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Goa Sudharop Annual Report and Vote of Thanks

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2011-01-05 16:00
2011-01-05 18:30
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REPORT AND VOTE OF THANKS BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (GOA), GOA SUDHAROP.

GOA SUDHAROP HAPPILY COMPLETES A DECADE OF ITS FRUITFUL WORK IN VOLUNTEER SERVICE OF GOA AND GOANS, AND TO COMMEMORATE THIS MILESTONE WE CHOSE THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR AS “ YEAR OF GOAN VOLUNTEER SPIRIT”. ANOTHER EQUALLY IMPORTANT REASON TO CHOOSE THIS THEME IS GOA SUDHAROP BELIEVES THAT ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO ELIMINATE FROM OUR SOCIETY EVILS LIKE VIOLENCE, INTOLERANCE, COMMUNALISM, ECONOMIC INEQUITY, TERRORISM, ENVIRONMENTAL NEGLECT, ETC. IS THAT CITIZENS SHOULD WORK UNITEDLY TO CREATE A SENSITIVE AND CARING SOCIETY. AND, SINCE SOCIETY IS MADE UP OF INDIVIDUALS, EVERY CITIZEN MUST MAKE HIS OR HER INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THIS NATIONAL GOAL. 

GOA SUDHAROP ALSO BELIEVES IN THE PROMISE OF OUR YOUTH. TODAY, HALF OF OUR COUNTRY’S POPULATION CONSTITUTES OF YOUTH, AND THE SAME ALMOST APPLIES TO OUR OWN STATE. YOUTH IS A POWERFUL FORCE IN THE LIFE OF A NATION, AND A POTENT INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE, FOR THEY ARE ENERGETIC, CREATIVE, AND EAGER TO EXPERIMENT AND LEARN. THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION IS BOTH GREAT AND AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT. AS SUCH, GOA SUDHAROP’S HUMBLE AND MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS YEARS’ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES WAS TO EXPLORE THROUGH THE SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS WE HAVE CONDUCTED, IDEAS AND AVENUES OF SOCIAL SERVICE FOR OUR YOUTH, MAKE THEM SOCIALLY AND SPIRITUALLY CONSCIOUS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THUS ENABLE THEM MAKE A DIFFERENCE OF THEIR OWN TO OUR AILING SOCIETY AND ALSO THEREBY ENSURE FOR THEMSELVES A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL FUTURE.

WE ALSO MADE THE YOUTH REALISE THAT ALL OF US IN LIFE ARE INTERDEPENDENT OR CONNECTED WITH EACH OTHER BOTH SOCIALLY AND SPIRITUALLY, AS ALSO DEPENDENT ON MOTHER NATURE. THAT WE NEED TO LIVE IN HARMONY AMONGST OURSELVES AS WELL AS WITH NATURE, SINCE OUR SURVIVAL AND PROGRESS ULTIMATELY DEPENDS ON THIS HARMONY. AND SINCE THIS CAN BE ENSURED ONLY THROUGH A CARING AND SHARING SOCIET, THE VOLUNTEER SPIRIT IS SO MUCH IMPORTANT!

ACTIVITIES DURING 2010

DURING THE PAST YEAR WE PROMOTED OUR THEME “GOAN VOLUNTEER SPIRIT” BY CONDUCTING SIX ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS AND A THREE-DAY VOLUNTEER SERVICE CAMP FOR ALL GOA COLLEGE STUDENTS TO INCULCATE IN THEM THE SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE; THE IMPORTANCE OF IT IN INDIVIDUAL AND NATIONAL INTEREST, AND DEMONSTRATING TO THEM HOW THEY CAN MAKE BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY A DIFFERENCE TO SOCIETY, AS ALSO TRANSFORM THEIR OWN LIVES, GREATLY AND POSITIVELY, IN THE PROCESS. WE WERE FORTUNATE INDEED TO HAVE AS OUR RESOURCE PERSONS, EMINENT PERSONALITIES WITH VAST EXPERIENCE IN VOLUNTEER SOCIAL SERVICE  AND ACTIVISM, EXPERIENCE IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND COUNCILLING,  LIKE MR. PRAVIN SABNIS, FR. KRIYEL D’SOUZA, ACHARYA PRAHLAD CHAITANYA, DR. JORSON FERNANDES, MR. SOTER D’SOUZA, MR. MIGUEL BRAGANZA, MR. RAJENDRA KERKAR, RAMESH GAUNS, DR. BERNADETH GOMES, AND FEW OTHERS. WE FEEL SATISFIED THAT THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF RS. 1,50,000/- WE SPENT ON THESE TRAINING WORKSHOPS ALONE FOR OUR YOUTH WAS WORTH IT, IN THAT WE SAW MOST OF THE STUDENTS WERE EAGER AND ENTHUSIASTIC TO KNOW WHAT AND HOW THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE NOBLE TASK OF SERVING THE SOCIETY, TOWARDS BUILDING A GREAT NATION AND A GREAT FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES. LET US NOT MISTAKE OUR YOUTH CAN DELIVER GREATLY IF WE CHOOSE TO HANDLE THEM IMAGINATIVELY ENOUGH!

