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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tara Big Birds: the takeoff of three young men!

In their own apartment and newly acquired independence, the Big Birds recently welcomed a new guest! Rakesh moved from Tara Boys to Tara Big Birds on the 24th of June and is now intensely studying for his board exam; Sunil worked for the holidays and applied for a Bachelor in Social Work; and Javed is now a hard-working and invested employee in Decathlon! Here is some of their feedback on freedom and responsibilities in Tara Big Birds, their past holidays and plans for the future …

Summer holidays are ending now, how did you spend them?
Sunil: "I went to the French Farm in Haryana and was doing farming there; I didn’t like this job because it was tough and demanded very hard work. My employer was not giving me any rest and scolding me unnecessarily without respect, so I quit. Then I started working for Tara."

What did you learn from this experience?
"I learnt how the farm works, how they produce, what kind of food to breed animals with. At least through this practical learning I know that I don’t want to work in a farm. Then in Tara, I helped Bimal (Tara Girls’ cook), assisted the administration staff and also worked as a driver, since I got my license two months ago! I was running everywhere since there were a lot of things to do but I liked it.
I also went home and spent time with my family in my native village. I was very happy to meet my family but I don’t like this place so much. Still, everybody was very proud that I passed my board exam!"

Was the board exam difficult?
"Yes! It is very competitive; unlike what we are used to in school exams. And the grades are important for our studies. Luckily I got 64% and thus passed!"

Javed: "I am working in a French Sports Company called
Decathlon as a sports advisor.
I advise the customer for the right sports products and explain
them about the benefits of each of them.
I also manage the delivery of our products to customers.
I learn a lot about management and the importance of the
customer’s satisfaction."
How did you get this job?
"I got this job by myself after going through a hard physical
test and interview."

Do you like your job in Decathlon?
"Yes, I like this job: it is very demanding in terms of time, energy,
knowledge and skills, but related to my passion for sports.
We also play different sports once we are done with our work.
The work environment here is best. Our integrity is respected."

Rakesh: "First I worked in Tara as an assistant accountant,
and after work I was studying. I was following up with the
logistics and accountancy: purchasing goods for Tara,
checking the bills, learning the procedure to take note of
every input and output of money...
Then on 10th of June I went back to my village for
my brother’s wedding, I had a lot of fun and I also helped
at home. When I returned I shifted to TBB.
In the beginning I was having some problems with
managing the shifting, moving all my stuff and
leaving the boys!
I started school a few days ago and I was happy to
meet friends; my teacher scolded me because she
missed me a lot, but she was happy to hear that now,
as a Tara Big Birds, I have a phone number and can be reached directly!"

You are preparing for the Board Exam this year, how do you feel about it?
"It scares me because I have to score a lot to get admission in a good college, I have to study a lot."

So how do you organize your days now that you have more independence?
"I wake up at 4, then I study, cook my breakfast and I take my bus to school. I come back from school at 3 or 3.30 depending on the traffic and I go studying in TB. And when I go back home in the evening there are some chores to do, cleaning and cooking that we didn’t use to do on a daily basis in TB!"

How is life in Tara Big Birds? Are you facing any difficulties? How do you handle your new responsibilities?
Javed: "Everything is best in TBB. We are very fortunate to be connected with Tara and supported even after we are young adults and given more opportunities to study further and explore other options for our life."

Sunil: "I was used to grow up with a lot of boys around me,
the feeling of loneliness is a little tough sometimes.
Managing everything can also be difficult, but it probably
takes some time to settle…
And I am happy that Rakesh moved in; as Javed works quite
far away I am glad to find a new company.
Maybe Rakesh can also help me in mathematics too,
he has different skills than me!
As we are expanding, we are now thinking of establishing
a planning of tasks, since we now have to do
all the duties by ourselves.
Tara is helping us in supporting the costs of the rent, our groceries,
our health care and school expenses, but we have to take care
of the housework all by ourselves, and the more people live here,
the more work there is!"

Do you miss Tara Boys?
Rakesh: "I am missing Tara Boys a lot, but especially the boys themselves, I don’t have so much time to visit them anymore and they really are like my small brothers so I do miss them a lot."

