Udayan Care USA believes that education and a loving family are the key to creating confident, successful young adults in India.
Every Child Deserves a Loving Family
For over 25 years, the Udayan Care Ghars (Homes) have cared for orphaned, abandoned, and abused boys and girls throughout northern India. These homes differ from traditional orphanages and shelters because of Udayan Care’s focus on LIFE–living in a family environment. Children are given a loving family, including mentor parents, caregivers, and siblings, educated through post-high school, provided mental and medical health care, and a place to call home for the rest of their lives.
Based on the belief that a loving home and family is the right of every child, Udayan Ghars (Children’s Homes) are long term, group residential homes that nurture children who are orphaned, abandoned or at-risk, in a family-like environment, through a strategy called L.I.F.E – Living In Family Environment. There are single and multi-unit Udayan Ghars, wherein 12 children (6-18 years) constitute a unit to give individual attention to each child. This ‘Group Care’ model ensures children are loved and cared for by a group of Mentor Parents – long term volunteers, with the help of a team of caregivers, social workers, and mental health professionals. UdayanGhars are located in middle-class neighborhoods to help children integrate with mainstream society. Children receive quality education in some of the best schools. Once they turn 18, they are supported through our Aftercare Programme and continue with higher education or vocational training towards economic independence.Since inception in 1996, Udayan Ghars have nurtured over 1200 children. Presently, over 200 children live at 17 Udayan Ghars, in 4 states of India, viz., Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and 30 young adults are being supported through the After Care Programme.
Creating Confident Women
Udayan Shalini Fellows are intelligent, young women whose families make less than $3,000 per year. Once a girl is admitted into the program, the Fellowship provides financial support for her tuition from 11th grade through college, as well as providing a mentor to guide them through these years of school and help them obtain jobs. During this time, these amazing young women go through an intensive 5 to 6-year training program, covering topics from personal hygiene to resume writing to confidence building. They leave the program as confident young women prepared to make a difference in their communities, succeed in the workforce, and help support their families.
Since inception, USF has supported 8500 girls from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds, where families earn less than 3000 dollars a year. Today, many of our girls, whom we call Shalinis(Dignified, Empowered Women), are pursuing fields like Engineering, Medical Studies, Chartered Accountancy, Company Secretaryship, Vocational Training, Nursing, and Computer Science, among others.
The USF programme is founded on 5 pillars –
- Financial support to encourage girls to complete Grade XI through their undergraduate or vocational studies.
- Curriculum based capacity building workshops that cover multiple life skills.
- 3 Personal guidance through mentoring based on indigenously developed modules and mentor mentee pairing.
- Giving back to society through 50 hours of mandatory social work and active alumni development.
- Employability enhancement through a definedcurriculum; exposure visits and internships;placement assistance is also available.
The programme aims to create a ‘sena’ (army) of sensitive, skilled and enlightened citizens.. USF is now present in 21 chapters – Aurangabad, Baddi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi (North, South), Dehradun, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kurukshetra, Mumbai, Panchkula, Phagwara, Pune, Thane and Vadodara. In 2019-20, a new chapter in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, has commenced and over 1200 girls were inducted into the programme across the country