On the 14th February we celebrated Saraswati Puja at Anna Bari.
One of our supporters donated money for the Lula Bari girls, young women and staff to go away for a Winter picnic trip.
Pappu decided to hire a bus and he took them all to Purulia District where Shuktara operates an outreach programme.
This meant that Pappu was able to check up on things there and for everyone to have two nights away from Kolkata.
Pappu organised a dance performance on one evening and the next day they had a lakeside picnic.
On the return to Kolkata they turned up the music and switched the disco lights on in the bus and all returned home safely.
That’s Guria on the right, clearly enjoying herself. The disco bus was a great idea – see the videos below!
Every year Lula Bari takes a holiday to Mandarmani to relax by the sea. They travelled by bus, left 2nd June and stayed for three days.
It’s clear from the photos below that everyone really enjoyed themselves.
Earlier in March we celebrated Lali’s birthday with a delicious cake. We thought you might also like to see more of the latest photos from our girls home, Lula Bari. To learn more about any of the young women living in Lula Bari please go to our Shuktara Family page. Clicking on any person’s photo will take you to a short bio and photo gallery.
Dolyatra is celebrated in March on varying dates each year, depending on the position of the moon, and this year it fell on March 7. The holiday is similar to Holi and commemorates the last festival of the Bengali calendar.
Sports Day for REACH students was held on Sunday, 19 February.
In the running race Tamina came 1st (!) and Lali came 3rd.
Puja was awarded first prize in the austism running group but she is unable to have the medal around her head or stand on podium.
Bappa and Sumon were pushed in the wheelchair race and both received prizes.
Moni chose not to participate and sat to watch.
For the first time we had to delay our celebration because of storms. Below are some photos of the girls lighting candles for the festival at Lula Bari.
Thank you to Dev Ambuly our amazing dance teacher for his work at shuktara and to the team at RJ Photography & Films for shooting this video for our puja celebrations.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!