Author: shuktara

shuktara - Puja smiling 27 January 2016

Watching a miracle at shuktara

On Thursday evening, January 21st 2016, CHILDLINE called Pappu Mishra, the Chairman of shuktara, to say there was a girl in need of a home. He went to visit her and organised immediately to take her to Lula Bari, our girls home.

She arrived with documents describing her as "Unknown". The first few days she was understandably overwhelmed by her new surroundings. The girls and staff have really made her feel at home and just a few days after her arrival it happened - she smiled!

Now she has a home at shuktara, and a name - Puja Bagh. (Click here to read more...)

shuktara - Puja, 2015
shuktara - Tamina smiling face

Tamina at Lula Bari, the girls’ home

14th January 2016
Today, Tamina didn't go to school - not a huge problem because two tutors come every day to work with the girls at Lula Bari.

Nandita di comes during the day and does needlework (see some examples we have put on the wall behind Tamina), yoga and exercise. Then in the evening Priyanka comes to help with homework and often stays over and spends the night there.

Since Tamina is full of energy it's good for her to have activities to keep her interested and busy.

To read more about Tamina, please click here.

Muniya with her doll Trijntje and behind her Moni with Fenna

Upcycled dolls from Holland come to Lula Bari

Girls at Lula Bari and their repurposed dolls

Completely upcycled dolls renamed and reclothed in vintage and brought from Holland to Kolkata by Willeke who started Stichting Help2Help.

Ellie in Holland had the idea to collect old dolls and make new clothes and give new names for each of them. She did this for our friend Willeke and her group Stichting Help2Help to raise money towards the running of our girls home which is called Lula Bari.

There are more dolls available - contact Maura at mseeds.maura@gmail.com if you would like to donate and receive your Lula Bari doll!

Tamina with Sara

shuktara - Tamina and her doll Sara

Lali with Daphne

shuktara - Lali and her doll Daphne

Moni with Fenna

shuktara - Moni with her doll Fenna

Guria with Norah

shuktara - Guria and her doll Norah

Muniya with Trijntje & Moni

shuktara - Muniya with her doll Trijntje and behind her Moni with Fenna

upcycled dolls from Holland

shuktara - upcycled dolls from Holland

shuktara - Anna, December 2015

Shree Khushi

shuktara - Anna, December 2015If you’ve never met Anna this will just look like the photo of a young Indian man.

If you’ve met Anna you will know how lovely it is to see Anna smile. We sometimes call him “Shree Khushi” which roughly translates to “Mr. Happy”. Anna needs to feel that his home is stable – the more comfortable he feels, the happier he gets.

To understand why Anna’s happiness, safety and security is so important to us, please read his story here – http://shuktara.org/anna-das/