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THARA: STREET CHILDREN HOME AT SECUNDERABAD:

The name THARA.

 

      THARA is the name of a Home for the Street Children run by the Andhra Jesuit Province. It stands for: Tender Home for Anawim Rest and Awakening.  Anawim is a Hebrew word, which means the poor or “the bent ones” literally. The child on the street finds this home as newly discovered home where he could live. It is a place to have a peaceful rest- a home for rest, a place for relaxation of body and mind and a place for inner awakening. The child begins to see things in a new way. It comes in contact with his own self and hence a new re-orientation takes place in his life here and dreams of being a different self.  In the Indian regional language of Telugu, Thara means a star. In the New Testament, the star of Bethlehem was a guide to the wise men to encounter Jesus. The child is guided by THARA to receive love and tender care, which he lost from his parents, and family.

 

2. THARA and Its Past:

THARA came into existence on July 3rd, 2003 and it was registered as a society on Oct 16th 2007. So far the THARA staff contacted more than 1000 children in Secunderabad station alone and out of this, three hundred children, were brought to the centre, not at one time but at different intervals. Actually we could not bring more due to constrain of accommodating these children in THARA which has just two small rooms. At Present a special building is coming up to accommodate these street children and will soon be blessed and inaugurated hopefully in December 2010. From the children brought to the centre, based on the information given by the children, we first try our best to reunite the children with their families. We could re-unite so far more than sixty children with their parents. Even though the centre is specially meant for boys, in ten cases, in spite of its limitations of space, allowed girls for a short  stay  and helped them  either to re-unite with the parents or made arrangements to settle them in collaboration with other NGOs who run centers for girls . We have also added  a few case studies..

 

Children reunited with the family.


Case Study -1

Jeevan  Age 4 years

A certain person named Raju brought Jeevan to THARA on the 14th of March, 2008. He found the child in front of Secunderabad Railway-station. Neither Raju nor the boy was able to give any information about the parents of the child except the name of the father, ie. Mr Mohan. While   Mr Mohan was in search of the child in another centre run by another NGO, it was there one of the THARA boys, Rohit encountered Mr Mohan. Thanks to Rohit who led Mohan to THARA on the 16th of March 2008. The father of the boy revealed to the Director that the child was whisked by an unknown person giving the boy ice-cream and chocolates and did not know the intention of that man. Mohan and family are from Nepal and settled in Hyderabad.

 

Case Study -2

Sameer Age -11

Sameer is son of late S H Mulli and Arjuna Begum. He is from Kolkotha, in West Bengal. When he was nine years old he lost his father. Soon after that incident he was asked to work along with his uncle who was a goldsmith. He found difficult to do the job so he ran away from there and went to different places like Mumbai, UP, etc. He reached in THARA on the 2nd of March 2007. It was difficult to contact his mother who knew only Bengali. The Director contacted a Religious Sisters’ Convent in West Bengal. One of the Sisters contacted Sameer’s mother and later the woman spoke to her child before she arrived in THARA. The boy was unwilling to go back home with the mother. Therefore he ran away from THARA before the mother arrived in THARA. When Sameer’s mother and Uncle reached THARA, they were disappointed to know that Sameer had gone away from THARA. A week long search for him by them failed to trace him. But after two months again he arrived in THARA. This time the Director helped Sameer to accept mother and he expressed his willingness to go with mother and find his home in his native place.

Case-3

Ganesh Age-17, 38 Kg.

 Ganesh is a mentally challenged child. He was brought to THARA on the 9th Oct 2007 from Secunderabad Railway Station. His parents are Mr Narasimha and Mrs Manjula and they are from West Godawari District in Andhra Pradesh. It was accidental that a certain person named Chinna, who visited THARA, recognized Ganesh and told the Director that he knows Ganesh’s parents. He also told that Ganesh’s father is a rikshaw puller. Thanks to Mr Chinna who made possible to bring Ganesh’s parents to THARA and helped the re-union possible.

 

Case- 4

Rajeswari- Age 19

Rajeswari is the daughter of Mr Narasiha rao and  Mrs Lalitha. They are from Hyderabad
Rajeswari informed us that she was given in marriage by her parents some months ago and she was tortured by her husband. Therefore she ran away from him. She told me that she wants to have divorce from him and was unwilling to go back to her parents. After her month long stay in THARA the director made arrangements for her to be employed. But after a few days of counseling she discontinued the work and was willing to go back home. Hence the director contacted her mother and she took her daughter to their home.

Jeevan

Sameer

Ganesh

Rajeswari

Posted By Peter Daniel SJ | 10/5/2010 4:34:47 PM
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