For Holi, contribute to a noble cause and support the rent of 20 kids at TARA
Delhi is home to more than 15 million inhabitants, among which it is estimated that up to 150000 children live abandoned on the streets.
The Indian Government is well aware of the need to protect and to take care of those children and has launched ambitious policies to address the problem. Despite all the efforts, it is overwhelmed by the number of children to be covered under these policies. The Women and Child Department of the Union Government recognizes that the issue is still barely addressed. It states that there are a lot of legislations and specific policies included in the Constitution. However, those policies and legislations for children have on the whole suffered from weak implementation, owing to scant attention to issues of child protection, resulting in scarce resources, minimal infrastructure, and inadequate services to address child protection problems.
ONYVA provides 3 homes called TARA, TARA being a nomenclature given by children, and a dignified future through quality education to Children in Need of Care and Protection identified by the Child Welfare Committee (Board of Magistrates, Government of India) and sent by them through a placement order. The core issues addressed are those of child rescue, protection, and sustainable empowerment through education. TARA supports the full development of the children’s potential and empowers them until they can fly with their own wings. We make sure that they can finish their education till 12th standard and support them to find a job. We also encourage them to continue their studies if they have the capabilities and wish to do so.
TARA not only rescues the children sent by the Child Welfare Committee, but also provides them with a sense of security, a family-like environment where their individual needs can be properly addressed and their dignity guaranteed. We also ensure personalized and individual attention for each child, core values such as respect, honesty, critical mind, generosity being inculcated in them along with an excellent academic and extracurricular education. The children who come to TARA generally stay with us their whole childhood since they have no family support. TARA accompanies them until they stand strongly on their feet, with solid assets to integrate the society as productive citizens and role models in their communities. Our children go to some of the best schools in Delhi (Bluebells School, Saint Mary’s, Laxman Public School...) and they all study in English Medium (education in English is a strong social marker in India). They do not wear any external stigma of underprivileged children and are able to cross the class barriers, obtaining a real and tangible social promotion.
Direct beneficiaries: 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, e.g, 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) *20 children = 100
Indirect beneficiaries: 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 himself becomes an embodiment of inspiration This becomes a very powerful tool to address social despair, delinquency, discrimination and exploitation of women and children.
Number of indirect beneficiaries: (100 direct beneficiaries)*3 = 300
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.