... we were no longer surprised by the chidren on the streets, absolutely gone wild, climbing onto our bodies, grabbing us, and also trying to grab anything within reach...
Beatriz with some students in Tara School Nepal
Since Natalia started her project in Calcutta and told me about it, I wanted to visit both of Tara Schools: in Calcutta and Madanpur (Nepal). This would be a way of fulfilling an old dream I had since I was a teenager: visiting India. It finally became true.
I visited Tara´s projects and the experience helped me to understand how we, people need each other so much.
Montse visited a group of beneficiaries of Tara Microloans.
Before going to Tara School had read testimonies from previous volunteers. You think about what will be like when you get to Kolkata or Madapur.
Walking about the neighborhood of Hourah is disheartening although there, you find what it seems an oasis in the middle of the dessert. Just when you enter Tara School, a lot of smiles await for you, "Good morning Miss!" all children say.
I am Alexandra, a teacher from Bremen, Germany, and I stayed in Kolkata for three months last year. I worked at the Loreto Day School in Sealdah, but I also had the chance to visit the Tara school in Howrah for a few days.
I met Natalia in the Convent in C.I.T. Road, where we both were lodging. She invited me to visit her school and as I didn’t have much work at my school there I went. I hadn’t been to Howrah before and I must admit, I was a little bit shocked at first. The streets were even more crowded, dusty and narrower than in Kolkata and the buildings about to collapse.
Postcard made by some students from Tara School Calcutta, to thank Yolanda
for her work as hairdresser during the first Tara Dance Festival
I met Natalia Pallás in Madrid and then saw her leaving to Kolkata.
I have been following her projects since she first started Tara School.
After a few years, it was my time to go a visit Natalia´s projects in India and Nepal. I stayed in India and Nepal for about a month. I participated in what it was the first Festival Tara carried out in Calcutta.
Dear Amigos de Tara:
One more year, on February the 13th, our School in Calcutta, dressed in gala to congratulate the 30 students of class VII who completed their studies at Tara School. The graduation party became a day full of excitement and joy
As you all probably know, from now on, these recently graduated students will join the 70 students who graduated last year and now continue their education at a public school.
At this school, Amigos de Tara will keep supporting them all in two different ways:
- We will cover all the expenses required so they can continue their formal education
- The educational team of Tara School will closely follow and monitor their studies from now on.
Amigos de Tara has an orientation program for boys and girls who graduate from Tara School. This program is held three days a week and gives support to our former students.
Once again, we are full of joy. These simple but very valuable experiences reveal to us the great importance of the work we carry out. And so, we keep moving forward in our noble mission.
Our most sincere gratitude to those of you that support our organization.
With all my heart,