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shuktara - Guria at Lula Bari

Laughing through lockdown

In West Bengal to try to slow the spread of the virus we now have two days of complete lockdown each week. For many of our young people with physical disabilities lockdown is not very different as most days are spent at home in Lula Bari (our girls home) or Anna Bari (our home for boys). 

For example Guria has physiotherapy every week at home and she seems quite delighted with her routine. Who knew physio could be so much fun? In fact the other girls in the house can’t help but watch as Guria laughs through her whole session with Sandip our physiotherapist. 

Some things have changed, like the way our young people study. Before the pandemic the girls who attend REACH school would get ready, climb in the shuktara vehicle and go to school. These days everyone in the world is doing school remotely. Now Guria is helped to get ready for school wearing her uniform, Pappu turns on the laptop and connects her with her teacher online.

Sometimes what seems like an obstacle for some people has the potential to be a new and exciting experience for others – as you can see from the photos Guria enjoys her online classes immensely!

shuktara Founder's Day

21 years of shuktara!

It was in October 1998 that Alison Saracena (our webmistress), Bryan Forst (developer and technical expert) and David Earp (founder of shuktara) left their respective homes in San Francisco and London to head to Kolkata and start something that they had discussed for a long time, working with young people with disabilities.

Nothing quite worked out as they had planned and they started teaching typing and computer skills to youngsters in Alison and Bryan’s flat – this later became Uddami, a computer training centre. At that time they all lived on Southern Avenue in Kolkata.

On the 1st July 1999, David received a call to say there were two young men (Anna and Sunil) who were being moved from child care to adult care in a facility outside Kolkata and people had heard that they wanted to work with young people just like this.

That was the beginning of shuktara and on Wednesday we celebrated 21 years.

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Our celebration had an element of sadness because Anna passed away in October 2018 and we had our 20th anniversary last year, our first without him.

Everyone misses Anna but we cherish our many wonderful memories of him.

We had a low key ceremony for Anna at the boys house, now known as Anna Bari, with a white floral garland draped around his photo and the boys gathered around.

 

shuktara - Raju

 

This year due to lockdown only the staff and shuktara young people celebrated our Founders Day, the boys at Anna Bari and the girls at Lula Bari. As usual everyone enjoyed delicious mutton curry and payesh (Bengali rice-based pudding).

We also celebrated Raju’s birthday on 1st July, the day he chose – as with almost all of our young people, we don’t know his actual day of birth. In the evening David took a Happy Birthday Raju cake to the girls to spend some time at their home on this very special occasion.

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Sunday Art Class at Anna Bari

Joydeb is our home tutor for Anna Bari and he comes three times a week to teach Aakash, Subhash, Bablu, Sunil, Ramesh and Sumon.

During the two months of lockdown he was not able to come and when he returned Pappu handed him his salary for that period.

Joydeb was shocked and surprised and said that he felt he ought not to take the money, but Pappu told him that everyone is getting salary over lockdown, why not him! And if he wants he can give a donation back to shuktara, or work an extra hour here and there.

Rather than the above suggestions, Joydeb is coming now on Sundays of his own volition and running an art class!

Short videos of the Sunday Art Class

shuktara gives back

Shuktara distributes 200 food packets

Due to increased demand from people who live around shuktara and because of your generous support, last week we increased our distribution to 200 packets of food.

The first 100 bags contained 2kg rice, 1kg potato, 500gm onion, 500gm salt, 250gm dal and 4 eggs. The next 100 bags contained an apple and a banana instead of the eggs.

This will help those unable to work during lockdown, particularly the daily wage earners who have no income and little access to food.

Everyone receives a shuktara ticket to say they have picked up this week’s provision bag and Pappu will continue this distribution throughout the month of May.

Thank You for supporting his initiative to help people in the shuktara neighbourhood during this difficult time.

Update to shuktara gives back

A few days ago we posted about shuktara giving back to the local community – as shuktara has enough Pappu decided to share what they have with people in the locality who have nothing. These are daily wage earners, pavement dwellers and families he has been told about who are struggling because of the lockdown in Kolkata.

Pappu started distributing packets of food last Monday (27th April). 50 more packets were given away on Friday (1st May) – each packet contained 2kg rice, 1kg potato, 250gm dried peas, a packet of biscuits and 500gm of mustard oil.

