Here’s what Levi says about his walk…
On 5th and 6th April I am doing a Sponsored Walk of 8 miles on Mount Toubkul in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco to raise money for shuktara.
Mt Toubkul is 4,167m high, the highest mountain in north Africa.
In 2016 my grandad and his partner Tracy went to India to visit Guria and see how the boys and girls living in the two homes run by shuktara were being cared for.
My mum Christina showed me pictures of Guria and some of the other children and I decided that I wanted to do something to help. My mum suggested a sponsored walk.
To learn more about Levi's Walk, please click here.
Sheila is a friend of David Earp, who founded shuktara in 1999 and they go back a long way to the days of Portobello Road before he came to India.
Judith Harris is a friend of David’s from the UK who like him has always had a passion for India. Since visiting him and the shuktara homes in Kolkata she has become a committed supporter, particularly of the girls.
Judith’s 6-year-old daughter Mary has a growing awareness of shuktara, and she has shown a genuine interest in Guria and her life there. Please read below how important Judith feels our posts, updates and stories about shuktara are, and how deeply they have affected Mary.
Basically I always share with my children your newsletters and the photos you post on Instagram. I talk to them about how your children were abandoned on the streets of Kolkata and that they now have a wonderful loving home and family. We talk also about their disabilities. Mary knows all about how Guria cannot speak and cannot walk or sit unaided. She followed all the photos of Guria having her splints made and now has her standing box.
She seems to have developed a real genuine interest and is always asking to see more photos. Even though she is so young she seems to have grasped that even though the children have suffered such misfortune and physical adversity, they are strong and can find joy in their lives. It really helps both my children to get an insight into how children live in other parts of the world and understand a bit about children living with disabilities.
It is amazing what a positive force it is for children from a young age to understand about different cultures and also that there are children in the world that have so much less than we do here in Britain. I honestly feel that it sets them up to be more open minded and embracing of the differences between us all.
Of course there is my love of India and for me I feel in a small way I can give back through my involvement in shuktara. What is so powerful however about shuktara and having visited in person is the sheer joy and family feeling that you have helped generate. Now that my children are also expressing an interest, our personal enrichment from our small involvement has further increased.
Mary drew this picture without any prompt from me.
Judith x (Mary's mother)
Learning Gifts brought back from London included biscuit shaped numbers and massive coloured chalks.
These are really useful for Guria who has motor coordination difficulties however Muniya and Puja seem to be enjoying them also.
Thank you Judith!
Judith Harris, a supporter of shuktara sent loads of supplies for the girls home and some brilliantly appropriate things for Guria to hold when she is in the standing frame.
These include biscuit shaped numbers and massive coloured chalks. Here are some photos of Guria drawing with her egg-shaped chalks. Thank you Judith!
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