Month: July 2016

shuktara home for young adults with disabilities - 2016 July - Rajesh with his drawing

Rajesh’s drawing

Rajesh very proudly showed us a drawing he did in school of a house, a tree and a bird in sky with a cloud. This is what is expected of him in school. Everyone is required to draw the exact same thing, over and over. There's very little creativity involved.

Raja, who has sold many of his paintings in both privately and in galleries, told Rajesh in sign language to try drawing a face or something a bit more abstract. This is what he brought us.

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shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Moni stitching and smiling

Embroidery class brings smiles

The stitching and embroidery class continues at Lula Bari, supervised by the girls home tutor, Nandita.

We love watching Guria in her standing frame, working independently. Her concentration is amazing - she is so determined, proud of her work and very happy to be participating in this group activity.

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2016 July - Ashok, Alain Cojean & Raju

Alain Cojean visits shuktara

We were surprised and thrilled to see Alain Cojean at shuktara over the Bastille Day holiday. It was Alain's idea to start Shuktara Cakes and he has been committed to the Shuktara Cakes Training Centre since the very beginning.

We appreciate that Alain took time from his busy schedule to visit us and for the books and gifts he brought from Paris for all of the young people of shuktara.

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shuktara home for disabled girls - Guri draws independently

Guria draws independently!

Guria is now able to stand in her frame supporting herself so that she can do many things independently, including draw with crayons. Our friend Judith Harris from London sent a set of Easy Grip Playon Crayons to make drawing easier for Guria as she has difficulty with fine motor skills.

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shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Prity standing

Prity stands!

On 9th June we took Prity to Mobility India for the measurement of AFO* and knee gaiters. After she was measured they asked us to come back on 29th June for the trial of these devices which will strengthen her legs so that she can stand unassisted.

She has never been able to stand so to move around either she crawls or a staff member has to carry her. When she was younger (and smaller) this was easy but as she grows it gets harder to lift her.

Prity really liked both assistive devices because now she is able to stand by holding the table or window. We hope that in the future Prity will able to walk with assistance.

*Ankle-foot orthosis: A brace, usually made of plastic, that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position and correct foot drop. Abbreviated AFO. Also known as foot drop brace.

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