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About Udayan Care
Udayan is a Sanskrit word meaning 'Eternal Sunshine'. Udayan Care aims to bring sunshine into the lives of underserved sections of society that require intervention. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women and youth, in 26 cities across 13 states of India.

What are the thematic areas where Udayan Care is working?
Child and Youth Care, Education and Skill Development

Are there Udayan Care Branches outside India?
Germany, Australia & USA

How can we get involved with Udayan Care?
You can become a long-term or short term volunteer, donor or work with us.

What is Udayan Ghar Programme?
An ‘Udayan Ghar’ is a loving residential home, where vulnerable children are cared for in a compassionate family environment. A close-knit group of around 12 children of the ages 6 to 18 live as a unit in these group homes called Udayan Ghars, with separate Ghars for boys and girls. We currently have two multi-unit homes as well.
Can we adopt a child from Udayan Care?
One has to register oneself with CARA. Those children in our Udayan Ghars, who do not have any family, are declared free by CWCs and through official channel they get into adoption.

How do children come to Udayan Ghars?
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, decides to give us the guardianship of the children.

Concerned citizens also refer children to Udayan Care. These are produced before the CWC and specific orders are obtained.

Is there any age criteria for the children?
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.

Does Udayan Care adopt the children?
Under existing Indian laws, Udayan Care only becomes the guardian of the children.

Why does Udayan Care have more homes for girls than for boys?
Most of our children, boys as well as girls, come from dysfunctional families and have faced adversity at a very young age. Many of them have also been emotionally and physically abused and traumatized. Girl children, especially in the absence of a family, are even more vulnerable.

How does Udayan Care handle children’s emotional traumas?
Many of the children, before coming to Udayan Care, have faced extreme hardships. In order to understand them, help them deal with their past and move forward, we provide regular counseling. 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 counseling to such children.

Who are Mentor Parents and what role do they play in the lives of Udayan children?
Mentor parents are lifetime volunteers at all Udayan Ghars, 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 sun shine. 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 of having with us all the time.

Can I be a Mentor Parent, even though I can’t be available all the time?
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 themselves for life.

Does Udayan Care own the Udayan Ghars?
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 are suitable to be children’s homes. Even if we find one, the lease period is too short. At the same time, infrastructure cost is highly difficult to raise. Some homes are given to us by some noble persons, organizations, even our own mentors, at zero rent as they believe in our model and work for children. However, we still have some homes which are on rent.

Can I start an Udayan Ghar?
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 info@udayancare.org or call 011- 46548105/06

Do children leave Udayan Ghars as they turn 18 years?
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 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 trainings. 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 an independent kitchen as training to become the young professionals and homemakers of tomorrow.

How is it that Udayan Ghars have cared for only about a thousand children and youth in so many years?
All interventions undertaken by Udayan Care are long term and require depth of intensity. Especially, in the case of Udayan Ghars as children come to us at a vulnerable age. They stay at Udayan Ghars 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 a shelter to our children. We also ensure their mental and physical well-being, quality education and make every effort to fulfill 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.

What is Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme?
By implementing the powerful combination of financial support, mentoring and leadership development, the Udayan Shalini 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’.

Do girls selected for Udayan Shalini Fellowships stay at Udayan Ghars?
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 through workshops.

Is a girl who doesn’t belong to a government school but is financially needy, also eligible to apply for Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme?                    
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 too is limited and chances of them being self-sufficient are slim. Hence, only girls from government schools or government aided schools can apply for USF.

                    
In case a girl from USF chooses to go for highly-specialized costly education, would Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme support her?                    
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 Bachelors degree. 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.

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.

What is SDC (Skill Development) Programme?
Our Skill Centre at Greater NOIDA has given successful trainings to underserved women in Stitching and Tailoring, Beauty Therapy, Paper Craft, Enamel Work, Block Printing, Graphic Design, China painting, 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. We have recently set up a skill centre for women in Srinagar at Uttarakhand, which will provide not only provide local skills like fruit preservation etc., but also digital education to the young girls in the region.

