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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TARA Boys do speak French


By Véronique, French teacher at TARA Boys.

When you arrive in India, you start with the following questions:

Where am I going?
What to do?

There is so much to do.
It is during the summer 2016, that I made my entry as a teacher of French at the TARA Boys.
The 20 boys were on vacation; they needed a volunteer to do French classes. I therefore made an appointment after having spoken with the pedagogical team with these 20 boys.

 Our first meeting took place in the room, which serves as classroom, refectory, TV room with the TARA Boys.
They were all at once curious, reserved, smiling maliciously to know to what sauce they were going to charm me.
I presented myself, while observing them just as they did for me. I felt that the contact passed during exchanges of smiles, we could start studying.

My motivation is to make them pass the exam, first level of French. Challenge for them and for me. The potential of these TARA Boys. is extraordinary. The mood is always cheerful, applied. They want to learn even if it's always a bit difficult to handle the language of Molière.

After six months of teaching, I am enthusiastic because I feel able to converse more and more. Their curiosity is refined and some who have French at school want complementary courses. This is the best sign that they will soon be bilingual.

The world is on their doorstep and I am delighted to help them get in


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Noorjahan, future jiu-jitsu champion

Twice a week, the TARA Girls install red and blue mats in their Activity Room and sit with calm and discipline for their Jiu Jitsu Class. As their teacher explains, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a "form of Martial arts that promotes the concept of how a smaller/weaker person can successfully defend himself/herself against a much larger, bigger and stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage and timing".

The TARA Girls patiently learn, practice and repeat the techniques he teaches them to make the best use of their energy and to exploit their potential attacker's own strength against him or her. Indeed, what makes jiu-jitsu so effective is the fact that it is based on the principles of weight distribution, balance, timing and leverage rather than speed or strength. It was designed with the purpose of allowing a smaller person to defend themselves from a larger attacker and to ensure that anyone regardless of their physical ability, could utilize the techniques for self-defense.

Moreover, jiu-jitsu keeps the children healthy by providing them with a safe way to exercise while learning a skill. It also increases their self-confidence as they learn the techniques to defend and develops humility. Submitting others can build confidence, but this comes after countless times of being on the receiving end. These experiences build humility and appreciation.

Finally, Jiu-Jitsu teaches all of its students to never give up and to keep pushing forward. The ability to focus and stay on track is something everyone needs to develop when studying jiu-jitsu. This skill can be learned from jiu-jitsu, but applied in all aspects of life.

Among the TARA Girls, Noorjahan has proved to be particularly dedicated to this art ; further to the regular sessions of all the Girls, she is therefore benefitting from private classes at TARA Girls... Maybe a future champion!
Have a look at her progress here: