Naveen Kumar is a thoughtful, kind young man who joined Pathway about three years ago, somewhat after the death of both his parents. Now in tenth grade, Naveen is quick, both with his smile and with his English. He enjoys writing poems to express his feelings and has an unusual sensitivity to nature, as well as a sense of gratitude for the beauties of the earth and the truths he has learned while at Pathway. Naveen also excels at dancing and has been highlighted in several performances.
It was a red carpet welcome that awaited the arrival of our beloved guests at Pathway, Chennai. Tiny tots from play school and kindergarten were armed with beautiful red roses to welcome the visitors at the Pamela Martinez Matriculation School and Orphanage. There was excitement on the faces of children and adults with disabilities to receive the guests. Srikanth and Murugan were vying with each other to garland the lovely couple.
David and Angleyn Bruce were the visitors who had created a great stir at the school. Their daughter, Anna Bryce, visited Pathway two years ago. Almost all the children in grade 3 and above were heard chanting in chorus the name ‘Anna’. Many of them had spent time with her in learning to draw, many had spent hours with Anna playing. Some recalled their long conversations with her. She had created a great impression on the minds of several children. Girls at the Pamela Martinez School were absolutely keen to teach Anna to tie a Saree and they were thrilled to give her demonstrations on several Indian outfits, such as salwar khameez, half -Saree etc.
David and Angelyn Bryce had travelled all the way from Utah to visit and meet the children of Pathway. They were here to witness the work done at the organization. Dr. David Bryce is a professor in the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. They were received with great affection and love. In a specially arranged event by children, the couple conveyed their love for children and urged all of them to do well in their education. They also recalled their daughter Anna’s visit to Pathway and said that she was looking forward to revisit them again. Chandra Prasad thanked Bryces for their kind visit and for their marvelous support to Pathway. She also fondly recalled Anna’s contribution and her exceptional talent in drawing and portrait sketching. One of her projects was to prepare sketches of two of Pathway’s benefactors, Gordon B. Hinckley and Judge William Sheffield, and of Dr. Prasad.
This is a popular and oft used saying in India, but at Pathway, it is especially true when it comes to the exclusive and exquisite jewelry that is on display for visitors at the gift shop at Pathway Chennai. Those sparkling ear rings, nose rings, neck laces, bangles, etc. are highly inviting to any discerning eyes. You will not believe it! When recently Chandra Prasad showed them to a large contingent of young lady students who were at Pathway on a study tour. They were enthralled and tempted to buy them all. Chandra’s explanation about the making of this beautiful jewelry left them spellbound when they learned that the material used was just waste paper. She explained and demonstrated to them how children with disabilities at the Sabin Centre and Pathway, Chennai were churning out paper craft products designed by her. It was indeed a job to control the young women from near stampede as they went almost berserk on a spree to buy this attractive glittering jewelry!
The visiting students were very eager to see how these jewelries were really being made, they were quickly taken on a tour to both the facilities at Chennai and Agili, they were able to witness the entire process, it was really amazing the way each boy and girl was trained to do a specific job in absolute perfection. It was really incredible and unbelievable that these attractive and fabulous jewelries were made from waste paper generated from tons of books children use and dispose from the Pamela Martinez Matriculation School at the Agro farm. The entire process of production was well streamlined where adolescent and adult developmentally disabled boys and girls worked in a well-oiled chain like a conveyer belt. All the boys and girls work in slots designed for them. Boys and girls of Sabin Centre have been trained to cut paper in heaps and grind them in to paper paste. Malini and Renuka keep grinding the whole day with the traditional Indian stone grinder, and produced plenty of paste. Boys such as Paghavendran, Mani and others collect this paste and fill specially made molds, designed here, in different shapes and sizes for the final products needed to make jewelry.
Beads of various sizes and shapes are made by Katrthick, Kumar and Rithesh. Aberrations are removed by sandpapering. All this will be done under the watchful eyes of their special educators. Once beads of various sizes and shapes are made they are shipped to Pathway, Chennai where Prasanna, Bharat, Manoj Kumar, Diwakar, and Esther Brinda, under the supervision of their highly experienced special educators, Radha and Linda string all the beads in specially made strings. Then each bead is painted and the jewelry is finally designed and produced under the direction of Chandra Prasad, who monitors the entire production and finally adds her artistic touch to make it exquisite jewelry.