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

Monday, June 8, 2009

Before school

As our big children are doing their Tae Kwon Do, the rest of the troops have just finished scrubbing Chaya and are getting ready for school. It’s time to prepare the lunch boxes.

Asif is explaining the situation : the jam that he is responsible for dealing with, the bread, the tiffin, one per schoolbag. In the background, Devender the Caretaker desperately tries to rush everyone to be on time for school. The child always needs infinite time to do things, which noticeably curbs his productivity. Rajesh for example, likes to spread his jam on his toast extreeeemeleeey slowly.

In the meanwhile, on the ground floor, those who are not spreading are punching! It is 7.45 am, the adult has barely woken up properly and the child is already in full possession of his physical strength.

Shyamu is neatly perched on the pile of schoolbags, perceptibly distant from the punching bag, whose presence he stubbornly refuses to acknowledge. Each one has his own style and punching a bag is obviously not an occupation that Shyamu thinks worthy of his time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Volcanoes and Preterit

The junior students are taking their geography class with Liz. Today, the volcanoes:

(Sorry for the poor quality of the sound but with 40 degrees, we MUST have the fans on!)

In the meanwhile, Rakesh is learning his regular verbs.
He gets stuck on "to brush", which with his Bihari accent comes out "to bruss". We persist and persist. But it won’t be for today...

Monday, June 1, 2009


Each morning from 5.30 to 7.30, Suman, Jaan and Sidhu attend their Tae Kwon Do class.
Ladies, Gentlemen, have a look at these early-risers in action, Sidhu performing an exercise and Jaan studying his kata:

And now, The Deadly Double Killing Kick of the Mortal Dragon (we are in some doubt as to its exact terminology), magnificently executed by Sidhu and Jaan, then more timidly by Suman who was taking his first class...!

With 15 hours of training per week, Chaya’s security crew is shaping up well and anyone who want to pick a quarrel with us better watch out.
"They are so sweeeet" exclaim our visitors. If only they knew that Chaya is in fact a secret Ninja training camp!