Featured Student: Karan

Karan is an intense tenth grade student from a single parent family, whose younger brother James (seventh grade) is also a student at Pathway. In 2003 Karan’s mother felt that Pathway was the answer to her prayers as she grappled with what she should do to protect and educate her sons while she was working long hours and was forced to live in an unsafe area.

As his graduation approaches, Karan is working seriously on his school marks. He expresses gratitude to Pathway for providing him with a solid and free education, a safe environment, and a moral compass for his life.

Wedding Cards

The history of wedding cards makes interesting reading. Prior to the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1447, weddings in England were typically announced by means of a ‘ Town crier’ , a man who would walk through the streets announcing in a loud voice the news of the day. Traditionally, anyone within earshot became part of the celebration. As years went by, invitations emerged among the nobility and they commissioned monks skilled in Calligraphy in kingdoms of India, to hand-craft their notices on silk scrolls. Recent times have seen mass production of invitation cards using letter / offset press . Latest trends in vogue are perhaps ordering cards on line that are digitally printed, or using ‘E cards’.

In midst of all this the most coveted and sought after invitation cards are custom made, hand crafted cards from Pathway. Pathway has been specializing in this art of designing exclusive hand made cards, especially produced by the nimble fingers of special children and adults under the direction of Chandra Prasad. Recently, gold brocaded concentric cards were designed for the wedding of Sivaprakasam and his young bride. The couple were ecstatic to see the outcome. They were a bundle of joy as they received compliments for their highly innovative and colourful invitations.

Besides invitation cards, Pathway also offers a variety of highly affordable gifts that could be used for weddings and other special occasions. Exclusive hand crafted garlands for the bride and the groom, hand made flowers bouquet, exquisite jewellry boxes, designer trays, art objects, and many more are custom made articles are available for such glorious occasions.

Rooftop Gardens

Like an oasis in a desert, this small patch of greenery in the concrete jungle of Chennai is a feast to the eyes. This bright spot is full of lush green plants, filled with flowers, fruits and foliage. Almost twenty years ago two young men, Bill Benac Jr and Tim Fews, visited Pathway to volunteer. Both were students of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Bill and Tim had a definite job carved out for them, to set up a roof garden as envisioned by Prasads. Loads of soil and manure were lifted by them manually along with children of Pathway. Considerable thought was invested in designing the floor with proper water treatment and drainage.

Today this small experimental patch has given great scope for research to grow and nurture plants that normally do not grow in this part of India, due to sweltering heat and humidity. Grapes and pineapple, for instance,require cool climatic conditions to thrive, but they are growing freely at the Pathway roof garden where conditions are kept under control.

This garden boasts several types of plants such as ‘Paan’ or betel leaves, exquisite edible and tasty greens, curry leaves, large pumpkins, egg plant, okra, double beans, cluster beans, chillies, tomatos, fenugreek, spring onions, etc.that reach the kitchen regularly. Flowering plants such as begonia, jasmine, hibiscus, and roses of different hues bloom, and orchids grow utilizing charcoal. To top it all the roof garden is also growing hybrid lemon trees. The roof garden attracts plenty of interested visitors. Children enjoy tending these plants under the watchful eyes of Chandra Prasad and they are indeed proud of their accomplishments.It has also served as training and stepping stone for children and adolescents to graduate into horticulture.