Published: 21st August 2017
From model to role model: Tamara Moss's epic story of how she is helping the kids of Jaisalmer
This is the unique story of Tamara Moss and her organisation SLC that caters to the kids of Jaisalmer
Dutch-Indian model, Tamara Moss left home when she was 17 to find her career path and this led her to modelling. The young model had travelled far for assignments, but one city left her wanting to do more. When in Jaisalmer, Tamara became fascinated by the Ravanhatta, a bowed-stringed instrument and even learnt how to play it. This exposed Tamara to the other side of life when she saw the challenges that the people faced. “They faced poverty, malnutrition and negligence, and empathising with them helped me work towards improving things,” says Tamara, who started the Sunflower Learning Centre in 2016. She was born and raised in the districts of Chembur and Gori, Mumbai. A year before she got into modelling, Tamara worked as a voice and accent coach in Bengaluru at the age of 17.
Education and emancipation of the coyly, self-denying women of Rajasthan is as charming an experience as their brilliant smiles. A personal approach is necessary
Even though language was a barrier, with the help of friends, family and basic Hindi, the now 29-year-old made it work. “Luckily, the SLC team is multilingual! I expose them to different creative learning techniques which they use when teaching. The focus is on self-development and bringing out the best in each person,” she says. So how does SLC decide what to teach in their nursery-cum-tuition centre? “As the centre was started to meet the kids’ learning needs, the kids themselves are members of the development team. Together, we make a list of what they would like to learn,” explains Tamara.
Selfie time: Tamara Moss with a few children
Talking about her experience, she says, “I have enjoyed so many beautiful moments with the kids, passing on what life has given me. I am honoured to feel such a connection with my fellow humans, animals and plants — together we are the circle of life.”