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

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Reunion

11 years ago in a street of New Delhi, two brothers named Sidhu and Sidhant ran… but in different directions. Two little boys separated by Destiny, never to meet again.

I am looking for my brother”, Sidhu told us when he arrived at Tara. We helped him as much as we could but in a country of more than a billion people, how could we find Sidhant? It seemed hopeless. Then, out of the blue, a few days ago, from the NGO Deepalaya, we heard about Sidhant who was alive and well, and in Delhi! Soon the two brothers were face to face. What happened when their eyes met was indescribable...



Life, for them, is now complete. This is their story and it is with their agreement that we are publishing this picture, of their memorable reunion.

Today, Sidhant, is a 20 year old man who just passed his Class 12 exam. Sidhu is not alone in this world anymore. Miracles do happen, and we were happy witnesses to this magical occurrence of life.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Long pants Short pants

Here is the composition of the school teams:
  Laxman Team
Laxman Public School, in Hauz Khas Enclave, admitted Sameer and Lokesh in kindergarten. Asif, in class 6, was stunned by the impressive list of options proposed to the pupils. He looked like he had been given a dessert menu with all his favourite things! After much deliberation and thought he finally chose French class, computer club and roller blading.
  Saint Mary Team
St Mary School in Safdarjung Enclave admitted Shyamu in second grade where he continues to impress everyone with his English and manners. Javed was admitted in class 7 and it was a heart wrenching moment for the vice-principal when he thanked her: “Madam, going to school is the dream of my life”. Javed glows; he is so proud to hang out with the educated children of this prestigious school. He has started learning French and is happily quoting his verbs.
  The Legionary of Saint Paul
Diljoo, who had passed admission tests from 3 prestigious schools, was put on the waiting list each time! No seat was vacant in class 5... Finally, after a stressful period of doubt, a seat became available at St Paul School. Diljoo got admitted in this institution recognized by the British Council. The joy and relief on the face of the child moved everyone around.
  Sarvodya Team
Among the Government schools, Sarvodya Vidyalaya represents a label of quality. These schools are reputed in Delhi for their level of Maths and Sciences. We had a good contact with the Principal of RK Puram, who gave 9 of our children the chance to sit for an admission exam. The school admitted Kishan in 2nd grade, Ramu in 4th grade, Afrez and Rakesh in class 6, Sunil and Suraj in class 7, Suman in class 8, Sidhu and Jaan in class 9.
  Rajesh's case
Rajesh’s energy, that sometimes needs to be channelized, challenged a couple of teachers at Tara. The case of “Mister Rubber Eater” was difficult to solve. How do we apply for him in one of our partner schools without ruining our reputation for at least 16 generations? Seeing other children leave for school while he had to wait at Tara all day long, was cruel for Rajesh and we decided to plead his cause at St Mary School. The Principal, Mrs. Annie Koshi, gave him his chance in a small group, with a dedicated and understanding teacher. Rajesh was admitted in class 2, on a trial period. As you can see in the picture, there is some stress, as Rajesh knows he has to show ability and behave well. But glad to be finally given his chance, Rajesh is now transformed. He behaves himself, wakes up from his nap without moaning and even asks for more homework! A miracle is happening... Rajesh has been touched by the Grace of Saint Mary. Who could have expected this??


Saturday, May 1, 2010

The prestige of the uniform

This is the most demanded picture in the small but whole Tara history: all the boys are now at school (and in good ones).



Let’s go back and sum up the previous episodes: we wanted the children admitted in the best possible CBSE schools (label given for school level by the Board of Education). We prepared the children intensively to pass the admission tests of good schools in South Delhi and targeted the institutions which would understand our work and share our vision.

Our education Manager, Liz, visited not less than 9 Government Schools and 28 private ones, a real marathon. Thanks to the support from the Government of NCT of Delhi and a few motivated Principals, Liz successfully achieved her mission and went back home to England, relieved.
We will talk about the admissions of our boys in details soon but for now, we feel like simply enjoy this victory and celebrate with the children!