The HUGGS team in India is comprised of an administrator, a coordinator, an HSC Assistant and tutors. Also on the team is an on-call doctor.
Administrator - David Benjamin of SNEHA (Society for Nurture, Education and Health Activities), a registered Indian NGO, A mechanical engineer by training, David brings to HUGGS many years of experience in NGO administration. He also manages the Bridge of Hope in Gotlam, Andhra Pradesh.
Coordinator - Madhulatha has a Masters in Social Work. She enjoys her responsibilities and goes beyond the call of duty in her dedication to HUGGS, taking a personal interest in the students and initiating innovative programs.
HSC Assistant - Malleswari. She helps the Coordinator with various tasks related to students and the study centre. She is a HUGGS graduate with a B.Sc. degree.
Subject Tutors - Ananth, Leelarani and Vanaja are all HUGGS graduates with B.Sc. Degrees. They tutor and assist the students with various subjects.
Syam Prasad teaches computers part-time at the HSC. He has an M.Tech. degree in Computer Systems, and works full-time with DataPro.
HUGGS Doctor - Dr. Syamala works at the King George Hospital in Vizag and also mentors medical students. She brings to HUGGS a genuine caring spirit for each student.
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.