This distribution will happen every week on Wednesday during the entire month of May. Each week they will add different contents to the bags to vary nutritional value. Each packet costs about 250 rupees.

If you are in India and would like to support him:

Account name – Shuktara
Account number – 3187000100033787
Punjab National Bank
IFSC – PUNB0008500

Or call/text Pappu, Chairman of shuktara
Nagendra Mishra (91) 9830760087
Instagram @shuktara_homes

shuktara 2.6 Challenge

The 2.6 Challenge is complete!

A big thank you to all of our Challengers (Emma D’arcey, Sue Tungay, Alyson Rose and Mike Tungay) who not only took on but completed their 2.6 Challenge for shuktara! You can still support them by donating to our JustGiving page, donations will be closed 3rd May:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2-6-challenge-for-shuktara

One more Challenger also finished her 2.6 Challenge – thank you Judith!

Click on the link below to donate to Judith’s JustGiving page for shuktara:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Judith-harris17

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Shuktara gives back

At shuktara we have enough. We don’t have an abundance of produce, with all our local shops and suppliers closed it is hard to get a lot of what we are used to, but we have enough.

What we have, we have decided to share over the next two days with people in our locality who have nothing. These are daily wage earners, pavement dwellers and families we have been told about who are struggling.

Each bag contains 2kg rice, 1kg potato, 1kg onion, 500gm pulse and 100gm of soya bean.

Our hope is that this will help them a little over the next few days.

Emma D'arcey runs the London Marathon for shuktara

Trustees take on the 2.6 Challenge for shuktara

“I am planning on doing 26 skips, then a break of 2.6 minutes to recover (I think a recovery time of 26 seconds is a tad optimistic), then another 26 skips, doing a total of 26 sets of 26 skips.”

Sue Tungay

“In 2016 I ran for shuktara in the London Marathon. The support from David, shuktara supporters, friends and family and all the people lining the streets was tremendous. I am feeling for all the runners who have worked so hard on both training and fundraising, unable to take part in this 40th anniversary year.

On the 26th of April I will complete 26 circuits of the Wells Cathedral green with my 9 month old Fredy in her pushchair. My aim is to help raise awareness for this very special charity. “

Emma D’arcey

“I am planning on running around the main lawn on my estate 26 times, again with a break of 2.6 minutes in between each lap.”

Mike Tungay

“I’m going to walk up the stairs to my flat – 26 steps, 26 times for Shuktara.

On Sunday 26 April, the day when the London marathon should have happened I’m taking part in the 2.6 Challenge.

Set up to encourage fundraising for charities hard hit by coronavirus, the 2.6 Challenge is inspiring people throughout the UK to raise money at or around their home for their favourite charity. “

Alyson Rose

You can participate by clicking here to support our 2.6 Challengers for shuktara: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2-6-challenge-for-shuktara

shuktara - Sunil 2.6 Challenge

The 2.6 Challenge

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the UK have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

the 2.6 Challenge - Sunil for shuktara

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what would have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event. We’ve been lucky to have friends who ran for shuktara to raise funds and awareness of our two homes in Kolkata.

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Shuktara Trust (UK).

The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends. Check out these ideas for more inspiration.

Whatever your age or ability, you can take part.

How you can participate in the 2.6 Challenge

  1.  Dream  up your 2.6 Challenge

  2.  Create  your fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving by clicking one of the buttons below

  3.  Choose  Shuktara Trust (UK) as your charity

  4.  Ask  all your friends and family to sponsor you

  5.  Complete  your 2.6 challenge!

Another option is to join our 2.6 Challenge for shuktara page

This is a way for you to create a challenge without having your own fundraising page. We’ve created a group 2.6 Challenge for shuktara page in JustGiving. Here’s how you can be a part of this page:

  1.  Dream  up your 2.6 Challenge
  2.  Send  your name, email, description of your challenge and a photo to 2.6challenge4shuktara@shuktara.org – we’ll post your challenge on our fundraising page as an update
  3.  Tell  all your friends and family about your 2.6 Challenge and ask them to sponsor you here: 2.6 Challenge for shuktara
  4.  Complete  your 2.6 challenge! If you send us another photo we’ll post it on our page.

For more information on the 2.6 Challenge watch the video (right) or check out this link twopointsixchallenge.co.uk