The name THARA.
THARA is the name of a Home
for the Street Children run by the Andhra
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..
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.
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.
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.