International Development Week 2019

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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, Administrators, Accountants, Police Officers and Teachers.  In pursuit of gender equality, HUGGS includes young men among its students, who have also benefitted by going on to successful careers as computer professionals, engineering technicians, and other areas of expertise.

For more information, look up the government site 

HUGGS Canada is a registered Canadian charity, empowering youth through education in South East India. HUGGS focuses on promising young people who have the ability to excel in education, but are without the resources to study beyond Grade 10.

Thanks to our generous donors, we sponsor young people in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), to complete their secondary and post-secondary education. Students are selected based on financial need, academic ability and family encouragement.

Today more than 30 HUGGS graduates are working in their communities in careers including nursing, teaching, engineering, finance and computing.


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