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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…

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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 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/

Puja’s progress

Visitors and friends have expressed a very loving interest in how Puja is progressing.

She is now enrolled at REACH school in their Autistic Unit, which she is loving. She has found her own place there in the classroom where she feels safe (as she does at home) away from the noise of people around her and where the teachers can easily interact with her.

She laughs now and when she does it feels like outbursts of joy.
She has the care and attention of the staff at Lula Bari as well.

Puja is definitely at home and safe.

shuktata home for girls with disabilities - 2017 April - Puja in her school uniform - maybe for the first time ever

Puja and Guria go to school for the first time

Last week Pappu was really busy with paperwork for admission to REACH school for Puja and Guria. He had taken photos of Guria and Puja and had written deep descriptions of their needs and abilities. We were expecting them to get admission after the Summer holiday in June.

Sometimes things happen fast in India - Pappu was able to get both girls enrolled immediately and they started on Monday (3 April 2017).

Of course Guria is loving it because she is completely delighted with each new experience. Puja is feeling more and more settled and she loves going out to school every day.

The girls' interaction with other people is of primary importance. In school they are learning to be in different situations and coping with different experiences outside of their home. This is just one of the ways they will become part of their community.