22 February 2016
Our friend Sunnie Niklaus from Chicago came to Lula Bari today, armed with a bag full of some magical masks, games and makeup.
Completely upcycled dolls renamed and reclothed in vintage and brought from Holland to Kolkata by Willeke who started Stichting Help2Help.
Ellie in Holland had the idea to collect old dolls and make new clothes and give new names for each of them. She did this for our friend Willeke and her group Stichting Help2Help to raise money towards the running of our girls home which is called Lula Bari.
There are more dolls available - contact Maura at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate and receive your Lula Bari doll!
Thanks to everyone at Sanderstead United Reformed Church in the UK, who have been supporting us for such a long time - http://www.surc.org.uk/
This tapestry by Ipshita who lives at Lula Bari, our girls home here, was done especially by her for Audrey Earp, (David's mum) who has donated it to the church in thanks for their support of shuktara.
Thank you to everyone involved, especially Ipshita for the beautiful hand work.
Read more about Ipshita...
Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and learning. Every year the celebration at shuktara is anticipated by everyone with great excitement. An elaborate statue of the goddess is chosen and taken to the house. On the roof a home for the goddess is constructed the night before with fresh flowers – this year there were pink egg cartons also to add to the festive atmosphere. On the day of Saraswati Puja everyone puts on their best clothes and participate in the ritual of the goddess by chanting Sanskrit and throwing handfuls of fresh flower petals to accentuate the prayers.