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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chaya becomes Tara

On the 1st August 2009 we became one year old, strong enough to fly our own wings with the support of our own NGO, Onyva.

Tara (“star” in Hindi) is the new name for the hostel, chosen by the children after a long round of brainstorming. “Tara” was preferred to “Namber One” (with a spelling mistake), “Mango Juice” and “X-Men”, among other fanciful ideas.

Our warm thanks to the NGO Deepalaya for their constant support in our first year of existence. By nurturing the project in its infancy and working with us to make it self-reliant, Deepalaya helped make this journey possible. A journey whose next stage is just waiting to be travelled.

Keep on following the adventures of Sidhu, Jaan, Javed, Suman, Suraj, Sunil, Rakesh, Afrez, Diljoo, Asif, Ramu, Shyamu, Rajesh, Kishan, Lokesh and Sameer by logging on to our new address: www.taraindia.org

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

They survived!

As the other boys were visiting the countryside, Sidhu and Rakesh got a special ticket for the rivers of Uttaranchal. Rafting Well, that is what was planned, but the holiday turned into something of an adventure survival mission.
First, we had to overcome an 8 hour hair-raising ride through the mountains of the world's highest mountain range, and not win the puking competition.
Then, avoid falling from the raft into the turbulent, icy water; when you don't know how to swim, you suddenly have a very different relationship with the liquid element...

But in the end, we shared some great moments with the boys, with campfires, stars-counting and crazy dances. And after the Dehli smog, there was nothing like breathing that fresh mountain air!

Friday, July 10, 2009

The boy's last production

We are proud to announce the release of our second movie!

Not a Simple Day, a short 16 minute film, was directed by Thibault Tron, a student in Delhi who spent 4 months with us as a volunteer. At every step of the production, he managed to guide the kids, but give free rein to their overactive creativity.

A few months after their successful debut, the children decided to make an abrupt departure from the dark, gritty ambience of reality drama and produced a fantastic light comedy. Exactly how fantastic is up to you to judge...!