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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Santa Had 4 Ears

Zahid, Sikander and Sameer really enjoyed Christmas 2011. Mostly because they met Santa Claus, who came especially to Tara.

"It was not the REAL Santa, it was David-Sir!"
The adult had to explain that it could not be David-Sir wearing a costume and this for a simple reason: this Santa had 4 ears (a detail that really struck the children)...

Here, the piece of evidence: this Santa had indeed 4 ears.
(Click to zoom)

And how many ears does David-Sir have, children?
"Two", exactly. Then it can't be the same person.

In front of so much logic, the children had to surrender.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Becoming a Papa

It all started with a photo: Liz, our former Education Manager, visibly pregnant. We started talking with the small boys about babies, how they come to life and how they grow up. This naturally lead to a discussion where the smalls started thinking about becoming papas themselves…
I will not become a papa because I don’t like girls.
They don't know how to play properly.
  Mohid (superexcited):
I like girls very much! I will be a papa!
I want to be a papa because I want my name to be honored.
I will not become a papa because I’ll be a Scientist and I’ll be very very busy with my work. Children would disturb me when I’ll have to concentrate on my work.
I will become a papa because I want to teach to children. I love teaching.
  Lokesh (a little sorry):
I cannot become a papa because my moustache is not big enough.
I will have a love marriage and I will have children, not more than 4 because they will have to fit in the car when I drive them to school.
I will be a papa with a very small number of children (5 to 6, not more). I will make a robot for them because the robot will have lots of arms like a god and the robot will also turn into a car. That’s in fact why I want to be a papa, for the robot. I think I’ll play with the robot, too.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's already Christmas in Delhi

  The children were invited to a great Christmas function, organised by a group of French expats in Delhi.

An occasion to party, drink soda (which became rare à Tara since the dentist opposed to it), run in all directions and most of all, enable the teens to play their favourite part: the lovah-lovahs.
  Practising martial arts, yoga et dance, Zahid and Lokesh have zero problem of flexibility. And they want you to know this.
  Ramu, Sunil, Javed (from left to right) and Mohid (definitely closer to the ground) in their stage costumes. Yes, it's silver, as per an old Tara principle: the shinier, the better!
  Suraj (left) and Jaan (right) apply a second core principle of Tara: put sunglasses on, ANY sunglasses, you will be HANDSOME.
  From left to right: Mohid, Kishan, Rajesh, exhausted after having jumped on the bouncing castle as if they were possessed by the devil.
The children also showed their latest Bollywood Dance Show, on which they have been working for months.

The teens having been a little messy in their presentation, we will concentrate on the smalls, particularly this act, in front of a crowd of enamored girlfriends...

Special thanks to Philippe and Zoé, who nicely lent their garden for this day of puuuuure fun!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Zahid and the Plaster

And here we go, it had to happen, we tell you, we repeat you all the time, you have to stop playing brutally. You never listen and now, one fractured wrist, 5 weeks of plaster.
And no Zahid, you don't bargain with the doctor about the 5 weeks.

Here is the moral Zahid understood from this story: "Sirrrr, a plaster, it's like playing the doctor except that it hurts and it lasts too long".
Absolutely, young Jedi.

And it's precisely 5 weeks later that Zahid, restored, climbs on the terrace to administer various care plans to a very very cooperative Sameer!

Friday, November 4, 2011

And we became 20

Two new boys have arrived at Tara :

  Sikander, 6 years old mini-Puck, got to have the company of the priests and sâdhus in his early years and as such he seems to have acquired a literary Hindi, with chunks of Sanskrit which gives him a very special old style charm. Sikander loves to stand on his head to do yoga « Oooooooom Shanti oooooooom » he twitters, delighted. The great passion of Sikander is to open and close doors, cupboards, fridge, drawers, windows… A pleasure that leaves the adult cold, when it does not create a slight irritation. The adult does not get the beauty in the opening of a door. Sikander finds that, really, the adult is unblessed with the sense of poetry.
  Sushil, 10 years old, who seems to be coming out of a catalogue of perfect children, shows quickly that an angel look can sometimes host a punk soul. And why on earth should we eat during the meals? And why vegetables when one can feed exclusively with candies and masticate pieces of plastic? And why should one study when there are so many things which are more exciting to do, like fighting? And one fine morning, big surprise: Sushil who had never really seriously studied anything, decides to tackle the multiplication tables. A few days later, he knows them all! It looks like Sushil keeps a few more surprises, hidden in his sleeve…

Saturday, October 29, 2011

They Take the Children to School

Tara is supported by 65 families all over the world. Through our schemes (food, roof over head, health…), you can monthly contribute to the everyday life of the children, attaching your donation to one particular expense in the home. You can make a concrete difference for the children of Tara. Join us!

