Exciting news! Pathway’s paid volunteer program to serve the “poorest of the poor” will have its first sessions in June and July 2014. This program allows volunteers with various backgrounds to make a lasting difference in the lives of orphans and students with disabilities in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Potential service opportunities include, but are not limited to: mentoring children needing extra support, working with children with disabilities, assisting the mobile clinic, contributing to specific service projects in villages, assisting in cooking, helping in minor construction, upgrading the library or computer lab, and serving as future ambassadors for the institution.
The program also includes vast cultural experiences, e.g. Indian cuisine, yoga classes, day trips for sight-seeing/shopping, cultural events, and Indian culinary classes. Also, Pathway offers the unique opportunity to visit and volunteer with friends, as a single individual, as a married couple, and even as a family. Having volunteered at Pathway for three weeks, I can sincerely say what a powerful experience serving at Pathway is. The students, staff, and community at large leave a powerful impression on the hearts of all those who visit and serve. You have the opportunity to change the lives of children who truly benefit from your love, talents, and service. Please contact Britany Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions as soon as possible if you hope to be a part of the trips this summer; it’s imperative that you begin the processes for obtaining passports, visas, and vaccinations.
The cost of a two week program is $1500, and a 4 week program is $2200, not including airfare.
Mercy, a tenth grade student who will be graduating soon, is a delightful and dramatic girl who is a very good student and a very good organizer. With top marks in Science (though she is not quite so fond of Math), Mercy plans to attend the same school as her older sister Esther, near the Pathway campus in Chennai. She thinks air hostess (flight attendant) would be a fascinating career. After eight years at Pathway, her prospects and options are very different than when she, her sisters, and mother were left homeless when her father died.
It was celebration time at the Pamela Martinez Matriculation School. There was great excitement and anticipation on the faces of children of 6th and 7th grades. Children were found to be scrambling for vantage positions to witness this glorious event they were waiting for. While the children were taking their assigned positions, teachers lead by Annadurai, followed by Gunasundari and Kumar were seen to be busy in the last minute arrangements. For almost one year Professors from Bryan University, Phoenix, Arizona had been engaged in continuous interaction from a distance of 13811 Km or 8582 miles. Thanks to Internet software technology from Adobe, two way interactive communication was made possible between the professors in the US and the children in India. While English was taught by the dedicated couple Don Gull and Dana Gull, science was taught by Tyson Brock Hancock and Andrew Christe. The classes dealt with English poetry, composition, creative storytelling, and conversation, among other things. By end of January the classes were ready for ‘Creative English and Science Olympics competition’, coinciding with winter Olympics 2014, Sochi, Russia. Every student was encouraged to submit his best submissions in English and science assignments and their original works. Their submissions were judged by the panel of professionals at the Bryan University.
It was a grand ceremony in the virtual presence of Don Gull, Chancellor of Bryan University. Founder/Director of Pathway A D S N Prasad in his address thanked Don Gull for this wonderful programme that was helping children at Pathway. He said that there was significant and noticeable improvement in the English language ability on the part of children. He also thanked Dana Gull for her contribution. Prasad thanked Brock and Andrew for teaching science to the children and said that the children enjoyed the subject a great deal. He also conveyed his grateful thanks to Judge William Sheffield who was the architect of this relationship between Bryan University and Pathway. Prasad also thanked Tania Stranding and others who have been working behind the scene. Don Gull in his address conveyed his love and appreciation to children. He also acknowledged the contribution of Chandra Prasad and Sudha Subramaniam and the role of teachers Annadurai, Gunasundari and Lawrence Kumar. He announced the names of 29 Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners, and certificates were awarded to children by Prasad in the presence of Chandra Prasad and Sudha Subramaniam, who joined in the presentation ceremony. There was a special trophy presented to Prasana for all round best performance. Andrew Christe and Tyson Brock Hancock announced the names of winners of the science Olympics competition.