Executive Director, TARA Child Protection & Empowerment India
Caroline Roublin, also known as Basanti, started off her journey with TARA in 2010 as an intern. This first experience convinced her that TARA would be a place with a meaningful impact and where she could find herself useful.
After completing a Masters of Political Science & Masters of Social Work, she moved to India in 2014 and in less than a year established TARA Girls, the first girl centric program of TARA. Broadening the scope of intervention of the organisation, she later set up a community based program named ‘TARA Outreach Centre’. During her term as Program Manager, she also supervised the home for boys ‘TARA Boys’ and the after-care program ‘TARA Big Birds’.
Her commitment and her skillfulness lead her to take higher responsibilities and in January 2020, she was appointed Executive Director.
Caroline Basanti has always been a vocal advocate of child rights and believes that the reintegration of marginalized and abused children into society can be achieved by providing a safe and nurturing environment where each child can be heard and heal.
Through her leadership of TARA, she aims at building a safe community for children and caretakers, raising awareness about child rights issues and influencing public opinion to create new models of care & education of vulnerable children. She promotes capacity building within her team, as she strongly believes that qualified and trained professionals make better institutions.
With the help of her team, she is developing high standards of alternative care, which shall help in expanding TARA’s activities and its influence in the sector of child protection.