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Happy birthday Pappu!

shuktara homes for young people with disabilitiesIf you know shuktara you probably know Nagendra Kumar Mishra aka Pappu. If you don't, you should. Pappu's official title is Chairman of shuktara but he is so much more.

When shuktara started in Jubilee Park Pappu was finishing university and lived next to our home. Everyone in the neighbourhood was curious about shuktara and Pappu was no exception. Eventually we hired him as a tutor because he just seemed to fit in so well with our shuktara family.

Over the years Pappu became more and more involved with shuktara. He lived in the shuktara home, going to his own house rarely. He learned how to communicate with the deaf boys using sign. All of the young people at shuktara consider him their father. No matter how busy he may be he always has time to talk when someone needs him. His calm presence and infinite patience has made the shuktara house a real home, where everyone feels comfortable and safe.

In the photos below it's obvious that Pappu cares deeply about all of the young people at shuktara, and it's clear that everyone in both homes absolutely adores him.

Today is Pappu's birthday. We can never thank him enough for all that he does for shuktara however we would like to say...
Happy Birthday Pappu from all of us at shuktara!

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Getting ready for Kali

In West Bengal we are very lucky because we celebrate two festivals of light - first Kali Puja (dedicated to the goddess of Kolkata, Kali) and on the following night, Diwali (Hindu New Year).

On both nights pradeep (shallow clay vessels with oil) and candles are placed all around the house. The short videos and photos below show preparations for lighting up the house on Kali Puja.

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Durga Puja – visiting the pandals

If you follow shuktara you know that Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata. All over the city elaborate handmade pandals are created to house clay statues of the goddess Durga and her family who come down once a year from their heavenly abode for a five day holiday.

This year the young people of shuktara visited the pandals on the 1st day of Pujas which was Shashti and 3rd day which was Ashtami. Everyone dressed up in their new clothes, piled in the cars and went pandal-hopping.

(thank you Raegan Hodge for all the fabulous photos!)

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Shuktara documentary update

In October Phoebe Brown and the film crew from Atlanta will be headed back to Kolkata to continue shooting the new documentary. From Phoebe's GoFundMe page:

"As I've been working on this edit - I had the chance to pull up some great field photos and was reminded again (as if I needed reminding!) how special everyone at shuktara is. I want to give a special shout out to Pappu - whose spirit just shines in these images. Not only is he just a genuinely wonderful human being, but he puts up with our 1 million questions, translates both Bengali and sign language, helps us lug gear, gets us places we need to go....all while making sure the day to day of running shuktara is smooth. I hate that we have to work you overtime when we visit but I can't wait to do it again!"

Pappu is an extraordinary and inspiring person - his deep commitment to shuktara is obvious in these photos. To see the latest news about the documentary or to help support this amazing film please click here:

www.gofundme.com/shuktarafilm

19 years of shuktara homes for young people with disabilities

19 years of shuktara!

On 1 July 1999 shuktara started with just two boys, Anna and Sunil. Our story began in a rented flat on Southern Avenue and then moved to rented houses in Jubilee Park and then Kudghat.

Today there are two homes in Behala, owned by shuktara, where 23 young people live. Ages range from teenagers to young men in their 30s. Coming from institutions or lonely lives without family, shuktara provides everything needed for a healthy, happy and perhaps most important, safe life.

Join with all of us in celebrating 19 years of shuktara - founder David Earp, Pappu (chairman of shuktara in India, guardian, advocate and friend), carers and maashis, and of course all of the young people who have a home for life filled with love and laughter. Thank you for your support, all of this is possible because of you!

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Wheels on fire #2 – mobility at Lula Bari

We just can't stop telling you about the amazing generosity of Sanjib Shaw and his friends. Our last post was about the boys getting wheelchairs and this one celebrates a new form of mobility for Prity and Guria.

Everyone at shuktara is just so excited about going on vacation with Sanjib and the gift of six wheelchairs will enable those less mobile shuktara young people to move around much more easily.

Thank you again Sanjib!

shuktara celebrates Holi, festival of colours

Happy Holi from shuktara!

Holi is an Indian spring festival also known as the "festival of colours". As Wikipedia says: "It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh."

As you can see from the photos, this is a favorite festival at shuktara, celebrated by everyone.

Happy Holi from all of us at shuktara!

shuktara attend Sanjib's wedding

Sanjib Shaw marries and shuktara is invited!

We have been very lucky at shuktara to have met Sanjib Shaw. For the last few years he has been a generous and committed supporter of our homes and this weekend he got married to Nandini.

Over the three days of wedding celebrations all of the shuktara girls, boys and young people have been invited and involved. Yesterday evening (26th February) everyone at shuktara attended the wedding reception.

We thank Sanjib for all his support and wish him and Nandini much love and happiness together.