Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Newsletter

THE UDAYAN CARE SUNRISE
Vol. I, No.8

Highlights of May - June, 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’.
Mr. Suresh Neotia, our long time associate and Ms. Meera Sawhney, our Board Member were requested to join us as our Trustees. Both of them gracefully agreed to the same. We thank them for accepting our request.
Credibility Alliance has given Udayan Care accreditation for compliance to Credibility Alliance’s ‘desirable norms’.
One of our Alumni, Ms. Swasthi Udayan left her cushy career in Hospitality and decided to work for the cause of orphaned and abandoned children. She joined us as Executive Assistant in the month of May, 2008.
Our New Abode!
Udayan Care now resides permanently at 16/97 A, First Floor, Vikram Vihar, Lajpat Nagar- IV, New Delhi. Shri Gobind Deoji Trust and Mr. Suresh Neotia, our Trustee, very kindly gifted us this premises and sponsored its entire furnishing and d├ęcor. We just cannot thank them enough.
UDAYAN GHAR PROGRAMME :
Dreams turn real!
A joint effort of Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board made it possible for our children to realize their dreams of traveling abroad. 11 children from our 3 girls’ homes received an opportunity to visit Singapore between 9th and 12th of May, 2008 alongwith their Programme Coordinators. The entire expense of travel, boarding, lodging and also of visiting places was taken care of by them. Not only this, they also took care of a medical emergency wherein, one of our girls had to be taken to a Doctor as she suddenly became unwell.

At Singapore, the children were taken on a Night Safari and then to the zoological park to have breakfast with Orangutans. On a trip to Santosa Island, they enjoyed Luge, Cable Ride, Dolphin show, 4D Animation Show, Underwater World and what not.
Shopping rides to Boogie’s Village, Mustafa Shopping Center and China Town and delectable cuisine formed a part of the schedule.Shows such as ‘Songs of the Seas’, Bird Shows and Animal Shows tugged at their heartstrings as the children kept talking about them for days.
A certificate was presented by the Captain of the Flight in which the children traveled, which marked the beginning of wonderful and memorable moments ahead.
Skirmished Summers!
One-week camp was organized between 25th and 31st May, for the children at our Greater Noida Home. All children from all our homes participated in the Camp and enjoyed learning new skills. A range of articles such as scented sand candles, decorative glasses, rag dolls, bead jewellery and coasters were developed by the children for the purpose of fundraising. The fund raising team led by Ms. Isabel Sahni, one our mentor mothers organized this ‘learning through fun’ activity.

Another volunteer, Martin Honel taught the children how to create Balloon lamps, Pom-poms and sceneries, handprints, paperweights made of clay.
Besides these creative workshops, children also participated in debate, extempore, essay writing and poster making competitions. Mr. Daman Dev Sood, another volunteer conducted a workshop on Possibility Thinking.Prizes were given away to the children who came out with best looking products. Besides these, Mani Sharma Awards were also given to the children for best academic performance. Mrs. Sharma has launched this award in the memory of her son Mani Sharma. This monetary award is given away to our children every year.
The Camp wound up with an evening full of cultural programme and prize distribution followed by a joint celebration of Birthdays of all children born in the month of May.
In Feature !
An enchanting article on our Alumni, Ms. Swasthi Udayan and her life at Udayan Care Home featured in ‘andpersand’ magazine in the month of May, 2008. Extensive details of our organization also found many interested readers.

Corporate Collaborate !
As a part of Corporate Mentoring Programme, Xansa India invited all our girls from Greater Noida home for lunch at their office on the 6th of June. A video conferencing was organized between our children and the CSR Chief, Ms. Gayatri Mohan, who was in Chennai at that time and wanted to talk to our girls. Discussions on global warming followed games and the children spent a good time learning new things.
American Express organized training for our 17 children on Personal Effectiveness at their office in Gurgaon on the 7th of June. This was a full day training packed with activities such as personality grooming, table manners and professional etiquettes, dressing sense, time management and team building. Certificates of participation were presented to the children.
Volunteers from Google organized an event on environmental issues at two of our homes; Greater Noida and Mehrauli on the 18th and 19th of June respectively. Children from rest of the homes joined too.
Essay writing and Poster making competitions were organized and the children were briefed on various environmental issues such as ‘Global Warming’ and ‘Green House Effect’.
The team performed a very interesting skit on saving trees and made presentations on effects of pollution and on saving the environment.
Oriental Zaika, a restaurant in Neeti Bagh invited our children from Greater Noida Home for lunch on 26th June 2008. Its owner, Ms. Rekha Vohra Bhalla sponsored this event. Children enjoyed Chinese cuisine, which was different from their regular menu.
Adidas continued with its efforts to make ‘sportsmen’ out of our children. As a part of their intervention, the Adidas team took children of Gurgaon Home to watch live cricket match at Firozshah Kotla.

