Category: shuktara

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2017 March - Sunil creating a doll

A fan of Sunil’s dolls

Back in March we posted photos of Sunil's latest obsession - his handmade dolls. David sent one of his creations to Geoffrey Farmer and here's what he said...

I returned home from Venice slightly torn and tattered only to open this gorgeously wrapped box and find this beautiful doll made by Sunil Das from Kolkata India. Wow, he fits so perfectly into our family here! So honoured and touched and inspired that David Earp would have sent to me from Shuktara Homes, a project he established to create a home for children who are in need of a family. @shuktara_homes @davidearp

I saw this doll on Instagram and read the story about Sunil who makes them and places them around the house and neighborhood. An action and spirit I strongly connect to. Now magically his beautiful creation is here. Sunil is one of the first boys that David helped in 1999 Thank you Sunil for your beautiful gift. Please follow, support this project. Thank you David it is an incredible gift.....!!! You can read about Sunil Das here. #shuktara #sunildas #artist #deafpride #themaster

@anhourbeforesleep (Geoffrey Farmer)

2017 April - Tom Ingoldby #runningforshuktara

Tom Ingoldby #runningforshuktara

Tom Ingoldby ran the 2017 Brighton Marathon for shuktara on 9 April 2017. This is what he said after he successfully completed his run:

Shout to all my supporters today. Family Ingoldby, the Welshies, Gay Dave and my personal pasta chef for the past week Fi. Also all the messages online. Ran it in 3 hrs 28 min in mad heat. Raised a ton of money for @shuktara_homes (thanks for the generous donations). And I beat Dad's time. Apart from almost fainting post race, it was a cracking day.

Well done Tom!
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tom-Ingoldby1

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2017 April - Levi completes his walk up Mt. Toubkal

“I made it!” says Levi

Levi Wheeler-Rose is only six years old and we were so excited to watch him as he prepared for his climb.

On April 5th and 6th Levi walked eight miles up Mt. Toubkal in support of Guria and shuktara.

Here's two short videos of Levi talking about his climb and thanking all of the people who supported his walk.
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Levi-Sponsored-Walk-Mt-Toubkul

Levi’s Magical Adventure – his photographic journey to Mt. Toubkal

shuktata home for girls with disabilities - 2017 April - Puja in her school uniform - maybe for the first time ever

Puja and Guria go to school for the first time

Last week Pappu was really busy with paperwork for admission to REACH school for Puja and Guria. He had taken photos of Guria and Puja and had written deep descriptions of their needs and abilities. We were expecting them to get admission after the Summer holiday in June.

Sometimes things happen fast in India - Pappu was able to get both girls enrolled immediately and they started on Monday (3 April 2017).

Of course Guria is loving it because she is completely delighted with each new experience. Puja is feeling more and more settled and she loves going out to school every day.

The girls' interaction with other people is of primary importance. In school they are learning to be in different situations and coping with different experiences outside of their home. This is just one of the ways they will become part of their community.

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2017 March - Ratan and Bablu Lal

Emma and Simon at the boys home

Our friends Emma and Simon who visited Lula Bari last week, also spent an afternoon at our boys home. Emma was here on the day that Ratan came, so for her it was very emotional to see him again. The moment he was brought into the house in 2012 was a particularly poignant memory for her.

Emma brought her partner Simon with her this time and it's always interesting to see our homes and young people through someone else's eyes.

In Simon's stunning photos below you can see that he has a great eye and it's no coincidence that his name on Instagram is @polyperspective.

Subhash could not be happier than he is now and Simon captured him last week with rays of afternoon sunlight surrounding him.

Simon captures the spirit of Sunil with perfect evening light shining on him.

Sumon with the staircase and geometric wall of the boys home behind him.

Emma and Simon’s visit to Lula Bari

Our friend Emma Christmas has visited us at shuktara a couple of times. On both her visits she has made sure that her priority is to spend time with the girls. On Wednesday 22nd March she came with Simon her partner.

They brought lots of things from London and had a great afternoon on this short stopover visit. Emma did a makeup session with the girls. They also brought balloons and cut and paste people to play with. It was a wonderful afternoon and we were all happy to see Emma again. The girls especially love her.