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!
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.
Just over a year ago Muniya, like many other children with disabilities, was abandoned by her mother and left alone on the street. Some, like her, are lucky enough to find safety in places like shuktara! This photo was taken today by Pappu Mishra (Chairman of shuktara) in Lula Bari, our girls house. It is the place that Muniya now knows as her own home and we will never abandon her.