Tara Homes for Children, NGO for street children in Delhi, India

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Holi, festival of love and colours, is duly celebrated at TARA!

On Monday, March 13, 2017, the TARA Boys, the TARA Girls and a whole bunch of volunteers, staff members and friends of TARA gathered in Lodhi Garden to celebrate Holi, the famous Indian festival of colours.

This event traditionally marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the harvest, but it is especially for the children the opportunity to smear vivid colors on each other, to lounge in the mud and to use watering hoses as weapons of their revenge against the adult staff!
The children met in the morning in the large and shaded park of Lodhi Garden, armed with sachets of (organic!) colors and water pistols. Their faces did not remain unscathed for long, the game consisting of covering every centimeter of skin with rose, yellow, purple, green or blue colors until the children were hardly recognizable. The adults were not left behind and the multicolored faces soon drifted, following repeated attacks of sophisticated water pistols, fully emptied buckets of water and powerful hoses.
When colors and reserves of water were exhausted, the eldest children made a point of carrying the staff triumphantly and leaving them … in a huge pool of mud! That is a well-known fact: to get rid of the body mask that water and sun-dried colors for on the skin, nothing works better than a mud bath in the gardens of Delhi.


After this unconventional spa and the rematch by the staff, the stomachs started to groan and the snack prepared under the aegis of Coraline (director of the Guesthouse Bed and Chai and Supreme Organizer of Holi for TARA every year ) was warmly acclaimed. Biryani, nutella pancakes and toffees were swallowed within seconds; the digestion minutes that followed helped calm the game and allowed to take some pictures of this iconic celebration.


But the "hostilities" quickly resumed and those who were unfortunate enough to have washed their faces were the first victims ... The children are not novices, some had kept aside a few sachets of color so as to restart the game unexpectedly!

Finally, because a tatami is not worth a mellow lawn, the children competed in jiu-jitsu clashes where the TARA Girls confirmed their mastery in front of the adults, stunned by their agility, strength and technique. The TARA Boys were careful not to compete against them!
When exhaustion gained even the eldest and all the reserves were finally exhausted, the staff took over the authority they had conceded and gathered scattered shoes, accessories and children to go back to the Home where the rest of the day was spent trying to erase any trace of the colors which had covered everyone, from the root of their hair to the nails of their toes.

Finally clean, the children are already looking forward to next year ...

Surprise visit of Mr.Ambassador of France to India!

Monday, March 20, 2017

A logo redesign for a new youthfulness!

TARA had rejuvenation with its logo redesign. We are very proud to present you today our new face.


Why we have done a logo redesign?

It has been almost nine years now that the first TARA project started, with the opening of TARA Boys in 2008. TARA's identity has grown as fast as the first boys did, with the launch of TARA Tots in 2012, TARA Big Birds in 2014 and TARA Girls in 2015 and the reinforcement of its expertise in the field of Child Protection in New Delhi.

The blue bird of TARA, which the first Boys found painted on the walls of their house eight years ago, has carried us in our beginnings. It is now time to let him fly away and give space for a new visual identity which will represent better TARA's evolution and its daily actions.

Some explanations

You will recognize the colors of TARA's four homes (blue, orange, grey, pink) framing an "A" formed by the roof of a house which gives shelters to two children (boy and girl) holding hands and soaring up towards the bright star of their future. Indeed, "TARA" in hindi means "star", it is the name that the first children chose to define what the projects mean to them.

Moreover, their clasped hands symbolize, on the one hand, the proximity of siblings that our different Homes allow. On the other hand, they picture the long-term impact of the TARA projects ; when a child is educated and independent, he is indeed able to change the life of his loved ones, especially for his future family if he wishes to build one. The roof under which these two children find shelter can therefore represent both the present roof of TARA Homes and the roof of a future home, built independently by each child raised in TARA.

Our baseline did not escape the relooking!

TARA wants to enhance the experience acquired over the years with a new description of its activity “Child Protection and Empowerment”. It is intended to better match with the work our team have done and the values we are all proud of.

