What Udayan Care does
The mission of Udayan Care is ‘a nurturing home for every orphaned child, an opportunity for higher education for every girl and for every adult, the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society.’
‘Udayan’, in Sanskrit, means Eternal Sunrise. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women and youth, in 13 cities across 8 states of India.
India is home to 31 million orphans. Adoption rates are extremely low and there are only 75,000 orphanages, most lacking long term care in family like setting, counselling or emotional bonding. In 1996 a group of like- minded individuals developed the idea of Udayan Ghars (homes) for children, based on the Group Foster Care Model. 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.
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 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 & National Capital Region, Jaipur and Kurukshetra where 352 children – boys and girls – have been cared for.
ASOS Foundation and Udayan Care
For the past five years the ASOS Foundation has funded the annual running costs of a Udayan home for girls and in. 2011, we began to support of a boys’ home too.
As our partnership grew, ASOS colleagues started to visit the girls and boys when visiting India on business. In response to enthusiasm from colleagues to be able to make more of a difference, we launched ‘Give a Week Away’ in January 2014, giving ASOS volunteers the opportunity to spend a week at a Udayan home in Delhi.
Following a selection process, a team of 9 ASOS colleagues took on the challenge of refurbishing two family rooms at one of the girls’ homes. The volunteers transformed the TV and Dining rooms and ran workshops with the children over the course of the 10 days. These were created by the team and including making and recording music, baking cupcakes, designing and making bags, customising t-shirts and bunting as well as Bollywood dancing and taking part in a sports day. Each volunteer was asked to raise a minimum of £500 for the ASOS Foundation with the team smashing their target and collectively raising over £7,000!
This £7,000 was the start of something much bigger. Shortly after the volunteers returned home, the ASOS Foundation launched The Big Challenge – one year to raise £150,000 to purchase land and build a brand new Udayan home. Currently the fundraising is on target.
In January 2015 the second Give a Week Away will be taking place with a team of volunteers fundraising and currently planning their workshop activities.