Rajiv Malik, HPI Correspondent, New Delhi
NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 7, 2005: "Udayan Care has shown us the way to real spirituality, they have worshipped God by serving the disadvantaged children." These views were expressed by Swami Agnisvesh, world famous social activist and an Arya Samaj leader. He delivered a keynote address on the subject "Nurture A Child, Save A Nation" at a function organized in New Delhi's prestigious India International Centre on February 6, 2005. The function celebrated the 11th Founder's Day function of Udayan Care, a registered charitable organization focused on working with disadvantaged children and women. Udayan's Mission is to "Regenerate the rhythm of life of the disadvantaged." The organization claims to accomplish it through various programs with their unique strategy of "Mentoring." Udayan's major interest lies in developing innovative models for quality care.
Udayan Care is one of the select organizations in India which has been chosen for an annual grant by HPI's sister organization Hindu Heritage Endowment [HHE], a multi-million-dollar professionally managed charitable endowment established to strengthen Hinduism worldwide since 1994.
Swami Agnivesh was so moved by the style of functioning and achievements of Udayan Care that he instantly announced that he would divert a donation of US$123,000 assured to him by his wellwishers overseas to Udayan Care so that it could work for the tsunami affected children and bring the same quality of care to them as it has been doing in Delhi and the adjacent NCR region in its 5 residential homes.
Speaking on this occasion, the chief guest at the function, Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dixit, lauded the good work being done by Udayan Care. She said ,"If your heart is willing to do something good and noble, then you must just start doing it. Support comes to a good cause automatically. Udayan Care is an example to be emulated by others."
Taking a dig at her own government who had not helped Udayan Care to the extent the Chief Minister herself desired, Mrs. Dixit said, "Governments are frustrating. But my advise is follow up with the governments with perseverance and ultimately they will have to respond."
In her presentation Mrs. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee of Udayan Care, explained that besides running residential homes, the organization is also running a unique Fellowship Programme in which 250 deserving girls from underprivileged backgrounds get monetary and mentoring support. The Chief Minister, Swami Agnivesh and the audience were specially touched by the effort of these girls who, despite in need of scholarship money themselves, decided to donate a part of their scholarship money to the CM's Relief Fund for the tsunami victims.
Screened on this occasion was a beautiful film capturing the "slice of life" of children in Udayan Care. On this occasion, four distinguished people from various fields were given Awards of Distinction for their meritorious service to the disadvantaged by the Chief Minister of Delhi. Awardees included, Principal S. L. Jain (Mahavira Sr. Model School), Mr. Jai Zharotia (noted artist), Dr. Navin Dang (pathologist), and Dr. Nilima Sabharwal (philanthropist) of Home of Hope. The program ended with Udayan Care children singing a beautiful Udayan Family song. But this was actually the beginning, as the function touched many chords in the hearts of the distinguished gathering assembled there.