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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The child who wanted to become a bird

"What do you want to become when you grow up?" The Dutch photographer Sofie Knijff asked that time-old question to the boys and took a snap of each answer.
Here are the Chaya Boys striking a pose:

Left: Asif as a Prime Minister

Right: Rakesh as a Hero
Left: Javed as a Computer Engineer

Right: Sameer as a Hero (just like Rakesh. Hmmm it looks like there has been some copying going on here!)
Left : Ramu as a Singer

Right: Lokesh as an Actor
Left: Jaan as Social Worker

Right: Kishan as a... Bird! "Are you sure Kishan ? As a job?!". Yes, Bird as a job.

Check out Sofie’s artwork on her website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Take the plunge

When our friends Marie and Thierry came to visit us from Belgium and proposed taking our big kids to the pool, we jumped at the chance.

(Suman and Jaan)

A big first time for Sidhu, Jaan, Suman, Suraj and Javed who discovered that a body plunged into water has a hell of a tendency to float. « I knew that », boasted Sunil, who was showing off the skills he learned in the rivers of Chhattisgarh in his early childhood. Then he performed an energetic demo. What to say? Zero for technique but good floating ability, that unfortunately the pool staff’s video censorship does not allow us to share with you.

Facing the liquid element, Sidhu somewhat loses his usually steady nerve and is suddenly 12 years old again… He collapses onto the river bank, his calf muscles numb. «Sir, it’s better to be in Delhi, we are far from the see».

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Art And Science Of Magic

After weeks of puzzling questions from the young scientists at Chaya, along the lines of; ‘Do trees bleed?’, and ‘How many satellites are there in space?’,‘How do they get there?... It finally happened; 16 young scientists boldly went where... er... many HAD been before... The Science Museum.

Once in there, it was about anything BUT Science, never mind learning about the evolution of man - Look! There's a monkey chart!, The focus instead was, ‘let's see how we can convert the museum into a fun video game-like place, with a few toy dinosaurs thrown in, oh and plenty of opportunities to see yourself a thousand times reflected in mirrors, and watch balls magically fly in the air (no, please don't bore us with explanations about air pressure and gravity...it's magic!).

In the end they all had one important discovery: never mind how things happen, the fact is, when you watch closely, it IS magic.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Here three new guys come to Chaya: Jaan, Javed and Rakesh.

(Yes, Jaan and Javed are brothers)

These gentlemen have been waiting for 8 months (and more or less patiently) to be transferred to our place.
Jaan joined the senior group, where Sidhu was feeling a little lonely being in a group all on his own! Integration Analysis: Getting there.
An overwhelmingly motivated Javed joined the junior group, where his English language abilities are perhaps the focus of some envy? The 3 Su’s (Suman, Suraj and Sunil) surveyed their newcomer with a circumspect eye. Sunil will be the easiest to conquer. Suman somewhat tougher. Integration Analysis: A little way to go.
Rakesh surely has a future in diplomacy or politics! He found his place in the medium group by signing a pledge of allegiance to Asif - boss of the children and future Prime Minister of his country. Integration Analysis: Right on course.