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The Aadhaar project was inspired by the fact that in rural Goa there is an acute need related to women's sanitation and hygiene. Because there is a lack of closed and safe toilets in some rural areas, women are exposed to unsafe situations. Goa Sudharop wants to provide safe sanitation and hygiene facilities for women in these rural parts of Goa. In addition to this, the Aadhaar project is dedicated to helping women who want to learn to sew in order to provide an income for their family. This is being done so that through such empowerment they can be financially independent and secure.

On December 29, 2016 an event was held in Margao, Goa to launch and raise money for the Aadhar project. High end dresses donated by fashion designer Verma D'Mello were sold with proceeds of the sales to be used towards this project. In addition, sewing machines were given to women to begin their training.

The Aadhar project has now grown and evolved into Thread Up and aims to include several other initiatives geared toward improving the lives of women and young girls in rural villages in Goa. To learn more about these new initiatives, visit the Thread Up project page.

  • Goa Sudharop

Goa Sudharop is partnering with Greenlight for Girls to host another g4g @SF Bay Area event in Oakland this year! This is a free full-day event of interactive activities using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to encourage 10-15 year old girls to think about a future in STEM!

This event has been held in Goa since 2016 and we are excited to give our local San Francisco Bay Area community the opportunity to be a mentor and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. If you are interested in volunteering to help with a workshop, be a group leader, or help with other event day support, please let us know. Volunteers will be offered training and support to make this a successful event.

Where? Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA

When? Saturday, April 28th, 9 AM to 4 PM

What? We welcome 100 girls aged 10-15 to a day of interactive, hands-on, unbelievable fun in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics!

How? We invite role models and professionals to lead 45 minute workshops that show the link to STEM, with 10 - 12 girls in one workshop. Girls will have a chance to experience 4 workshops throughout the day.​

How Can You Be Involved?

  • ​In-Kind donations, such as providing supplies for the girls, or contributing educational giveaways with your company's logo.

  • Lead a STEM-related workshop! Bring your professional skills and talents and we can work with your to develop a hands-on workshop!

  • Lunch & networking opportunity! Join us for an interactive lunch and inspire the girls directly as a role-model in your industry.

  • Become a Group Leader and be responsible for engaging a group of girls throughout the day, while joining their scheduled workshops.

If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this event, contact Ria at:

To register your child for this event click here!

  • Anjali Barretto

They say that technology is fast killing the old ways, in that email, social networking sites and apps like WhatsApp are replacing good old snail mail. But there are many advantages to using modern technology and apps. AVAZ is an app that provides an alternative system of communication for people with speech difficulties, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is a research-based program that aids the development of a child’s language and intent to communicate. It can be used by children with ASD, cerebral palsy, down syndrome or any other communication difficulties. The app helps children transition from pictures to text and you can even add your own pictures to the already existing picture vocabulary that Avaz provides. The saying "A picture speaks a thousand words" is apt for a child who has difficulties with verbal communication.

Most children are comfortable and adept with the use of technology. This is evident in how quickly they teach themselves to open and find their favourite songs or videos on their parents’ smart phones! Hence, even those with special needs can learn to use Avaz. In addition, it is portable and can be customized to suit any individual’s needs.

With the support of Goa Sudharop, we at Sethu have been able to introduce Avaz to a multitude of children. We have observed an increase in children's understanding and communication and a decrease in inappropriate behaviours.

Sethu would like to thank Goa Sudharop who have given children with long-standing verbal communication difficulties a voice through Avaz.

Anjali Barretto

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sethu Centre for Child Development and Family Guidance

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