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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!

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Emily, our Rose Queen, visits shuktara

When Emily Howling became Mellor Rose Queen in the UK in 2012 she chose shuktara as her charity and raised funds to help support our homes.
Emily wanted to visit shuktara and here's what she says on her GoFundMe page:

"Shuktara means a lot to me as it was my Rose Queen charity back in 2012, when my team and I raised over £13000 for them. Having the chance to visit would be incredible!"

This week she finally arrived in Kolkata with her mum Rachel. Every day both of them have been working with the girls at Lula Bari.
We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who supported Emily when she was Rose Queen and also on her GoFundMe page that helped her come visit us.

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Improving mobility at RCFC

At the end of April we posted about a new physiotherapist who started coming to shuktara. The twice-weekly sessions are going really well at the boys' house with Aakash, Subhash and Sumon, and at Lula Bari with Prity, Guria and Moni.

Yesterday he took the three boys to RCFC (Rehabilitation Centre For Children) close by here in Behala to see how we can improve their mobility. Next week he is taking the girls.

They made casts for splints and gave us some good ideas on how to improve and assist mobility within our homes. Looking forward to sharing our next trip when we take the girls!

Steven Rose walking for shuktara home for young people with disabilities

Steven Rose walking across Wales for shuktara

The annual Across Wales Walk (AWW) for charity "follows a linear route, starting and finishing at either end of some of the roughest, remotest yet loveliest countryside Wales has to offer." This year's walk is the event's 55th and takes place on 1st September.

Steven Rose has completed the AWW before but this is the first time he will attempt a triple crossing of 135 miles - and he has chosen to support shuktara with this endeavor! Steven says:

"I will attempt 135 miles of non-stop walking for Shuktara Trust (UK) because they achieve so much with so few resources."

Since visiting shuktara in 2016 Steven has been a solid supporter. This is what he blogged about shuktara:

"In more than 40 years of working with disabled people I have never been so impressed with the levels of dedication and commitment I witnessed. Shuktara manage to achieve so much with so little and are literally saving children's lives."

You may remember Steven's grandson Levi, our youngest fundraiser, doing a sponsored walk last year for shuktara. Seems like philanthrophy runs in the family - what a wonderful quality to share!

"Last year my six-year-old grandson climbed to six thousand feet on Mt Toubkul in Morocco and raised £4000 for shuktara. Having initiated and supported the fundraising efforts of others I feel that it is time to do something myself."


We want to thank Steven and wish him the best of luck on his AWW triple crossing!

To learn more about Steven's walk visit his JustGiving page:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Steven-Rose4

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Shuktara holiday in Mandarmani

Last weekend everyone at shuktara went on a seaside holiday to Mandarmani. Many thanks to Sanjib who made this wonderful event happen!