We hope that you will like this new logo! If you do, just let us know!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TARA Boys do speak French


By Véronique, French teacher at TARA Boys.

When you arrive in India, you start with the following questions:

Where am I going?
What to do?

There is so much to do.
It is during the summer 2016, that I made my entry as a teacher of French at the TARA Boys.
The 20 boys were on vacation; they needed a volunteer to do French classes. I therefore made an appointment after having spoken with the pedagogical team with these 20 boys.

 Our first meeting took place in the room, which serves as classroom, refectory, TV room with the TARA Boys.
They were all at once curious, reserved, smiling maliciously to know to what sauce they were going to charm me.
I presented myself, while observing them just as they did for me. I felt that the contact passed during exchanges of smiles, we could start studying.

My motivation is to make them pass the exam, first level of French. Challenge for them and for me. The potential of these TARA Boys. is extraordinary. The mood is always cheerful, applied. They want to learn even if it's always a bit difficult to handle the language of Molière.

After six months of teaching, I am enthusiastic because I feel able to converse more and more. Their curiosity is refined and some who have French at school want complementary courses. This is the best sign that they will soon be bilingual.

The world is on their doorstep and I am delighted to help them get in


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Noorjahan, future jiu-jitsu champion

Twice a week, the TARA Girls install red and blue mats in their Activity Room and sit with calm and discipline for their Jiu Jitsu Class. As their teacher explains, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a "form of Martial arts that promotes the concept of how a smaller/weaker person can successfully defend himself/herself against a much larger, bigger and stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage and timing".

The TARA Girls patiently learn, practice and repeat the techniques he teaches them to make the best use of their energy and to exploit their potential attacker's own strength against him or her. Indeed, what makes jiu-jitsu so effective is the fact that it is based on the principles of weight distribution, balance, timing and leverage rather than speed or strength. It was designed with the purpose of allowing a smaller person to defend themselves from a larger attacker and to ensure that anyone regardless of their physical ability, could utilize the techniques for self-defense.

Moreover, jiu-jitsu keeps the children healthy by providing them with a safe way to exercise while learning a skill. It also increases their self-confidence as they learn the techniques to defend and develops humility. Submitting others can build confidence, but this comes after countless times of being on the receiving end. These experiences build humility and appreciation.

Finally, Jiu-Jitsu teaches all of its students to never give up and to keep pushing forward. The ability to focus and stay on track is something everyone needs to develop when studying jiu-jitsu. This skill can be learned from jiu-jitsu, but applied in all aspects of life.

Among the TARA Girls, Noorjahan has proved to be particularly dedicated to this art ; further to the regular sessions of all the Girls, she is therefore benefitting from private classes at TARA Girls... Maybe a future champion!
Have a look at her progress here:


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sunil's sharp earing

In July, Sunil complained of hearing problem and pain with pus discharge in his left ear, due to which he could lose the use of his ear and be affected by a facial paralysis.

His doctor at Max suggested him Tympanomastoidectomy, (say it without breathing!) and the surgery was kindly performed on 10th October by Dr.S.K Kacker, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Arvind Kacker, ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat) specialist & owner of the Delhi ENT Hospital at Jasola and of his father.
Sunil's eardrum was replaced naturally by taking a graft from his temporalis fascia and a cartilage was taken from his ear to support the damaged parts of his bones in ear.

Sunil confesses he was a little anxious and explains that: « the whole ENT Hospital medical team was fantastic, I did not feel any pain, even when they removed the stitches »

The young man can now hear, speak and live his life as any boy in their twenties!

This successful surgery is the result of a great teamwork and here is the list of the people Mr. Sunil particularly wants to express his gratefulness to:

- Basanti, TARA Big Birds’ Manager,
- Ridhima, TARA's Medical Officer
- Rakesh, TARA Big Bird & Sunil’s roommate, for taking care of him at home, giving to him all the support he needed.
- All Delhi ENT Hospital’s team
    Sunil and Ridhima after the surgery

Two months after the surgery, Sunil is glowing : « This surgery made my life much easier and better ».

And what a better gift for him than to be able to hear properly the TOTS’ Christmas songs...?