Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Childhood Wishes


It’s Christmas and while as a family we’ve never celebrated it, we‘ve always wished our friends a ‘Merry Christmas’. I happened to be talking to a friend today – Christmas Day and her five year old came on the line and wished me a “Merry Christmas”. And in the same breath shared that “Santa gave me a magic and sweater and jeans.” I complained that “Santa never gave me anything” and she had a ready logic that “he only gives to small children.”

As a child I too wished – that the tooth fairy would place beautiful stationary under my pillow, that God would make me stand 1st in class, that my uncle would get me colour pencils from abroad, that Mom would buy me party sandals ...... the list never ended!
  
I thought that over the many years since I was a child, children today would have fancier wishes – mobile phones, ipads, digital cameras.......  I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a wish list of children from Udayan Care – an NGO that nurtures children who are orphaned or abandoned. It was heartening to read the simple wishes children had – a school bag, pencil box, dress,  sandal, jeans among many others,

And yes, the five year old who wished me today was absolutely right - he (Santa in this case) only gives small children because they ask with a complete trust that all their wishes will be fulfilled. It is that innocence which lives in us as children that makes us Wish. A fleeting innocence because childhood becomes a memory before we know it. To let my belief in the tooth fairy, Santa and all the others live on, I am going to fulfil a child’s wish.  

 Meenakshi Kohli
Advocating Equal Rights for every child

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Human Rights for all


10 December 1948 marked International Human Rights Day, the day that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted. In honour of this occasion, the winter session our Parliamentraised the issues of human rights violations in Tibet and Jammu and Kashmir.Similar issues were discussed by civil society organisations, including a talk onhuman right violations against refugees in India, that I had the opportunity to attend.


On a day that we reaffirm our commitment to Human Rights, principles enshrined in the UN declaration, and our own constitutional values of ‘economic, social and political justice,’it is of course befitting to give due attention to some of the grossest violations of human rights that take place across the world, reflected in these various forums be it parliament or society at large. However, it is perhaps as important to acknowledge thathuman rights is not isolated to a single region, community,or particular event in our country.

The discourse on Human Rights also encompasses the daily struggles that people across our country continue to face. This includes our children who continue to suffer from malnutrition, womenwho face abuse and violence,slum dwellers who lack access to basic housing, and thousands who lack access healthcare facilities, or, and livelihoods.All of these represent violations of Article 25 of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees everyone “the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care.” More so, they represent a living reality for many.

But, the narrative of human rights need not stop at economic and social inequalities. Something as basic as the right to a clean environment is something that most of us continue to be denied, whether it isit noxious fumes in the air, the pollutionof our water bodies, or the rapid rate of resource depletion that is slowly destroying our ecosystems. Thoughit may not explicitly be stated in UN Declaration, our own judiciaryhas upheld that a clean and hygienic environment is ultimately fundamental to our Right to Life, in our own constitution.

So, when we talk of human rights, we need not look very far or wide, nor to a specific time or place when pledging our commitment to the cause. Recognising this is perhaps the first step to giving due attention to all of those who feature in the wider narrative called Human Rights.Hopefully, it is alsoa step closer to actually working towardsHuman Rights for all.

Saanya Gulati is a LAMP Fellow at PRS Legislative Research

Monday, December 10, 2012

Social Innovation Program with Udayan Care – School Of Inspired Leadership, Gurgaon

School Of Inspired Leadership, Gurgaon has the Social Innovation Program which is an internship with an NGO for a year, one ay each week. Our team comprising of Sukriti, Anvesh, Samik and Anil wanted to intern with Udayan Care because of its commendable work towards child care and education. When the four of us came together to form a team and decide on a an NGO to work for, we could clearly see that our values- Sustainability, Diversity, Ethics, Compassion, Mindfulness, which have been imbibed in us from the very first day at SOIL align very well with the values of Udayan Care.

It has been little more than 4 months now and even now, every Thursday we are full of energy and zeal to come to the Lajpat Nagar Head Office of Udayan Care and spend the day full of new tasks and challenges. Working at Udayan Care has taught us numerous things. Most importantly, it has made us realise the value of education, love and family in our lives. When we met the children at Mayur Vihar Ghar on our first day at Udayan Care in July, we could see the love and Care that they receive from their mentor mothers and the great enthusiasm with which each one of them talked about everything that happened that day at their school.  

We have learned how to make the most of whatever you have. Since an NGO does not have as much resources at their disposal as a business organisation does, we have to “do more with less” It has taught us how to utilise resources to their optimum without wastage. Also, an NGO works in a very different way from a business organisation. Things are way more difficult and challenging.  Working for Udayan Care has given us the most practical exposure of all the management theories and models that we study at SOIL in a very challenging way which has proved to be the best learning so far.  SOIL has even analysed a pattern which shows that whoever is able to work and succeed in this Social Innovation Program has proven to be successful at his workplace.

