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  Experiencing Covid and remembering to be Compassionate and Kind I woke up with the sound of bells at the temple and to the smell of camphor. 13th April was the first day of Navratra and I, being a devotee, was   dressed up to go to the temple for puja and havan, early in the morning. I remember feeling tired and uneasy before leaving for the temple but did not pay much attention to it. After returning from the temple when I took the temperature reading, it was 101 degrees. In shock, the first thought that flashed in my mind was, “Is it Covid?” Anxiety creeped in and I rushed to Kailash Hospital in Noida for an RT-PCR test immediately. Second wave of Covid-19 was at its peak and the hospital was overcrowded.   It took me two hours to get the test done.   After I returned back home, as a responsible individual I purposefully quarantined myself in a room. The test result came the next day and it was positive! I felt immensely guilty for no fault of mine, wondering if I had unintenti
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  My mother was born just after India attained independence from the British. She was one of 20 siblings in her family, an era when family planning which were medically approved and scientific were still unknown to India. For a while, her family was rich and they could afford a room for women who had periods. Wait! A room for periods? Yes, for those 4 days, women would be segregated and cannot come outside the room. While they enjoyed the break since it also meant a break from manual work for those 4 days, it was a practice equivalent to untouchability . Men would not see them as it was considered inauspicious. Fast forward 75 years, we still have millions who go through this practice in India. My mother suffered from Menorrhagia or severe bleeding for years which was an after effect of poor hygiene methods that existed in that era. But what shocks me is that till date a million cases per year are identified for this illness in India. It affects the heart and they are prone to cardiac
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  A Mother Of Thousands Daughters! Click here to Read Blog  Part 1 Click here to  Read Blog  Part 2
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 Standing strong against COVID-19 Values to an organization are like the conscience to an individual which guides one’s belief, thinking, behaviour and actions. Compassion – Inspire – Respect – Competence – Accountability acronymed as CIRCA are the core values at Udayan Care. These very values are reflected in our way of getting involved and work with our employees, donors and most importantly our beneficiaries and bring us closer to our vision of ' Making Young Lives Shine '. The recent times have been challenging for everyone across the globe. The multifaceted crisis which came along with the pandemic outbreak has outrageously impacted individuals, institutions, organizations, businesses commonly and differently all over the world. Loss of employment, the shutdown of industries, depleting economy, fear of losing lives etc. which continued to progress during these unprecedented times has affected people financially, psychologically, emotionally and physically. Under these circ
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  Deinstitutionalisation and the Best Interest of the Child: The Case of Rwanda and Lessons for South Asia What Is ‘Deinstitutionalisation’? In simple terms, DI is a move away from institutional care to more suitable forms of care for children, whether in family of origin or in alternative care. Much more complex in practice, what it entails is encapsulated in the Necessity and Suitability principles of the UN Guidelines. Although it is the latter that often steals the limelight in DI processes, preventing the need for alternative care—institutional care in particular—is as critical to render the DI process complete. The ‘Necessity Principle’, within the context of DI, denotes measures taken to prevent children from losing parental care and falling into the care of institutions, which is often the inevitable in countries where institutions may be the only form of alternative care available. The ‘Suitability Principle’ entails finding the care option that is the ‘most appropriate to eac
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Multiple Attachments of OSCs in Residential Care Attachment research has shown that favourable child–caregiver attachment patterns established early in life can contribute to a number of positive outcomes, including higher self-esteem, resilience, and positive perceptions of romantic relationships in adulthood (Cassidy et al., 2013; Laible et al., 2000). Bowlby and Ainsworth’s foundational attachment theory focuses on construction of these child–caregiver relationships over time, defining secure attachment as an emotional bond that stems from an innate drive and is nurtured by dependability and responsiveness (Flaherty & Sadler, 2011). Longitudinal studies find various stages in the development of attachment to single or multiple caregivers over time (Ainsworth, 1973; Schaffer & Emerson, 1964).  Schaffer and Emerson (1964) outlined four distinct phases, with the last two being discriminate attachment and multiple attachment; results indicated that from seven to eleven months of
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In the midst of a storm: Remaining Strong by spreading love, care and hope  - Voices of Children in Residential Care at Udayan Ghars Articles in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) associated with children’s right to participate Article 12 : The right to be listened to and taken seriously Article 13 : The right to freedom of expression Article 14: The right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion Article 15: The right to freedom of association Article 16: The right to privacy Article 17: The right to information Article 29: The right to an education that promotes respect for human rights and democracy Article 42: The right to know their rights COVID-19 left no one untouched. As we have seen in history before too, such pandemics hit children the most. The unprecedented times, with uncertainty all around and long term lockdowns, touched children’s lives too in many ways. For the millions of children around