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So for the 1,133 youngsters brought up in an Udayan Ghar, life has had a complete makeover – from neglect to nourishment, from despair to hope.
Pavitra*, abandoned as an infant, grew up with anxiety and had problems in building relationships. Thanks to Udayan Ghar’s mentor parents she has overcome that trauma and is currently giving back as a counsellor for children going through similar distress.
The number of orphans in India, at 25million, would fill Mumbai, the country’s most populated city. But even this makes up a fraction of India’s 170million vulnerable children – abandoned, abused or homeless.
It is to address this acute problem that the charity was founded and the first Udayan Ghar in Delhi opened its doors – and loving arms – to embrace their first three little girls.
Twenty-five years later the network of nurture has spread from Delhi, to U.P., Haryana and Rajasthan through 17 Ghars, complete with mentor parents who are volunteers for life.
Providing emotional security to their children is paramount to UC. As founder Dr. Kiran Modi says: “In most orphanages children remain an orphan when they come out. They do not develop any family bonding or a sense of belonging.
“We wanted to take the beautiful joint family system in India and merge it with the foster family system in the West.”
Another of Udayan’s life-changing programmes is the Shalini Fellowship to support girls who have a yearning for learning, but financial constraints puts paid to it.
Initiated in 2002 with 72 girls in Delhi, now over 8000 have been supported from 19 cities. Preeti*,20, is one such beneficiary. With the help of mentors, she realised her talent for writing and is currently a content writer for a travel company - and supporting her mother financially.
The same depth of care extends to UC’s IT and Skill Centres that reach out to youth in under-resourced communities to equip them for better livelihoods. Himani*, for instance, did a diploma in graphic and print design. Now the 21 yr old trainee graphic designer in a reputed firm earns well and contributes to the household budget.
Every programme at UC tries to eliminate disadvantage from childhood through to adulthood - made possible thanks to givers like you.