Goa Sudharop was awarded the prestigious Goa Star Women Award in the NGO category for 2023. Goa Sudharop leadership, volunteers, and supporters were honored for their efforts to serve Goa and Goans worldwide.
"We were recognized for our hard work on the ground towards the empowerment of women, an award which salutes women achievers in various fields,” said Harriet Ferens, US-based President of Goa Sudharop.
"The entire organisation of volunteer staff, donors, supporters and well-wishers are extremely pleased with this award. We will strive to further our efforts with many activities in the future.”
"Since 2000, Goa Sudharop has conducted various workshops related to education, the environment, children/women rights, gender sensitivity, etc. and projects related to carpentry, pottery, painting, farming and much more.”
“Each project is designed to provide low-income people (primarily women) an opportunity to learn new skills and earn an income, achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence."
Updated: May 27, 2021
As part of its year-long efforts to help Goans since the onset of the pandemic, Goa Sudharop is continuing to help in the midst of the current monumental COVID crisis.
1. 4,500+ free meals were provided to families whose members were affected by COVID. Nutritious home cooked meals for patients and their immediate families very provided and delivered in South Goa. The food outreach was funded by the the GOA OUTREACH COVID Relief Fund (an initiative of overseas Goan organizations in the USA & Canada).
2. Goa Sudharop is providing free transport to families whose members are currently affected by COVID to a hospital or testing site. Free transport is currently available only in South Goa. Please call Jennifer at 9922289909 for more information.
The pandemic has caused a loss of jobs and left many people without an income to provide for themselves and their families. To help this grave situation, on April 11, 2021, Goa Sudharop hosted their first pop-up Posro (market) at Arjun Tree Structures building (Margao) under the name "Goenakaracho Posro".
Covid 19 protocols were maintained to ensure the safety of every individual. The market had vendors selling local products and organic/fresh produce. Early in the pandemic in 2020, Goa Sudharop had helped some women set-up their home-based catering businesses. These women were invited to this event to serve Goan delicacies along with mocktails made from local seasonal fruit. Our talented youth added a nice touch by playing Konkani music during the event. The buyers got an opportunity to interact with the the sellers and connect with them for future business. There were 36 tables set up and it is reported that some vendors earned more in 4 hours than they do in an entire month. The pop up market raised a total of approximately Rupees 3 lakhs for the sellers in 4 hours !! Sales have been ongoing and the vendors have been offered the opportunity to stock their goods at Goa Sudharop's POSRO market (shop) in Margao to continue to earn a living. Thanks to the generous buyers who attended this event and to Arjun Tree Structures who provided the venue free of cost. Many hours of planning and hard work were put in by our Goa Sudharop volunteers. They are encouraged by this success are looking forward to organizing the next Goenkaracho Posro in North Goa.