Category: shuktara

shuktara - 2017 - The Winning Sisters run the Berllin Marathon

Running Berlin Marathon for shuktara

Emma D’Arcey and Hannah Kokoschka are sisters who LOVE running. Last year Emma ran the London Marathon 2016 for shuktara, and this year both sisters will run the Berlin Marathon 2017 for shuktara on 24th September.

This is what Emma says about #runningforshuktara

“We are so excited to be running in this years Berlin Marathon. After such an uplifting experience running London last year we both felt inspired to take on the 6 World Marathon Majors (Berlin, London, Tokyo, Chicago, New York and Boston). Berlin seemed like the next best step.

We have entered as a team because we enjoy training together. Hannah named us as a team “The Winning Sisters” proving that she has high hopes for us both!”

All of us at shuktara will be cheering them on – for more information on #TheWinningSisters please see these pages:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hannah-kokoschka-emma-darcey
http://shuktara.org/the-winning-sisters/
Official page of the Berlin Marathon 2017

shuktara home for girls with disabilities - Muniya the camerawoman

Yep! films shuktara

Yep! Films International sent Raegan Hodge to Kolkata to film and take photos for a feature documentary about shuktara.

This is a work in progress and we have all had such fun and look forward to welcoming Phoebe Brown, Elizabeth Strickler and Raegan back soon to complete this work.

Please follow them and keep an eye on Yep Films pages for more news and updates:
https://yepfilms.com/films/shuktara-a-documentary/

Below are a few photos from the filming and the all-important Wrap Party at Lula Bari…

shuktara girls

The girls of Lula Bari

These polaroids seem to capture the individual spirit of each of the girls and young women who live at Lula Bari.

Thank You Caroline De Penning for spending so much of your time at Lula Bari and for taking these wonderful photos for the girls to treasure.

Caroline comes regularly to our girls home to do fun activities which have included hair and make-up and often other beauty parlour things.

We also appreciate the involvement of Kolkata International Womens Club and their support of our girls. This year they are paying school fees for all of the girls who attend REACH.

shuktara homes for young people with disabilities - Subhash and Raju

Social media brings a smile to Subhash

Sometimes social media can be a wonderful thing.

Shuktara has an account on Instagram @shuktara_homes and there we share various activities and stories from the day to day lives of our young people.

On sharing a short video of Subhash enjoying some Hindi film music, we received a video back from one of our followers and supporters Helen Downie a London based artist who has an account on Instagram @unskilledworker to say hello to Subhash and to say how happy she was to see him.

He was overjoyed to see this and you can see the happiness in his face.

shuktara home for girls with disabilities - 2017 August - Muniya smiling in her costume at REACH

Muniya performs in a school program

All of the girls at Lula Bari attend REACH school in their different units. Recently they had a program and Muniya was in full costume and make-up and loving it, as all our girls do.

Thank you to Ranjini Mukherjee for sending us photos and all the other teachers and helpers there for looking after our girls.

You can read about Muniya here: http://shuktara.org/muniya/

shuktara homes for young people with disabilities - 2017 - 1st July, 18th anniversary of shuktara - Sunil, Pappu and Anna

18th Anniversary of shuktara

shuktara started on 1st July 1999 so yesterday we celebrated our 18th anniversary! Sunil and Anna were the very first young people to come to shuktara on this day.

Today shuktara has two homes where 23 young people live as a family. The original idea was to give young people with disabilities a real home, somewhere they could feel safe and know was their forever home.

Just look at Anna’s smile because that says more than we could ever express in words.
#shuktarasmiles #myshuktara #shuktaramiracle