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

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Daddy called!

On Sunday, the dad of Lokesh and Rajesh called his sons.
(Click to enlarge these happy faces)

Lokesh was just happy, tremendously happy. "My dad is going to buy me a car", he said when the conversation was over. Lokesh has a dad, strong, wealthy enough to buy a car, it's all that matters.

Rajesh was expecting that call like anything, though he picked up the phone with suspicion. He finally unfroze after a few minutes of conversation.

Snaps from the photo workshop

Since we have announced a photo contest, the boys are competing to find the best idea for a good photo. Here are a few of the techniques used.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sameer and Lokesh tell a poem in English

If you understood all the details, please send us an email to help us get the full meaning of that beautiful piece of literature.
Part II is below (for the fans only):

Last shots for the movie

The last scenes from our movie are being shot. We can't reveal the script for the moment (we fear spies from Bollywood studios) but it's going to be damn good!

Here we have Suman and Afrez in action... and concentrating hard.

Didn't know we were shooting a movie? See our last post on this subject.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Suraj and Sunil got 13

Suraj and Sunil just celebrated their 13th birthday.
For once, instead of being given clothes, they could go to a shop and choose. They were a little lost as to where to start. "I don't know what I like" realised Suraj. "At least I know that I don't want to ever wear a pink belt again in my life!" replied Sunil.
(See last post for a zoom on Sunil and his pink belt)
((Please dear friends, if you are giving clothes, remove the pink belts!!))

Getting the date of birth of all the children is not easy because they come from backgrounds where registration and time measurements are considered not so important.
If we can't find out what their date of birth is, we at least try to estimate the year with the help of their families and for the day and month, we use the date of their admission at Chaya.

Their ages and dates of birth are now displayed on a board in the hallway at Chaya. They seem to like it and keep checking it on a regular basis!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What's inside the Red Fort?

For our second outing, we decided to take the children on Delhi’ s brand new metro. Before facing the fury of a Sunday afternoon crowd, we split the children in 3 groups and gave them instructions. (Click the pictures to enlarge)

The big ones: Sunil, Suman, Asif, Suraj, were given our driver Bahadur as supervisor. They quickly managed to escape him and ran free, obviously having fun, especially with the escalators.
The medium ones: Shyamu, Ramu, Afrez, Ifrez, supervised by Sidhu and our volunteer Revati. Afrez and Ifrez stuck to Sidhu and asked a lot of questions, most of the time at the least convenient moment to start a conversation, whilst Shyamu and Ramu found that the metro was not so different from the jungle of Jharkhand.
The small ones: The small ones: Lokesh, Kishan, Sameer, Rajesh were supervised by Pascal. They formed a compact commando squad/unit, adopting the ’tortoise position’ as devised by the Roman army.

Thanks to the Photo workshop of Revati, some of the boys are becoming good in shooting pictures. Above are two of their portraits.
We will soon show you more of their productions.

We reached the Red Fort. Lots of stories to tell and to invent, with kings, queens, enemies and ghosts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Back from school

  It's already 2pm, school is over, our students come back to Chaya.
"Bye bye Sir", they say. Where do they think they are going??