Fall 2016 Newsletter

Fall 2016

Your Gifts Truly Change Lives


Thank You

Secret Garden Tea Company




When sisters-in-law Kathy and Erin Wyder, owners of Secret Garden Tea Company 

in Kerrisdale, heard about HUGGS and the opportunity to provide education for a young girl in India, they were intrigued. When they heard Krishnaveni’s story they were committed! Krishnaveni lived in one room on the top of a tenement building with her fragile mother and elder brother who had given up his education in order to support the family.  Krishnaveni carried the daily water supply up the many stairs and assisted her mother in cooking meals over the outdoor fire, yet she had graduated with top honours from High School (grade 10).  But this was the end of free education.  Without financial help, she had no chance of furthering her studies. Then HUGGS heard about her.   Thanks to the consistent six-year sponsorship of Kathy and Erin, Krishnaveni is now a fully trained teacher, who also tutors at the HUGGS Study Centre!   


Over the years,   Kathy and Erin have also changed the lives of Dhanalakshmi who is studying B.Sc. Nursing and Leela Rani who will graduate with B.Sc. degree next year.


Thank you, Kathy and Erin!    Thank you, Secret Garden!


Secret Garden Girls


From Left: Dhanalakshmi, Krishnaveni and Leela Rani 




HUGGS 2016 Graduates!


This year, two students graduated from College with B.Sc. degrees. Two others have received their Engineering Diploma and have done a lateral transfer into Engineering.  Eight students have graduated from High school, six of whom have begun their College programs. 




Thank you for your part in making life-changing education possible for these twelve young people.


 Changes at HUGGS Study Centre 


For 5 years, the HUGGS Study Centre (HSC) has been functioning in the rented ground floor of a private home (as seen below), with the landlords living above.  This has been a safe and satisfactory situation for our students. Then came news of change.  The house was to be torn down, and replaced with a more suitable building for the family.   What was HUGGS to do?   Searching for a suitable new place was discouraging. For now, the Study Centre has transferred to temporary quarters which only just meets the basic needs.



Soon, news came with the perfect answer to the dilemma!  Would HUGGS be interested in renting the upper floor of the new building once it is completed?  So now there is the excitement of a new Study Centre! It will accommodate up to 50 students. There will be space for a computer area, a library, possibly an office for the Coordinator as well as the regular study rooms. 


HUGGS will need dedicated funding to develop this new HUGGS home.  Watch for the next email with details of how you might be a part of this exciting Special Fall Fundraising Campaign.


International Day of the Girl

October 11


"It is proven that when we invest in girls, they will give back in countless ways to improve the lives of their families, communities and nations" (UNESCO 2016).


HUGGS Canada celebrates our girl students! This month we honour two students for their recent outstanding accomplishments. Mounica and Malleswari. 



HUGGS Student Mounica

Wins Elocution Prize


Fluency in a language other than your own is an acquired skill – it takes determination and lots of practice.  In India, English is often used outside the home, and is prized as a medium of instruction in schools and colleges.  In the home however, people are most comfortable conversing in their mother tongue, which in Vizag, is usually Telugu.  So it is no mean feat to be able to deliver a speech in fluent English.  And to win an elocution prize.  Which is what Mounica did last month at her college.  Congratulations Mounica!



HUGGS Student Malleswari

Attends NCC Camp


The National Cadet Corp (NCC) was created by an Act of Parliament in 1948 to involve the youth of India in patriotic commitment to national development. Community service and military-like training are core activities, and NCC service is much valued as a path to successful careers.  In August, Malleswari (a degree student in St. Joseph’s College for Women) attended a 10-day NCC camp at Anakapalli, 40 km outside Vizag.  Her dedicated NCC service will enhance Malleswari’s resume when she applies for jobs. Well done Malleswari.


Thank you from the Students 

2016 Students Group

HUGGS new Website and E-mail



*Annual Sponsorships Available

Full $1500 - $2000

Sared $500

Charitable registration number:87497 9305 RR0001

*Annual Sponsorships Available Thank you from the Student  Full $1500 - $2000 S     



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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