Javed: "Yes I do miss Tara Boys, specially Boys as I used to be one of them and now I am living separately. I was served in Tara Boys and I had to do nothing apart from my studies but now I am by my own managing different things in life…I would love to pay more visit to them but due to my new job it is hard to manage my time and go and see them."

What are your plans for the future?
Sunil: "Right now I am looking for colleges, I want to do a Bachelor of Social Work and work in the field of environment protection and health; I want to be involved in social work, but in other fields than children! Currently Rahul (Volunteer in Tara) is helping me to fill the online forms and applications according to what my interests and options are."

Rakesh: "I want to work in accountancy, after my board exam. Maybe next summer I can do an internship. Before that I have to dedicate myself fully to studies!"

Javed: "My future target is to get admission in a reputed Delhi College and study Tourism Management and French language, which interest me and will enable me to settle in life."

United in Tara Big Birds’ spaceship into the world of grown-ups, our young gentlemen delight by the diversity of their professional ambitions. Holidays have been rich in experiences and the Big Birds are now three ruffling their wings and pointing their noses out of the nest…




Friday, June 24, 2016

Tara Children take the lead on Child Protection

Team Rainbow
Team Ant-Man

On 30th of May 2016, we gathered representatives from Tara Boys and Tara Girls to review our Child Protection Policy. Noorjahan, Sikander and Shyamu united in Team Ant-Man while Vishal, Rakesh and Nandini stood as Team Rainbow.
The two teams went into intense brainstorming about the different forms of child abuses and possible dangers in the Homes, then came up with ideas on how to prevent the latter.
The teams identified several abuses children may face such as neglect; child labour; sexual abuse; violence in words and acts; deprivation of sufficient food, education, basic rights and participation; but also exposure to inappropriate audio-visual contents.

    They enhanced the importance of a supervisor's
    presence for such activities as going to the park,
    cleaning the ground floor (which is overlooking the
    street), TV time and computer time.
    They also insisted on the presence of the night staff
    and of trustworthy adults with them at all times.
    In case of any incident, the two teams emphasized
    that the child should find support and counselling
    with discretion. Any teasing from other children
    should be strictly prohibited.

The children showed a very mature understanding of Tara Child Protection Policy, which they really consider as their own Constitution! They also discussed the way Tara participates to their empowerment through the election of child representatives, children’s meetings, participation in the writing of our Child Protection Policy and the taking into account of their suggestions in the elaboration of the rules. However, they reported sometimes discovering their activities of the day at the last minute and not being informed enough in advance…

Finally, the children also spoke about their concern on health and safety and their proposals to face these risks: they demanded earthquake drill sessions, training in the use of fire extinguishers and more sessions on First Aid, so as to be active participants in their own protection in such cases.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cooking competition at Tara Girls

Jyoti
Kamal and Noorjahan
Noorie and Deepika

Just over a month ago, the Tara Girls launched the contest Super Talented Girl. Once a month, a challenge is organized, and the girls have to show off their talents!

The first challenge was a drawing contest on the theme of the planet and the environment. The girls had to draw, within a time limit, their ideas on this theme and then explain their work to the jury, which was made up of the whole team working at Tara Girls. Noorjahan brilliantly showcased her drawing, which allowed her to win the competition.

The second challenge of Super Talented Girl competition was a culinary one! Our aspiring Master Chefs had to prepare Paapdi Chaat (a salad with a yogurt base) and a Bhel Puri (a rice salad with vegetables) and submit their creations to the judges.

Rather than tell you their progress ourselves (and especially, reveal the name of the winner), we preferred to hand over to Jyoti who told us how everything went (note that the interview was conducted in English and Jyoti performed beautifully!
She has made immense progress:

Do you all cook at Tara Girls?
"Yes, on Saturday we cooked vegetables. We love to cook, especially desserts. We made cookies and chocolate mousse. It was good!"

