Pathways 2017 Holiday Letter

Dear Pathways Supporters:

Thanks to you it has been an incredible year for Pathways to Children; a year of accomplishment and a year of positive impact on poverty in our world.

Pathways to Children is small compared to many other nonprofits but IN ONE YEAR Pathways has:

  • Provided preschool education, healthcare and nutrition to 250 impoverished children in Kolkata, India.
  • Made a huge difference to 30 special needs children who, without it, have no hope for the future. In addition, ReSound hearing aids have been supplied to children who have hearing deficits.
  • Created job training and job opportunities as well as offered free healthcare to numerous illiterate mothers.
  • Employs through its grants, 27 people in India and 7 teachers in Ethiopia.
  • Provided 4 University of Minnesota School of Public Health graduate students with international public health experience in Kolkata as their Community Health Program continues to have an incredible impact on the surrounding poverty-stricken community.
  • 309 children now attend a new school in Bellisa, Ethiopia, an area that before Pathways had no school.
  • Gave 13 students from the Minneapolis inner city Cristo Rey High School the opportunity to travel to Bogota, Colombia and work side-by-side with local students on volunteer projects including building a house for a family.
  • Provided a life changing experience for 13 seminary students from St. John Vianney Seminary School at St. Thomas University.

How are we able to do that, you might ask?  We can do the above so cost effectively because Pathways is a volunteer managed and operated 501(C)(3) organization with very little overhead.  In addition, our foreign partners stretch U.S. dollars in ways that are not possible in the U.S. due to the dramatically different level of cost of living conditions in India, Colombia and Ethiopia. As Margaret Mead said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

So, a heartfelt thanks to you who have so generously supported Pathways to Children this past year and been a part of the above accomplishments.  As you think about your year-end contributions, please consider Pathways and help us continue with our good work.

Our best for the Holiday Season,

Grace Strangis & the Board of Directors of Pathways to Children

Gopal Khanna – Sara Grace Newhall – Leslie Miller – Dr. Beth Virnig – Robert York