DURING THE LAST FOUR YEARS PARTICULARLY, WE HAVE TRAINED THROUGH OUR WORKSHOPS OVER 1000 COLLEGE STUDENTS ON AN AVERAGE, IN LEADERSHIP, HUMAN VALUES AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT. THESE STUDENTS CAME FROM ALMOST ALL THE COLLEGES IN GOA. CONSIDERING THAT EVEN ONE FOURTH OF THAT TOTAL NUMBER FOLLOW THEIR SOCIAL CONSCIENCE, WHICH IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING AS PER THE REPORTS I HAVE, THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS SUBSTANTIAL ENOUGH FOR US TO BE PROUD OF.

AWARDS

AS YOU HAVE WITNESSED THIS EVENING, WE HAD GOAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE ICON AWARDS TO SIX DISTINGUISHED GOANS FOR EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE, WHO ARE:  RAMESH GAUNS, GERALDINE FERNANDES, ANTHONY D’SILVA,  SWATI KERKAR, JOEGOAUK, AND ASHADA BANDEKAR..

SCHOLARSHIPS

GOA SUDHAROP SECURED FROM FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE INC. U.S.A. FULL SCHOLARSHIPS IN HIGHER EDUCATION, TO TWO GOAN GIRL STUDENTS, WHO ARE MISS CLEOFINA FURTADO FROM CHINCHINIM, DOING M.B.B.S. AT GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE. AND TO MISS CHARLOTTE D’SILVA FOR B.E. DEGREE COURSE, AT GOVT. ENGINEERIG COLLEGE, FARMAGUDI.

GOA SUDHAROP AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO MERITORIOUS AND DESERVING STUDENTS -  RS. 5000/- EACH TO VIOLET VAZ, STD. VII, FROM MACASANA: SIDRAYA NAIK, STD. X, FROM CAVELOSSIM, AS ALSO ANOTHER ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP OF RS. 15OO/- TO A MERITORIOUS AND DESERVING STUDENT, MASTER MANJIT BORKAR OF STD. X, FROM ST. THOMAS HIGH SCHOOL, CANSAULIM, IN MEMORY OF GOA SUDHAROP MEMBER, LATE GANAPATHI MAUZE, FROM CANSAULIM.

DONATIONS

WE MADE DONATIONS WORTH ABOUT RS. 1,40,000/- TO SIX DESERVING INSTITUTIONS CARING FOR DESTITUTE CHILDREN OF OUR SOCIETY, WHOSE NAMES ARE:  PEACE HAVEN, CARANZALEM, NITYA SEVA SOCIETY, RIVONA, NAVJYOTI REHABILIATION CENTER, TIVIM, CARE AND COMPASSION, TALEGAO, ST. ANTHONY’S INSTITUTE & ORPHANAGE, DULER, AND ST. ANTHONY’S CONVENT, AGASSAIM. 

A COUPLE OF MONTHS BACK, WE ALSO MADE A DONATION OF RS. 50,000/- TO GOA CHITRA ENTHNOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION AT BENAULIM, TOWARDS ITS MAINTENANCE AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT.

