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Choice Support blogs about shuktara

We had a visitors at Lula Bari recently, Steven Rose and his partner Tracy.

Steven is the CEO of Choice Support, an organisation that provides support to people with learning disabilities in England. He has worked in the field of disability for over 40 years and he and his organisation have been supporting Guria at Lula Bari for the last eight months or so.

On returning to the UK Steven wrote about his visit to shuktara. This is what he says:

Returning to the work of Shuktara, in more than 40 years of working with disabled people I have never been so impressed with the levels of dedication and commitment I witnessed. Shuktara manage to achieve so much with so little and are literally saving childrenโ€™s lives.

Click here to read the full post.

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 kids with disabilities - 2016 Raksha Bandhan - Lali, Guria, and David

Rakhi at shuktara

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated throughout India on a full moon day when traditionally a sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist. According to Wikipedia:

The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related.

Pappu Mishra, Somnath Sardar and David took Sunil to Lula Bari in the afternoon where the girls had all made threads for the boys in shuktara.

Sunil was the centre of attention and each girl put a Rakhi on his wrist as well as on Pappu, Somnath and David.

Because this is shuktara where equality rules Somnath and Pappu also tied threads for each of the girls!

To find out more about the young people of shuktara please click here.
shuktara home for girls with disability - 2016 August - Muniya's drawing of the Indian flag

Independence Day

Independence Day, celebrated on August 15th, is always a cause for celebration at shuktara. The Indian flag is raised on the roof of both the boys and the girls homes.

Saluting the flag is not only a serious occasion for the girls at Lula Bari - it's also a time for some fun. Here are some photos of Muniya and Tamina enjoying their Independence Day celebration.

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shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Guria before tuitions start with Priyanka

Waiting for tuitions with Priyanka

Priyanka has been coming regularly to give tuitions to the girls at Lula Bari for many years now. She is deaf and understands what it is like to be a young woman with disability in India.

Puja is getting a bit of tender loving care before class - she is lying on Priyanka's lap.

Guria is waiting for the class to begin โ€“ smiling as usual. In general the young people at shuktara love to have classes and learn new things โ€“ Guria is no exception.

Read more about Guria and Puja.

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Moni stitching and smiling

Embroidery class brings smiles

The stitching and embroidery class continues at Lula Bari, supervised by the girls home tutor, Nandita.

We love watching Guria in her standing frame, working independently. Her concentration is amazing - she is so determined, proud of her work and very happy to be participating in this group activity.

shuktara home for disabled girls - Guri draws independently

Guria draws independently!

Guria is now able to stand in her frame supporting herself so that she can do many things independently, including draw with crayons. Our friend Judith Harris from London sent a set of Easy Grip Playon Crayons to make drawing easier for Guria as she has difficulty with fine motor skills.

Read more about Guria

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Prity standing

Prity stands!

On 9th June we took Prity to Mobility India for the measurement of AFO* and knee gaiters. After she was measured they asked us to come back on 29th June for the trial of these devices which will strengthen her legs so that she can stand unassisted.

She has never been able to stand so to move around either she crawls or a staff member has to carry her. When she was younger (and smaller) this was easy but as she grows it gets harder to lift her.

Prity really liked both assistive devices because now she is able to stand by holding the table or window. We hope that in the future Prity will able to walk with assistance.

*Ankle-foot orthosis: A brace, usually made of plastic, that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position and correct foot drop. Abbreviated AFO. Also known as foot drop brace.

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