The HUGGS team in India is comprised of an administrator, a coordinator, and tutors.  Also on the team are a consultant and an on-call doctor.


David Benjamin of SNEHA (Society for Nurture, Education and Health Activities), a registered Indian NGO, is the Indian Administrator for HUGGS Canada. A mechanical engineer by training, David brings to HUGGS many years of experience in NGO administration.  He also manages the Bridge of Hope in Gotlam, Andhra Pradesh.

Administrator - India


Full-time HUGGS Coordinator Madhu Latha has a Masters in Social Work.  She enjoys her responsibilities and goes beyond the call of duty in her dedication to HUGGS, taking a personal interest in the students and initiating innovative programs. 

Madhu Latha

Assistant Tutor, an Assistant Tutor, is also a HUGGS graduate and has a B.Sc. She has since completed M.Sc. in Math

HSC Assistant Tutor

HUGGS Consultant

Dr. John David is an ophthalmologist who spent nearly 20 years at the Arogyavaram Eye Hospital in Sompeta, near Vizag. He has been a consultant with HUGGS since 2007.

HUGGS Doctor

Dr. Syamala works at the King George Hospital in Vizag and also mentors medical students.  She brings to HUGGS a genuine caring spirit for each student. 

HUGGS Canada is a registered Canadian charity, empowering youth through education in South East India. HUGGS focuses on promising young people who have the ability to excel in education, but are without the resources to study beyond Grade 10.

Thanks to our generous donors, we sponsor young people in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), to complete their secondary and post-secondary education. Students are selected based on financial need, academic ability and family encouragement.

Today more than 30 HUGGS graduates are working in their communities in careers including nursing, teaching, engineering, finance and computing.


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