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New HSC Building

HUGGS is situated on the third floor of this new building.

Dear Friends and Well-wishers,                                                                                           

We are so pleased to report the success of last year’s campaign, when we were able to match a donor’s initial $10,000 gift—raising funds to enlarge and update a new HUGGS Student Centre (HSC) for our students! These funds allow us to equip the HSC with computers, desks, whiteboards, a small kitchen, clean water, air conditioners, and more.

Many thanks for your generosity; it couldn’t have happened without you!

But wait—there’s more good news for 2017!    The same generous donor has repeated her gift of $10,000 and challenges us to match that amount for a total of $20,000 again this year.   What an opportunity to build on the benefits of our new HSC:

  • hiring more tutors for our studentsTutor Leela with two male Students
  • providing professional development for our staff                  
  • field trips and other extracurricular activities
  • creating continuity with our alumni
  • nurturing family connections.

All of this encourages a spirit of excellence and develops the community of HUGGS, and we’re really excited about it—it’s something we’ve been working towards for a long time. This sense of community starts when students initially come to the HSC, experiencing for the first time how to learn in the company of others, find confidence in asking questions, and make friends. Such important aspects to the students’ education, with lifelong advantages! The HSC is the hub for this growth, which develops as students learn in a better environment, with more staff, who can themselves benefit from professional development to serve the students even better.  Other programs will be developed to benefit students, alumni, and their families. 

                Students at the new HSC

 Please consider making a gift to help build on the benefits of the new HUGGS Study Centre!

Thank you for believing in the students’ potential and we hope you will continue to be part of this new focus on growth—growth in academic excellence, growth in community, and growth in ongoing service.


Marilyn Gullison

Marilyn Gullison


PS.  All Gifts made to this campaign by December 31st, 2017 will be matched 100% while matching funds are available.  

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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.