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

What we do

Tara is an NGO offering a residential service with an emphasis on education for street children and abandoned children. In our homes, we ensure quality education, security, complete health care and a real opportunity to carve a bright future. Our homes are not institutions! They are meant to host no more than 20 children, to ensure a violence-free, family-like environment.

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  Our Homes:

  TARA BOYS, home for 20 boys
  from 6 to 18 years old.
  Home created in August 2008
  TARA TOTS, home for 20 girls and boys
  up to 10 years old.
 Home created in January 2012

  TARA BIG BIRDS, home for 20 girls and boys
  over 18 years old.  Home created in April 2014

  TARA GIRLS, home for girls
  from 6 to 18 years old.
 Home created in July 2015

TARA Impact Assessment
Is Tara really meeting its aims? To which extent? What challenges is Tara still to address? How to measure what works and what does not?
We are proud to share with you the first ever Impact Assessment of Tara conducted by two volunteers, who carried out 43 interviews of children, staff members, trustees, partners and sponsors.
​This report will allow us to share widely the achievements of Tara and to keep on improving by addressing the challenges identified by the interviewees.

Click to download TARA Impact Assesment report.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the children come from?
They originate from various regions in North India and from various family backgrounds. They either come from the street or were living in families where they could not be taken care of. They are considered “Children in Need of Care and Protection” by the State.

Why only 20 children per home?
Big institutions mechanically generate violence as they stretch to accommodate big numbers of beneficiaries. It is particularly true for places where abandoned children are sheltered and the absolute priority is to provide them with a totally-safe environment, a family-like environment with enough individual attention for them to heal from their past trauma, get back to simply being children and individuals, bloom, learn and prepare their future.

How are the children chosen?
We do not chose the children. Their placement at Tara is ordered by the Child Welfare Committee. Tara conducts its own thorough enquiry to confirm that the children who stay with us are genuinely in situations of great vulnerability.

Can the children be adopted?
Tara is not an orphanage. We accommodate children in need of care and protection, who are not technically adoptable but cannot count on the support from their family -- some parents being even hostile or dangerous to their children.

Where does the funding come from?
From individuals, foundations and companies. Tara is supported by 230 families in France, India, US and Australia mainly, who sponsor the children and ensure 50% of our resources. The other 50% come from French, Indian and US corporations and foundations.

Do the children live in Tara?
Yes, as they say themselves « Tara is our Home ». Each home is composed of different bedrooms (by age group), attached bathrooms, one dining room, one activity room and one office for the staff. Apart from the children, no adult lives in Tara, night and day staff work by shifts so that they can rest and the children are supervised 24/7.

Do we send the children to school?
Of course! But not to any school round the corner. We make it a point to have our children admitted in good schools (they are rare in Delhi!), in English medium, while simultaneously checking that the said schools have a real integrative approach for underprivileged children. Our children also get supported at home by our professional and volunteer tutors who help them with their homework, projects and exams.

Are we affiliated to any religion?
Tara is a secular organisation. We do not favour any religion in particular but we embrace and celebrate religious diversity which is a fundamental of India. We encourage the children to comprehend and appreciate this diversity. Children also get religious education at school.

How long will the children stay in Tara?
Until they can fly their own wings. We often keep supporting them after majority to help them conduct personal projects, higher studies and vocational trainings.

What is the meaning of « Tara »?
« Star » in Hindi. The name was chosen by the children. They had also chosen « Mango Juice » and « X-Men » but it did not sound as good!

One day, these children who were destined to shine shoes and collect garbage will pass their board exam, go to college if they can and will be able to take responsibilities. The change we conduct will enable them to stand strong, become roles models in their community and spread a message of hope and dignity for the generations to come. That is the story we would like you to share with us. Keep visiting us and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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