One of our really great experiences at Udayan Care was volunteering for the India NGO Awards 2011 as Udayan Care Interns. Volunteering for the event was in itself a great learning experience for all of us. We went back into the flashbacks of our college fest days. But the most amazing part of the whole ceremony was Udayan Care’s victory as the best NGO in the Medium Scale Category. It was then that we realised the strong bond that had developed between us and Udayan Care in just 4 Thursday visits. The pride and happiness that we felt when Udayan Care’s name was called out showed our sense of ownership and belongingness with our NGO partner. This event also made each of us realise the labour and toil that goes beyond the success of an NGO, be it small medium or a large scale NGO. What matters is your passion for the cause that you are working for, and your dedication towards achieving the Vision of your organisation.

We have covered half our journey at Udayan Care and it has been amazing. We are thankful to SOIL for giving us the opportunity to work for such a great organisation as Udayan Care. We are also thankful to Udayan Care for giving us this opportunity to attend this event as volunteers. Proud to be working for Udayan Care!

-Sukriti Sinha
-Anvesh Apale
-Samik Roy Choudhury
-Anil Kumar
Interns, Udayan Care

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Udayan Ghar


Udayan Ghar

Udayan is my Ghar
and I will never be tired of praising Udayan
Because it has given me a life.
Not only a life,
A happy life.
I think everyone wants to know what Udayan gave me right?
Ok I will tell you.
I knew how to walk,
Udayan showed me the way.
I knew where my lungs are,
Udayan gave me the breath.
I knew how to smile,
Udayan made me laugh.
I knew how to study,
Udayan gave me one of the best schools to study.
All these things Udayan gave me.
Every time when I am asked to describe Udayan, Believe me
Its not at all tough!
Words keep coming in my mind like anything,
And Udayan has become a part of my life till now.
I have been living here since six years.
Very oftenly I get tears when my mother died.
I thought my life has just finished.
But when I entered this home, I realized that no, my new life has already begun.
I used to be incomplete, but since I am in Udayan, I am totally complete.
I have each and everything which a child should have now how much do I need!
Thanks to Udayan! Love you. <3

- Manisha Udayan, Udayan Ghar, Sant Nagar

Friday, June 29, 2012

Trip to Ranthambore


At once everyone thanks God for his/her successes but I am the lucky one because I always get a chance to thank God for providing me such a wonderful  family with beautiful  mentor mother, Sharma di ,Rahul Bhaia, Joshi uncle, many brothers, friends, care keepers and obviously my sweet Bua .

They all never give me any chance to cry or to feel alone but only this is not enough, right? So, you will be very happy to know that I am the lucky charm who gets a lot love ,care and many chances to go on trips at different –different places during our holidays. This year, I went to Rajasthan. Oh! Are you thinking, why I went there in the summers as the temperature is very hot and dry. Right? But don’t worry, my trip was to Ranthambore in Rajasthan.  Here all animals are kept safely and cared by our Government  of  India.This park is specially for our national animal, Tiger. Weather was very good as compared to Delhi .

As we came to know about the national park of tigers, we made our aim to see the tigers. We have seen many tigers in the zoo but not in a jungle, roaming free, without any fear! Guess what? We succeeded. I know you are smiling but know you will laugh with the happiness. Do you know why?  Because along with tigers, we were able to see many other animals like monkeys, different birds, types of deer and many other animals .

Do you know, what we learned after watching movies and  photos related to tigers and other animals? We learned very important information about tigers. The jungle is as big as 2400 km and but tigers, on the other hand, were only 45 including their young ones. Friends, we must support our Government on Tiger's project to save them. 

After watching the animals, we came back to where we were staying and rested for an hour. Then we swam and watched T.V, talked to our friends and lastly, had dinner. We ate Naan , rice, and many  other things were there to eat. We also clicked lots of photographs. I have 358 pictures of me and my friends! This was our first day of trip.

Next Morning, we woke up early got ready for the next visit. But first we had our breakfast and then we sat in our safari  and went to see Ranthambore Fort which was vase on emperor hammier and his palace.
We saw temples of different Gods and Goddesses. Total number of temples were 18 but the area was so big, that if you tried to move on foot, I am sure your knee and legs will hurt. But we did it happily as we were really excited.We came back to our hotel and rested. We played many interesting games one of which was the Spider Web. In this game, we had to pass from a spider web one by one . We were divided in groups and I was the leader of my group. We started planning to do the task and you know what? We won the game! All the games made us hungry and we ate snacks. Then it was time for another photo shoot. 

