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

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jungle Book at Tara Tots

Ladies and Gentlemen...
Please, take your seat and enjoy the show !

Many thanks to Alice and Nina for the organization and coordination.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sunil turned 18 years old

On 14th November, Sunil celebrated his birthday at Tara Boys. He is now a young adult!

« Sunil, what does it mean to you to turn 18? »
I can vote and this is important to me. Also, when I was a child, I was less responsible in front of the law. Had I done anything wrong, I would have apologized and be forgiven. Now, if I am tempted to do anything wrong, I have to fight with myself! I'm an adult. This is the main difference. I’m excited to be 18 years old but also scared because people will give me more and more responsibilities and they will count on me.
In fact, being an adult it's too much pressure so maybe I prefer to be a child! (laughing)

« Which gifts did you get for your birthday? »
I got a shirt from my mother (she came to Tara specially for my birthday!), a shiny jacket from a volunteer and I got money from Tara. Instead of purchasing ridiculous things, I boughts toffees for our teachers, the students and Principal Maam at school. I used one of Tara Values which is GENEROSITY and this makes me happy.
Sunil and his chocolate birthday cake  

« Are you more responsible since last week?! »
I was and I am responsible! For me, being responsible is when I am given to do something and I make sure people can rely on me. Our Tara staff often comes and asks for help in the home, specially going to the shop to pruchase petty items because they trust me a lot.

« In 18 months years, you will be shifted to Tara Big Birds, what do you feel about it? »
I will be happy to go to Tara Big Birds but Tara Boys is really special in my life, it’s my first home so I will not forget to regularly come back here… The Values I have learned, I will use them outside of Tara. I will be the same « Tara-Sunil ! »
Sunil and his mother re-united !

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Speech therapist lesson at Tara Tots

Every Tuesday, Anita and Shalu look forward to their session with Lucinda Maam.
Check out how exciting learning can be!

An immense thanks to our dear volunteer Lucinda for the wonderful work!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Delhi Half Marathon on 23d November

For the second year, Saamir is running the Half Marathon for Tara.
Saamir and the employees of Accenture India are committed to support children in need of care and protection.
The Yogdaan initiative shares a long history with Tara !

Monday, October 20, 2014

Football Winter Season 2014

With the winter restarting, the football season is on for the Tara Boys every sunday afternoon, supervised by our professional coach Imran.

Ready for the World Cup -- hold on, there is no World Cup?!

Champions practicing. Thanks to Saint Mary’s School to land their precious sport field!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sunday at the Pool

Every Sunday afternoon during summer, the Tara Boys go to Pacific Sport Complex in order to take a dive into its big Olympic pool. Last Sunday at 1:59pm, water from the turquoise pool was completely still. 1 minute later, water jets and splashes were coming from everywhere; the Boys were taking the pool by storm !

Sharwan Arun Ishwar
Piyush Rashid

When the youngest Boys, floaters on their arms, were cautiously evolving in shallow water, the most risk-taking big ones were daring to dive in deep water. Somersaults, back flips, spins: every possible way of diving has been tried out by our little fishes. Piyush and Manish, 6 years old but already a bit hot-headed, didn’t hesitate for a minute to imitate bigger Boys by jumping from the block into the deep pool...

Moment of bravery for Piyush Manish tries to fly it off

And as usual with the Tara Boys, various creations:

Aquatic quartering of poor Sachin

Pool Pin-Up by Sameer
Surfing outside of the water by Vishal  
Drowning of volunteer by... all

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tots Jungle

During the summer, the Tara Tots witnessed a strange phenomenon: their beloved jungle (an elephant and a giraffe painted on the wall of their activity wall, surrounded by a few birds), beloved fresco but let’s admit it a bit mishandled by the children, this same fresco was simply rubbed and the wall repainted in white.

Devastated the Tots, in front of the sparkling white wall! « Where are the elephant and the giraffe? », they kept asking.

And here we go, a few weeks later and thanks to a generous donor, the wall was just repainted and a new jungle came to life! The Tots decided to celebrate this fundamental event by organising a concert of animals under the authority of Noorie who is clearly these days taking leadership as we can see here:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer birds had frog legs

The Eiffel Tower is more impressive in real life

Our two Tara Big Birds are back from their Tour de France. At their arrival, they shared their impressions in this exclusive interview for Tara’s blog.

1- What did you like about France? 

Jaan: I liked the food, like the “beurre blanc” and the “brioche”. Especially the desserts are delicious. Everything is on time. I liked the monuments, they are very nice, especially in Paris. I also love the fact that in France the government helps people a lot. Students have the opportunity to travel in exchange programs and it helps them develop their own mind and way of thinking. Also in France, in every house, you will find a library and I like that.

