Today there are two homes in Behala, owned by shuktara, where 23 young people live. Ages range from teenagers to young men in their 30s. Coming from institutions or lonely lives without family, shuktara provides everything needed for a healthy, happy and perhaps most important, safe life.
Join with all of us in celebrating 19 years of shuktara - founder David Earp, Pappu (chairman of shuktara in India, guardian, advocate and friend), carers and maashis, and of course all of the young people who have a home for life filled with love and laughter. Thank you for your support, all of this is possible because of you!
At the end of April we posted about a new physiotherapist who started coming to shuktara. The twice-weekly sessions are going really well at the boys' house with Aakash, Subhash and Sumon, and at Lula Bari with Prity, Guria and Moni.
Yesterday he took the three boys to RCFC (Rehabilitation Centre For Children) close by here in Behala to see how we can improve their mobility. Next week he is taking the girls.
They made casts for splints and gave us some good ideas on how to improve and assist mobility within our homes. Looking forward to sharing our next trip when we take the girls!
We often think of Sanjib Shaw as one of shuktara's angels.
Sanjib decided to take everyone from shuktara on holiday however for a few of our less mobile young people this is not easy. Not one to let a small issue like limited mobility stop him Sanjib and a group of his friends decided to donate six new wheelchairs to shuktara.
We are overwhelmed by their generosity and wish to thank Sanjib and his wonderful group of friends. We know that everyone will be able to enjoy their holiday and promise to post photos soon!
We now have a local physiotherapist who is coming to Lula Bari and the shuktara boys' house. He may increase his timing but for now he is starting slowly with one hour in each home twice a week. After only a couple of sessions the results were obvious.
We are very grateful to two wonderful shuktara supporters who are sponsoring his stipend for one year.
We expect regular physio sessions will make a difference in both comfort and mobility for Moni, Prity, Guria, Aakash, Subhash, Suman and Ratan.
And it's great fun, especially with the exercise balls!
Wednesday, 28th March, was an exciting day for shuktara because a new boy arrived. His name is Aakash, which means "sky". Since he was a baby Aakash has lived in a nursing home, surrounded by staff who have clearly given him lots of attention and love. You can see in the photos below how emotional it was for the women who had cared for Aakash all his life to say goodbye.
Unfortunately the nursing home is closing and although Aakash has been loved, he has not really been around young people his own age. As Phoebe Brown (who is currently filming a documentary about shuktara) says - "It is time for Aakash to be in a real home."
We welcome Aakash to his new home at shuktara!
(Click here for an email from David about Aakash coming to shuktara)