Can you tell us about the Super Talented Girl cooking challenge?
"We prepared Paapdi Chaat and Bhel Puri, savoury dishes with tomatoes and onions. Noorie won the competition. Everyone (the girls and the judges) tasted what each girl had made. The Ma'ams had to taste them twice because some dishes were very similar. They then went into another room to decide who would win. I thought it would be Noorjahan, and others thought that Noorie would be the winner. They were right! Anyway, we had fun!"

Why do you like cooking?
"I like it a lot when we train in the kitchen, because you can make and learn everything. When we are adults, we will be able to cook for our families."

What do you like to cook?
"For dessert I like cooking cakes. Cherry cake, chocolate cake or cream cake. And savoury dishes; I like making pasta with massala (a spice widely used and favoured in India) or salads with onions, tomatoes and vegetables."

The next Super Talented Girl challenge will focus on the geography of the world!

Who will be the next winner?


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cinema Workshop at Tara Boys

Thanks to Benjamin Lazar, Corentin Leconte and Mélanie Schaan for the shooting of several films at Tara Boys. Writing scenarios, learning technicalities, acting, post production ...

Here are all their masterpieces. So have a seat, watch and enjoy!

Act 1: Tara Cowboys


Act 2: Tara Cowboys - Bloopers


Act 3: The Challengers


Act 4: The Challengers - Bloopers


Act 5: I have a dream


Act 6: I have a dream - Bloopers


Act 7: Tara Girls by Tara Boys


Act 8: Thinking planets


Act 9: The making of by the Tara Boys


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Holi's all colourfull celebration

Last week, all the children and the Tara team celebrated Holi, the festival of colors in India.

The Tots spent the morning throwing colours at each other and chasing the nannies in the garden behind the house. Nobody came out clean!

Anita
Shweta
Raj
Farhaan

The Boys and Girls, meanwhile, “rendez – voused” in the Lodi Gardens for the occasion. In an amazing free for all with the staff and volunteers, the children engaged in a battle of colors and water for several hours. Explosions of yellow, green, pink and blue - no one was spared!

Noorie
Mohid
Sharwan

After all these exertions, a splendid picnic was shared, and each group then returned to their house to shower and recover after a morning full of colour.
A huge thank you to our volunteer and sponsor Coraline, who, each year, organizes this day in every detail from A to Z thereby allowing the children to take part in one of the most emblematic festivals of India.

For more photos, visit our Facebook page!


Saturday, February 20, 2016

4th anniversary at Tara Tots

The afternoon of January 16th saw the fourth anniversary of Tara Tots. The volunteers who have been with us for many years were invited to celebrate this happy event with us.

We began an afternoon full of activities by watching a set of dances and energetic songs from the children. In particular, they played us a beautiful Indian song based on the theme of hope ("Ashaye" in Hindi).

This was followed by a delicious snack prepared with love by our Tots and a presentation of the activities they take part in with our various volunteers.
They were very proud to show us their work! The volunteers and as well as members of the staff received gifts to show them our gratitude.

Our snack
Adeline, doctor volunteer
Activity with Pascale and Sylvie

Our former Tots who today are now Tara Girls, Deepika, Jyoti, Vansheeka and Noorie, moved us with a speech about their first memories as Tots. At that time, they told us, they nicknamed Pascal "Billi Jeise Aakh" which means "cat eyes" because of his large, clear blue eyes, which are so rare in India.

This anniversary was the first for some of our Tots, who arrived at Tara only a few months ago: Kamal, Simran, Sarthak and Charan.
Their integration into Tara is going well indeed - they already feel at home! Kamal will soon move to Tara Girls, where she already spends a lot of time in order to get used to it there.
Sarthak, who hardly spoke when he arrived, expresses himself much more freely now!
He says, almost systematically, "Thank you" and "hello", always accompanied by an enormous smile!

Charan, Simran, Kamal
Javed, Sarthak, Rashid

To top off this anniversary afternoon, the nannies, the cook and the night staff at Tara Tots prepared a magnificent traditional dance, which really impressed us all!


It’s already 4 years since we started the adventure at Tots, this fantastic project is a success thanks to all of you: volunteers & employees, sponsors, business and foundation partners. So, It is with great emotion, that we close 2015 and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year to blow out the 5th anniversary candle!