Among Pathway’s most promising artists is Amudha, a tenth grade student whose work on the Nativity backdrop was featured in the December newsletter.
Amudha and her two older brothers joined Pathway when she was five years old, some time after the death of their father. Amudha is a bright student who particularly enjoys math and science and hopes to become a doctor. Creative and artistic, Amudha enjoys making things beautiful.
She is grateful to receive an education and having her needs met. She recognizes that at Pathway, among other things, she has learned to speak English, be a friend and congregate with others, and to be kind.
One of the unique features of Pathway’s Pamela Martinez Matriculation School is that it is an English medium school, which means that English is the working language in each of the academic subjects, except for classes studying the Tamil language. Recognizing that communication in English is “the passport” for greater success and achievement in India and throughout the modern world, the Pathway Directors recently formed an English Club at the school. In his keynote address at the club’s inauguration, Dr. Prasad encouraged the children and the staff to use English as much as possible so the students can become proficient and comfortable in the language.
In addition to club meetings twice a month, those in the ninth grade are also honing their writing and comprehension skills through weekly internet software Elluminate classes taught by volunteer professors from Bryan University in Phoenix, Arizona, Tina Hammerton and Mathew Hodgkin.
From Tina Hammerton, Student Outreach Associate, Bryan University – “My life has been enriched and enlightened by the time I spend in the virtual classroom hearing the beautiful poems of Pathway’s children. I am learning so much from their powerful, positive spirits and am very impressed with their willingness to try so many new writing projects with me. I have also been amazed by how quickly they have learned the skill of writing poems and also of interpreting the challenging poems I bring for them that are not in the textbook (many of which are truly at an American university level of reading). I have no doubt that Pathway’s students would be desired at many universities around the world for their character, intelligence and discipline.”
It had been a great 15 years of successful career, all that is meant to be; to say so… money in plenty , recognition , promotions , award after award ! What else could one ask for…this is how my life was before I came to Pathway!
There is no doubt in my mind that miracles occur every moment of the day and yet most of us expect them to reveal themselves with a loud bang and with neon lights. Life is an incredible miracle, revealing itself with amazing precision and uncompromising perfection. When we consider what goes on around us all of the time, it is a miracle that we wake up and find ourselves alive at all. And yet we do and as a result we owe it to ourselves and to the universe to grasp hold of those miraculous moments,(being an Integral part of Pathway) so much so that we can realise our true and fullest potential, so that we can become the miraculous beings that we are meant to be.Yes! Nothing can be more miraculous than changing lives of others and more so our own! It is said that “a miracle inverts perception which was upside down before.” Perhaps by turning things inside out we can find those magical and miraculous moments.
Dr Wayne Dyer said “It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple, but who amongst us can EVER say how many apples are in a seed?” I invite each one of you to join us and be a part of this miracle Pathway
By Sudha Subramaniam, Formerly a highly successful insurance professional, member of the Charmian’s club of Life Insurance Corporation of India, well qualified with degrees in Public Administration, Finance, Special Education of the Disabled, quit her lucrative carrier and joined Pathway board and has been serving the organization for nearly a decade.
Capping off the “winter” month of January in Tamil Nadu, the site of Pathway is now home to the the festival of Pongal – a time of thanksgiving and rejoicing over the harvest. Pongal marks the start of the northward journey of the sun from its southernmost limit signifying the hopes for a new beginning.
Pongal is a holiday greatly anticipated and enjoyed by the children of Pathway. Those from the three Pathway facilities – the Centre for the Mentally Disabled in Chennai, the Pamela Martinez Matriculation School and Orphanage, and the Sabin Centre for the Disabled – joined together for the festivities in mid-January. The first day of this holiday was spent thoroughly cleaning the living quarters and the surrounding area. Sweet delicacies were specially prepared and served for this occasion. On the second day, rice was cooked in a large open pot as the group surrounded the fire and waited for the pot to boil over. A grand feast followed. Day three centered on the animals which work hard on the farm, as well as providing milk. As the children gathered near the dairy, they watched the 20-some cows and calves being thoroughly scrubbed, many of which had their horns brightly painted. On the last day the children were given turns riding in the traditional cattle cart, which was pulled by bullocks.
The underlying feeling of Pongal was one of gratitude to the Lord for the bounties He bestows. It was also a time of celebration and excitement.