THE UDAYAN CARE SUNRISEVol. I, No.9 Highlights of July - August, 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’.In the Words of Children:
Moments of Pride!
Our PrideA history of deprivation did not deter Smitha Verma, our Udayan Shalini Fellow from becoming a model of compassion. After receiving Fellowship from us from Class XI onwards, she completed B.Tech from Indraprastha College and got a job at Fluor Daniel Construction & Refineries. As soon as she became independent, she volunteered to provide financial support to 2 girls in their studies. Even though many corporates and volunteers came forward with donations and help, what we really appreciated was a student –to – student contribution, made by Gaurav Ajmera, a B.Tech student of IIT, Delhi and his friends from INSPIRE group, Tarun, Geetika, Sandeep, Ayush, Ashish, Ritesh, Puneet Meena and Puneet Gupta. They raised Rs. 15,000/- for us out of their pocket money.Spokesperson, Congress man and a leading jurist, Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, with his group of friends from 'Walkers' Gang' celebrated the birthday of their dear friend Mr. Memani (from Ernst & Young), with a difference. The group invoked blessings of God and the love of our children by donating a sum of Rs.51000/- to Udayan Care. Workforce Rejuvenated As a part of advocacy, Udayan Care participated in the formulation of J.J.Rules, alongwith many other NGOs.We participated in a workshop on ‘Communication Strategies for Social Change’, organized by American Center, New Delhi.With support from Kusuma Foundation and Udayan Care, the Program Coordinators received an opportunity to learn the art of raising funds, at the 19th International Conference, organized by South Asian Fund Raising Group, (SAFRG) in Agra. Dr. Modi, the Managing Trustee was invited to speak on Brand Building in the Conference.Udayan Care participated in Training on Entrepreneurship Skills, organized by Dhriiti.Techniques of motivating adolescents were discussed in great detail, in our Monthly Mentors’ Workshop and the same was introduced to the Caregivers. Home of Hope supports this monthly intervention.
UDAYAN GHAR PROGRAMME :
Resham ki DorBOND 2008!Rakhi, a festival of love and affection is being celebrated at Udayan Care since years, with an aim of not only renewing the bond between the kinfolk but also enabling those who do not have or have lost their brothers and sisters, to find new attachments. Thus, children of all our Homes received yet another opportunity to develop a special bond between them, on the eve of Rakhi.Yet Another Home!With the continued support from Yaakov’s Light, Udayan Care is soon to open its 9th Home at Kurukshetra. This Home will be for girls (5th in succession). We seek your contribution in helping the orphaned and abandoned girls of your area find solace in this Home. (For further details, contact us on the numbers given below)Friendly AlliancesBrand Activation Support in partnership with Kaleidoscope organized a theatre initiative/festival, staged a show Karna; Warrior of the Sun at Siri Fort Auditorium. Passes to the show were allocated to Udayan Care free of Cost. Grabbing this opportunity, we brought all our children from all 7 Homes to watch this play. It was indeed an enjoyable event!Ms. Nupur Sachdeva from British Council of India, alongwith 10 British students visited our Greater Noida home on the 29th of July. Children entertained the visitors with a colorful cultural program that was followed by a football match between our girls and the visitors. DHL celebrated their Volunteers day with our children on the 9th of August. Four groups of volunteers visited Sant Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Mehrauli and Gurgaon homes and showed animation movies- Hanuman and ‘Ghatotkatch’. An extempore was organised on the topic, ‘Freedom and what it means to us’. Gen Pact has decided to facilitate health checkups for our children at Mehrauli. All for a ‘cause’Udayan Care has affiliated with the Teach India campaign, a Times of India initiative. We are overwhelmed by the responses of Teach India volunteers who registered for Udayan Care. We conducted three orientation sessions in the month of August and shall be placing Dipped in Colorabout hundred volunteers in all our eight homes soon. TERI, an NGO launched a book for children and requested our children to participate in a painting competition. Children from 3 of our Homes; Sant Nagar, Mehrauli and Gurgaon participated in the event. The theme chosen for this competition was 'Environment'. Prizes were given to the winners and certificates were issued to all the participants. It was a fun-filled evening for our children as they roamed about in the Mall enjoying their snacks, which were also sponsored by TERI. Children from all homes were invited to a picnic organized by Family Vision at Heritage Campus, Gurgaon. The kids really enjoyed the games and the sumptuous food arranged for them by the organizers. Our children participated in an event organized by Plan India at Rajghat. This was in succession to the painting competition that was organized earlier this year. 14 children from Udayan Care were amongst the select few who were invited for Group Discussion/ Extempore and other brainstorming sessions. Internationally ‘Ours’
