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Computer literacy for underserved youth in Delhi

There is a growing demand for computer education and information technology among the poor urban and rural communities including communities around our Udayan Care's residential homes for orphaned children. This project intends to focus on mixed communities; located around our Udayan Homes and those in the densely populated clusters of slums, resettlement colonies and other low income settlements by setting up IT centers provided by Microsoft's Community Technology Skills Programme.
About Our Partner

Udayan Care

Appalled by the stark reality of 31 million orphans in India and shocked by the condition of institutions housing them, a few like- minded individuals got together to take serious action. This obsession was the seed which sprouted as Udayan Care, - which was registered in 1994, as a Public Charitable Trust. While our first initiative was the Udayan Ghar programme for orphaned and abandoned children, we gradually worked towards ensuring higher education for girls through the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. In 2004, Udayan Care also initiated an Outreach programme for children affected by HIV, as well the Udayan Information and Technology Centres to improve employability of under-served communities. We began with a thorough research on existing models for children in need of care & protection and opportunities that existed for young girls, women and disadvantaged youth. What our research threw up was an eye-opener and a driving force for us to develop innovative models across all our initiatives. Needless to say, the journey had many hurdles but it is Udayan Care's dynamism that has sustained it and enabled us to expand our intervention. Our Vision: "To Regenerate the Rhythm of Life of the Disadvantaged." Our Mission: "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". Our Theory of Change - "There are millions of orphaned and abandoned children in India; in addition, girls from weaker sections of society do not get an equal opportunity to continue their education; professional skills and attitude are lacking among disadvantaged communities to become economically self reliant. Udayan Care provides homes to orphaned children while also giving girls financial and development support to continue higher education, and communities to train themselves in vocations, by engaging socially committed individuals, who provide a transformative, nurturing and mentoring environment, to help them realize their full potential." In 18 years, we have served more than 9959 people in 7 cities and advocate for children's rights in alignment with the Indian Constitution, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Strategic Objectives in line with Mission and vision: 1. Provide protection and holistic growth to children in difficult circumstances. 2. Increase professional skills and employability of financially and socially disadvantaged communities. 3. Establish dynamic processes/models of Care and Protection. 4. Influence Policy Reform and decision making processes. 5. Promote Voluntarism to engage in Child Care and Development processes 6. Work towards inculcating a new world view and practice towards children in vulnerable situations 7. Develop a structured research and documentation process that can be shared with other stakeholders at national and international levels. 8. Organize adequate resources for all the programs, maintain the financial health of the organization and ensure that we work effectively as well as be cost effective. Vision 2017: Set up and sustain 29 Udayan Ghars to reach out to 500 children for long-termcare and support. Support 5,200 Udayan Shalini Fellows in 8 chapters. Develop and sustain 12 Information Technology and Vocational Training Centres. Acquire adequate number of Mentor parents for Udayan Ghars and Mentors for Udayan Shalini Fellowships in keeping with expansion. Involve more interns from prestigious universities and experienced corporate volunteers. Set up a Resource Centre for training of Careers & roll out Advocacy Programme for Child Rights through capacity building of 50,000 people and putting together one seminar and one research paper each year for the same. Promote replication of Standard Operating Procedures followed in Udayan Care's approach, as a model in all Udayan Care programmes, with a vision to share and made available to other NGOs working for similar programmes.

The Problem

The Census of India 2011 projects that the working age group will constitute up to 64% of India's population by 2021. The bulk of this increase is likely to be in the younger age group of 20-35 years. In order to tap the unlimited potential of this large youth population and to enhance their employability quotient, technology and specialized vocational skills play a major role.Therefore, there is an urgent need to address the issue maximize the employment rates for better standards of living.

The Solution

Based on Udayan Care's mission to enable every adult the dignity of self-reliance, Udayan Care Information Technology & Vocational Training Centres was initiated in 2006 to enable under-served youth and adults improve their livelihood options. By developing computer and vocational skills, the youth are able to improve employability with many taking up jobs or setting up their own businesses.Our centres offer Certificate courses in basic computer knowledge as well as Diploma and Advanced courses.

Sustainability

With training and career counselling through our placement assistance, our students are able to get better jobs with incomes increasing by at least 20-25%, thus improving the standard of living of their families. this programme ensures to empower disadvantaged children and youth with informed choices/decisions and actions related to personal, financial and social upliftment. Since inception, our 6 IT&VT centres have equipped over 9220 students across Delhi and NCR .

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