Making Sure Care Wins over COVID

In April 2020, Udayan Care set up an Emergency Response Fund to ensure food on the table of the Udayan Shalini families who had lost livelihoods. And in May, the pandemic got worse. As our calls to girls across the country saw families leave their cities to walk home to their villages, and Udayan Ghar Care Leavers lost their jobs and couldn’t pay their rent, we realized the fund was now supporting dignity and safe spaces to come home to.

As help poured in from longtime supporters and we scrolled through spontaneous fundraisers on Facebook, we recognized our Information Technology centre alumni, our Shalini fellows, our Ghar alumni, our staff – it was them rising up to help their own. And we realized we were witnessing the “Giving Back” we taught every child, every youth from Udayan Care.

Our Frontline Warriors - Our Caregivers
The 250 children in our homes have stayed safe and healthy this month. This was because of our real heroes are those who have cared for the children 24 x 7 for almost 90 days – our very own frontline warriors 
Creativity in Lockdown Restrictions
The Ghar children were also engaged and entertained – yoga classes Zoomed from our Skill Centre in Uttarakhand to 17 homes, “Quizantine” contests and virtual story telling kept them busy. And competitive!

We pivoted our programmes till they reached as many homes as we could connect with, reaching as many Shalinis and IT centre trainees as they could – creativity, upskilling, connecting, learning.

Launch of Special Issue of the ICB Journal
Despite the lockdown, we published our academic journal on Alternative Care, ICB. The 13th publication, the first edition published with Sage, was developed in close partnership with Hope and Homes for Children, UK. Watch our Editor Speak section here.

We also used the lockdown to write and collaborate on issues ranging from technology access faced by children growing up in care to a young Care Leavers reflection on COVID. Read what CLAN members Karishma and Imran wrote on a topic close to their heart. - “From being care for to self-care: dealing with the difficult Covid-19 situation Or read about how children under our care are thriving even as they confront the pandemic boldly and with positivity in Bringing Sunshine in a Time Full of Shadows, published by Duke Global Health Institute, USA.

We’re still trying to help as many as we can so they know they’re cared for. Follow us to know how you can get involved. 
And thank you. For helping us ensure the Promises we made to our children and youth, will win over this Pandemic.
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