Month: July 2018

shuktara homes for young people with disabilities

Sunil and his chariot

Sunil is a fan of all festivals in India but Rath Yatra* is one of his favorites. Every year he celebrates with a miniature version of the three huge chariots used in the main celebration in Puri (on the Bay of Bengal south of Kolkata).

This festival is also celebrated in Kolkata and for a week you will see pop-up stands selling small replicas of the chariots used to carry Lord Jagannath and his entourage. Pulling the chariot is considered an auspicious deed - for all the years that Sunil has pulled his chariot we expect he has accumulated a lot of good karma.

shuktara homes for young people with disabilities

*Wikipedia: Ratha Yatra or Ratha Jatra or Chariot Festival is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India.

Learning to cook at Lula Bari

We like to encourage self-sufficiency at shuktara so a cooking class was arranged by the maashis for the girls at Lula Bari. Everyone has to start at the beginning so you can see that they were taught simple tasks like slicing tomatoes and potatoes.

Practice makes perfect as Lali demonstrates in the video below as she uses the traditional vegetable cutter on tomatoes.

We're looking forward to their first chicken curry but that may take a bit more time...

Lula Bari - shuktara home for disabled girls

Emily’s last day at shuktara

Emily Howling has been supporting shuktara since 2012.

Arriving in Kolkata with her mum Rachel on the 21st of June she has been working every day at Lula Bari with our girls and young women.

Everyone at Lula Bari had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed the varied interesting and imaginative activities including art, music and playing catch.

Today we say goodbye to Emily and her mum Rachel Howling as they continue on their travels. We can't thank her enough for coming to Kolkata and making every day an exciting one at Lula Bari!

19 years of shuktara homes for young people with disabilities

Take two – shuktara Founder’s Day celebration

Our "19 years of shuktara" celebration was so much fun that we wanted to show you just a few more photos.

As you can see we went all out on decorating - the shuktara roof was filled with scented white jasmine and brightly coloured jamdani saris but the pièce de résistance was definitely THE JASMINE THRONE!

Emily (our Rose Queen) and her mum Rachel are finishing up their trip to Kolkata and we are so happy they were able to join in our Founder's Day activities.

Getting ready for big event…

Celebrating 19 years of shuktara!

19 years of shuktara homes for young people with disabilities

19 years of shuktara!

On 1 July 1999 shuktara started with just two boys, Anna and Sunil. Our story began in a rented flat on Southern Avenue and then moved to rented houses in Jubilee Park and then Kudghat.

Today there are two homes in Behala, owned by shuktara, where 23 young people live. Ages range from teenagers to young men in their 30s. Coming from institutions or lonely lives without family, shuktara provides everything needed for a healthy, happy and perhaps most important, safe life.

Join with all of us in celebrating 19 years of shuktara - founder David Earp, Pappu (chairman of shuktara in India, guardian, advocate and friend), carers and maashis, and of course all of the young people who have a home for life filled with love and laughter. Thank you for your support, all of this is possible because of you!