Project information

Udayan Scholarships and Homes

Scholarships for girls from deprived backgrounds and homes for children who have been orphaned, abandoned and abused.

January 2012 - January 2013

Charity information

iPartner India (Trading as Connect For Change)

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  • Need


    Scholarships: It is a common fact in India that the burden of poverty falls particularly heavily on girls. If parents cannot afford to send all their children to school, it's the girls who usually lose out. For girls from poor families who somehow manage to pass Class Ten (GCSEs), there are almost no opportunities for them to study further.
    Homes: Almost 9.2% of Indian children are in need of a stable home. 35 million are orphans, 30 million live in shelters and 35 million are on the streets.


    Scholarships: Girls from underprivileged homes are put through a structured academic programme integrated with a financial incentive package, which enables them to achieve a degree, sometimes even a post graduate degree. The programme also includes mentoring and personal development.
    Homes: The LIFE Udayan Ghars (homes) focus on long term residential care for orphaned and abandoned children, reflecting a family unit and providing essential security, love, and support for each child.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable 250 deserving, needy girl students to continue their studies.


    » Financial support to each Fellow to facilitate her education from Std XIth to at least 5 years of higher studies.

    250 meritorious girl students from very poor families will complete professional studies and pursue careers of their choice.

    Aim 2

    To deliver individual attention, counselling and grooming to facilitate overall development.


    » Mentoring support to each Fellow for guidance and direction in academic and personal development.

    250 meritorious girl students from very poor families will complete professional studies and pursue careers of their choice.

    Aim 3

    To widen fellows' knowledge on career choices, social issues and personal development.


    » Knowledge transfer through mentoring, communication skills and leadership development and sex education for each Fellow based on a needs assessment.

    250 meritorious girl students from very poor families will complete professional studies and pursue careers of their choice.

    Aim 4

    Through obligatory social work, encourage girls to make a positive contribution to society.


    » The Fellows will be engaged in “social development activities” with the belief to inculcate the habit of “giving back to society”.

    250 meritorious girl students from very poor families will complete professional studies and pursue careers of their choice.

    Aim 5

    To create residences for orphaned, abandoned and abused children in a "Family-like environment".


    » Support for 2 homes which offer 30 places to children who are orphaned, abandoned and abused, whilst 45 more children benefit from common activities

    30 children who have settled into their homes and are beginning to show signs of positive attachment and development. 45 more children positively engaging with daily activities.

  • Impact


    Scholarships: each disadvantaged child receives the opportunity for self-development and higher education, the dignity of self-reliance, and the ability and desire to give back to society. Success will be demonstrated through the 250 girl students who will be able to complete their professional studies and pursue careers of their choice.
    Homes: each child will be settled into a home and given security and love. Success lies in 75 children becoming future contributing citizens to society.


    Scholarships: our commitment to a Fellow is for at least 5 years of support for pursuing professional studies. Sometimes funding is withdrawn from a donor which puts the individual and project at risk. We have continued to support these girls from our general funds but to reduce this risk, we now take commitment from donors to support the entire duration of their studies.
    Homes: a risk is that children don't settle and this is dealt with by offering each child ongoing emotional support.


    Reporting will be handled by iPartner India who will provide the donor with a 6 monthly and yearly report on progress made.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,749 Home education Direct children’s education and recreation costs
      £3,120 Home nutrition Costs of nutrition programme
      £5,130 Home staff and admin Staff at home costs, monitoring and ongoing admin
      £21,874 Scholarship tuition New programme set up costs, tuition fees for 250 fellows
      £6,826 Scholarship activities Workshops and residential camp
      £13,301 Scholarship management Mentoring, management and human resource costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual donor £15,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Scholarships: the project will cover the scholarship costs for girls from across the Punjab region in Delhi, Kolkatta, Kurukshetra, Phagwara and Jalandhar.
    Homes: children in need will be housed from across Mayur Vihar and Greater Noida.


    Scholarships: Girls from poor backgrounds in Punjab who pass Class Ten can apply for the Udayan Shalini Scholarship. Even though Punjab is one of the ‘richer’ regions of India, it suffers from a range of social issues from high levels of female foeticide through to large numbers of girls dropping out of higher education.
    Homes: Children will be housed according their current life situation (orphaned, abandoned or abused) determined through close monitoring.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Scholarships: Udayan Shalini Fellowships has introduced a system of mentoring, whereby fellows from schools are attached to a senior educator. They motivate and guide fellows towards greater achievements, help them in realizing their dreams, facilitate career progression, and act as a bridge between the fellows and the organization.
    Homes: Udayan Ghars is a long term residential care option for children, with a 15 year track record, nurturing hundreds of children's lives across India.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kiran Modi

    Executive Director of Udayan Care.