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.
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!
Moni came to us in September 2014 after being abandoned by her family. She was very distressed for a long time, but is now settling and is enrolled in school.
Arvind, the driver, takes Moni and the other girls to REACH in our vehicle and they, of course, demand that the music is played loud.
You can see how happy Moni is in these photos and you can follow her story here:
On 10th September 2014 Moni came to us.
Last week she chose her full name and is now Moni Mondal and on Monday (6th April) she starts at school for the first time in her life. She will be in REACH Special Education Unit.
It’s all happening here at shuktara for Miss Moni Mondal.
Read her story here: http://shuktara.org/the-shuktara-family/moni/
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.