Upcycled dolls from Holland come to Lula Bari
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 email@example.com if you would like to donate and receive your Lula Bari doll!
Visiting Lula Bari on Kali Puja
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.
Tamina, Muniya and Lali
Independence Day at Lula Bari
Holi at Lula Bari – the festival of colours
Holi was celebrated much more vigorously in Lula Bari, our girls home, than it was by the boys here in Kolkata.
Maybe as they grow older, the boys are not quite so interested, but the girls had a great day.
Tamina at our girls’ home Lula Bari
Tamina came to shuktara in 2008, when she was around nine years old. She was being cared for in a night shelter close to Howrah Station, along with Lali. They asked if we would take both girls, and so Pappu collected Tamina and then went back for Lali the next day.
photo of Tamina taken by Pappu Mishra