Spring 2016 Newsletter

Spring 2016

Your Gifts Truly Change Lives

Thank You to Rachel Samuel

HUGGS Volunteer!

 HUGGS Volunteer

Rachel first heard of HUGGS when she was a student at the Global Stewardship course at Capilano University

"I immediately thought it was an amazing program and wanted to be involved.   The first event that I helped with was a formal dinner in Vancouver in 2008!"                 

Later Rachel heard of the need for someone to help with making collages of the HUGGS students, she immediately offered to do so and has now created over 30 of these. 

"I love getting to see the pictures from when the students start and then complete their education!" 

Soon Rachel will be working on collages for this year`s six HUGGS graduates.

Rachel is currently nursing at Lions Gate Hospital and hopes to travel to India someday.  There are a lot of young people who would love to thank her in person for the pictorial stories she has made of their years as HUGGS students.

Rachel's work:

Rachel's Work

           Rachel's Work

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer for HUGGS! 



A highlight of Nargis' visit was to see Madhulata and her new baby - a handsome little boy! Mother and baby are doing well, with Madhulata very much in touch with the HUGGS Study Centre.

          HUGGS Coordinator with baby


Visit to India, February, 2016!

Report from HUGGS Director, 

Dr. Nargis Abraham

Warm visits with students and staff at the HSC, a picnic, applicant interviews, a new baby - in short, my recent visit to HUGGS in Vizag (February 5-14) was fruitful and fulfilling.  

It was a delight as usual to meet with students at the HUGGS Study Centre (HSC), several of whom are familiar faces I have met over the past few years.  The bright faces enthusiastically participated in English language activities.  The first activity of acting out verbs for the others to guess the word was too easy for them - they had done a similar activity before!   The exercises on prepositions were a little more challenging.  The students eagerly expressed their best wishes to the HUGGS Board, and their appreciation of the tutors and mentors at the HSC.

              Dr. Nargis Abraham with HUGGS Students

All 30 student came to the picnic at Shilparamam Arts  & Crafts Park and and participated actively in playing group games,  reciting poetry, dancing and singing - Bollywood style! The onsite restaurant  provided a delicious lunch, and the day went by quickly with happy students enjoying the opportunity to relax and have fun. Suresh, Krishanveni and Lavanya (staff) facilitated the activities smoothly.

It was very heartwarming to visit the homes of the four graduating students and see how they have matured from their first year at HUGGS - the shy, diffident students now smiled confidently and conversed easily in English! D. Murali Krishna and K. Kanaka are completing their polytechnic diplomas and waiting to attend campus interviews.  P. Kanaka (no relation of K. Kanaka!) and G. Rupa are finishing their final year in bachelor's degree programs at Bullayya College, and plan to look for related work once they graduate later this year.  The mothers were most appreciative of HUGGS' sponsorship and repeatedly affirmed that without HUGGS their children could not have completed post-secondary education.

Interviews of applicants for sponsorships to be awarded in 2016 went smoothly, thanks to efficient organization by HUGGS staff.  Twenty-five applicants were interviewed, all very needy cases.  We await their Grade 10 high school exam results (out in May) to select the ones who come on board this year.

HUGGS Students 

selected to attend


Three HUGGS' students attending St. Joseph's College for Women - Anitha, Mounika, and Prasanna - were among 300 selected from Intermediate colleges in Vizag to attend an INSPIRE camp organized by the Andhra University. To qualify for the camp, students need GPAs of 9.0 and above. INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) is a program developed by the Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India) to attract youth to the study of science.  The camp's objective is to help students improve their knowledge of basic sciences and lead them to innovative research and development. 

             Inspire Camp Students

Here are excerpts  from our students'  reports:

Anitha (First  Year Intermediate,  Grade 10 GPA 9.2): "… It was an  amazing camp.  Agriculture and Mathematician  scientist (sic) came there. … and took classes for us. … I am thankful to HUGGS for giving permission to attend that camp."

Mounika (Second Year Intermediate, Grade 10 GPA 9.2): "..In that internship  science camp, very  famous  and vitreous (sic)  scientists have come and  motivated me with  their  innovative lessons and  mathematics and  science  and good advices (sic). … Because of that I set my goal towards mathematics."

Prasanna Sai (Second Year Intermediate, Grade 10 GPA 9.2): "… We do not forget such a good camp because it changed our thoughts into a good way (sic), to reach our goal. That camp inspired me a lot. … I am thankful to HUGGS to encourage for attending (sic) such a good camp."

Thank you from the Students 

2016 Students Group

To make a donation visit www.huggscanada.org 

or contact us at 604-988-4898 or info@huggscanada.org 

*Annual Sponsorships Available

Full $1500 - $2000

Shared $500


Charitable registration number:87497 9305 RR0001



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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