NGO Collaborate !
Youthreach continued to support our children by providing them with tennis coaching. Mr. Jaideep and Mr. Naresh coached our children at Panchsheel Club. Also, dance classes were held under the skillful guidance of Mr. Feroze from Ashley Lobo group. Family Vision, another non-profit organization visited our Sant Nagar Home and showed CDs and DVDs based on Value based Education to our children. Later, they presented us with 4 suitcases full of such CDs to be distributed to our other homes. This effort was made in collaboration with Oriental Bank of Commerce who organized funds for dissemination of CDs.
National & International Camaraderie !
Four students from Bluebells International School, New Delhi started teaching our girls at Sant Nagar while some students from Modern School joined us to complete their 50 hours of Social Work. A talented bunch of research students from Punjab University, Allahabad Agricultural Institute (Deemed University), Lady Sri Ram College and
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun joined us in carrying out various researches. Thus, all our homes received opportunities of meaningful interaction with a number of volunteers from Delhi and outside.
Kristen Benson from Australia, Nikki Hartley, Jyothish Krishnan, Sonya Nanda, Adrien Lane, Dave Prager, Jenny Steeves, Katherine Rollins and Caitlin E Mason a biologist from USA, Steve Pearson and Jesse George-Nichol from Princeton University, USA Keren Williams and Danielle Laograo from UK and Hannah Behrendt from Germany volunteered with us at our various homes
Our Scorebooks !
Six of our children who appeared in Boards this year passed out with flying colours. Pinki, Ruchi (Greater Noida Home) and Kiran (Sant Nagar Home) passed out class XII with 80%, 72% and 60% marks respectively while Neelam (Greater Noida Home), Jyoti (Mehrauli Home) and Sachin (Mayur Vihar Home) passed class X with 75%, 68% and 59% marks respectively.
11 children scored above
90% marks while another 11 scored above 80% in their classes. 4 girls and 3 boys received A+ grades in Primary section.
Building Capacities !
Participated in a training programme on ‘Utilization of Volunteers’, organized by Joining Hands and conducted by Dr. Ajanta Chakravarty.
15 children from 4 homes participated in a programme ‘GENext’, that was organized by Doordarshan on the issue of ‘Drug Abuse and Youth’.
Were a part of National Convention on Child Rights, organized by Open Forum at National Bal Bhawan.
As a part of our capacity building programme, two interns from Punjab University did a Research study on ‘Essence of Relationships in Institutionalised Children’.
Attention- seeking Behaviour and Reinforcements were a few issues taken up under our Para Counseling Workshop during these two months. Our Mental Health Programme continues to be supported by Home of Hope.
UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP :
Bonding Anew !
The first residential camp of the year was held at Jagshanti Udayan Care, Greater Noida from 15th June to 21st June 08. Besides a series of workshops held on ‘Leadership qualities’, debates on various social issues, quiz competitions and essay writings enriched the girls. They also received a chance of going to a nearby village for a survey and imparted information on the importance of Computer education in life. Ms. Priyanka from Breakthrough
, an organization working on the rights of women, took a session on ‘Domestic Violence’ with our girls. The Fellows also attended a comprehensive workshop on leadership by Mr. Vikram Dutt, our honoraray Advisor, Core Committee Member and Mentor.
Scaling Newer Heights !
The USF Programme has spread its wings to two more places; Dehradun in Uttarakhand and Aurangabad in Maharashtra. A Core Committee has been set up in Dehradun and our workstation is in place now. Mr. M.P.Mittal has agreed to be our convenor for Dehradun chapter. Efforts have been initiated for inducting 200 Fellows at our Dehradun chapter, which is being supported by Kusuma Foundation. As a result of our successful communication with the Ministry, various government institutions have been directed to provide all necessary assistance to us for making this programme a success.
At Aurangabad, the Committee has been formed by a group of devoted and dedicated ladies who have taken up this challenge. Ms. Monika Dass has very gracefully agreed to be our Convenor there. 8 girls have already appeared for our induction test ‘NAT’.

