ABANDONED CHILDREN AND ORPHANS IN INDIA
Around 40% of India’s population is estimated to be under age (i.e. 434 million people). In New Delhi, more than 150,000 children live in the streets, forced to work or beg to survive, sleeping on the pavement, victims of violence and abuse. Neglected, orphaned, lost or abandoned, these children are in acute danger.
The Government of India has designed ambitious policies for child protection but struggles to implement them and to make a real and lasting change for these vulnerable children and orphans in India (see Comity Verma report p.179). Unfortunately, many of these children return to the streets without receiving any education after having been rescued in shelters for a few months or years.
TARA, COMMITTED TO CHILD PROTECTION IN INDIA SINCE 2008
Today, TARA hosts 60 children from 2 to 22 years old in 4 homes in New Delhi. It allows them to grow in a safe and family like environment, educates them and teaches them values such as humility, tolerance, peace, courage, dignity, respect, generosity, critical mind, integrity and hygiene.
TARA cares for the children until they become independent adults. During their stay at TARA the children are constantly involved and consequently empowered. They are encouraged to become directors, and not mere objects, of their destiny and to change in turn the life of their families.
TARA, through the individual attention provided to each beneficiary and the longevity of the actions undertaken, contributes to real social change in the lives of these vulnerable, abandoned children and orphans in India.
TARA works in close partnership with the families and communities of the children placed in its care. These families are often vulnerable and spread out, but nevertheless present; even when the children welcomed in TARA are missing children or orphans, our social workers conduct an inquiry to find the children’s closest relatives. These families are therefore direct beneficiaries of TARA.
Once educated and independent, each child will be able to support an average of 4 people from his or her family such as spouse, future children and close members of his/her family. They will be able to convey the values learnt in TARA to their own children and family circle. Thanks to their education, they will be able to get qualified jobs and keep their future families out of poverty.
Number of direct beneficiaries: (1 child + 4 direct beneficiaries)*60 = 300
Each of these direct beneficiaries will play a part in improving the living conditions of 3 other people on average: children of their own children, the families of their future spouses….
A young adult who is financially independent usually goes back to his community where he embodies an inspiring role model. This becomes a very powerful tool to address social despair, delinquency, discrimination and exploitation of women and children.
Number of indirect beneficiaries: (300 direct beneficiaires)*3 = 900