SPRING 2018 Newsletter





Spring 2018 Newsletter

15 Years of Empowering Youth Through Education!

A few Words from our Donors

Allan and Shirley Lake

Allan and Shirley Lake 

Can it really be 15 years? It was a lovely summer day and as Lisa, Al and I walked along together, Lisa started telling us about her volunteer time in India and her vision/passion to help finance the education of under privileged girls in India.

As her enthusiasm and excitement for this cause unfolded we became convinced to financially support this new ministry.

We love receiving, and are always very touched (sometimes to tears), by the updates on students, especially from those who have completed their education and are now realizing their career dreams.  Our monthly donations through the years have played a part in changing lives….that's just so amazing!  Thanks, Lisa. It is our privilege to be a part of HUGGS. 

‘One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.'     John F. Kennedy

Lorne and Jane Rae

'Even if our sponsored student marries after graduation, HER EDUCATION WILL LAST A LIFE TIME.'

Joyce Sandercock

'HUGGS is at the top of my list for charitable giving. Emphasis on educating girls as well as guys contributes to the education of the next generation.  An educated woman passes on her love of learning to her children. I consider the money I give to HUGGS is the best investment I can make for the future.'

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2003-06 Lisa developes the HUGGS program in India

2006 Bobby David of SNEHA (Indian NGO) becomes HUGGS-India Administrator

2007 Dr. Johnny David is formally announced as HUGGS Consultant in India

2011 Madhulatha (M.S.W.) is appointed Coordinator responsible for students

2011 HUGGS Study Centre (HSC) is opened

2017 HSC moves into new, larger premises

2018 HUGGS' 100th student is registered

2018 Madhulatha receives Leadership Award from BCCIC, and comes to Canada on a speaking tour.

Thank YOU for journeying with HUGGS! 

Madhu with Students

HUGGS Coordinator Madhulata will visit Vancouver in September    

2018 is our 15th anniversary ofempowering youth through education! What a privilege it has been, over these years, to witness the impact of education on the lives of young people.  This year we will be welcoming the registration of our 100th student!  

In the course of this anniversary year, we will share with you highlights and stories of students and supporters who have been part of the HUGGS' journey. Among our valued monthly donors is the couple featured in this issue.

Be the first to view our new video!  It tells the HUGGS story through the life of our first student, Viveka.

Next month, our annual Garden Party will be held on May 26 at 3pm.  Do let us know at info@huggscanda.org if you like to come and we will provide details. 

In September HUGGS Coordinator Madhulatha will come to Vancouver on a speaking tour, thanks to the Leadership Award received from the BC chapter of the Canadian Council of International Co-operation (BCCIC).  Her visit will culminate in the HUGGS Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, September 15th … Save the Day!    

An Alumni says "Thank you, HUGGS"

Devi, Polytechnic and  B. Tech. Graduate: 

 "My journey as a software engineer in Capgemini has been excellent,   I have learned a lot and have become a stronger woman than I was in my college days. Now I am in a position to take care of my family financially.  Thank you for all the support you have given me when I was studying, and I am so grateful to have you people in my life.  It was all you who were my inspiration to dream big about my future. From Devi, an old student of HUGGS."


Thank you from the Students!

Student Group

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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.


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