What does it take to start an Udayan Care IT Training Centre or a Skill Development Programme, and who can do it?
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: ucitvt@udayancare.org

What is Aftercare Outreach Programme (AOP)?
Udayan Care, through its experience of 24 years of working with children in Alternative Care, realized long back that Aftercare programming 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 Careleavers (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 a primary research to understand the ‘Current Aftercare Services (CAP)’, their efficacy, and to know the existing challenges and opportunities faced by those, who transition from Alternative Care setting to independent living.

What is the focus of Advocacy, Research & Trainings in Udayan Care?
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. The third biennial was successfully done on 16th and 17th of March 2018 at Amity University.
Udayan Care is a premier organisation providing training to care staff at CCIs in different states.

Who is an intern at Udayan Care?
An intern is a student from any Indian or international university having an opportunity to integrate career related experience into an undergraduate or post graduate education by participating in planned, supervised work for a fixed time period.

How does an intern gain from associating with Udayan Care?
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.

Is there a fixed time period for Internship at Udayan Care?
No, internship can be at any time of the year.

How does one apply for internship with Udayan Care?
You can apply directly on our website, or through the Placement Coordinator of your college/university.

Does an intern have to be from a university in Delhi/NCR region only?
No, an intern can be from any university/institute in India or overseas. But they have to make their own arrangements for stay etc.

What is the minimum period of internship?
The minimum period for internship is one month.

Do you provide a stipend to volunteers/ interns?
It is completely voluntary and an unpaid assignment.

Do we get a certificate for acknowledgement of our work?
Yes! You do get a Certificate of Appreciation as an acknowledgement for the work you have done.

What is a good time to volunteer in India?
May, June and July are extremely hot in Delhi. Other months are good.

Which period of the year would be the best time for a volunteer or an intern to work with Udayan Care?                    
Being a volunteer-driven organisation, we love to have volunteers round the year. However, we especially need volunteers during the months of 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.

How does Udayan Care raise and disburse funds?
Udayan Care partners with individuals, corporates, foundations and trusts in order to raise resources for its initiatives. Udayan Care is fortunate to have a good network of partners who contribute their hard-earned money to our organization and its programmes. Their unwavering generosity and faith in our work ensures 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 fund raising portals like Global Giving, Give India, Small Change and CAF among others.
An active participant in events like Joy of Giving Week and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Udayan Care also raises funds through these fun-filled events. In addition, Udayan Care organizes its own events such as an Art Show, Music Programme or a Film Show, among other activities. In fact, our products like calendars, diaries, memo pads, etc also serve as a source of funds, which are sold by setting up stalls at corporate houses and by sending out catalogues to prospective buyers.
Funds received by various sources are disbursed in accordance with 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 ensure a steady flow of resources in case of a shortfall.
Is there a minimum amount that Udayan Care requires donors to contribute? Are donations in kind accepted?
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.

Is Udayan Care Trust supported by any religious organisation?
No. We are a secular organisation in the best spirit of Indian tradition. We have children from different religions as beneficiaries of our services.

Why do you need my passport and visa details?
We require this information from all foreign nationals who are making a donation. This is because their contribution goes into a separate account as per the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, (FCRA), 2010.

Has Udayan Care receive any Accreditations & Recognition from different organization?
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 iVolunteers India.
Udayan Care also got “Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of United Nations (ECOSOC) since 2018."

What are the Tax-Benefits of Donating to Udayan Care?
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 till it is surrendered or withdrawn.

Do I get a Receipt?
Yes, with 50% Tax benefit under 80G of IncomeTax Act, wherever applicable.

Udayan Care’s Payment online is safe for user?
 We are very much concern about data safety and your information is completely secure as we have SSL Certificates from reputed Certification Authority.

Does Udayan Care has Internal Complaints Committee for sexual harassment?
Yes we have. For more details please visit our site.

If you have any query please mail to info@udayancare.org, we will asap get back to you.

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