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

Friday, December 27, 2013

All Smiles with Santa

This year, Santa showed on a Saturday afternoon. The Tara Boys were visiting their neighbours the Tara Tots and here he came, ringing the bell like a mortal. He explained that he came to encourage the good boys and girls. And guess what, all boys and girls were gifted - this in case you doubted that all of them were good citizens!

Santa gifted to the children EXACTLY what they had ordered! Which shows that Santa carefully reads his mail (check out previous post for the letters to Santa).
Here for example: Piyush got exactly the remote car he wanted. Kuddos Santa for the logistics...

Few days later, on an evening, the Tara Boys again visited and again we had Santa coming over. This one was older and fatter -- some children suspect that he could have been wearing a pillow under his coat, but these are just rumours.

Santa explains the principle: gifts are only for good children.
Vishal (Tara Boys) is the first one to be called.

Ramu (Tara Boys, Founding Member)

Moumita (Tara Tots)

Vanshika (Tara Tots)

Lokesh (Tara Boys)

Jyoti (Tara Tots)

Sharwan (Tara Boys)

Noorie (Tara Tots)

Sikander (Tara Boys)

Roshan (Tara Tots)

Rilka (our very first Tara Girl)

Jaan (Tara Big Birds), assisting Santa

Our trainee Heather and Noorie's sponsor Nelly also helped a bit!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Letters to Santa, the 2013 Gold Edition

Vaishnavi (2 years old)

Roshan (4 years old)

Jyoti (6 years old)

Sikander (8 years old)

Mohid (8 years old)

Ramu (13 years old)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Batmen and Princesses

Thanks to our super volunteers Caroline and Anne, the children make each week new accessories and invent all sorts of stories. This week, with a piece of pink fabric and another piece of black, we get invaded by lots of masked Batmen and crowned princesses.

Here coming out of the workshop (we had to make batches!), as Princesses: Deepika, Vanshika and Jyoti.
As batmen: Manish (quite credible in the role) and Shalu (not convenient the mask with glasses).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tara Laundry

At Tara Tots, While the « Cubs » are at school, the group of the « Peanuts » stays at home. After their Montessori class and before leaving to the park, the nannies have found them an educational activity which seems to interest them highly : sort out and fold the never ending flow of clothes coming out of the washing machine.

Khushboo (photo 1) is super happy with the activity while Fayyum (photos 2) struggles with a judo belt… Aayush (photo 3) is specialised in pairing the socks.

Pro-duc-tive they are, even the smaller ones…

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Welcome, Moumita!

She just reached Tara Tots, she is only 2 and in state of shock... The girls are super excited, delighted to pamper her, the boys simply ignore her on the ground that she won't be able to kick a ball properly before a while... And Moumita? She is wondering how come she has become the center of the universe, all of a sudden!

Welcome Moumita! Hard times are behind, the fun begins now :-)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tara Boys Winter Wear Collection 2013

Winter is coming fast to Delhi. Cue lots of excitement as the boys get their winter wardrobes! And some interesting experiments in winter fashion...


Piyush, the youngest Boy
Mohid hip-hop style
Sikander punjabi style
Rakesh tuareg style
But nothing is warmer than the friendhip of an older Boy. From left to right: Sachin, Sunil and Zahid
Sameer and Lokesh, partners in crime for 5 years

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Support Saamir as he runs for TARA

  Saamir Gupta, an employee from Accenture India has spent a great deal of time with the Tara Boys, celebrating birthdays, festivals, and being a companion on educational trips. Saamir fondly recalls, “I was impressed to see how each thing is so well taken care of. Boys here are extremely sincere, responsible and well behaved. What’s more, they speak French and often use it as a secret language!”. He adds, “You need to visit Tara and see it for yourself.”

Saamir will proudly run for Tara Homes in the 2013 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. We encourage you to support his cause! Please visit Online Donation Link to make a quick and generous online donation for education and overall development of these wonderful kids.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

First Impression on Arrival

Here is newcomer Sharwan, 9 years old, who joined us a couple of days back.
And here are his very first impressions on the strange place where he has just landed (translated from hindi):

"I like it here because I feel I will be able to study, play with other boys and go to the park to play cricket.
The food is very yummy, specially when there is rice and lentils!
I was surprised when I arrived to see that all the boys here speak English well. I want to speak like them.
My best friend is Zahid.
I like studying and I want to go to school.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dinner at Tara Boys

An ordinary Wednesday evening, before dinner. Shyamu revises and Lokesh goes upside down.
The moves of Lokesh slightly disturb the concentration of Shyamu.
The bell has rung, time to join the dinner room, passing by the board of birthdays, the program for the day and the complaints/suggestion box.
Standing up, Rakesh the Children Representative shares the most important news from the staff meeting and what answers were given to children's complaints/suggestions.
Emily adds a few points which Rakesh has forgotten (it's tough to take notes... but it is an excellent exercise).
VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT !! The SuperBoy Award of the Week. This week, it's Lokesh who gets the medal for having supported new littlie Piyush.
Lokesh, prouuud !
Vinay (yellow T-shirt) wonders how come the Award did not come to him...
A big round of applause for Lokesh!
Secular prayer of the evening : "Every day, I try to become a better person".
The big ones are serving dinner.
Vishal checks what is available in the pressure cooker and discovers red kidney beans, his favorite dish.
Jaan makes sure all shares are equal.
The discussion is lively. It always is with the Tara Boys!
Please note that our consistent efforts on table manners start to show results...
The Boys talk with our dear friends from Main Tendue, a French group of expats supporting NGOs.
Thanks to Brigitte for the photos!