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In 2008, struck by the dilapidation and vast size of many Indian orphanages, Pascal Fautrat founded a refuge in New Delhi, for twenty boys aged 4 to 16.
The UN High Commission for Refugees estimates that between 100,000 and 500,000 children live rough on the streets of New Delhi. Weak and vulnerable, they are exposed to abuse of all kinds. Some are placed in large centres where, according to India's National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, they are often “treated as criminals”.
Psychologist Pascal Fautrat sought to create a refuge on a more human scale, a “home” where street children can rebuild their lives, grow, play and study. Known as Tara (“star” in Hindi), the new refuge is supported by the not-for-profit organization Chaya France.
Boys at the refuge study English, Hindi, maths, history, geography and science, with the ultimate aim of reintegrating into established schools and universities in New Delhi. They also take part in a wide range of cultural activities (singing, drama, painting, photography, video) and physical recreation (yoga, dance, taekwondo, cricket).
The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès salutes the work of the Tara Project, promoting education as a means of social integration. Tara's founders refuse to see poverty as an insurmountable obstacle: young people can escape deprivation and complete their education, with brilliant results.
Annual support 2010