Zulu!!!!Volunteers from Ireland, UK, Denmark, France, Australia and USA joined our various Homes and spent quality time with our children. Activities such as Zulu Dance and football matches were held at our boys’ Homes at Gurgaon and Noida.Martin Hoenel from Germany not only gave his services to our Noida Home for boys but also proved to be extremely useful in maintaining our huge database for USF, with the help of MIS Software. Besides many other activities, our volunteer Jesse introduced Soccer to our children at Greater Noida while Hannah Behrendt taught German language there.Corporate CooperateAs CSC started its 4th Batch with our children at Sant Nagar and Mayur Vihar, Xansa decided to take another plunge into our Corporate Mentoring Program while Google continued to mentor our children at Mehrauli. We THANK them for their efforts! UDAYAN SHALINI FELLOWSHIP :
No Tolerance MotionSay NO to Tobacco!130 Udayan Shalini Fellows participated in a social awareness campaign held at Mongolpuri on 27th July. Socio-economic impact of alcohol consumption and related health hazards were propagated in the community through attractive informative banners and pamphlets.USF Futchhas!About 440 girls were interviewed and screened for our Dehradun chapter. 200 candidates shall be selected and inducted within the next month. Just like Mahavir Sr. Model School, that supports our Delhi Chapter, Welham Girls School, Dehradun too provided us their venue for conducting these NAT (Need, Ambition, Talent) Tests. With great pleasure we here add that the School promised us its premises, staff and senior girls as volunteers for all future activities related to our USF Chapter in Dehradun. Activity Cornucopia
The Beginners3 Quarterly Workshops held simultaneously in Delhi, Kolkata and Kurukshetra discussed issues such as Sexual harassment, Women empowerment, Benefits of Yoga in great detail. 16 Mentors from our Dehradun Chapter were briefed on the USF Program and their roles and responsibilities within the Program. This Orientation was held at the IMA Blood Bank, Dehradun.Our second series of HR & Marketing classes commenced in August. Under this program, monthly sessions are held throughout the year for our beneficiaries.
UDAYAN OUTREACH PROGRAMME : A New BeginningMs. Anita, single mother of one of our beneficiaries started a new chapter in her life when she got married to a person of similar HIV status. This marriage was the third in succession, within this program.Facilitating AwarenessWorkshops conducted with the HIV+ve parents of our beneficiaries aimed at creating awareness on their right to medical treatment and the facilities available to them in government hospitals.
Tints & ShadesCreative Expression65 Children affected due to the HIV+ve status of their parents were given an opportunity to express their emotional turmoil through drawings and story telling. UDAYAN CARE COMPUTER TRAINING AND LEARNING CENTRES: Hear! Hear!One World South Asia organized a Community Radio Program wherein our CTLC Program Coordinators and 2 of our Alumni were invited to conduct a Program on Women Empowerment and Literacy. Ex.Prof. from JNU, Ms. Jaya Indrishan, was our chief guest who threw light on the situation of women in India and the importance of education in a woman’s life. This programme was aired on September 3rd.Community Engaged Of all our 5 CTLCs, our center at Narsinghpur has picked up real fast. Despite widespread ignorance, conservatism and poverty in the community, children have enrolled in this center and are on their path to progress.As a part of promotional activity, a cultural event was organized on 22nd July that included competitions in singing and drawing and potato and needle races.
Talking SenseMicrosoft helped us set up a model of our CTLC during a conference held at Pragati Maidan, on ICT for Development. Mr. Michael Rawding (Vice President – Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group) inaugurated the Microsoft Stall This model, in the form of a hut-like structure, with 2 PCs and a few chairs, was used by Mr. Anshuman Verma (Team Lease – Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group) to give a brief demonstration on our CTLCs and share information on our Unlimited Potential – Community Technology Skills Program.
FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES : Our stalls at CSC, Convergys and Tech Mahindra sold products designed by the Udayan Care Design Studio, such as memo pads, fridge magnets, horse magnet frames, cat purses, laptrays, jewellery, T-shirts, carry bags, rag dolls, coffee mugs, tote bags, mufflers, silk tops and candles . . to name a few.To try out our products, visit our website or write to us for a catalog.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS : Pt. Chunnulal Mishra, the Indian Classical Music Maestro, has been invited to perform in a Musical Event being organized by us on17th and 18th Oct. We shall be sending out invitations soon.Marathon, 2008 (9th Nov.) You can contribute in our cause by running in the Marathon. For further details contact us at the address given below.Head Office, Udayan Care16/97 A, 1st Floor, Vikram Vihar, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi-110024, Tel.: 011-29840151/32603837, Telefax: 011-29840151For further details, visit us: www.udayancare.org e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org