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Physical and Mental Health Support and Outcomes for Children in Residential Care Programs

India SRT


June 1, 2017 - August 1, 2017

Project Objectives

'Udayan', in Sanskrit, means Eternal Sunrise. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, youth, and women in 13 cities across 8 states of India. Their mission is to provide residential care in a family based environment so that the children grow up to be healthy, caring, independent and socially responsible adults. In striving to meet these goals, Udayan Care provides mental and physical health care services, foster care and community interaction, and education and career training through four primary activities: Udayan Ghars, group homes providing care to orphaned and vulnerable children; Udayan Shalini Foundation, providing scholarship support for girls' education; the Udayan Information Technology and Vocational Training Program, and the Big Friend Little Friend mentorship program. http://www.udayancare.org/

Project Opportunities

Through the Udayan care Ghar Program and the Duke SRT Program, students will have the chance to learn about Orphan and Vulnerable child health issues in India and the residential support care model Udayan care has developed. Students will help support service and research activities that seek to better understand the short and long term mental and physical health needs of children, mentor parents and caregivers in Udayan Ghars.

Specific Activities for summer 2017
• Help collect longitudinal and cross-sectional data using current tools on bio-psycho-social health, including attachment, risk/resiliency, trauma, physical health, growth and nutrition
• Explore, develop, and help investigate new tools for the Indian OVC population and their caretakers.
• Combine and help analyze current physical and mental health data
• Active involvement in engaging with and mentoring children and transitioning youth at Udayan Care
• Active involvement in developing sustainable collaborations and service-learning capacity with Udayan Staff
• Immersion in the local culture and interaction with health workers, policy makers, and child guardians to better understand solutions to promote optimal care and development.

Project Application Process

  1. Choose a project location that interests you
  2. Complete the 2016-2017 application
  3. Send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to gh-education@duke.edu
  4. Deadline: October 24, 2016

Project Selection Criteria


Hindi is helpful but not required.

Area of Interest

¥ Interest in mentoring and working with children and young adults
¥ Interest in social science research. Knowledge (course or experience) in research methods, data collection and analysis helpful
¥ Self-motivated learner, passionate about GH and sensitive to cultural conditions
¥ Ability to work independently as well as in a team of peers, community co-workers and community supervisors in an intense social and work environment.
¥ Course work and/or experience in developmental psychology, child/maternal health, and global mental health
¥ Experience with India and/or Hindi very helpful but not required. Of primary importance: Cross-cultural sensitivity openness, interest in self-reflection
¥ Professionalism and maturity in working with care-providers, health workers, and NGO supervisors and co-workers.
¥ Excellent organizational and communication skills required
¥ Team members will be required to participate in weekly team training meetings and engage actively in post-fieldwork

Project Application Deadline


Project Placements Available


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