Yesterday (April 25th) the houses shook in Kolkata. Everyone left the building and Anna decided it was time for a shower, a shave and fresh clothes. We don’t know what he thought. Today (April 26th) there have been more tremors and they left the house again.
Lali came to shuktara in 2008 after she and her sister were abandoned by their parents. Since then her sister has been in a missionary home here in Kolkata and yesterday they were reunited.
Read about Lali here:
Read more about Prity: http://shuktara.org/the-shuktara-family/prity-kundun/
Moni came to us in September 2014 after being abandoned by her family. She was very distressed for a long time, but is now settling and is enrolled in school.
Arvind, the driver, takes Moni and the other girls to REACH in our vehicle and they, of course, demand that the music is played loud.
You can see how happy Moni is in these photos and you can follow her story here:
On 10th September 2014 Moni came to us.
Last week she chose her full name and is now Moni Mondal and on Monday (6th April) she starts at school for the first time in her life. She will be in REACH Special Education Unit.
It’s all happening here at shuktara for Miss Moni Mondal.
Read her story here: http://shuktara.org/the-shuktara-family/moni/
Rajesh came to shuktara in 2006 after he lost his parents at Howrah Station.
You can read his story here:
cojean in Paris who sponsor Shuktara Cakes Training Centre have sent Lau over to Kolkata to work with the team for one year. As they have had a busy week and Lau just arrived, they decided to go to Shankarpur to get to know each other and plan the year ahead.
Of course, any trip away means that Sunil automatically gets included!
Here are some of the photos they took…
Holi was celebrated much more vigorously in Lula Bari, our girls home, than it was by the boys here in Kolkata.
Maybe as they grow older, the boys are not quite so interested, but the girls had a great day.
Like many of our boys, Saroo left his home on a train for a bit of excitement, and ended up in a care home here in Kolkata.
The only difference is that Saroo finally landed in Tasmania and found his family again through Google Earth.
His life story, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, is being filmed in India and Bablu, Ashok, Sumon and Raju all had small parts to play – interestingly enough, in a scene very much like some of them have lived through themselves – in a Government Home.
Read the amazing story here:
A Home at the End of Google Earth
Thank you to Hilary Niederer and Miranda Harcourt for putting us all together, choosing Ashok, Bablu Lal, Sumon & Raju to be part of this amazing story, known as LION – but especially for the generosity and love from Anurag, Ambica and Sunny – Assistant Directors taking time out to visit us yesterday during filming.