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We are delighted to announce that British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BBCIC) has selected HUGGS as recipient of its International Award of Leadership for 2017/18. This award is given to an individual within an organization who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and collaboration in their work.

The individual who will be accepting the award is HUGGS’ Coordinator in India, Madhulatha Ganireddi, whose primary responsibility over the past six years has been the overall well-being of HUGGS students and the administration of HUGGS Study Centre (HSC), which has recently opened the doors to brand new premises.

BCCIC’s recent newsletter announced the award and noted that ‘Madhulatha works to ensure that HUGGS students and their families are of healthy body and mind and that the students have access to a safe, convenient and comfortable environment to study.’

In its nomination, HUGGS selected two of the six essential elements for delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are:

People:​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​healthy​ ​lives,​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​the​ ​inclusion​ ​of​ ​women​ ​and​ ​children

Dignity:​ ​to​ ​end​ ​poverty​ ​and​ ​fight​ ​inequalities   

As recipient of the International Award for Leadership, Madhulatha will travel to British Columbia in 2018, HUGGS’ 15th anniversary year, to feature in a public engagement tour. Stay tuned for more information on events and dates!

BCCIC International Leadership Award

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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.