Sunil Samuel & Joythirmayee Gudigundla
Sunil and Joythi came to Hope Now in February of 2014. They both took up this job because they love to be around children. Being a father and mother to 58 children is a challenge. These two meet that challenge with tremendous grace, laughter and understanding.
John Crimson & Roseline Gudigondla
Meet our new house parents John and Roseline. John has been working in the field of education for many years. Roseline is a nurse and has more than 17 years of working in a hospital setting. This combination is a perfect match for Hope Now and we are fortunate to have them on our team.
Solomon and Sujani
Mr. Solomon Raju first joined us in Jan 2019 as a Tutor for the college students. While he continues to do the same now, he also oversees the liaison work with colleges which includes procuring admissions. This job includes screening each child for the interests and career path they
wanted to take, counseling those who were unable to decide, then looking for the right colleges.
Mrs. Sujani Solomon joined us in March 2020 to tutor the K12 children. After being at the home with her husband, she saw the possibility of joining us as an additional tutor. Her area of expertise in the sciences is a needed addition to our staff. Now she teaches the K12 students and
helps the students in vocational training as well.
Together these two have transformed our educational outcomes and continue to be an added benefit to our home.
Co-Founder / Director
I am a teller of stories. A journalist by trade. A nonprofit convert for life. I found myself in India in 2000 – looking for an experience for my then 13-year- old son that would impress upon him the reality of life outside the US. Life has never been the same. I was working in the field of HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention in partnership with government departments and other NGOs. When HIV/AIDS began its deadly sweep through India – children were left behind. When kids experience trauma, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel –especially in the developing world.
I have spent the last 10-plus years helping build a home and programming, creating a path to a successful adult life for our kids. I split my time between India and Minnesota. While in Minnesota, I find creative ways to tell our story and build relationships with people who care about kids. While in India, we are always working to make sure our kids have what they need to grow. And, I get to spend time with our kids, which honestly is the best part of my job.
House Parent ~ Father
Long-term Volunteer ~ Mentor