Every year Saraswati Puja is celebrated on the roof of the shuktara boys' home. All of the young people at shuktara eagerly anticipate wearing new clothes and having kedgeree and prasad. Friends and family are invited to this puja and as you can see, there is always quite a crowd of people having a wonderful time.
In 1999, the very beginning of shuktara, Alison and Bryan stayed in an upstairs flat in the first shuktara home. Their door was almost always open to the first five boys - Anna, Sunil, Shantara, Bapi and Sanjay.
For the next few years they taught computer skills downstairs in David's flat, shared meals with everyone at shuktara, and even went on vacations to Goa and Puri with the boys. While they lived in Kolkata they were frequent visitors to the shuktara homes.
They recently returned to Kolkata for a visit and absolutely loved being back with the young people of shuktara. They took dozens of photos - here are a few of the best.
Sanjib Shaw has been a longtime supporter of shuktara, bringing food supplies every month when he visits. Recently he brought his friend Dhiman Chowdhury who following Sanjib's example promised a delivery of fresh drinking water every week from the company he works for, Nirvana Pure Water.
True to his word the first water delivery for both homes arrived on 20th November. Thank you Dhiman!
Puja Bagh is autistic and doesn't always join in with activities, but when our friend Sunnie brought giant balloons she found them very sensory. You can see in the photos just how relaxed she was.
When Belinda is in Kolkata she always visits shuktara. Usually it's a night out at Fire and Ice to have the best pizza in Kolkata. This time the party included some of the young people from shuktara and a small group of friends. Thank you Belinda!