We just can't stop telling you about the amazing generosity of Sanjib Shaw and his friends. Our last post was about the boys getting wheelchairs and this one celebrates a new form of mobility for Prity and Guria.
Everyone at shuktara is just so excited about going on vacation with Sanjib and the gift of six wheelchairs will enable those less mobile shuktara young people to move around much more easily.
Thank you again Sanjib!
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!
We had a visit last week from Suellen Dainty who is an author and was in Kolkata researching for a new book! Suellen was a friend of Lula Gibson; the girls' home Lula Bari is named in her memory.
This is a photo from her visit to Lula Bari, sitting with Lali (left) and Guria (right). We're so pleased she came to see shuktara and hope she enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed having her!
Last week the Shuktara Documentary Film crew spent some time filming at REACH school where the girls from Lula Bari go. Phoebe Brown and Raegan Hodge were invited to film Guria and Prity in their physiotherapy sessions at REACH and were able to get some great shots of their day in school.
We thank Phoebe and Raegan for coming and look forward when they return to Kolkata to film more of shuktara.
You can see updates, film clips and photos here: https://www.gofundme.com/shuktarafilm
Phoebe (one of the filmmakers) says:
"I wanted to share this small bit of video that didn't make the trailer cut -- because the sentiment is very important to David and also to us as filmmakers...
On this next trip, cameras will be shared and I'm working on ideas that will allow the kids who don't have the motor control to hold a camera to shoot differently. Or to let that movement be part of the making. The shuktara community's eyes are as important - if not more important than - our eyes."
To be part of this amazing documentary about shuktara please click here:
"True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.
False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the 'rejects of life' to extend their trembling hands.
True generosity lies in striving so that these hands — whether of individuals or entire peoples — need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world."
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Holi is an Indian spring festival also known as the "festival of colours". As Wikipedia says: "It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh."
As you can see from the photos, this is a favorite festival at shuktara, celebrated by everyone.
Happy Holi from all of us at shuktara!
Our girls house tutor Priyanka (photo on right) is with the girls most evenings from about 6pm and sometimes stays the night.
Last Thursday night, 15th Feb, Guria and Moni were drawing (we particularly love her fish) while Lali was doing basic Bengali/English and Prity along with Muniya were doing their school homework.
It's great to see Guria taking part in all the activities and Priyanka makes sure that she is included in everything.