Students of TARA Foundation receive counselling sessions to ease their burden.

Counselling sessions help children wade through difficult life situations. It provides them with tools and insights to manage mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Community participation helps youth become empathetic citizens who could potentially continue similar work when they become adults. Additionally, youth who give back to their communities develop leadership skills, learn the importance of lending a helping hand, as well as gain working experience.

Potential Benefits of Counselling
  • improved communication and interpersonal skills.
  • greater self-acceptance and self-esteem.
  • ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits.
  • better expression and management of emotions, including anger.
  • relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.

Coming from a very humbling background, most students are burdened with the economic situations of their families. A research done by our team at TARA Foundation finds, that 36% of the students under our care, are required to help out in more than one of their families’ businesses, which can take between 3 to 5 hours in a day, leaving them little to no room to focus on their studies.


The other 39% of our students are burdened with family problems, which directly affects their school attendance and involvement. This also contributes students’ involvement in substance abuse, apart from the usual skipping classes and loitering when they should either be at home or school. We also found many of our students being a flight risk, waiting to leave home AND their education, to gain the freedom of doing what they want.


Due to the problems above, TARA Foundation has arranged for trained clinical psychologists to be stationed at each of our academic centres, where they come in every fortnight to counsel our students. This way, we are able to provide a safe space for students to confide in, and ensure that students are kept on the right path, where they can be taught to use their struggles as intrinsic motivation to do better in their education, as a means on escaping the cycle of doing the profession their parents did, and reach higher for themselves.

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