We often think of Sanjib Shaw as one of shuktara's angels.
Sanjib decided to take everyone from shuktara on holiday however for a few of our less mobile young people this is not easy. Not one to let a small issue like limited mobility stop him Sanjib and a group of his friends decided to donate six new wheelchairs to shuktara.
We are overwhelmed by their generosity and wish to thank Sanjib and his wonderful group of friends. We know that everyone will be able to enjoy their holiday and promise to post photos soon!
Phoebe (one of the filmmakers) says:
"I wanted to share this small bit of video that didn't make the trailer cut -- because the sentiment is very important to David and also to us as filmmakers...
On this next trip, cameras will be shared and I'm working on ideas that will allow the kids who don't have the motor control to hold a camera to shoot differently. Or to let that movement be part of the making. The shuktara community's eyes are as important - if not more important than - our eyes."
To be part of this amazing documentary about shuktara please click here:
"True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.
False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the 'rejects of life' to extend their trembling hands.
True generosity lies in striving so that these hands — whether of individuals or entire peoples — need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world."
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Filmmakers Phoebe Brown and Elizabeth Strickler were in Kolkata working on a video training programme for girls called The Cross Stitch Project when they first came across shuktara and began to think about making a documentary.
In August last year cinematographer Raegan Hodge came here to shoot some footage for this documentary. What she shot has been edited and is here for you to see. Phoebe and Raegan would like to come back and continue filming this Spring. Please take a look and see if you can be part of it by supporting their journey in the making of this documentary.
Please take a look - this is what Phoebe said about shuktara:
"We want to make this film because shuktara is home to an amazing group of young people - wonderful, glowing and complex young people - who have rich, full lives - because they have love, attention and care in their lives."
This is their story:
Our friends Emma and Simon who visited Lula Bari last week, also spent an afternoon at our boys home. Emma was here on the day that Ratan came, so for her it was very emotional to see him again. The moment he was brought into the house in 2012 was a particularly poignant memory for her.
Emma brought her partner Simon with her this time and it's always interesting to see our homes and young people through someone else's eyes.
In Simon's stunning photos below you can see that he has a great eye and it's no coincidence that his name on Instagram is @polyperspective.
A wonderful reminder of how much Ratan has changed in the last year.
It's hard to forget the day he arrived at shuktara, so malnourished that we were afraid he might not survive. That is all behind him now and if you want to see Pappu talking about the day he came and the events that brought him to shuktara - watch this short video:
This means washing him, feeding him, changing his nappies and sitting with him holding his hand.
He wakes up smiling every morning and his giggles can be heard throughout the day, unless he needs a bowel movement – then the laughing stops, until that’s done. Then it starts again.
If you feel that you would like to be part of helping us to help him, visit our “DONATE” page, where there are lots of options to help not only Ratan, but all the boys, girls and young people who live in our homes.