For our wedding in December, we suggested that guests considered supporting Udayan Care in place of traditional wedding gifts. We have been humbled by the support for the idea, and have raised over £500 to date. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us so far, and we are now continuing to raise money for this organisation. We will deliver all donations received when we next visit India around Diwali in 2019. Our aim is to raise ₹100,000 by this time (approximately £1,100).
Recent estimates suggest that there may be as many as 20 million orphaned or abandoned children in India.
These children may have been abused, and there is little chance for adoption. Many therefore end up on the streets or in government-run institutionalised care, often until adulthood. Conditions in these institutions can be very poor, and abuse often continues.
In this environment, these children have little chance of a decent childhood, education or future.
We are therefore supporting Udayan Care, who provide a safe home environment for orphaned and abandoned children. It started with a single family home (Ghar) in Delhi in 1996, and has now touched the lives of over 21,000 children throughout India.
As well as providing safe homes, Udayan Care also runs education programmes for girls and IT training programmes for disadvantaged children.
More details can be found on their website: www.udayancare.org.
We know that it can be difficult to assess how effective an organisation is. Reviews from past volunteers are overwhelmingly positive, and detailed annual reports provide transparency of their operation. They are also accredited by GiveIndia and Credibility Alliance. We therefore believe that this is a highly effective and credible organisation to support.
All money raised will go directly to Udayan Care to support their important work.
We thank you deeply for your support.