Who we are
One Child at a Time (OCAT) Foundation is non-profit, non- governmental organization working for the welfare and development of vulnerable and needy children, their families and communities. We look beyond poverty and recognize the potential and dignity of every child. Through our child centered programs, OCAT supports the development of children who are often helplessly caught in the web of poverty and exploitation.
OCAT is a team of committed individuals determined to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged children, in ways that can transform children and sponsors. One Child at a Time gives long-term and holistic support to vulnerable children.Established in 2008 and based in Warangal, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, OCAT has assured hundreds of needy children will receive an education. We serve some of the neediest, including those from families with HIV or leprosy. Also, children who are physically and mentally challenged, orphaned, abandoned, street children, those victimized physically, sexually and as laborers.
One Child at a Time is an initiative grounded in a deep desire to help needy children. The founders have years of experience in child development, child rights and child welfare programs. We believe if there has to be any lasting changen India, every development activity must include a holistic focus on children.
We don’t see poverty, we see potential. We recognize human dignity of every child and believe that all children are born with innate talents and potential to develop into persons fuller selves. All that we need to do is to help these kids with the opportunities to grow and develop and be world citizens. Having lack of opportunities is never the fault of children hence the society’s responsibility to cater to he needs of children and help them experience childhood and grow up as successful persons able to realize their dreams.
You can make a difference, by assuring a needy child the basic supports, education and encouragement. Join OCAT today as a sponsor. Your 360 a year will change a life!
Founder and President Bethany Greeley lost her heart to India in 1970. Named the first Community Ambassador for the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, she was sent on an all expenses paid trip to India that summer. “I never got Mother India out of my system, though my Mother always wished I would!” she says. Rather, for 50 years she has visited, studied, learned and volunteered. In 2014, with the inspiration and dedication of her friend of then 10 years, Suresh Singareddy of Hyderabad, she created One Child at a Time USA, Inc. They know education is a determining influence, between life and death, in India. Her faith life, Yoga, writing, the natural world, world peace and being kind are Bethany’s interests. She considers her community the world, and loves all sentient beings. “Will you join me in sponsoring a child,” she asks. “It will be one of the most selfish acts you ever commit.” Bethany lives on a cottage by the sea in Clinton, CT…less than ten miles from her two grandboys and their great parents. Her 97-year-old Papa, Roger, blessed her with longevity.
Suman Pentareddy is not only our bilingual Board member; he is a man blessed to be born in India. For 10 years he worked in programming and handling critical data produced in oncology, vaccine and respiratory disease studies. He now serves as Programming Team Manager for Pharm-Olam LLC, RTP of North Carolina, a CRO working on clinical trials and helping clients prepare presentations of the Statistical Analysis/Results to the FDA and develop regulatory submissions for drug approvals. Suman holds a masters in industrial engineering from the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad, India. Not only does Suman possess an amazing brain, he has an OCATUSA heart: “Helping Kids to achieve their dreams through education is a blessing!”
I am a seasoned adolescent and family therapist, passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University and have spent over a decade providing services to the most high- risk families throughout the United States. Additionally, I have participated in developing, implementing, and managing programs throughout the country and help the staff meet the needs of their communities. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, anything related with food, and photography. I am very honored to be a part of this amazing organization.
As a licensed Speech Pathologist and a certified Psychoanalyst, I have spent much of my life working with children and counseling individuals and families. It has been my joy to see love and understanding grow when people are committed to establishing lines of communication within a safe environment. I have been honored to set up fund raisers for families in need through local organizations and churches. My work has included teaching in community colleges and universities, where I established guidelines for students entering degree programs in speech remediation and counseling. As the director of a hospital speech and hearing department, I provided free clinic programs for families who were coping with challenging situations, caring for children and adults at home. Being a member of the board for OCAT provides me with an opportunity to serve others.
Member, Elected to a second
term on the Board (New Hampshire)
Mary Nelsen was born and raised in Southern California and is currently a resident of New Hampshire. A mother of three adult children and two grandchildren, she has devoted much of her life to helping children, youth and their parents. Beyond her work as a child care provider, Brownie leader and mother’s helper, Mary is a gifted mixed media artist, selling her work in New England galleries. She also serves as a community connector for the Love Your Brain Foundation. For 25 years, Mary has helped others heal through intuitive counseling, saging, tap tuning and vibrational raising. Known as the Sage Lady, (yoursagelady.com) Mary provides spiritual guidance and cleansing for individuals, in person and long distance. She joined the OCATUSA board in 2019.