Creative Engagement for a Better Life

Tara Trust – Past Engagement and Future Plans


Tara Trust is a registered non-profit organization established in Goa in 2008 by Dr. Katharina Kakar, an anthropologist and artist from Germany, who settled inBenaulimin 2003. The trust has the mission to empower and educate marginalized children to improve their lives through an in depth engagement with the arts.


Our goal is to enhance creative thinking and empathy, support team work and problem solving and encourage a child’s personal growth. We believe that a child needs stories and access to her imagination to build self-esteem and a positive self-image.


In the past 10 years, we worked with numerous institutions in Goa, such as orphanages, slum schools, kindergartens, government schools, homes for children with special abilities, etc. to support neglected children from depressed castes and tribes, as well as especially abled children. We further organized workshops in collaboration with other NGO’s in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bodh Gaya, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Ladakh. Tara Trust has conducted more than 3000 extensive art based art workshops in Goa and across India between 2009 and 2018, all free of cost, utilizing funds only from private and corporate donors.


January 2018 onwards we started to restructure our activities and shift our engagement from weekly workshops to art camps across India in collaboration with other institutions and NGO’s. The focus of these in-depth camps will be environmental issues and gender sensitization. Our camps center around locally relevant issues, and the healing impact of art.


By September 2018, we will shut down our weekly workshops. Tara Trust has done more than 3000 art workshops in the past 10 years, all free of cost for institutions that take care of marginalized children. We will now only work on time bound, intense camps, such as the ones we did in January and March 2018 in Madhya Pradesh (on building music instruments out of waste), in Goa (on working on elephant issues) and in July in Ladakh (on environmental issues). For summer 2019 we are planning further camps in Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Ladakh.


In 2015 we were certified by Credibility Alliance for transparency and good governance Credibility Alliance is a consortium of Voluntary Organizations committed to enhancing Accountabilityand Transparency in the not-for-profit sector.