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shuktara - 2018 April - Suellen Dainty with Lali and Guria

Suellen Dainty visits Lula Bari

We had a visit last week from Suellen Dainty who is an author and was in Kolkata researching for a new book! Suellen was a friend of Lula Gibson; the girls' home Lula Bari is named in her memory.

This is a photo from her visit to Lula Bari, sitting with Lali (left) and Guria (right). We're so pleased she came to see shuktara and hope she enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed having her!

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - Moni

Studying at Lula Bari

We have a lot of fun at shuktara but we can also be serious.

None of the young people at our homes have ever been forced to go to school. We believe in letting them settle at home before enrolling them at school.

In India, home tuitions are an integral part of education. Below are some photos of Moni and Muniya studying at Lula Bari. Don't let their smiles fool you - they are intently doing their lessons!

Filming at REACH school

Last week the Shuktara Documentary Film crew spent some time filming at REACH school where the girls from Lula Bari go. Phoebe Brown and Raegan Hodge were invited to film Guria and Prity in their physiotherapy sessions at REACH and were able to get some great shots of their day in school.

We thank Phoebe and Raegan for coming and look forward when they return to Kolkata to film more of shuktara.

You can see updates, film clips and photos here: https://www.gofundme.com/shuktarafilm

shuktara homes for young people with disabilities - Aakash

Aakash has a new home at shuktara

Wednesday, 28th March, was an exciting day for shuktara because a new boy arrived. His name is Aakash, which means "sky". Since he was a baby Aakash has lived in a nursing home, surrounded by staff who have clearly given him lots of attention and love. You can see in the photos below how emotional it was for the women who had cared for Aakash all his life to say goodbye.

Unfortunately the nursing home is closing and although Aakash has been loved, he has not really been around young people his own age. As Phoebe Brown (who is currently filming a documentary about shuktara) says - "It is time for Aakash to be in a real home."

We welcome Aakash to his new home at shuktara!

(Click here for an email from David about Aakash coming to shuktara)

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It’s all about being independent

At shuktara we have always encouraged everyone to be as independent as they can be. Prity has found her very own unique way of comfortably getting around Lula Bari.

She has cerebral palsy and cannot walk, so she devised this way of getting upstairs with Lali's help.
Each of the young people who live at shuktara have their own ways of getting around and some need more help than others.

Please click on the link below to see the trailer for the shuktara Documentary Film and donate to help tell more of their stories:
https://www.gofundme.com/shuktarafilm

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Update on the documentary

Phoebe (one of the filmmakers) says:
"I wanted to share this small bit of video that didn't make the trailer cut -- because the sentiment is very important to David and also to us as filmmakers...

On this next trip, cameras will be shared and I'm working on ideas that will allow the kids who don't have the motor control to hold a camera to shoot differently. Or to let that movement be part of the making. The shuktara community's eyes are as important - if not more important than - our eyes."

To be part of this amazing documentary about shuktara please click here:

https://www.gofundme.com/shuktarafilm

"True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.

False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the 'rejects of life' to extend their trembling hands.

True generosity lies in striving so that these hands β€” whether of individuals or entire peoples β€” need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world."

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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A documentary on shuktara

Filmmakers Phoebe Brown and Elizabeth Strickler were in Kolkata working on a video training programme for girls called The Cross Stitch Project when they first came across shuktara and began to think about making a documentary.

In August last year cinematographer Raegan Hodge came here to shoot some footage for this documentary. What she shot has been edited and is here for you to see. Phoebe and Raegan would like to come back and continue filming this Spring. Please take a look and see if you can be part of it by supporting their journey in the making of this documentary.

Please take a look - this is what Phoebe said about shuktara:

"We want to make this film because shuktara is home to an amazing group of young people - wonderful, glowing and complex young people - who have rich, full lives - because they have love, attention and care in their lives."

This is their story:

https://www.gofundme.com/shuktarafilm

shuktara celebrates Holi, festival of colours

Happy Holi from shuktara!

Holi is an Indian spring festival also known as the "festival of colours". As Wikipedia says: "It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh."

As you can see from the photos, this is a favorite festival at shuktara, celebrated by everyone.

Happy Holi from all of us at shuktara!