Impact Study

We in TARA feel that it is essential to measure the results of our efforts on our beneficiaries. Therefore, in 2016, Shona Casserly and Emily Bild, Consultant in Child Rights, conducted an impact study in order to identify what is currently working well and areas for future improvement.

Also, in 2018, We have conducted 2 quantitative studies (Body Mass Index & education) and 2 qualitative (feeling of safety & social skills) on 54 children. Here is a sum up of this study:

  1. Body Mass Index – BMI
  2. A child is considered healthy if his BMI is between the 5th and 95th percentile (normal BMI). At their arrival, 78% children had a normal BMI. In 2018, 91% children have a normal BMI.

  3. Education
  4. We converted English and overall average ratings into percentage. TARA children have scored above 60%, ranking « Good to Very Good » on our scale. Only 2 children got unsatisfactory results.

  5. Feeling safe
  6. The children’s feeling of safety in the environment TARA provides is 73%. The results indicate that TARA provides the children with an environment where they are able to feel safe, both at home and at school.

  7. Social skills
  8. The indicator of TARA children’s social skills is reported to be at 77%. This percentage is rather high, which shows a certain confidence and ability to socialize.

You can see all the results of this study below.

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Our stories of hope

We did it, because each child matters

Last June, Faisal and Faiz went on vacation for a few days to their mom's place and never returned. Dismayed but determined, the whole team of TARA Boys left no stone unturned to bring the two boys back, safe and sound. Thus, began a 4-month struggle which eventually won us the support of the highest courts and saved the children. Traumatized yet relieved to be at home, the two brothers have starting attending the school again and their life is slowly returning to normal. Hats off to the team, their persistence also led to a change in jurisprudence!

Anisha, at the age of three was found living on the streets all by herself before she was placed at TARA. Extremely malnourished and unable to speak, Anisha carried with her a ray of hope. After living in TARA for over 5 years, she is now a girl who is confident and has reached a normal Body Mass Index. She is a student of Delhi's well-known English-medium school and slowly but surely is improving her speech.

Aman was only 4 when he came to TARA in the year 2013 and today, he is 10! He was still a toddler when he lost his mother. As the father had to stay out for work, he left Aman with a lady who remained ignorant towards him. He was not fed properly, there was no attention given to him and was left on his own. This led to the fall in his health. Aman was critically unwell when he arrived at TARA as he was suffering from Pneumonia and rickets. Doctors even said that it’s a matter of life and death. Recently, Aman has received a reward for ‘Caring and Generosity’ towards other children and his teachers at school. He is also a member of his football team in the school.

A victim of Human Trafficking, Sonarika has suffered the pain of loss and separation at a very young age. When she was enrolled in a top school of Delhi, she was struggling with English, despite her good performance in other subjects. Her confidence was extremely low and she was hesitant to do anything. With regular support from her teachers who gave extra-classes and the continuous support that she received at TARA through tuition, Sonarika managed to score well in English, the subject that troubled her the most. She had scored an average of 29% in 2018. This year, her performance was pushed up to 59%. She is a classic example of what hard-work and commitment can do when clubbed together!

Javed arrived at TARA in 2009 at the age of 13. Today, with his good academic background and Tourism license in his pocket, he worked in a travel agency for 2 years and was recently hired in a hotel in Delhi. He also organizes guided tours of Delhi and refines his French to diversify his services! He is very grateful to TARA and comes regularly to visit the children and help the teams.

When our former TARA children turned adults

We asked one of our TARA Boys, Shyamu, to interview the former TARA children who are now independent young adults.

Here are their stories:

The "Street Project"

The aim of the project was to know about the girls’ vision of the street, considering that they might have been in their personal experience street children, or exposed to that kind of violence, or at least had been the victims of a traumatic background.