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

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Football for all (but not the small)

We had a visit from the NGO Sport dans la Ville, A French initiative to use sport to remobilize out of school children. We teamed up our teenagers with them for a few sport activities.

  On our first gathering, a breakfast on our terrace, the French teenagers explained to the India ones that school is super uncool. Amazement among the children of Tara.« What, in France EVERYONE can go to school, and what’s more it’s FREE and you guys don’t WANT to go?!? ».
Then we started playing football furiously, in a tournament organised by the French Embassy for the benefit of Tara. And here, all of a sudden, the cultural differences vanished as everybody started hugging vigorously.
The small children remained in their corner, slightly bitter to have been kept away from the dangerous balls shoots, took a glorious revenge on other activities like a giant bouncing castle.
  We ended up at Tara for a Bollywood dance class, given by the Tara children to the French ones, who struggled to keep their dignity in this highly stylish exercise.
But the story of this exceptional day would be incomplete if we did not mention the imperishable statements done by the children:
I really liked that the French children were very tall, and that they came especially for us. Just by watching them, I was trying to get a little bit of their power.” (Kishan)
It was very good because the players were running a lot and after this they were all red. But it was also very bad because we, the small children, could not play and that is really unfair.” (Lokesh)
I was very touched that the Embassy had organised such a big event to support us. It’s a moment that enables us to increase our self confidence, we are not like children living in an NGO, we are just normal children.” (Javed)
I had a lot of fun jumping on the bouncing castle. But I did not like at all when the big children came to jump with us because they are very fat and they could have destroyed the castle.” (Shyamu)
What I really enjoyed on this day was that I was responsible to put some stickers on all the people who were coming in. And they could not say no, they had to wear the sticker.” (Ramu)
It was very fantastic because we had to speak English the whole day, which was the right thing to do a few days before the final school exams.” (Suraj)
I saw some people smoking at the evening party, I found it very bad.” (Diljoo)
People have the right to smoke in the parties since they also drink alcohol.” (Asif)
I loved selling sodas the whole afternoon, because a lot of people came to meet me and to talk to me. I was feeling a little shy in the beginning and most of all I was afraid that some customers may run away without paying. But it did not happen and I really liked to feel in charge.
But the most amazing is that I won the first price at the lottery: a plane ticket to France! I still can’t believe that this happened!
” (Afrez)


chotu said...

Its a Super cool initiative. Games not only help to vanish the cultural differences but also a precious opportunity to learn about varied cultures & its important things..!!

Must say "TARA CHILDREN" rockzz every time..Keep going!!

Sukanya said...

Its reassuring to hear about such an excellent initiative and the exposure, exchange and fun it brings in its wake...and equally refreshing to hear the quips of budding Bhutias and Zidanes of Tara!!! :)