Sidhu: I liked the south of France, especially Marseille, because the people are very nice and friendly, more than in Paris.

2- What did you dislike? 

Jaan: Indications are only in French, it’s not good for the visitors. It’s quite difficult when you don’t speak French.

Sidhu: Sometimes it’s not very welcoming for tourists who don’t speak French.
3- What surprised you? 

Jaan: Most of the work is performed by machines. It was a new world for us! Also, people do not pay in the pubic transports and jump over the barriers, it surprised me.

Sidhu: The lifestyle is very different. It surprised me because the people are very open and whatever they feel, they say it.

 4- What was your favourite dish? 

Jaan: I loved the fish with white butter sauce. I had it in Nantes.

Sidhu: I like the tomato pie and the “foie gras”.

 5- And the worst thing you ate? 

Jaan: I had frogs and after that I had nausea.

Sidhu: I did not like the cheese. I tasted it several times but I just don’t like it.

In Chamonix, we saw the snow for the first time
 6- What is the funniest thing that you saw? 

Jaan: I went to the Parliament and attended a session. Some politicians were on Facebook, or checking the Tour de France and laughing! I found it funny but also sad because they should be participating in the debates.

Sidhu: People were jumping the metro barriers. I heard that France was so disciplined with so many rules but really the rules are not always followed!

7- And the saddest? 

Jaan: Some people are losing their natural connectivity with other people. They spend their time on their phones or laptops. But this is not just in France, it’s everywhere in the world.

Sidhu: I feel like the immigrants are exploited. They do the small jobs that the French won’t do. It’s an educated country but they still exploit people.

Enjoying the famous French cuisine

 8- What was your most beautiful experience? 

Jaan: Going on the Eiffel tower, the fireworks on the 14th of July, the beach, the snow… everything! I liked playing “pétanque” a lot.

Sidhu: There were so many beautiful experiences. In Bretagne, with the former volunteers Annick and Jerôme, I had an amazing time. And also the fireworks. It was the first time for me.

 9- Did this trip change anything for you? 

Jaan: Now I want to go to France to study. I think I can speak French well. I already have friends in France, it would help me to settle. France is an advanced country, I’d get more opportunities to know the world, its history. France is one of the countries that made history.

Sidhu: It opened my mind and my perception of the world. I acquired so much knowledge I couldn’t get from a book.
 10- How did you imagine France before and how do you see it now? 

Jaan: Because of how France is represented in Bollywood and Hollywood movies, my vision of France was distorted, centered on a picturesque Paris. Now I see there are many castles, I love Notre Dame of Marseille, the architecture. The countryside is very nice.

Sidhu: Before going, I imagined that French people would all be happy and that their life would be good and relaxed. But really they are very busy and they have a lot of work. They get up early and don’t have so much time together, especially in Paris.

 11- Did this trip change your vision of India? Of the world? 

Jaan: In France people are less superstitious and religious and I think it gives more chances to develop and grow. One thing I didn’t like in France is that children leave their parents after their majority and don’t stay that close to their family.

Sidhu: I realized how diverse India is, in terms of lifestyle. In France everyone has more or less the same lifestyle, in India there are different languages, types of food, cultures.

 12- What is your state of mind now? 

Jaan: I’m looking for apartment paying guest in Delhi and I want to research on exchange student programs. I also want to start working and to work on my French.

Sidhu: I feel good, but a bit jet lagged. Now my first plan is to try to go to France to study and I need to figure it out. If it fails I will continue studying French at Alliance Française Delhi, have a part time job and continue going to university of course.
We hope to have more 'croissants' soon
 13- Any other other declarations for your fans? 

Jaan: Thank you everyone for hosting us, many Tara friends in France have helped us make our dream come true. Special thanks to Pascale mam and Pierre sir for organizing this trip!

Sidhu: I really liked France. Thanks to everyone who welcomed us. It was a great chance for me. I will keep this souvenir with me forever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Children Representative: and the winner is...

Last Saturday, the Tara Boys fulfilled one of their fundamental rights: vote to democratically elect their new Children Representative (CR).

It all started with a one week campaign where the candidates postered their programs on the walls and the proposals were discussed at length by the children during their free time. Last Saturday, all children attended to the Grand Debate conducted by our dear volunteer, Tim. Everyone was reminded of the importance of democracy and freedom of choice, and listened religiously to the three candidates - Ramu, Rashid and Mohid - giving a speech to explain their ideas and suggestions for the betterment of Tara.

All candidates were then challenged by a few difficult questions from the suspicious electorate, and used this moment to show their true commitment to the function.
Manoj in the voting booth

The children then proceeded to the anonymous vote in a separate voting booth, and the votes were sorted out by three honest and impartial volunteers.

