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A regular evening at Lula Bari

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.

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Old friends visit shuktara

In 1999, the very beginning of shuktara, Alison and Bryan stayed in an upstairs flat in the first shuktara home. Their door was almost always open to the first five boys - Anna, Sunil, Shantara, Bapi and Sanjay.

For the next few years they taught computer skills downstairs in David's flat, shared meals with everyone at shuktara, and even went on vacations to Goa and Puri with the boys. While they lived in Kolkata they were frequent visitors to the shuktara homes.

They recently returned to Kolkata for a visit and absolutely loved being back with the young people of shuktara. They took dozens of photos - here are a few of the best.

shuktara - 2017 October - Tamina twirling a sparkler

Diwali – the festival of light

Diwali is Hindu New Year - also called the Festival of Lights, a holiday that all of shuktara look forward to with joyful anticipation.

The festivities begin at dusk as candles are lit in all of the windows, up the stairs, and around the perimeter of the roof. Everyone enjoys lighting sparklers and crackers as well as watching the fireworks that explode above the rooftops of Kolkata. It's a magical celebration however it's possible that no one enjoys it quite as much as Sunil.

shuktara homes - videos at Lula Bari - 2017

Life at Lula Bari

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The girls of Lula Bari

These polaroids seem to capture the individual spirit of each of the girls and young women who live at Lula Bari.

Thank You Caroline De Penning for spending so much of your time at Lula Bari and for taking these wonderful photos for the girls to treasure.

Caroline comes regularly to our girls home to do fun activities which have included hair and make-up and often other beauty parlour things.

We also appreciate the involvement of Kolkata International Womens Club and their support of our girls. This year they are paying school fees for all of the girls who attend REACH.

Emma and Simon’s visit to Lula Bari

Our friend Emma Christmas has visited us at shuktara a couple of times. On both her visits she has made sure that her priority is to spend time with the girls. On Wednesday 22nd March she came with Simon her partner.

They brought lots of things from London and had a great afternoon on this short stopover visit. Emma did a makeup session with the girls. They also brought balloons and cut and paste people to play with. It was a wonderful afternoon and we were all happy to see Emma again. The girls especially love her.

shuktara home for girls with disabilities - 2017 March - Moni sitting

Moni

shuktara home for girls with disabilities - 2017 March - Moni sitting

Moni does not feature often in our photos from Lula Bari girls home. She is sometimes very shy, emotional or unconfident about her looks.

I think she is beautiful and am happy to know she is safe and loved and cared for at @shuktara_homes #kolkata#myshuktara #LulaBari

(from @davidearp Instagram)

judithharris1 What an incredible and beautiful photo David. I always remember her cuddling up to me during my visit.

calirand Beautiful Moni @davidearp xx

thestitchlouse ah -i’m glad she peeped out from behind her gauze ✨

poppyandsebastian She is beautiful!

mckenzie_julia Gorgeous girl xx

janiswilkins❤️❤️❤️

helenachristensen You are so pretty and have the loveliest dress and best haircut Moni ❤️?? @davidearp

lisaborgnesgiramonti Moni, you stole my heart when I met you! You are radiantly beautiful! Sending you lots of hugs and kisses ???

tarpie11???❤???

gremkoska Beautiful sweet girl. Reminds me of the Roald Dahl quote: A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Xx

downtowndonna??????

thehippyworeprada?????

hensleejimmie Great beauty is often found inside those who must bear outward strife. Her soul is radiant. ???????????

sulaclothing Beautiful

animalpeoplealliance?

nikicloth??beauty

incurably_curious Moni you are beautiful and you are loved ?

ringmyjbelle

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