When you support Tashirat, you help us to provide way beyond just the basic necessities, you are helping us to give everything that you would give your own child in life
Love and Family
The children are raised with the utmost care by our permanent staff members, many of whom have been fulltime live-in volunteers for over 18 years. Each child has a home with his or her Tashirat mom or dad. Each house has 5 – 10 children and our children receive a home for life. No matter where they go in the world they know that, just like any child, they have a loving family to depend on and a home to come back to. Our disabled children who cannot live without assistance know that even as adults we will always be here for them, helping them to become more and more independent but within a safe and supportive environment where they can live their adult lives.
We strengthen our children emotionally by teaching them to communicate and to express their feelings so that they can resolve their relationships and issues as they come up and adequately ask for help when they need it.
The children receive very nutritious and delicious vegetarian meals free of refined sugar. Our balanced nutrition has made it possible for all of our children to live medication free after their first few months of transition in Tashirat, even though many arrived with serious chronic health issues and on heavy allopathic drugs. Their improved physical, emotional and mental health has improved their lives tremendously.
Our children are incredibly active in Tashirat riding their bikes, swimming and playing soccer daily. They are also members of local soccer teams and apart from their weekly soccer league games, they train twice a week with their coach.
Since a majority of our children arrived with learning disabilities, very little former education if any, and / or mental disabilities, they needed attention that was not available in public schools and we found it necessary to open our own school to provide them with an adequate education.
Our Tashirat school is now a Montessori guided school. With main teachers and staff assistants we have transitioned our primary into the Montessori system and are living the positive results daily with this wonderful method that reaches every child at their level as well as teaching them values and social skills for life.v
We speak English at home and Spanish at school, so most of our children are fluent in both languages. New children on average take about a year to understand English very well and another year to feel confident enough to speak fluently.
Not only will being bilingual be an asset for our children one day in the working world, but research shows that speaking two languages can have a profound effect on the brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and having a positive effect on intellectual growth, enhancing a child’s overall mental development.
From middle school to high school, we also offer an introduction to many trades such as auto mechanics, carpentry, sewing, knitting, cooking and welding. Upon turning 18,our kids also have the opportunity to become trained in a trade of their choosing as an apprentice.
The children who have the capacity and interest in attending college upon graduation from high school are given the opportunity and all children are encouraged to continue their education.
Our mentally disabled children, who will be with us as adults, will be taught the skills that they need to be able to confidently provide for themselves and live independently but assisted within Tashirat.