Our colleague, Darren Huynh, who was in Bangalore in 2011, told me a story about an SAP-sponsored center that takes care of boys and sends them to school. After learning about the “tiny residents”, he went out on his own time and bought them anything sweet that he can get his hands on. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids consume all the sweets he brought them.
This past May, we had a chance to travel to Bangalore together for a project where we decided to do a follow up visit to the SAP-sponsored HOPE Foundation with our Bangalore colleagues. Although it was a challenge to find their new location, we felt it was all worth it. The second we walked into the room, the boys, who are now much bigger, immediately recognized Darren. It was a great reunion and I feel so fortunate to have been part of it.
Let me tell you the rest of the story in pictures…
HOPE Child Care Center
# 274, Central Avenue Street, Karthik Nagar,
Life is not all about material things…most of the time, a warm hug and a caring smile is all one needs to get thru the day.
When you get a chance to visit Bangalore, please stop by the HOPE Foundation where you’ll find the “tiny” residents. Who knows, you might get lucky to get a warm hug and a caring smile that will stay with you forever.
7/24/2014 UPDATE: (Picture and content below shared by Administrator Mohan Kumar)
“My first job ever! Yesss!”
Meet Annappa, tea café Chai Point’s new member. Annappa was only 10 when he came to live with us at the SAP Labs hostel in Bangalore. This April, he finished school and took a course in computers and retail skills at our training center. Soon after completing the course, he landed the job. He earns Rs 7,500 a month. A great start to his dream of a successful career in the hospitality industry!
Great going, Annappa! Do send him a word of encouragement – he would love to hear from you.