Udayan Care

Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Girl Child, Livelihoods

ORPHANS and abandoned children need a home and loving family – and Udayan Care provide both. Plus, the kids they foster are placed in the best schools possible, giving them a real leg-up for the future.

So for the 783 youngsters brought up in an Udayan Ghar, life has had a complete makeover – from neglect to nourishment, from despair to hope.

Neha* was one such 10-year-old who, along with her four siblings, was deserted by her father after her mum passed away. Having excelled at Delhi Public School, today she has a pharmacy degree and “big ambitions”.

The number of orphans in India, at 25million, would more than 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 one years later the network of nurture has spread to U.P, Haryana and Rajasthan through 13 Ghars, complete with mentor parents who are volunteers for life.

Providing emotional security to their children is paramount to Udayan. As founder 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 more than 5,500 have been supported from 15 cities. Asha*, the daughter of an auto driver, is one such beneficiary. Under USF since 2007, she now has a PhD in Physics at IIT, Kharagpur.

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.

And Raju* should know. “It's impossible to get a job these days without computer skills,” he says. So the son of an agricultural worker did UC’s diploma in computer application and now earns well as a data operator.

Every programme at Udayan Care tries to eliminate disadvantage from childhood through to adulthood. And all of it has been possible thanks to generous donations of time, money and skills…from givers like you.

*(Names changed)

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Udayan Care IT & Skill Centres

WITH the aim to enable underserved youth and adults improve their livelihood options, the centres offer various computer and graphic design courses, as well as those in stitching, enamel painting, spoken English, etc. Since inception in 2004, over 11,347 youth have been trained. A computer skills course costs between Rs 1,200 to Rs 5,000, depending on the level. A six-month training in stitching skills costs Rs 3,000 and one in enamel painting is Rs 6,000.

Udayan Ghar

FOUNDED in 1996 on the belief that a loving family and home is the right of every child, Udayan Ghars nurture orphaned and abandoned children in a family environment. In each, small groups of children are cared for by mentor parents who voluntarily commit themselves to raise them like their own. Rs 27,500 helps covers a child’s education per year, Rs 15,000 will aid a child’s annual nutritional costs or Rs 60,000 can look after a child’s expenses for a whole year.

Shalini Fellowship

THE Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme was started to address this statistic: only six per cent of graduates in India are women! USF financially supports the higher education of needy girls with a desire to learn and provides skill-building workshops and individual mentoring to Fellows or Shalinis. Since 2002 UC have helped over 5,500 girls. You can help too. Depending on the level of study, anything between Rs 13,000 and Rs 28,000 would support for one Shalini’s studies for a year.

About Udayan Care

Commendable work in uplifting girls from marginalised sections of the society, training, guiding, mentoring them and transforming lives. It feels so good to be associated with Udayan Care.

Ravindra Chamaria, Chairman, Infinity Infotech, Kolkata

After years of partnership with Udayan Care, we remain in awe of the dedication and love exhibited daily, monthly, yearly to the children in their care. We are proud to play a small part in their remarkable work.

Louise McCabe, Director, ASOS Foundation, UK

I came to Udayan Ghar aged five. Udayan Care has given me the best - best home, best education, best chance to achieve my dream of helping others. I’ve nearly completed my social work degree! Soon I will work to give others the love given to me.

Pooja, New Delhi

  • Dr. Kiran Modi Founder & Managing Trustee
  • Meera Sawhney Trustee
  • Aneesha Wadhwa Trustee
  • Sanjeev Gupta Trustee
  • Arun Talwar COO