Summer vacation was filled with many learning opportunities this year. Many of the children have been asking to learn some of the traditional Indian handicraft skills. There are so many interesting, historical and creative kinds of arts and crafts that the Indian people have been engaged with for hundreds of years.
We all deicided to learn Muggam work, which is a particular type of embroidery using thread, beads, sequins and semi -precious stones. It takes a long time to become proficient enough to earn a living, but once the skills are learned and perfected this type of handi work can create opportunity for a stable income.
Over the summer holiday a professional in the field set up shop in our library and taught more than a dozen of our kids how to do this beautiful work. A large loom was set up and every child who wanted to participate had their own section. The kids worked for 2 hours a day for 8 weeks. This kind of handicraft is traditionally done by both boys and girls and we had both boys and girls participating.
Hope Now is consistently creating new opportunities for our kids to learn, not just so they can create a life beyond our walls, but also to enrich their daily lives and learn about their history and culture. India is a region of the world that has celebrated the arts for thousands of years. It has been a wonderful summer of learning more about where we live, how to create new skills and just have fun.
It is back to school time. This week is the first week of our new school year for all of our kids. For those in grade school and middle school it is back to Word & Deed Campus. For our 11 college kids - a few more weeks of break and then the 2018/2019 year begins.
There are several kids making the transition from Junior College - which would be considered the US version of 11th and 12th grade - to the first year in University. This is a big jump for these kids and takes a tremendous amount of studying for entrace exams that determine where they will go to University.
Anitha just graduated from Loyola Junior College and wants to be an opthamologist. She is currently applying to several different Universities in the city of Hyderabad and will find out in the next couple of weeks where she will spend the next many years of her college career.
Anitha is a shy, smart girl, with big goals. When she started going to school after coming to Hope Now she did not speak English at all. She had not been attending school regularly due to her parents struggle with AIDS. After her parents died, she came to live with us. She is a shining example of what is possible when a child is given the opportunity to attend a good school with a solid support network.
We are a family first, a home, a loving place where all our kids are given the support, love, and a solid education needed to succeed in life.
We are so proud of all our kids and their willingness to commit to their studies and each other. Our doors have been open for nearly 13 years now. As we go into the next school year, we are committed to each child we care for and ensuring they have what they need to succeed.
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Roja is a smart, funny, diligent girl. She is quick to laugh - covering her mouth shyly as she barrel laughs while telling a story. The journey to us was a difficult one shaped by what HIV/AIDS can do to a family with no access to healthcare. More than 12 years ago, Roja's father died of AIDS. Shortly after that her mother passed away leaving her and her brother Mahesh to fend for themselves. This is where Hope Now stepped in and we started a family - a family of HIV-positive orphans who made a family from strangers.
Hope Now firmly believes that education is the single most effective tool we can use to build a life of security for every one of our kids. Education changes everything for a child. Education opens doors, provides a stable adult life and creates community.
Roja was our first to go to college and she will be our first college graduate. She is in her final year at KIMS Medical College working toward a bachelor degree in physical therapy. Her wish is to go on to graduate school. Hope Now pays 100% of all college costs for our kids including tuition, housing, transportation and school supplies.
Together with our partners and YOU we can provide the opportunity every child deserves to be educated. With that solid foundation our kids will transition into adulthood with the tools they need to be successful and become a contributing member of their community and country.
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