The need for jobs in this pandemic is critical. Women have generally been the hardest hit and bear the brunt of this harsh economic reality. To help Goan women, on April 9, 2021, several Goa Sudharop volunteers organized and hosted a skill and motivational development workshop at Durga Apartments in Margao. 62 women from different age groups participated in the workshop. These women were enthusiastic and in need of guidance to set them on a career path and gain financial independence. They were offered options for training in sewing, baking, driving, coconut-plucking, computers, farming, and nursing. All participants were encouraged to take up skilled based tasks to provide them with means to earn an independent living.
Rocky Wilz who was instrumental in organizing this seminar, created an awareness of the various government training schemes available and the participants were assured of assistance whenever required to avail of these schemes.
Verma D’Mello and Harshita shared their own success stories which boosted the participants confidence, motivating them to aim high and achieve financial independence.
The women appreciated this initiative undertaken by Goa Sudharop and left the workshop confident of forging a new path of upliftment in their lives.
We at Goa Sudharop are committed to change Goan lives for the better.
Goa Sudharop, in conjunction with the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Goa, and the GOA OUTREACH COVID Relief Fund (an initiative of overseas Goans in the USA & Canada) hosted an eye camp on March 21, 2021 to provide optometry services to residents of the remote village of Ambaulim (Quepem). The eye-camp is part of Goa Sudharop’s ongoing Covid-19 assistance program and was funded by the GOA OUTREACH COVID Relief Fund to provide medical services to those who live below the poverty line and who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These patients, most of whom had never had their eyes checked before in their life, were given free eye examinations and medical care which will greatly improve their quality of life.
At the eye camp 60+ people were given life-altering medical assistance of which 27 were given prescription glasses while others received medications and two operations were subsequently performed. Imagine going through life not being able to properly see the world around you – this is the reality for many Goans and we are proud to be able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives by simply providing them with basic medical attention.
We are grateful to everyone (funding by GOA OUTREACH COVID Relief Fund, eye doctor Dr. Sarvesh Sawant and the entire volunteer team of St. Vincent De Paul and Goa Sudharop) who made this eye camp possible.
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In the midst of a global public health crisis, it has become more important than ever to practice good personal hygiene. On March 7, 2021, Goa Sudharop hosted a hygiene workshop for young women and girls at the Salvador de Mundo Panchayat Hall. Volunteers handed out sanitary napkins and gave these young women the tools they need to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy.
A major part of the hygiene education centered around reproductive and female health. Many of the young women had never been educated on how to maintain personal hygiene during menstruation. The girls were taught that personal cleanliness, especially during times of menstruation, can prevent reproductive tract infections and other menstruation-related illnesses. Volunteers also taught the women how to properly dispose of female sanitary napkins – to keep not only themselves but others safe as well.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteer team on the ground as well as our donors for making this event such a success. These young women are now equipped with the information and tools they need to practice safe and hygienic behaviors at all times. Interested in supporting events like this? Head to https://www.goasudharop.net/donate to donate today!
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