Hundreds of thousands of children live in the streets of New Delhi. Left on their own in extremely precarious conditions, these children—in particular girls—are especially vulnerable. Since 2011, the Air Liquide Foundation has supported Chaya France, which runs two successful children's homes: the boys' home TARA Boys and TARA Tots, a home for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 10. Starting from age 10, boys and girls in India can no longer be housed in the same group home. Chaya France and its Indian partner, the NGO Onyva, have therefore decided to create TARA Girls, a group home for girls between the ages of 10 and 18. This new home will house girls once they become too old to live at TARA Tots, as well as other girls in danger.
Like all other group homes in the TARA program, girls are housed in a friendly environment and looked after by a team trained in child protection. They receive necessary medical treatment and grow up in a safe, healthy environment. TARA Girls primarily focuses on girls in danger within their own family or community, in particular girls who are victims of trafficking or violence (physical, sexual, or psychological).
The girls who live at TARA Girls attend the same partner schools as the children at TARA Boys and TARA Tots. Children receive learning support and can participate in cultural and sporting activities. The goal is to foster the long-term growth and development of girls through education. Girls’ awareness to issues of stereotypes and education is also raised in order to support equality and encourage them to gain self-confidence.
The grant from the Air Liquide Foundation will be used to purchase a vehicle to transport the girls to school, to extracurricular activities, and to doctor's appointments.