Month: August 2016

shuktara home for boys with disabilities - 2015 January - Raju and Sumon on the set of LION

shuktara on the set of Lion film

First trailer for LION released!

Lion is a film that resonates with many at shuktara - it's the story of a boy who gets lost after boarding the wrong train and ends up in Kolkata, far from home. Adopted by a couple from Australia, many years later he goes back to India to search for his family.

When Lion was filmed last year in Kolkata four of the boys from shuktara were called in by the production team to be part of the film.

Here are photos of Raju, Ashok, Sumon and Bablu on the set.

shuktara homes for youth with disabilities - Pat's Wolf Run

Update on Pat’s Wolf Run for shuktara

shuktara homes for youth with disabilities - Pat's Wolf Run

shuktara home for young people with disability - Pat's Wolf Run fundraising

Pat's Wolf Run will provide almost a year of shuktara's educational expenses. Thank you Pat, and thank you Pat's supporters!

To find out more about how you can create a fundraising event for shuktara please click here.

From The Wolf Run website:

The Wolf Run is Wild Running - a unique combination of three kinds of off-road running: mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. The only Wild Run in the UK, it’s a hardcore 10k run across raw natural terrain, including open ground, woodland, lakes & thick mud.

Running in a pack, or as a lone wolf, you’ll tackle a series of tough obstacles - both man-made and natural - designed to test your mental & physical strength, skill and stamina. You’ll run, climb, jump, wade, crawl and swim through a course designed to challenge you on every level.

Patrick Tissington has known David Earp, founder of shuktara, for many years. This is what he says about doing Wolf Run for shuktara:

I have to confess I had always sneered at the idea of the Wolf Run. I am now having to eat my words because I have signed up to do it and am genuinely worried about how on earth I am going to finish it. But I needed a goal to aim for so I could ... well anyone who has sat through my lectures on goal setting will know why.

And I decided to make this a fund raising event in aid of the charity shuktara. Set up by David Earp who suddenly gave up running the stall opposite mine on Portobello and went off to make a positive difference to the world. And boy what a difference he has made. I don't have his courage but I can try and raise money for this great organisation. I am told that the school fees for the young adults cared for is £70 a month. Since I'm in the education business, I thought I would try to raise enough for them to study for 6 months.

To support Patrick and shuktara please click here to go to Pat's JustGiving page.

shuktara home for kids with disabilities - 2016 Raksha Bandhan - Lali, Guria, and David

Rakhi at shuktara

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated throughout India on a full moon day when traditionally a sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist. According to Wikipedia:

The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related.

Pappu Mishra, Somnath Sardar and David took Sunil to Lula Bari in the afternoon where the girls had all made threads for the boys in shuktara.

Sunil was the centre of attention and each girl put a Rakhi on his wrist as well as on Pappu, Somnath and David.

Because this is shuktara where equality rules Somnath and Pappu also tied threads for each of the girls!

To find out more about the young people of shuktara please click here.
shuktara home for girls with disability - 2016 August - Muniya's drawing of the Indian flag

Independence Day

Independence Day, celebrated on August 15th, is always a cause for celebration at shuktara. The Indian flag is raised on the roof of both the boys and the girls homes.

Saluting the flag is not only a serious occasion for the girls at Lula Bari - it's also a time for some fun. Here are some photos of Muniya and Tamina enjoying their Independence Day celebration.

More about Muniya...
More about Tamina...

shuktara home for disabled youth - 2016 August - Ramesh, Rajesh, Bablu Lal and Sunil

Accidents happen

We obviously prefer to give you good news and happy stories but the reality is when you are caring for a large number of young people living together accidents do occasionally happen.

About a week ago Rajesh damaged one of his fingers by slamming it in the kitchen door. He spent the night at hospital where they bandaged his finger.

A few days after his overnight stay he was taken back to the hospital for the dressing to be removed. The medical staff decided to keep him there for a few days so that his finger could be operated on. Clearly his finger needed slightly more attention than we originally thought.

Rajesh came home from hospital August 3rd - still bandaged and he says in a little pain - but home!

Read more about Rajesh...

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Guria before tuitions start with Priyanka

Waiting for tuitions with Priyanka

Priyanka has been coming regularly to give tuitions to the girls at Lula Bari for many years now. She is deaf and understands what it is like to be a young woman with disability in India.

Puja is getting a bit of tender loving care before class - she is lying on Priyanka's lap.

Guria is waiting for the class to begin – smiling as usual. In general the young people at shuktara love to have classes and learn new things – Guria is no exception.

Read more about Guria and Puja.