‘Sukriti’. With new courses like Pottery, Cookery and Photography, the vision is to provide more career choices to girls and women for their future employability.
Q - What does it take to start an Udayan Care IT Training Centre or a Skill Development Programme, and who can do it?
Ans - Individuals/ corporates who wish to be associated with our Livelihood Programmes, under IT & SDC centres can help us out in many ways- from providing space and infrastructure to providing us with computers and software, machines for our sewing centres or by covering the running/maintenance expenses and infrastructural costs of the centres. For more information or to discuss any propositions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q - What is the Aftercare Outreach Programme (AOP)?
Ans - Udayan Care, through its experience of 26 years of working with children in Alternative Care, realized long ago that Aftercare is the key pillar in the delivery of rehabilitative services for children who grow up in children’s homes or child care institutions (CCI). At the age of 18, these ‘Youth Leaving Care’ (YLC) or Care Leavers (CL) of their CCI, are usually ill-equipped in terms of functional efficiencies, education, technical and soft skills, or even stabilized mental health. Udayan Care has, therefore, started the Aftercare Outreach Project (AOP), which has begun with primary research to understand the current Aftercare services, their efficacy, and to know the existing challenges and opportunities faced by those, who transition from Alternative Care settings to independent living.
Q – What is the focus of Advocacy, Research & Training in Udayan Care?
Ans - Our advocacy efforts explore different aspects of policy and practice around alternative care for children and youth through research, publications, presentations to corporate and individuals, consultations, seminars, workshops to initiate discussions & debates with key stakeholders. From submitting recommendations for policy and legislative reform to training practitioners on standards of care, we also develop materials, modules, booklets, IEC and fact-sheets on various aspects of Alternative Care for children. From time to time, we also bring out informative and educational materials such as booklets and posters to raise awareness on the issues that we work on. Our strength at micro-level advocacy enables us to create a ground for suggesting policy changes at the macro level. We were instrumental in getting the inclusion of ‘Guardian’ column in the application forms of Boards, along with ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ through Public Interest Litigation in Delhi High Court. Udayan Care has been organizing various seminars, conferences and consultations on issues of alternative care, particularly those related to mental health, and aftercare programmes. We have instituted Biennial Conferences on Alternative Care, focused on South Asia, to bring together representatives from South Asia working on Youth development, child protection and child care. Udayan Care provides training to child protection functionaries at CCIs in different states.
Q – Can I specify the usage of my legacy for a specific programme or cause of yours or draft a gift in my will to Udayan Care?
Yes you can. Please contact us at email@example.com to know more.