Donors Assist !
Besides helping us with funds, the Bharti Foundation has this time gone a step further and identified for us a few more dedicated souls who shall be mentors to our Bharti Udayan Shalini Fellows. We were able to organize an initial meeting of these Mentors with our girls on 14th June.
Grouped together!
Three small group workshops were conducted on issues such as ‘Choice of Career and Courses, Leadership etc. during this period.
Kurukshetra activated !
The first quarterly workshop and cheque distribution for the year 2008-09 was conducted on 9th May 08, for our Fellows at Kurukshetra. Dr. Kiran Modi, Mr. Vikram Dutt, and the Senior Programme coordinators visited Kurukshetra University where Mrs Usha Bajpai the wife of the hon’ble vice chancellor of Kurukshetra University graced the occasion. The theme of this workshop was ‘Developing Effective Communication Skills’.
UDAYAN OUTREACH PROGRAMME :
Putting Life in Rhythm !
Workshop on ‘Rhythm of life of the HIV+ve’ was conducted wherein a discussion was held with an aim to develop a desire amongst the HIV+ve to lead a quality life. Time Management was another topic on which discussions were held with them.
With an aim to develop confidence and a feeling of trust in the children of the HIV+ve people, workshops were held with them. Over 64 children affected by HIV participated in these workshops.
We Embrace!
Home visits were conducted not only to assess the health and financial status of the HIV affected but also to make them feel a part of the society. It was found that people in general estranged such families and avoided any contact with them. Our visit to their homes not only brings joy to the families but also helps in transforming the prejudiced society.
Efforts succeed !
Our efforts to motivate children of HIV+ve parents resulted in 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy) passing out Class X with very good percentage.
UDAYAN CARE COMPUTER TRAINING AND LEARNING CENTRES:
150 new students were enrolled at our Centers while 51 certificates (30 at Dharuhera, 11 at Badarpur and 10 at Gurgaon center) were awarded to the passing out students.
Mass Awakening !
A publicity campaign was conducted on 28th and 29th May, 2008 in the Badarpur area by the students and faculties of Kisawarna Udayan Care Computer Learning Center. The purpose of the campaign was to make people aware of computer education and its importance.

On 19th June, our Survey Team consisted of Fellows from our USF Program who approached around 100 people in Sakipur village, Greater Noida and gave them information about our Udayan Care computer Training & Learning Center, Microsoft certification of the courses provided by the center and other facilities. As a result, lots of queries were generated which were deftly handled by the Coordinators.
Match ‘Mobilizing’ !
Cricket being the most popular game in India, there could have been no other medium to mobilize the local population and make them aware about the importance of learning computer. With this idea in mind a cricket match was organized to mobilize the community and get them interested in computer learning, in Dharuhera Center on 31st May.
FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES :
Draped for Udayan Care !
Andpersand Magazine, India's leading luxury lifestyle magazine hosted a party on 8th May at Kuki, GK II to raise funds for Udayan Care. The evening was highlighted by an auction of a one-of-a-kind haute couture creation by Gauri and Nainika Karan. One of these creations was purchased by Mr. Naveen Talwar, our long time donor and associate.
Besides the auction, the party also saw an exhibition of paintings by India's leading painters to raise funds for Udayan Care.
Young inventors !
A plethora of articles were designed by our children during their Summer Camp this year. Under the skillful guidance of Ms. Isabel Sahni, Ms. Julie Lantry, Sukhmani, Shipra Harshita and Swasthi children from all 7 homes joined hands in creating beautiful articles such as scented sand candles, decorative glasses, rag dolls, bead jewellery and coasters.
The Design Team was sad to bid farewell to Inger Alsted, who has returned to Denmark. We will remember her every time we look at our 2009 calendar, which she designed. We acknowledge, with grateful thanks, the help given to us by Mr. Dinesh Joshi in finalising the details of the calendar
The team has been busy developing products to show to Indian companies. It is hoped that Udayan Care will be able to procure orders and create a new source of fund-raising. Julie Lantry, a leading member of the Design Lab will be returning to Australia in July and we are very grateful to her for all her help. She will be representing Udayan Care at the Melbourne Trade Fair. We have high hopes of not only achieving good orders but also of increasing the visibility of Udayan Care. We look forward to welcoming Julie back towards the end of this year.In the coming weeks we will be approaching corporates with samples of our products and would be grateful for any assistance in this effort.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS :
In the forthcoming months, we plan to do a series of events ranging from music concerts to fashion shows.
A new Udayan Care home is coming up in Kurukshetra, courtesy Yaakov’s Light and Home of Hope.

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