Month: May 2016

shuktara 2016-05-23 - Guria gets gaiters

Guria gets knee gaiters!

Pappu, chairman of shuktara, took Guria to Mobility India along with David and Milli mashi, one of the Lula Bari house mothers.

This is Jacinta's last week as a volunteer physiotherapist in Kolkata and she made an appointment for 23rd May so Guria could be fitted with knee gaiters.

Guria was very excited by the whole process, which meant measuring her legs. Luckily, as they had one pair in her size, we were able to leave quite quickly. The next step is to get a standing frame which is being tailor-made for Guria and will be ready to pick up on 6th June.

A standing frame provides an alternative position instead of Guria just sitting or lying, it will support her in the standing position.

Read more about Guria.

shuktara May 2016 - Sanjay and family-by David

Sanjay brings his family to shuktara

As the young people of shuktara grow up our job is to support them to live independent lives integrated into the community.

Sanjay came to shuktara in 2000. From the very beginning his dream was to have a family of his own.

Through his work at Shuktara Cakes and the experience of living at our boys home, we think he learned the true meaning of family as well as the skills he needed to start his own family.

He now has a wife and daughter of his own and these photos were taken when they came to visit his shuktara family!

Read more about Sanjay.

shuktara May 2016 - Raja painting

Raja Mohan Das, deaf artist

Raja is deaf and the resident artist at shuktara. In 2009 he was the youngest artist to be showcased at CIMA gallery in Kolkata.

Like all artists Raja has times of incredible energy and creativity as well as periods of inactivity. Right now he is in a very productive phase creating dozens of works in his trademark vibrant colours.

Read more about Raja here.

shuktara May 2016 - Guria and Muniya in AC study room

Lula Bari gets an AC for their study room

Thanks to a generous donation we have been able to put an Air Conditioner in the study room at Lula Bari.
It took a couple of days to get it installed, all of which was exciting for the girls.

When it was switched on last night for the first time and the girls sat in it for a while, I told Guria and Muniya that it had been given as a gift from someone. Guria raised her hand in sign of thank you as Muniya said "Thank you".
I think Guria's ability to raise her arm like this is really encouraging. It must be due to physiotherapy, exercise and a real desire to communicate and let us know more of what she is wants us to know.