As I walked into Mahavir Senior Model School for the first ever workshop since my internship at Udayan Care, I could hear the bustling of impatient girls, enthusiastic and thrilled to meet their friends after a very long time. As I entered into the classroom along with Ms. Shalu Saharan, the program coordinator of Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme, there were murmurs of excitement and greetings to meet their favourite ‘Didi.’ After an exchange of pleasantries, we proceeded to outline a plan for the workshop.
Such small group workshops are just one part of the bigger Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), a fellowship which supports the higher education of disadvantaged girls which combines financial aid with capacity-building. In the North Delhi USF chapter (USF is in 10 cities across India!), the workshops are conducted on the first Sunday of every month with smaller groups of about 30-50 Fellows for more intimate interaction. While also teaching key skills, these workshops also are ai…
All the parties are making rust Tries to bad tricks to get the voteThey give you clothes...They give you alcohol...They give you money too...And they also give you their hand on your headPromising you to develop the stateUntil you give them voteBut once the election is finishedAnd they have wonThey get lost...In corruption, politics and many moreBut then also I say...Voting is mustAnd if they are playing tricks on youThen why don’t you do the same on themIf they are doing corruptionThen not you...If they are politically strongThen you are the one making them do soIf they are misusing your vote thenWhy you are not taking stepsAgain do the voting and change the partyWhom are sending to control your stateIs he/she is able to control themselvesBy decreasing the rates of what you need dailyNo, then its time to change themGo for voting againAgain vote for otherAnd think yourself as the most powerful man/womanThat’s why I saythat voting is must...By: Mohd. Ifteekhar (Udayan Ghar child)
In my family girls and boys were
given equal opportunity in education, sports and arts. For higher education,
however the boys took the professional courses while we did our masters
degrees. The reason given was that we girls would get married and not do jobs.
While one of my sisters protested I declared that it was fine with me to be a
mom! I was 13 years old when I said that. Little did I know that that’s just
what I’d end up doing. I had 3 children and 6 grandchildren of my own and then
joined Udayan Care to become a mom to so many kids! God was really listening! I
cannot thank him enough for granting me that wish because the joy and love the
children have brought into my life is beyond words.
Today I can’t imagine my life
without them. Their traumas, their sorrows, their joys and achievements are all
an integral part of my life. I remember the first time one of the girls told me
about what she had gone through. She had her head hung low. It broke my heart
to see her cringe like tha…