Tapori is a worldwide network of children from all backgrounds whose motto is: "We want all children to have the same chances."
All around the world children dream of a world where there’s no more poverty, where each child can live in peace and have friends. They don’t want to wait to be adults to take action.
Tapori shares this dream and supports them in their actions against poverty and exclusion.
During a trip to India in 1965, Joseph Wrésinski, founder of the Fourth World Movement, met a group of children who lived by themselves in the train stations of Bombay. They shared the leftovers they could find on the trains between them. They were called "Tapoori."
In 1967 a children’s network was created within the Fourth World movement in solidarity with the children of the emergency housing camp of Noisy-le-Grand, in France.
|(see The Story of the Dove
in the introduction to Tapori)
Joseph Wresinski started to write regularly to children who wanted to be friends with the most excluded.
Remembering his trip to India, Joseph wrote to them,
"I often think about these children, who were so abandoned, but also very brave to get by and help each other. We can also be "Taporis," who can use our own two hands to build a world with more friendship, where poverty will disappear."
To honor the children from the train station in Bombay, this network of children is called Tapori. It has developped all over the world.