Udayan Ghars (Homes)
Sunshine homes that nurture orphaned children in the warmth of a family
- India is home to 31 million orphans
- There are only 75,000 orphanages and shelters in India, most lacking long term care in a family like setting, counselling or emotional bonding
- Adoption rates are as low as 0.18%
To make a change and start a movement, a group of like- minded individuals developed the idea of Udayan Ghars (homes) for children in 1996, based on the Group Foster Care Model.
Udayan Ghars were set up to nurture orphaned and abandoned children, give them a loving home, family bonding and a sense of belonging, ensuring them all opportunities to develop as capable, responsible individuals.
The Outcome and Impact
The first Udayan Ghar was set up in Delhi with just 3 little girls. Today,
18 years later, the movement has spread to 13 Udayan Ghars in Delhi & NCR, Jaipur and Kurukshetra where 352 children - boys and girls - have been cared for.
This Group Foster Care Model ensures children all the opportunities to enjoy their right to childhood and develop as socially integrated individuals with a self and family worth.
The Udayan Ghar Model, our own indigenously developed model and the first of its kind, is unique in many ways.
Holistic Child Development
Based on a strategy called L.I.F.E: Living In Family Environment, our homes look into every aspect of child development - from parenting to education and co-curricular activities, health etc to ensure children feel loved and well cared for. Individuals and Corporates also join hands through volunteering and the Corporate Mentoring Programme.
A novel parenting concept developed by Udayan Care, Mentor Parents are ordinary individuals with extraordinary sensitivity, who voluntarily commit themselves for life to groom the children just like their own. Sharing the joys and pains of growing up, Mentor Parents bring children a sense of continuity and stability, forming strong, family bonds.
Each Udayan Ghar unit is home to 10-15 children, to ensure individual attention for each child. There are separate homes for girls and boys varying between the ages of 6-18 years. Those above 18 are looked after in our After Care Programme, till they attain financial independence.
Mental Health Framework
Children in need of care and protection often suffer trauma due to neglect or abuse and are in need of care and counselling. A well-researched mental health frameworkhelps children come out of their initial trauma and develop a positive outlook towards life.
Quality Education and Career Management
Children are encouraged to study and are enrolled in some of the best schools. Their educational and professional training plans are developed with their participation. .
All Udayan Ghars are located in busy middle class neighbourhoods, encouraging community interaction, so that children can re-integrate themselves with society.
Capacity Building for Carers
To enable care staff to fulfill their responsibilities effectively, sustained
efforts are made to build capacities for Mentor Parents, care givers, social workers and Udayan Care staff working with children.
Encouraged by our supporters from India and overseas, and the fulfilling lives of our children, we have plans to set up 17 more Udayan Ghars across India, by the year 2017, ensuring over 500 children their rights to a home, family and education so that they can develop their full potential.
You can be part of our wonderful journey of transformation for children in many ways-
- Individuals and corporates can support various aspects of a child's development. All it takes - Rs.25000/- per year for education, Rs. 14000/- for nutrition or Rs. 6000/-for co-curricular activities
- Schools and educational institutions can waive off/subsidise fees
- Hospitals can provide free medical facilities
- Experts in their fields can share their talent and help children in their co curricular activities and trainings.
(Source.: UNICEF Statistics, CARA)