Aravindhan is a solid tenth grade student who is respected for his sense of responsibility and willingness to work hard. A quiet young man who shows kindness and gets along well with everyone, Aravindhan excels at math and aims to become a math teacher who can help others acquire skills, as well as showing ability and interest in playing the piano. Pathway has also depended on his fine art work in various displays.
What a fabulous show it was! Into our minds came the image and name of the greatest mime, French actor Marcel Marceau, when the children of Pamela Martinez Matriculation School and Orphanage presented a spectacular mime presentation without flaws. The children enthralled the audience with their fine ability of expression through mime and pantomime. They presented two well-directed and orchestrated plays that entertained everybody with great mirth and humor. One play vividly described the effect of cell phones in our everyday life, pictorially narrating its interference in almost every aspect of living. The way it interfered in carrying out important duties in the hospital while surgical operations were in progress was really hilarious.
The second play underlined the effects of pollution. The expressions of the children were truly remarkable. It was indeed a great treat as we celebrated our 67th Independence Day celebration. The celebration was marked with energetic march-past. The children demonstrated their abilities with gusto. There was singing, dancing, and plays with great messages. The nation’s tri-colored flag was hoisted with great reverence and above all the children were beaming with smiles as they performed in very colourful and lovely attire. Children of the Pamela Martinez Matriculation School and the Sabin Centre entertained the visitors, invitees, staff and children with great flourish.
It was a great homecoming, a wonderful experience for us to welcome Jean Butel (BJ), a fine young man who came along with his friend Saba Nader. Both of these young gentlemen visited Pathway and spent more than a month working, serving, and caring for the children with great dedication and love. BJ, son of our illustrious and loyal benefactors, Jean-Luc and Carole Butel, was no stranger to Pathway or its various activities. BJ and his sister Talei, along with their good parents, were present when the Pamela Martinez/Agro Farm for Children was dedicated on January 2, 2001. It was a time of nostalgia for BJ and for all of us. He remembered very clearly the festivities where the former President of India, Honorable Shri R. Venkatraman, delivered the keynote address.
BJ, an avid student in international business and finance, is from Chicago, and his friend Saba, a graduate in finance, is from Beirut, the largest city of Lebanon. They traveled all the way to serve the poorest of the poor of India. Being accustomed to the comforts and luxuries in their countries did not deter them to give their best to the orphaned and semi-orphaned children of Pathway. Their love and affection were palpable in everything they did. BJ and Saba developed instant bond with several children as they taught them English, swimming and games. BJ’s teaching in the seminary was really enjoyed and appreciated. During their stay they had the opportunity to visit various parts of India and experience the diversity of the nation in its culture, language, food, etc. Both these great souls left a great impression in the minds of the children and of us. They also spent some time and contributed toward refurbishment of the quarters. To cap it off, the visit of Jean-Luc Butel was really enjoyable as he revisited Pathway and spent considerable time with the children. Everybody at Pathway looks forward with great fondness to their coming again.
The children of Pathway and the Sabin Center for the Disabled have done it again!! This time they won the state golden cup for the best all-around performance in several areas. Punnagai is a state-wide event organized by the Rotary International. They invite children from all over the state for competition which can be quite tough.
The children were challenged to perform and demonstrate their abilities in artistic areas, such as water colour, oil painting, and creating of “Rungoli,” a traditional Indian colourful rendering in front of all traditional houses. There was also competition in music and in other areas. Our children proved that their disabilities were not handicaps. Their performance won them individual medals and a large cup which their received with great pride.