HUGGS' DIRECTOR VISITS THE PROGRAM
Nargis Abraham, HUGGS Director, reports on her recent visit to Vizag:
In November 2018, I visited the HUGGS program in Vizag, India. It was wonderful to see the new HSC premises in full use, with the students having ample space to study in small groups and get together in larger groups to share their academic experiences. Interacting with the students is always a delight – familiar faces from my previous visits, new faces full of hope. We did a few English language activities, the students ready to practice their English-speaking skills. During the day, I visited the new students’ homes with Madhulata, HUGGS Coodinator, to say hello to parents and siblings. These visits are very special, because they afford the opportunity to converse firsthand about the family’s hopes and challenges, and experience their physical surroundings – narrow stairways up three flights to rooms that are the most affordable rentals, tiny spaces filled with one large bed and utensils neatly displayed, generous offers of coconut water or pop and homemade snacks. Meetings with HUGGS Administrator Bobby David and Coordinator Madhulata provided further insights into the current functioning of the HUGGS program in 2018. One evening, HUGGS friend Leela Varanasi visited the HSC – a treat for the students to meet another supporter from Vancouver.
Here are some photos:
About the Author
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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