Sugumar

Sugumar is one of Pathway’s recent graduates. A pleasant, good-looking youth with a shy smile and large, striking eyes, Sugumar entered Pathway as a small child. His father left before his birth and his mother has worked long hours for years at a hotel in Chennai, saving whatever rupees she could to help with her son’s future education. Though he excels at math and is a hard worker, Sugumar feels that a career in catering would be both practical and obtainable.  He expresses his gratitude to Pathway for kindness and generosity shown him.

Physical, Mental, and Financial Stimuli

It was a great sight to witness as children of all ages were thrilled to see the arrival of brand new colourful play equipment at the Pamela Martinez school and Children’s Home. Thanks to the continued generosity of the State Bank of India for donating this play equipment which would bring great happiness in the hearts of hundreds of children.

Through this munificent support the organization procured the following play equipment: Rocking Chair, See-Saw four seater, a six seater Merry-Go-Round, Duck Merry-Go-Round with four seats, Horse Merry-Go-Round with four seats, 12 feet Roller Slide, Millipede, Flying Butterfly, Twister, Walker, four seater See-Saw, Hang N Rotor. In addition to these physical playthings, Pathway also procured several specialized teaching and demonstration models, experimental sets, and equipment in various branches of science to stimulate the gray matter of the children.

sbi-checque

State Bank of India, touted to be the largest bank in the world (with network of largest number of branches), has been a constant and continuous supporter of Pathway. Previously the bank has donated funds to procure kitchen equipment, bakery equipment, an ambulance to offer community based rehabilitation in various villages, etc. A cheque was handed over to Prasad in a simple function by Mr Vidya Sagar, Regional Manager, State Bank of India, in the presence of Chandra Prasad, Sudha Subramaniam, M A Ramar, Dhuli Patnaiak, Dr Ravindranath and a host of officers from the Bank.

“Back to School”

Shilpa today is a young women of 23 years, bubbling, beautiful and confident, ready to face the world, willing to change lives of others, willing to meet challenges!! What brought this great transformation, what brought this drastic change from a shy, fidgeting, insecure and an introvert girl who joined Pathway in 2002? Shilpa is now eager to share with everybody this miracle.

She says “I was born in Kerala. My mother’s name is Mini and father is Padmakumar. I was told that my father abandoned the family when I was born, and we were in great poverty because of this. My mother was working as a nursing assistant and was in no position to take care of the family. My mother heard from one of her friends about Pathway. During a bright April morning, we visited Pathway at Chennai and met the director and director madam ( Prasads ). We immediately liked them and the place, as they showed great love, warmth and kindness. Soon my mother took me and admitted me in the Pamela Martinez School and Children’s Home at village Agili”.

“I was depressed and sad to be away from my mother, but soon I was embraced with open arms by many friends who showed great love, by the teachers at school, and by the warden and house mothers who readily shared their warm love. I now started enjoying living at Pathway and was admitted in third grade directly. Living in dorms at this wonderful place taught me many great things, it taught me discipline, humility, love, and above all love for God. Living here also helped me to learn to speak in English without fear or shyness. The chance to partake in extra-curricular activities changed my life for ever.

“After graduating from Pathway I attended a different school and a leading college, obtained my university graduation degree in zoology and biotechnology. and also certification from Institute of Airlines and Travel Agency (IATA). Now I am independent!!!”

Shilpa was thrilled when she received an invitation to volunteer at Pathway. She says “I am grateful to Pathway family and its directors (to whom she fondly refers as Mom & Dad, particularly to Sudha Subramaniam who has been a pillar of strength!!!) for giving me good education, health care, and everything. Now I see the children enjoying school, the play ground, the large library, the well equipped computer lab, etc. I take it on myself to explain to the children how blessed they are! I also tell them how the outside world is’. She adds “I believe Pathway is like a banyan tree and we are under this tree safe and secure. I am thankful for this golden opportunity to get back to my school to serve.”

“Back to School”

Shilpa today is a young women of 23 years, bubbling, beautiful and confident, ready to face the world, willing to change lives of others, willing to meet challenges!! What brought this great transformation, what brought this drastic change from a shy, fidgeting, insecure and an introvert girl who joined Pathway in 2002? Shilpa is now eager to share with everybody this miracle.

She says “I was born in Kerala. My mother’s name is Mini and father is Padmakumar. I was told that my father abandoned the family when I was born, and we were in great poverty because of this. My mother was working as a nursing assistant and was in no position to take care of the family. My mother heard from one of her friends about Pathway. During a bright April morning, we visited Pathway at Chennai and met the director and director madam ( Prasads ). We immediately liked them and the place, as they showed great love, warmth and kindness. Soon my mother took me and admitted me in the Pamela Martinez School and Children’s Home at village Agili”.

“I was depressed and sad to be away from my mother, but soon I was embraced with open arms by many friends who showed great love, by the teachers at school, and by the warden and house mothers who readily shared their warm love. I now started enjoying living at Pathway and was admitted in third grade directly. Living in dorms at this wonderful place taught me many great things, it taught me discipline, humility, love, and above all love for God. Living here also helped me to learn to speak in English without fear or shyness. The chance to partake in extra-curricular activities changed my life for ever.

“After graduating from Pathway I attended a different school and a leading college, obtained my university graduation degree in zoology and biotechnology. and also certification from Institute of Airlines and Travel Agency (IATA). Now I am independent!!!”

Shilpa was thrilled when she received an invitation to volunteer at Pathway. She says “I am grateful to Pathway family and its directors (to whom she fondly refers as Mom & Dad, particularly to Sudha Subramaniam who has been a pillar of strength!!!) for giving me good education, health care, and everything. Now I see the children enjoying school, the play ground, the large library, the well equipped computer lab, etc. I take it on myself to explain to the children how blessed they are! I also tell them how the outside world is’. She adds “I believe Pathway is like a banyan tree and we are under this tree safe and secure. I am thankful for this golden opportunity to get back to my school to serve.”