We sat together and discussed how we felt about this trip. We also watched a movie called 'Born Free'. After dinner, we packed our bags to start our journey back home. 

So friends, how did you feel after reading this page? Did you understand how I am the luckiest and the favorite child of God? This is the reason. Thank you God for giving me such a wonderful chance. 

Sanjay Udayan
Udayan Ghar, Mayur Vihar - 1

Monday, May 14, 2012

Poems by Sanjay Udayan

Sanjay Udayan, our budding writer and artist, has come up with some wonderful poems. Read on and encourage him to keep writing!


Nature and beauty

I understood the beauty,
When I was on my duty ,
The duty was to see the nature ,
Men or the God who is the creator.

Figures of plants , trees, birds and human ,
I want to find difference between men and women ,
The face of a child ,
I want to see the animals wild.

God is great who made all these ,
But human are the worst who misused all these ,
Cutting down the trees and forest ,
Making birds fly and animals cry.

Making roads, buildings every where ,
Not giving the space to animals to stay somewhere ,
Forgetting our duty that ,
We have to save the nature and beauty. 
                                                                                                        

Traffic

Oh’ my God  , the traffic
Helding  everywhere ,
There is no space ,
To move some where .

All four sides  of the road ,
Are covered with cars ,
I don’t have the space ,
To look so far .

Why the companies ,
Making new and new cars ,
If the pollution ,
Touching the bar .

Cars and busses ,
Scooters  and bikes ,
Are invented day by day ,
Because we people giving the way.

Stop using cars and bikes ,
use  the public vehicles ,
which everyone like ,
and making the future ,
so bright and bight .
              

Success

Success is what you get
Success is what you wrote,
Success is what you thought
Success is what you plan
Success is what you do
Success is what you imagine,
Success is what you dream
Success is what you want
Success is what you see
Success is like a light
Making your future so bright

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Udayan Care

Manisha, from Udayan Ghar, Sant Nagar, wrote two beautiful poems expressing her love for Udayan Care. Read on to find out what she wrote:



1. NEVER IMAGINED 
NEVER EVEN IMAGINED TO COME TO UDAYAN
NEVER IMAGINE TO GET SUCH A TREMENDOUS LIFE
NEVER THOUGHT OF EXPRESSING MY TALENT
NEVER OPENED UP 
BEFORE I CAME TO UDAYAN GHAR
NEVER IMAGINED SUCH BEAUTIFUL LIFE BEFORE


I LEARNT CURSIVE WRITING 
I LEARNT HOW TO USE PEN 
I LEANT HOW TO USE COMPUTER 
NEVER IMAGINED THAT LIFE IS SO SPECIAL
AND WE GET IT ONLY ONCE 
AND NEVER AGAIN ........!
I LOVE UDAYAN 


I NEVER THOUGHT WHAT I WANTED TO BECOME 
BUT.........
WHEN I CAME TO UDAYAN 
I REALIZED THAT YES THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE 
SO FAMOUS THEN WHY CAN'T I BECOME SOMETHING 
AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT TOUGH AT ALL
AFTER COMING TO UDAYAN 
EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE 
THAT IS WHY CAN'T STOP SAYING I LOVE UDAYAN
B'COZ UDAYAN GAVE ME A LOVELY LIFE TO LIVE 
THANX UDAYAN 
LOVE YOU
NEVER IMAGINED 

2. UDAYAN



U- 
  U KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE U.?
        U GAVE ME SUCH A TREMENDOUS LIFE
      U MADE ME WRITE.
         U MADE ME LEARN .
     U MADE ME  .


D-
DEAR U GAVE ME DETERMINATION
        TO STUDY ,TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL,AND TO WIN PRICES WHICH I DEFINITELY  
DESERVE TO TAKE.

A- AN AMAZING LIFE I HAVE LIVED
   LIVING AND WILL LIVE .
BECAUSE UDAYAN IS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME WHY FOR ME FOR EVERY CHILD
WHO CANNOT AFFORD ANYTHING
 

Y- YES THIS IS TRUE
 
 BELIEVE ME .........YES I'M NOT AT ALL SHY OF BEING CALLED AND UDAYAN
 
I FEEL  SO PROUD OF BEING AN UDAYAN
 
I FEEL THAT YES THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO NEEDS HELP BUT UDAYAN IS TRYING A LOT TO HELP EVERY CHILD .THAT IS KINDNESS
 
THIS IS A LIFE WHICH I AM LIVING WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL .

