According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), between more than 100,000 children are currently living in the streets of Delhi. Left to themselves under highly precarious conditions, these children are particularly vulnerable and often exploited by ill-intentioned people. Because of a lack of reception capacity and infrastructures, they can sometimes be sent to jail. In specialized public structures, living conditions are often very unsatisfactory.
Following the shutdown of a social center in New Delhi, the association Chaya France and the Indian NGO Onyva have decided to create the reception center “TARA”. Within the center, Onyva endeavors to protect and educate children who escaped street violence. Twenty young boys have been housed in the first center, TARA boys, since 2009. The project has been very successful. In 2011, thanks to the Air Liquide Foundation’s support, a second house was opened, TARA Tots, to welcome 10 boys and girls up to the age of 5. Based on openness and respect and delivered exclusively by certified professionals, education is also individualized. The objective is to re-socialize and empower each child.
In 2013, the Air Liquide Foundation decided to renew its support to Chaya France and Onyva to allow, on the one hand, the renovation of the reception center TARA Boys (painting works, security of the electric system, carpentry works), and on the other hand, an increase in the reception capacity of the second house TARA Tots, thanks to the fitting-out of facilities. Ten more children will be housed thanks to this project.