On Thursday evening, January 21st 2016, CHILDLINE called Pappu Mishra, the Chairman of shuktara, to say there was a girl in need of a home. He went to visit her and organised immediately to take her to Lula Bari, our girls home.
She arrived with documents describing her as "Unknown". The first few days she was understandably overwhelmed by her new surroundings. The girls and staff have really made her feel at home and just a few days after her arrival it happened - she smiled!
Now she has a home at shuktara, and a name - Puja Bagh. (Click here to read more...)
14th January 2016
Today, Tamina didn't go to school - not a huge problem because two tutors come every day to work with the girls at Lula Bari.
Nandita di comes during the day and does needlework (see some examples we have put on the wall behind Tamina), yoga and exercise. Then in the evening Priyanka comes to help with homework and often stays over and spends the night there.
Since Tamina is full of energy it's good for her to have activities to keep her interested and busy.
To read more about Tamina, please click here.
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.