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shuktara home for young people with disability - 2016 September - Subhash

New arrival at shuktara!

Pappu was called on 28th September (2016) by Childline to see if we would take a young man with cerebral palsy. When Pappu went he found him tied to the bed and in nappies.

Pappu arranged a speedy transfer and he arrived at shuktara that evening.

He now has a name - Subhash Kumar.

Subhash loves being next to Sunil - and together they share the TV remote controls.

Ratan who also has limited movement is comforted by his presence.

He is really happy and is settled into his new home.
Just another #shuktaramiracle.

Read more about Subhash.

shuktara home for young adults with disability - Ashok and Sanjib

Sanjib’s birthday at shuktara

September 23rd was Sanjib Shaw's birthday and he decided to share his day with the young people at shuktara.

He brought chicken, Indian sweets, chocolate and cakes as well as one sack of rice!

Pappu Mishra (chairman of shuktara) is really happy when local people develop an interest in shuktara.
Sanjib heard about us when he started visiting our locality.

So we say thank you and Janamdin Mubarek (Happy Birthday) to Sanjib!

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 September - Tamina with floral headband

Choice Support visits shuktara

Choice Support is a leading social care charity providing services to people with a wide range of support needs throughout much of England. Last week Steven Rose, Chief Executive of Choice Support, and his partner Tracy visited shuktara.

Choice Support has been giving support to shuktara since the beginning of 2016. They were moved by the story of Guria, who was found abandoned on the street but seems to have found the secret to happiness as she is always smiling brightly. This was a wonderful chance for Steven and Tracy to meet Guria and see what her life is like now.

They brought nail varnish and flower headbands for all of the girls which was a good way to get to know the girls. The girls were delighted to have their nails done and wear the headbands, as you can see in the photos.

Thank you Choice Support!

shuktara home for young adults with disabilities - 2016 September - Sunil flying a kite

Sunil flies a kite – and Puja Season begins

You can feel it in the air - Puja Season is definitely coming to Kolkata.

17th September is Vishwakarma Puja followed soon after by the famous Durga Puja and ending with Kali Puja and Lakshmi Puja.

Instinctively Sunil just seems to know, finds a kite, flies it and starts making those very excited Sunil sounds.

For more about Sunil please click here.

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Shuktara Cakes at Calcutta International School

Shuktara Cakes was started to give some of the older boys at shuktara a way to become independent by learning how to make French patisserie. Pinku was one of the first employees - in these photos he is working with Somnath, the Shuktara Cakes manager, at the Calcutta International School.

In the brief time that Shuktara Cakes has been in business they have acquired an amazing following. These are just a few of their distinguished customers:


If you are in Kolkata and would like to order from Shuktara Cakes please click here for more information.

shuktara home for boys with disabilities - 2015 January - Raju and Sumon on the set of LION

shuktara on the set of Lion film

First trailer for LION released!

Lion is a film that resonates with many at shuktara - it's the story of a boy who gets lost after boarding the wrong train and ends up in Kolkata, far from home. Adopted by a couple from Australia, many years later he goes back to India to search for his family.

When Lion was filmed last year in Kolkata four of the boys from shuktara were called in by the production team to be part of the film.

Here are photos of Raju, Ashok, Sumon and Bablu on the set.

shuktara homes for youth with disabilities - Pat's Wolf Run

Update on Pat’s Wolf Run for shuktara

shuktara homes for youth with disabilities - Pat's Wolf Run

shuktara home for young people with disability - Pat's Wolf Run fundraising

Pat's Wolf Run will provide almost a year of shuktara's educational expenses. Thank you Pat, and thank you Pat's supporters!

To find out more about how you can create a fundraising event for shuktara please click here.

From The Wolf Run website:

The Wolf Run is Wild Running - a unique combination of three kinds of off-road running: mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. The only Wild Run in the UK, it’s a hardcore 10k run across raw natural terrain, including open ground, woodland, lakes & thick mud.

Running in a pack, or as a lone wolf, you’ll tackle a series of tough obstacles - both man-made and natural - designed to test your mental & physical strength, skill and stamina. You’ll run, climb, jump, wade, crawl and swim through a course designed to challenge you on every level.

Patrick Tissington has known David Earp, founder of shuktara, for many years. This is what he says about doing Wolf Run for shuktara:

I have to confess I had always sneered at the idea of the Wolf Run. I am now having to eat my words because I have signed up to do it and am genuinely worried about how on earth I am going to finish it. But I needed a goal to aim for so I could ... well anyone who has sat through my lectures on goal setting will know why.

And I decided to make this a fund raising event in aid of the charity shuktara. Set up by David Earp who suddenly gave up running the stall opposite mine on Portobello and went off to make a positive difference to the world. And boy what a difference he has made. I don't have his courage but I can try and raise money for this great organisation. I am told that the school fees for the young adults cared for is £70 a month. Since I'm in the education business, I thought I would try to raise enough for them to study for 6 months.

To support Patrick and shuktara please click here to go to Pat's JustGiving page.