Tara Tots Schemes
Become a partner of the new generation

We make it a point to have our children receiving real quality formal education in English medium. In Delhi, the good schools are few and it is extremely tough having underprivileged children admitted in these. But thanks to understanding Principals, committed to social equity, the Tara Tots are beautifully accommodated in two major schools public schools in South Delhi, with an adapted pedagogy and extra attention. This is the key to a real bright and sustainable future.

Fees for 2 children, per month:
India: 2,200 INR Australia: 42 AUD
US: 43 USD UK: 27 GBP
Cœur à Cœur Franco-Indien (Salon de Provence, France) sponsor the shool fees of Farhan et Vanshika.

Stuart Swanson (London) sponsors the school fees of Husssain and Shlok.

Stuart also sponsors the school fees of Noorie and Manish.
Françoise Boyer (Salon de Provence, France) sponsors the school fees of Deepika.

Francoise and Jacques Walgraeve (Belgium) mainstream Roshan and Raj.
Tara Boys Schemes
Support the little men

School Uniforms for the Small Children
Mainstreaming them was a big struggle. And that too, in the best schools of South Delhi. We had not expected the uniform fees to be this high! Help us equip them for their daily battles.
1,858 INR
36 AUD
38 USD
24 GBP
Mr. Eric Leprince-Ringuet (La Celle St Cloud, France) sponsors the uniforms for the small children of Tara.

School Uniforms for the Big Children
How to survive in CBSE Secondary when you have not been to primary? The teenagers of Tara have no choice but to catch up. They are a good illustration of what courage and will power are.
1,858 INR
36 AUD
38 USD
24 GBP
Mrs. Elsa Alves (Carrières sur Seine, France) sponsors the school uniforms for the teenagers of Tara.

School Bus for Sikander, Rajesh, Ramu, Jaan, Sidhu

Public School or Govt. School, these gentlemen are scattered among 5 different schools. Commuting them day by day is a logistic nightmare. Help us turn into a well organised dream by sponsoring School Bus N°1!

Your monthly contribution:
India: 2,065 INR Australia: 40 AUD
US: 42 USD UK: 26 GBP

Priya and Ankur (New Delhi) sponsor Tara School Bus #1.

School Bus for Sameer, Mohid, Sushil, Diljoo, Rakesh

Ranging from KG to class 9, these 5 boys head every morning in 5 different directions. And they’d better be on time! Make them reach school in the best possible conditions by sponsoring School Bus N°2.

Your monthly contribution:
India: 2,065 INR Australia: 40 AUD
US: 42 USD UK: 26 GBP

Simona Donini (Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Italy) sponsors Tara School Bus #2.

School Bus for Lokesh, Kishan, Asif, Javed, Suraj

Reaching school prior to the others is mandatory for Lokesh who has 7 girlfriends and therefore certain social responsibilities towards them. The others are heavily jealous of his success and would not mind using the school bus for their own kind of socialisation! Support the school crushes by sponsoring Bus N°3!

Your monthly contribution:
India: 2,065 INR Australia: 40 AUD
US: 42 USD UK: 26 GBP

Mohit and Maya Goyal (New Delhi) sponsor Tara School Bus #3.

School Bus for Zahid, Shyamu, Vishal, Vinay, Sunil

A quick look at the photo will convince you: Bus N°4 is noisy and mischievous. But bus N°4 must reach on time, just like the others. Vote for the bad boys of Tara! Sponsor School Bus N°4!

Your monthly contribution:
India: 2,065 INR Australia: 40 AUD
US: 42 USD UK: 26 GBP

"Coeur à Coeur Franco-Indien" (a French organisation) takes Bus No.4 to school daily.

The Stationery Shop
of Ramu and Sikander

Can I have a drawing sheet pleazzzze?” Yes they can. As well as kilos of rubbers, loads of pencils (whose leads keep on breaking for some strange reason), trains of various copies, sharpeners, rulers, glue, geometry boxes for the big children...

Your monthly contribution:
India: 1,932 INR Australia: 37 AUD
US: 40 USD UK: 24 GBP

Mr. Udhayakumar Gopalsamy (Kuala Lumpur) is the official sponsor of the stationery of Tara.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On LokSabhaTV

The Indian TV channel Lok Sabha TV just aired a 17 minutes documentary on Tara.
[Language: Hindi, heavily mistreated by our foreign Director, with apologies!]

Friday, October 7, 2011

Boys playing Men

The exams of the first term have just finished, the children need to relax! Melodika, our American volunteer, and sponsor offered them to go and play arcade games by batches.

Riding a motorbike was Lokesh's oldest dream.

Javed and Asif had a ball. "Siiiiiirrrrr, Bindaaassssss".

Rajesh chose the majesty of the donkey. "No Sirrrrr, it's a horse".

Diljoo opted for the bumping cars and got well shaken.

Backstage, the new friendship between Diljoo and Shyamu, source of lots of gossips at Tara, since Shyamu is a Small and Diljoo is a Medium.