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shuktara - 2017 March - Sunil with his handmade doll

Sunil’s latest obsession

The ever inventive Sunil Das has a new obsession.

Using scraps of found fabric he twists, binds and fastens until he has something that looks like a small figure.

It's almost like Sunil is doing an art installation in our locality. After making the dolls he's been placing them around the house and our neighborhood.

This one he positioned on the wall of the house opposite! Each of the dolls is different and we look forward to each new creation.

shuktara home for girls with disabilities - 2017 March - Moni sitting

Moni

shuktara home for girls with disabilities - 2017 March - Moni sitting

Moni does not feature often in our photos from Lula Bari girls home. She is sometimes very shy, emotional or unconfident about her looks.

I think she is beautiful and am happy to know she is safe and loved and cared for at @shuktara_homes #kolkata#myshuktara #LulaBari

(from @davidearp Instagram)

judithharris1 What an incredible and beautiful photo David. I always remember her cuddling up to me during my visit.

calirand Beautiful Moni @davidearp xx

thestitchlouse ah -i’m glad she peeped out from behind her gauze ✨

poppyandsebastian She is beautiful!

mckenzie_julia Gorgeous girl xx

janiswilkins❤️❤️❤️

helenachristensen You are so pretty and have the loveliest dress and best haircut Moni ❤️?? @davidearp

lisaborgnesgiramonti Moni, you stole my heart when I met you! You are radiantly beautiful! Sending you lots of hugs and kisses ???

tarpie11???❤???

gremkoska Beautiful sweet girl. Reminds me of the Roald Dahl quote: A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Xx

downtowndonna??????

thehippyworeprada?????

hensleejimmie Great beauty is often found inside those who must bear outward strife. Her soul is radiant. ???????????

sulaclothing Beautiful

animalpeoplealliance?

nikicloth??beauty

incurably_curious Moni you are beautiful and you are loved ?

ringmyjbelle

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shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2017 March - Holi - Muniya

All the colours of Holi

Holi morning was spent with the girls at Lula Bari as our friend Caroline de Penning came and brought gifts for the girls and organic paint from FabIndia and water pistols. Everyone was covered in colour by the end of the morning - take a look!

shuktara home for young adults with disabilities - 2017 March - Guria and Pappu in their Team Levi t-shirts

Go Team Levi!

David, Guria and Pappu in their Team Levi t-shirts, supporting Guria in Kolkata and Levi on his walk in the High Atlas Mountains
#TeamLevi

Why Levi is is walking to support Guria:

Because this little girl called Guria is disabled and I want to help her have a home because she lived on the streets.

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2017 March - Prity gets her Aadhar card

Prity and Moni get their Aadhaar cards

The young people that come to shuktara abandoned, lost or having run away from their families come to us with no paperwork. Often the term "unknown boy" or "unknown girl" is used by the Police, Hospitals or Government agencies dealing with lost children.

The first thing we do at shuktara is give them a name, by enabling them to choose or if they are non verbal showing them signs for different names. They have no birth certificate, no known date of birth, no name and no known place from where they have come apart from having been found alone on the streets.

The Aadhaar card is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. Yesterday Pappu (the chairman of shuktara) along with a team of our staff took the girls who do not have this ID to REACH school where they took digital fingerprints of all 10 fingers and eye retina pattern as well as a photo of the individual.

Yesterday Moni and Prity completed this work and Puja along with Guria will be done next after we enrol them in REACH school where most of our young people have attended either in their Cerebral Palsy, Special Education or Deaf Units.

It is a great achievement as we celebrate International Womens Day 2017 in the knowledge that all the girls and young women who live at Lula Bari our girls home here in Kolkata will have a name, an identity and a home for life. #IWD2017

shuktara home for young people with disability - Levi, 6-year-old fundraiser for shuktara

Six year old walking for shuktara!

Here’s what Levi says about his walk…

On 5th and 6th April I am doing a Sponsored Walk of 8 miles on Mount Toubkul in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco to raise money for shuktara.

Mt Toubkul is 4,167m high, the highest mountain in north Africa.

In 2015 my grandad (Steven Rose, CEO of Choice Support) started raising funds to help Guria.

In 2016 my grandad and his partner Tracy went to India to visit Guria and see how the boys and girls living in the two homes run by shuktara were being cared for.

My mum Christina showed me pictures of Guria and some of the other children and I decided that I wanted to do something to help. My mum suggested a sponsored walk.

To learn more about Levi's Walk, please click here.

Shopping for walking boots

First round of necessary jabs

shuktara home for young adults with disabilities - 2017 February - watching Butoh on the roof

Butoh performance on the shuktara roof

Bridget Scott has been to Kolkata before, but this is the first time she has danced for shuktara.

Bridget is from London and lives in Kyoto, Japan where she has been studying two Japanese dance forms: the avant garde style of Butoh and a very traditional form known as Nihon Buyoh.

On Friday evening 24th February 2017 Bridget came to shuktara boys home and performed a selection of Buyoh and Butoh for the young people from both of our homes on our rooftop.

The staff had decorated the roof with saris and placed beautiful textiles on the floor for everyone to sit on.

Bridget started with Buyoh and then did Butoh and some improvisation where she removed her obi (the tie around her waist) and ran around and in between the young people and staff of shuktara allowing them to hold and touch the obi as she ran.

It was an exciting, emotional and interactive performance and deeply moving as well because it was the night of Maha Shivaratri here in India.

We thank Maura Hurley for introducing Bridget to us and special thanks to Bridget who had a heartfelt wish to perform for our young people. We appreciated it. THANK YOU!