A-   ALL CREDIT GOES TO MY SWEET HOME UDAYAN ONLY.
YEARS HAVE PASSED BUT
 
DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I HAVE GROWN UP.
WHEN I CAME IN UDAYAN I WAS JUST 10,
AND NOW I AM 15 .I LOVE U UDAYAN AND I UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR ME TO APPRECIATE WHAT UDAYAN DID FOR ME.

N-  NOT A SINGLE WORD I CAN HEAR  FROM MY FRIENDS
 
     OR ANY OUT SIDER SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT UDAYAN
 
  PEOPLE WHO THINK IT'S AN ORPHANAGE PLEASE I WOULD WANT THEM TO PLEASE COME AND VISIT US AND TELL US DOES IT LOOK LIKE AND ORPHANAGE
 
YOU WILL LOVE THIS .
I AM IN LOVE WITH UDAYAN GHRA CAN'T LEAVE I WILL NEVER FORGET U.
LOVE U...................!



Thursday, March 29, 2012

Life can be Changed

One of our children, Sanjay Udayan, wrote a beautiful story about a little boy named Shlok and how his life changes when he finds a home to call his own. Read on to find out more! Post your thoughts about Sanjay's story and encourage him to bolster his writing skills.

Twenty years ago in West Bengal, six friends were living together in a mud house on the street. They didn’t have a job. Rajeev and Rohan used to steal things from shops and Ravi and Hippo tom used to pick up the waste from the roads. Remaining two of them worked in a tea stall on a road.

One day Shlok thought to study in a good school but he had no extra money for school fees. He thought to find a rich man who could give his school fees and stay with him like parents, so that no one can say that “he is an orphan”.

At 7 pm, a man came to that tea stall and requested him to give a cup of tea but Shlok didn’t listen because he was trying to read a torn piece of a book. The man again requested to give him a cup of tea. The man saw that the child is trying to read something.

He went closer to him and asked ”My dear child, are you trying to read something?” Shlok replied in affirmative that he wanted to read the paper but he wasn’t able to read it. The man positively said that I will teach you but I don’t have any son, so would you come with me to live with me as my son? I promise that you will never feel orphan ever again”. The child instantly replied yes. He introduced himself saying, “I am Shlok and I am ten years old and want to study in a good school”. The man introduced himself as Manoj and said that he doesn’t have a son. Instantly Shlok said, “I am your son”.

After reaching home, Manoj’s family gathered and inquired who that boy is with Manoj and why he had brought him home? Manoj calmed everyone and asked to serve him something to eat and wear. Shlok filled his stomach with delicious meal and was looking smart in new clothes. While enjoying in his new house he imagined that his old friends were looking for him at the tea stall. At night he had a dream that he was enjoying with his friends. In the morning, he discussed with his father that he is missing his friends and wanted to go back. But his father said that he would have new friends and they would help him. He went to “The Golden Bird public School” for admission.

There he got admission in 3rd class. One day he won the 1st position for the best painting in a school competition. Everyone got surprised and he became the star of the school. By doing hard work, he also made a position among the class toppers. He was also good in sports and won many Laurels for the school. In the game of life, Shlok was able to succeed and became the famous ‘Artist Shlok’ after 12 years of hard work.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Testimonials of our Wonderful Interns

Read about our interns, Sowmya Sarathy and Chitra Surana's internship experience with Udayan Care! While Sowmya interned with our Big Friend Little Friend Programme, Chitra lent her skills to our Communications Department.

"I had a great experience working with Udayan Care. Out of the many things that I liked, there are two very striking features. The first is the level of professionalism exhibited by the employees of Udayan Care. I have been to many NGOs, but they are usually dainty places, with very little enthusiasm among staff. However, Udayan Care staff were motivated, energetic and highly professional (Like in a Corporate Company, only much kinder). The second thing that I loved about Udayan Care was the atmosphere it has created for the underprivileged children. Children here feel more confident, happier and at home compare to many other NGOs that I have visited. These are the striking features that I remember when I think about Udayan Care and the memory that I have had here, I shall always cherish." - Sowmya Sarathy, International Management Institute (IMI)

" I interned at Udayan Care for six weeks last summer and it proved to be one of the most satisfying experience of my life. The thing that touched me most is the cause that this organization works for. I have seen the kind of difference they have brought in the lives of its children. Those kids, who were once orphaned and abandoned without any hope for future, today lead a comfortable life of dignity and self reliance. I admire Kiran Modi, Founder and Managing Trustee-Udayan Care, for her dedication and will to make this society, this world a better place for the children.

Spirt, thy name is life” This is the most important learning which I am taking back from Udayan Care. Everybody in the organization, from the kids to the mentor mothers, shows immense will and spirit to move on with life. In spite of the ordeal they have gone through in the past they have learned how to smile and take the world in its stride." - Chitra Surana, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications, Pune