And the winner is... Ramu!

Ramu won the election. The supporting document!
All children congratulated the exctatic winner

After hearing the good news, Ramu gave the following speech :

"I am Ram and I am one of the oldest boys of Tara. It is fun to live in Tara and sometimes difficult also, but I manage. And I learnt a lot of things. For example, to stand for this election, I had to give a public speech for the first time, before I thought it would be difficult but now that I have tried it, I feel it was not so difficult. So I will suggest you that if one day you think something is difficult, you may be wrong and if you just try, there is nothing difficult!
I am happy to be the new CR but I am also feeling the weight of the responsibility! It will be my first time attending the staff meeting and I don’t know how they speak there and what type of topic they discuss so I am a little scared about this. I have to be more curious about everything which happens around me, what the children are going through, I will try my best. I hope I will get lots to learn from attending these staff meetings."

Ramu, giving an inspirational speech

The children had heartful reactions after this election. Here are a few :

“I voted for Ramu, not because he is my brother but because he is the most responsible of all the candidates. The other candidates are too small and it is hard to trust them. I think Ramu will create new things in Tara. I had great fun while voting. When Ramu was declared the winner, I was even more happy but then I saw the other candidates’s faces pulled down and I felt sad for them. One of them was almost going to cry. But finally he did not.” 
- Shyamu, 13 years-old

“Congrats to Ramu our new Representative! Today is a very exciting moment of 2014 and I am happy to live in a democracy where I have the chance to choose who will represent us. With Ramu as a CR, we hope to have a fantastic year!”
- Sunil, 18 years-old

 “At Tara, we have a small democracy but it functions well. The 3 candidates gave brilliant speeches for which they were well prepared. They had also displayed their manifesto a week in advance. Their promises are very few but I think they are sharp and sincere.”
 - Javed, 18 years-old

The new CR will have a 6 months madate to keep his promises and bring the change the children want! We wish him good luck and a great succes!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Triumphant Dance of Dinesh

Dinesh is 4 and celebrating. Observe the mode of ingestion of the birthday cake by the Tara Tots... And the final dance of the said Dinesh. It's cool being 4 at Tara!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tara Summer Camp, Episode 3

As the littlies were having their small adventures in the wilderness, the bigger Tara Boys were driven 11 hours away, higher in the mountain to reach their base camp of the Tons river, a high spot for rafting and trekking.

And not for archery. But the child often has his own agenda.

Here opposite: at 6.30 am, jumble of children and ropes. An educational speciality of Uttartakhand...

Little later, discovery of the river. Cold, icy cold. Brave immersion of the child. One has to get ready to handle the mountain stream, we have a rafting activity scheduled!

The child sometimes goes in a regression mode and seems to give up any attempt of bravery!

Zahid trying to convince Arun that no, no, the water is not this cold...
Squadron of the ship’s boys

Opposite: The same Squadron, little earlier, during the briefing. Note that the triumphant look in their eyes is a little less present, slightly eclipsed by the perpective of being taken away by the torrent...

Below: the fear is quickly forgotten.
And most of all, the Tara Boys trekked like pros. The program was including no less than 6 and a half days of walking with transportation of tents, sleeping bags and rations. And 5 itinerant nights. The camp finished on May 30th, after 15 crazy days of adventures that the children will remember for the rest of their life.
Thanks a ton to our sponsor Decathlon who made this dream come true !

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tara Summer Camp, Episode 2

Our reporter is still in Uttarkhand, following the adventures of the smalls who are completing their first week of frantic nature activities. The Tara Tots made a bonfire and cooked some Maggi, they crossed a Burma bridge and trekked like real adventurers.

Besides the children of Tara ARE real adventurers!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tara Summer Camp, Episode 1

Thanks to our partner Decathlon, we are spending 2 wonderful weeks of adventures in Uttarakhand, Northern India.

We took all the Tara Boys and half the Tara Tots — the ones wearing diapers stayed back in Delhi.

On day 1, Boys and Tots were together, then the "big" Tara Boys took a bus and travelled higher for a distant camp.

We stayed between smalls, slightly vexed but since it was the very first time we were in the mountain, we did not sulk for long!

In the beginning, it was girls on one side and boys on the other...
The surrounding, generous nature was requisitioned for artistic productions.
...but it did not last very long! From left to right ; Jyoti, Piyush, Sharwan, Vani, Deepika

Vishal, Sachin, Sherwan, Piyush

Sachin, Manish, Sherwan, Noorie

After this warming-up, we got into real action !

Deepika went first (of course)






And baby Dinesh :