Seems to be a lot of shuktara birthdays lately - first Moni on 11th September and just last week Subhash (28th September) and Guria (29th September). Everyone loves celebrating birthdays so much at shuktara, be sure to watch the short videos below of the most recent celebrations!
Jewellrey gifts from friends in London arrived just in time for the beginning of the Puja season here in Kolkata. This season is similar to Christmas - everyone looks forward to getting new clothes and gifts.
As you can see the recipients of these wonderful gifts were thrilled to receive them.
Belinda Carlisle has been a longtime supporter of shuktara and she is a frequent visitor to both homes in Kolkata. While in Atlanta she kindly gave some of her time to Yep! Films International and talked about her experiences with shuktara.
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Turnabout is fair play - now it's the girls' turn to get fitted for splints at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children (RCFC).
An outing calls for colourful frocks and maybe even a splash of maquillage - our girls always want to look their best!
First the splints will be made to order and then the girls will return for their final fitting - stay tuned for photos of the new splints.
Emily Howling has been supporting shuktara since 2012.
Arriving in Kolkata with her mum Rachel on the 21st of June she has been working every day at Lula Bari with our girls and young women.
Everyone at Lula Bari had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed the varied interesting and imaginative activities including art, music and playing catch.
Today we say goodbye to Emily and her mum Rachel Howling as they continue on their travels. We can't thank her enough for coming to Kolkata and making every day an exciting one at Lula Bari!
Our "19 years of shuktara" celebration was so much fun that we wanted to show you just a few more photos.
As you can see we went all out on decorating - the shuktara roof was filled with scented white jasmine and brightly coloured jamdani saris but the pièce de résistance was definitely THE JASMINE THRONE!
Emily (our Rose Queen) and her mum Rachel are finishing up their trip to Kolkata and we are so happy they were able to join in our Founder's Day activities.
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!
When Emily Howling became Mellor Rose Queen in the UK in 2012 she chose shuktara as her charity and raised funds to help support our homes.
Emily wanted to visit shuktara and here's what she says on her GoFundMe page:
"Shuktara means a lot to me as it was my Rose Queen charity back in 2012, when my team and I raised over £13000 for them. Having the chance to visit would be incredible!"
This week she finally arrived in Kolkata with her mum Rachel. Every day both of them have been working with the girls at Lula Bari.
We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who supported Emily when she was Rose Queen and also on her GoFundMe page that helped her come visit us.