When Belinda is in Kolkata she always visits shuktara. Usually it's a night out at Fire and Ice to have the best pizza in Kolkata. This time the party included some of the young people from shuktara and a small group of friends. Thank you Belinda!
Our friend Sunnie Nicklaus came back to Kolkata this weekend and she decided that celebrating the Day of the Dead at Lula Bari with the girls would be great fun. First she started off with a couple of hundred photos that she has taken over her previous visits and the girls pasted them all in photo albums and are able to keep their own copies.
Sunnie also brought Day of the Dead masks that everyone decorated. They all decorated each other with paper flowers and the day ended up with some of the biggest balloons we have ever seen.
Thank you Sunnie for coming back to Kolkata!
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.
Our friend Emma Christmas is in Kolkata and she brought some leaves from a local forest with her. On her way back from Santiniketan she had an idea for the Lula Bari girls and young women to make leaf garlands and decorate the house.
Lots of paint and lots of laughter - it was messy and a lot of fun for everyone.
Yep! Films International sent Raegan Hodge to Kolkata to film and take photos for a feature documentary about shuktara.
This is a work in progress and we have all had such fun and look forward to welcoming Phoebe Brown, Elizabeth Strickler and Raegan back soon to complete this work.
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Below are a few photos from the filming and the all-important Wrap Party at 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.
All of the girls at Lula Bari attend REACH school in their different units. Recently they had a program and Muniya was in full costume and make-up and loving it, as all our girls do.
Thank you to Ranjini Mukherjee for sending us photos and all the other teachers and helpers there for looking after our girls.
You can read about Muniya here: http://shuktara.org/muniya/