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

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!

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