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

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mr. Ambassador visits TARA

On June 24, 2016, Tara had the great pleasure in welcoming Sir Alexandre Ziegler, French Ambassador to India. For the event, all the children gathered in Tara Girls where Schweta (Tara Tots), Noorie (Tara Girls), Shyamu (Tara Boys) and Pascal (Executive Director) welcomed his Excellency and gave him a tour of the Home.


The Ambassador spoke about how he was a young boy when he decided to become a French diplomat and urged them to believe in their dreams. The children were at first overwhelmed by His Excellency but finally gained the confidence to ask some questions. Sikander (Tara Boys)) asked the Ambassador how he felt when he was appointed French Ambassador to India and shared his pride as he also knows the joy and responsibilities of representing the community which chose him to serve as a Child Representative in Tara Boys

At first overawed, the children finally gained confidence to ask their burning questions. Mr Ambassador remembered being their age when he decided to become a diplomate and exhorted them to believe in their dreams and projects. Sikander (Tara Boys) asked Mr. Ambassador how he felt when he was appointed French Ambassador in India and both shared a strong feeling of pride, since Sikander (former Child Representative in Tara Boys) knows the joy and responsibilities of representing the community which chose him! Shyamu, newly elected Child Representative as Sikander’s successor in Tara Boys, questioned the Ambassador about his feelings of such significant responsibilities, to which his Excellency replied that the trust he had in his team allowed him to share these responsibilities and calmly deal with them. Noorjahan (Tara Girls)then asked if he liked his job; a smile accompanied the positive answer of the Ambassador who said yes and shared with the children that he had wanted to work in India for many years. The Ambassador asked the children if they would like to be an Ambassador someday prompting several enthusiastic “MEs!” in the room.

Sikander
Shyamu
Noorjahan


The children later talked about their activities, values and rules in Tara Homes with the Ambassador. They praised the resolution of conflicts through speech and non-violence and the Ambassador reacted by stating “that is exactly what my job is!” He praised Tara’s guidelines and rules and told the children that “following the rules makes you a strong person”. Before leaving, the Ambassador shared his joy at the feeling of being “at home” in Tara and expressed his joy to have made Tara one of his first visits in India. His last words to the group were the resounding support of the French Embassy for Tara Homes.


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