Tara Children's Project
Tara Children’s Project is the
only children's home caring
for HIV affected orphaned
children in the State of Bihar
"If we start this children’s home, the main staff here should know that it’s not just to
|Tara Children’s Project started in 2008 when three children and two carers moved into premises located behind the Maitreya School buildings. Soon afterwards, six more children arrived from an orphanage in Delhi, all of whom originated from this area of Bihar. Initially, the project received a one-off grant which was used to pay for and renovate the accommodation, providing a ready made home for the TCP kids.|
|The emphasis of the Project is to achieve stabilisation for the children - trying to make their lives a little bit ordinary. Many of the children have come from difficult, sometimes abusive circumstances. Most suffer from the effects of rejection. The more we try to normalise their routine, the more they respond in happy and positive ways.|
The Project currently has 22 children ranging in age from three to fifteen. All children are enrolled in good local schools, which is no mean feat for kids living with HIV. They have been accepted exceptionally well considering the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
|Several children have come from villages neighbouring Bodhgaya. These two small brothers had recently lost both parents to AIDS and their village was unable or unwilling to care for them. We accepted them into the home and within a week, their whole demeanour visibly brightened.|
The children are encouraged to care for and support one another and to understand that they are now part of a family. Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom is at the core of all the training and vision of Tara Children’s Project. The children are inspired to follow principles of the 'Six Essential Guidelines for a Better Life'.
Many people hear about the Tara Children’s Project and offer various help. Aside from running costs, we are continually trying to improve the children's environment and hiring good people to fulfill the roles of carers, cooks, tutors and administrators in order to provide them with the highest quality of life we can.
The Project is growing in numbers of children. HIV is increasing rapidly in India and the incidence of HIV-affected orphan children is alarming. The problems of HIV/AIDS and the resulting suffering are exacerbated by the terrible stigma that the disease causes. TCP presently provides a refuge for only a small number of children and is currently the only such home in the whole of Bihar State. The success of TCP will help the project stand as a beacon so that eventually more such caring homes might open in Bihar and India-wide.
The best way you can help support the Tara Children's Project
is financially.You can directly donate here...by either making
a one-off donation or a continuing sponsorship
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The merit you create from your generosity
will be multiplied as we rejoice from the
holiest of holy lands here in Bodhgaya.
Lama Zopa RInpoche gave advice about the Project during His visit to Root Institute.
To read Rinpoche's advice on the 'Six Essential Guidelines for a Better Life', click here