Pathway’s Virtual Classroom

Pathway's Virtual Classroom
Pathway’s Virtual Classroom

Anticipation was high among the 9th grade students at Pamela Martinez Pathway Orphanage and Matriculation School.  For almost six months the children had been instructed weekly (via the Internet software Elluminate) by English professors from Bryan University in Phoenix, Arizona, Tina Hammerton and Mathew Hodgkin.  The two-way communication between Pathway and the U.S. first dealt with grammar and composition, and then extended to poetic imagery.  By December the class was ready for “Poetry and Creative Writing Olympics” competition.  Each student submitted his best poetic creations for judging by a panel of English professionals from Bryan University.

The prize-winning poems were announced in mid-December, with gold, silver, and bronze medals and certificates being awarded to the winners by Dr. A.D.S.N. Prasad, along with Chandra Prasad and Sudha Subramaniam, Pathway trustees, and in the virtual presence of Don Gull, President of Bryan University, Judge William Sheffield, Chairman of Pathway, and many others.

Because of the success of their partnership, Pathway and Bryan University plan on enlarging this program to students in other grades.

Sathya

R. Sathya
R. Sathya received the coveted gold medal for her poem, “The Moon,” which she is pictured reading.

R. Sathya excels, not only in English and creative writing, but in many other academic areas as well.  A quiet 9th grade student with one younger brother who is also at Pathway, Sathya has learned to play the piano and often accompanies the singing at church meetings, as well as teaching the small children.  She loves to read and has developed skill as a photographer.  As she discussed her career aims, Sathya explained, “I want to become a doctor because I love to serve poor people.  In my future I also want to help more poor children to get an education.”

Happy New Year!

As we enter a brand new year, we are grateful for all the blessings we have received in the past year.   Though many of us had our share of challenges, we appreciate the strength and courage which was bestowed on us so we could face and overcome them.  We take this opportunity to wish you and your family a glorious, prosperous, healthy, and peaceful new year of 2013.  We pray for God’s blessings and mercy on every one of us.  At Pathway we look forward to the forthcoming year with great expectation and renewed hope.  It is our intention to intensify our work to serve many more of His children.  All children are special to us, and we are excited as new and innovative methods can be used to help them.  At this wonderful time we convey our gratitude to all who are partners and request their continued love and association.

Happy New Year!

As we enter a brand new year, we are grateful for all the blessings we have received in the past year.   Though many of us had our share of challenges, we appreciate the strength and courage which was bestowed on us so we could face and overcome them.  We take this opportunity to wish you and your family a glorious, prosperous, healthy, and peaceful new year of 2013.  We pray for God’s blessings and mercy on every one of us.  At Pathway we look forward to the forthcoming year with great expectation and renewed hope.  It is our intention to intensify our work to serve many more of His children.  All children are special to us, and we are excited as new and innovative methods can be used to help them.  At this wonderful time we convey our gratitude to all who are partners and request their continued love and association.

Christmas 2012 Program

Nativity at Pathway
Nativity at Pathway

Christmas season is always a special time at Pathway.  One can feel the excitement in the air and see it in the faces of the children.  This time was extra special as the hundreds of children in all three facilities were getting ready to showcase their special talents in Chennai, where the Pathway Christmas Pageant was being held.

Many spectators in the large air-conditioned hall in Chennai exclaimed that things were getting better every year, as the pageant unfolded to celebrate Christmas.  This highly colorful and spiritual evening was put together by the combined facilities – the Pathway Center for the Mentally Disabled, Chennai; the Pamela Martinez/Pathway Matriculation School and Orphanage, Agili; and the Sabin Center for Education and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Agili.

The accompanying orchestra and colorful light effects brought a mesmerizing effect to each presentation.  It was a grand and delightful evening that touched the hearts of the audience of approximately 700 people, including about 480 children from all three Pathway facilities, plus dignitaries, invitees, parents and other relatives, who responded with a standing ovation.

The Christmas message was given by President Ramesh Babu, and the invocation was given by President Paul of the First Branch.  A.D.S.N. Prasad, Founder-Director of Pathway, welcomed the group and described the meaning of Christmas.  He thanked Gary Sabin, Chairman of the Sabin Children’s Foundation, Jean-Luc Butel, Vice-President of Baxter Pharmaceuticals, BJ, Tale and Carole Butel, William and Barbara Benac, and Jim and Karen Dosdall for their support.  Chetan and Tessa Prasad conveyed their Christmas message via Skype.  Chandra Prasad read messages which had been received from Judge William Sheffield and Pamela Martinez.

Christmas 2012 Program

Nativity at Pathway
Nativity at Pathway

Christmas season is always a special time at Pathway.  One can feel the excitement in the air and see it in the faces of the children.  This time was extra special as the hundreds of children in all three facilities were getting ready to showcase their special talents in Chennai, where the Pathway Christmas Pageant was being held.

Many spectators in the large air-conditioned hall in Chennai exclaimed that things were getting better every year, as the pageant unfolded to celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  This highly colorful and spiritual evening was put together by the combined facilities – the Pathway Center for the Mentally Disabled, Chennai; the Pamela Martinez/Pathway Matriculation School and Orphanage, Agili; and the Sabin Center for Education and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Agili.

The accompanying orchestra and colorful light effects brought a mesmerizing effect to each presentation.  It was a grand and delightful evening that touched the hearts of the audience of approximately 700 people, including about 480 children from all three Pathway facilities, plus dignitaries, invitees, parents and other relatives, who responded with a standing ovation.

The Christmas message was given by District President Ramesh Babu, and the invocation was given by President Paul of the First Branch.  A.D.S.N. Prasad, Founder-Director of Pathway, welcomed the group and described the meaning of Christmas.  He thanked Gary Sabin, Chairman of the Sabin Children’s Foundation, Jean-Luc Butel, Vice-President of Baxter Pharmaceuticals, BJ, Tale and Carole Butel, William and Barbara Benac, and Jim and Karen Dosdall for their support.  Chetan and Tessa Prasad conveyed their Christmas message via Skype.  Chandra Prasad read messages which had been received from Judge William Sheffield and Pamela Martinez.

Making of ‘Nativity’

Making of Nativity
Making of Nativity

This Nativity representation was created with great love by the special children of Pathway, Chennai and the Sabin Center for the Disabled, Agili.  Beautiful and attractive dolls were handcrafted by the nimble fingers of these children, using colorful glass beads which were knitted with precision under the watchful direction of Chandra Prasad.  It is fascinating to see how these dolls are made, using computer-rendered designs carefully woven on specially engineered weaving looms.  It is also delightful to see the joy written on the faces of the children as these sets are purchased by admiring people.