Tag: Prity

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 disabled girls - 2017 March - Prity gets her Aadhar card

Prity and Moni get their Aadhaar cards

The young people that come to shuktara abandoned, lost or having run away from their families come to us with no paperwork. Often the term "unknown boy" or "unknown girl" is used by the Police, Hospitals or Government agencies dealing with lost children.

The first thing we do at shuktara is give them a name, by enabling them to choose or if they are non verbal showing them signs for different names. They have no birth certificate, no known date of birth, no name and no known place from where they have come apart from having been found alone on the streets.

The Aadhaar card is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. Yesterday Pappu (the chairman of shuktara) along with a team of our staff took the girls who do not have this ID to REACH school where they took digital fingerprints of all 10 fingers and eye retina pattern as well as a photo of the individual.

Yesterday Moni and Prity completed this work and Puja along with Guria will be done next after we enrol them in REACH school where most of our young people have attended either in their Cerebral Palsy, Special Education or Deaf Units.

It is a great achievement as we celebrate International Womens Day 2017 in the knowledge that all the girls and young women who live at Lula Bari our girls home here in Kolkata will have a name, an identity and a home for life. #IWD2017

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 December - Puja, Lali, Guria and Muniya

A Lula Bari Christmas

This time of the year always means jumpers and bright shiny Christmas decorations.

In Kolkata everyone celebrates every holiday with equal enthusiasm. These photos were taken at Lula Bari, the girls' home, during the Christmas season.

shuktara home for girls - Diwali 2016 - Ipshita, Moni and Lali

Diwali at Lula Bari with Sunnie

Celebrating Diwali with the girls at Lula Bari yesterday!
Masks, photos and so much love from Sunnie Niklaus

All photos by Sunnie Niklaus
shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Moni stitching and smiling

Embroidery class brings smiles

The stitching and embroidery class continues at Lula Bari, supervised by the girls home tutor, Nandita.

We love watching Guria in her standing frame, working independently. Her concentration is amazing - she is so determined, proud of her work and very happy to be participating in this group activity.

shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 July - Prity standing

Prity stands!

On 9th June we took Prity to Mobility India for the measurement of AFO* and knee gaiters. After she was measured they asked us to come back on 29th June for the trial of these devices which will strengthen her legs so that she can stand unassisted.

She has never been able to stand so to move around either she crawls or a staff member has to carry her. When she was younger (and smaller) this was easy but as she grows it gets harder to lift her.

Prity really liked both assistive devices because now she is able to stand by holding the table or window. We hope that in the future Prity will able to walk with assistance.

*Ankle-foot orthosis: A brace, usually made of plastic, that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position and correct foot drop. Abbreviated AFO. Also known as foot drop brace.

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shuktara home for disabled girls - 2016 June - Tookie, Guria and Prity in the car going to Mobility India

Guria and Prity go to Mobility India

On 9th June Pappu, the Chairman of shuktara, took Guria along with Prity to Mobility India to pick up Guria's standing frame. With the help of the standing frame Guria can now stand without anyone holding her, and also she will be able to feed herself and do her studies. She looks really happy and comfortable with her standing frame.

Pappu decided to do the same thing for Prity as we have done for Guria and so she was also measured for knee gaiters and removable splints which are fitted to her feet. Prity will continue with her physiotherapy and we will also get a standing frame for her so that she will have more mobility.