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

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 :

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Javed receives the Trophee of Courage

Investiture ceremony 2014 of Saint Mary's School. Javed receives from the hands of the Chief Guest Ms. Laila Tyabji the Vaibhav Bhagwat Memorial for Exemplary Courage in the Face of all Odds in front of the Principal and the whole school.

The beauty of it being that Javed does not understand what he has done to deserve this...!

After the emotion and the surprise, and giving the whole thing a thought, he concludes: "It must be because I struggle with maths but I do not get discouraged"