Tag: Lali

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 September - Tamina with floral headband

Choice Support visits shuktara

Choice Support is a leading social care charity providing services to people with a wide range of support needs throughout much of England. Last week Steven Rose, Chief Executive of Choice Support, and his partner Tracy visited shuktara.

Choice Support has been giving support to shuktara since the beginning of 2016. They were moved by the story of Guria, who was found abandoned on the street but seems to have found the secret to happiness as she is always smiling brightly. This was a wonderful chance for Steven and Tracy to meet Guria and see what her life is like now.

They brought nail varnish and flower headbands for all of the girls which was a good way to get to know the girls. The girls were delighted to have their nails done and wear the headbands, as you can see in the photos.

Thank you Choice Support!

shutara - Tamina on Holi

Happy Holi from Lula Bari!

Holi is really a holiday everyone can celebrate - here are some of the girls and young women of Lula Bari to show you just how much fun this festival of colours can be! Notice that no one escapes being smeared with colours - not even Pappu or David.
shuktara - Moni at Nikko Park

A day at Nicco Park

On the 22nd January 2016 the girls from Lula Bari who attend REACH school in Golf Green here in Kolkata had a picnic at Nicco Park with their friends, school mates, teachers and attendants.

The photos of Lali, Prity and Moni were taken by Ranjini Mukherjee who is a teacher at REACH and a longtime friend of all of us at shuktara.

shuktara 2016 FEB - Ipshita and Tamina

Masks, games and makeup at Lula Bari

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.

Muniya with her doll Trijntje and behind her Moni with Fenna

Upcycled dolls from Holland come to Lula Bari

Girls at Lula Bari and their repurposed dolls

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 mseeds.maura@gmail.com if you would like to donate and receive your Lula Bari doll!

Tamina with Sara

shuktara - Tamina and her doll Sara

Lali with Daphne

shuktara - Lali and her doll Daphne

Moni with Fenna

shuktara - Moni with her doll Fenna

Guria with Norah

shuktara - Guria and her doll Norah

Muniya with Trijntje & Moni

shuktara - Muniya with her doll Trijntje and behind her Moni with Fenna

upcycled dolls from Holland

shuktara - upcycled dolls from Holland

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari - Guria and Prity

Visiting Lula Bari on Kali Puja

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari - Guria and Prity

Guria and Prity

Kali Puja is the holiday after Durga Puja, celebrated right before Diwali, the festival of lights. The exterior of Bengali houses are lit up with dozens, sometimes hundreds of little candles and fireworks start going off as soon as the sun goes down.

A visit to the girls' home, Lula Bari, was a wonderful way to celebrate the festival of Kali, the goddess of Kolkata. A few visitors from abroad were invited to meet the girls and young women of shuktara, sharing sweets and laughter.

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Muniya

Muniya

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Louise and Muniya

Tamina

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Moni

Moni

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Alison and Muniya

Muniya

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Guria, Pappu and Lali

Guria & Lali

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Guria, Pappu and Lali

Guria & Lali

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Guria

Guria

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Guria

Guria

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Louise, Muniya and Christi

Muniya

2015 Kali Puja - shuktara Lula Bari  - Lali

Lali

Rakhi at shuktara

Every year in August the 'sisters' of shuktara come to the boys home and tie rakhi on the wrists of their 'brothers' to show their affection. Across most of India the same thing happens - with brothers and sisters who are related by blood but also when that strong family bond is felt between unrelated people. It is a celebration that everyone at shuktara can participate in, and everyone enjoys this festival immensely.

[from Wikipedia] Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means "the tie or knot of protection". The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances.

The festival is also an occasion to celebrate brother-sister like family ties between cousins or distant family members, sometimes between biologically unrelated men and women. To many, the festival transcends biological family, brings together men and women across religions, diverse ethnic groups and ritually emphasizes harmony and love. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Śrāvaṇa, and typically falls in August every year.