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Canada Day 2019

Across the other side of the world, HUGGS students will celebrate Canada Day with fun activities and a cake.  Our students are happy to acknowledge the Canadian connection in their lives, and often produce original art to honour our country.  Here are some examples of their work:

Canada Day Art by Students   

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Street Rangoli

Ugadi Subhaakankshalu!

The festival of Ugadi heralds the start of a new year in the Telugu calendar. This year, Ugadi falls on Saturday, April 6. Ugadi is an important celebration in Andhra Pradesh, where HUGGS’ program is located.  The word Ugadi is a combination of ‘yuga’ = age, and ‘adi’ = beginning, signifying a new start.  The day begins with a cleansing shower and prayers.  Colourful floor decorations - muggulu - are created to adorn entrances. A sumptuous meal is prepared and extended family and friends invited over.  A key dish prepared for Ugadi is a special ‘pachadi’, a chutney whose...

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HUGGS and IDW 2019

This year’s theme for International Development Week is “Together for Gender Equality.”  HUGGS personifies this theme perfectly – because the initial intent of HUGGS was to enable underprivileged women to study and achieve their career goals, thus providing the means for women to be equal with men.  HUGGS’ very first student, Viveka, graduated Nursing school and today she is a senior nurse at a major hospital in Visakhapatnam, India.  Subsequently, HUGGS has provided education for women, enabling them to pursue careers as Nurses, Computer Professionals, Engineering Technicians...

Happy Makar-Sankranti!

Makar Sankranti, or Pongal, is celebrated by the Telugus to mark the end of winter and the onset of spring in South India.  It is also a harvest festival, signifying a bountiful end to the season.  Kite-flying is a typical activity, along with special food and prayers to the Sun God.

HUGGS students celebrate with their families and the rest of the community on Tuesday, January 15 this year.

Here are two links with interesting information about this festival:

The Indian Express and drik panchang 


Teachers' Day Celebrations

In Canada, September 5, 2018 is the second day of the Fall term, when students start a new academic year.  In India, September 5 is Teacher’s Day.  In schools all over the country, students pause in their daily routine to celebrate their teachers.  In some schools, students entertain their teachers with skits, songs, and dances.  At the HUGGS Study Centre, students honour their tutors with expressions of gratitude, and celebrate with a cake. 

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September 5 was designated as Teacher’s Day in 1967, at the request of the second President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.  He said that instead of a personal...

15th Anniversary Celebration Poster

Please come and celebrate HUGGS' 15 years of empowering youth through education in Vizag, India!  This year HUGGS reached its goal of 50 current students and registered its 100th student.  

HUGGS' India coordinator, Madhulatha, who won the 2018 International Leadership Award from BCCIC is travelling to BC on an engagement tour and will be the keynote speaker of the evening.

Tickets for this exciting event include appetizers on The View's sundrenched patio overlooking Vancouver's beautiful harbour, a sumptuous West Coast buffet style dinner along with musical entertainment. There will also be a...

HUGGS Students celebrate Canada Day

HAPPY CANADA DAY 2018 From HUGGS Students!

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Student with Madhu Latha

India celebrates Teachers' Day on 5th September.

HUGGS Canada honours our teachers, who under the leadership of Mrs. Madhu Latha are so positively influencing the lives of our students.    

This day is celebrated to honour, Dr. Radhakrishnan, India’s Second President, who was a great teacher and academic philosopher.  Instead of celebrating his birthday separately he requested that the day be observed as Teachers' Day to give honour to all teachers in India.

"Respected among society, teachers play an important role in the overall development of a person. Teachers enlighten students and shape their...

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The mission of HUGGS Canada is to provide underprivileged students in India with the opportunity to further their education, enabling them to contribute more effectively to their families and communities.


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