DONATIONS IN CONTINUATION OF OUR PAST THEMES

IN ADDITION TO THESE ACTIVITIES AND DONATIONS, AND IN CONTINUATION OF OUR PAST THEMES LIKE “YEAR OF EDUCATION”, “YEAR OF YOUTH” AND “YEAR OF ENVIRONMENT”, RESPECTIVELY, WE MADE THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTIONS:

      1) GOA SUDHAROP CONSIDERS KONKANNI LANGUAGE AS THE SOLE AND CORE OF GOAN IDENTITY WHICH IS UNDER INCREASING THREAT OF EXTINCTION DUE TO INEXPLICABLE NEGLECT SHOWN TO IT BOTH BY THE PEOPLE AND THE SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS. GOA SUDHAROP IS OF THE VIEW THAT WITHOUT A VIBRANT IDENTITY OF GOANS IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO UNITE THEM TO WORK FOR TRUE PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY OF OUR STATE, AND THAT LANGUAGE AND MUSIC AMONG OTHER FACTORS GO A LONG WAY TO FORGE THIS UNIT.  HENCE, AS OUR HUMBLE CONTRIBUTION, WE FULLY SPONSORED THE PUBLICATION AND THE LAUNCH  OF “KONKANNI CHOLCHITRAM” A WELL- RESEARCHED AND VERY INFORMATIVE  BOOK  BY ISIDORE DANTAS, ON ALL PAST 30 AND ODD KONKANI FILMS, WHICH IS A MINE OF INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION TO  PRESENT AND FUTURE KONKANNI FILM WRITERS, DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, AS ALSO TO ALL KONKANNI FILM LOVERS. ALL FUNDS TO MEET THE COSTS CAME MAINLY FROM GOA SUDHAROP’S CO-FOUNDER; GEORGE PINTO, AND PARTLY FROM OTHER GOA SUDHAROP MEMBERS.

2) WE SPONSORED THE PUBLICATION OF “NILLEM ROGOT’ MEANING BLUE BLOOD, PAMPHLET ON THE DEEPLY ENTRENCHED EVIL OF OFFICIAL CORRUPTION, IN DEVANAGRI SCRIPT, AND COSTING RS. 20,000/-.

3) WE MADE A DONATION OF RS. 23,000/- TO PALE VELSAO ACADEMY’S INFANT JESUS SCHOOL, VELSAO, TOWARDS UPDATING FACILITIES LIKE THE LABORATORY, ETC. 

4)WE CO-SPONSORED ALL GOA CHILDREN’S TWO-DAY MUSICAL “ONE ENCHANTING EVENING” AT RAVINDRA BHAVAN, MARGAO, ORGANISED BY VIDY VIKAS ACADEMY, MARGAO, WITH A DONATION OF RS. 15,000/-.

5)WE CO-SPONSORED ALL GOA YOUTH MEET “DISCOVER THE JEWEL IN YOU”, ORGANISED BY SWAMI CHINMAYA MISSION, MARGAO, WITH A DONATION OF RS. 5000/- IN PRIZES.

6)WE CO-SPONSORED FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN SUCCESSION INTER-SCHOOL VALUE-BASED SKITS COMPETITION, CONDUCTED BY ST. ROCK’S HIGH SCHOOL, VELIM, WITH A DONATION OF RS. 5000/- IN PRIZES.

7)UNDER GS YOUTH FLIP-FLOP CHALLENGE SCHEME, GOA SUDHAROP WILL BE DISTRIBUTING FLIP-FLOPS (SANDALS) TO DESERVING CHILDREN FROM BPL FAMILIES THROUGHOUT GOA. THE FIRST DONATION OF SANDALS WORTH RS. 5,000/-WAS MADE TO 70  DESERVING SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM THE GOVT. PRIMARY SCHOOL, PANZORECON, CUNCOLIM, ON 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2010. GOA SUDHAROP DIASPORA YOUTH HAVE ALSO COLLECTED ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE AND SENT TO US IN GOA A GOOD NUMBER OF BOOKS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO POOR CHILDREN. THESE BOOKS ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO DESERVING GOAN SCHOOL CHILDREN AND TO PANCHAYAT LIBRARIES IN THE BACKWARD TALUKAS PARTICULARLY.

8)WE ALSO PLANTED FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN SUCCESSION 15 TREES WITH TWO YEARS FULL MAINTENANCE, IN THE CAMPUS OF DAMODAR COLLEGE OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMICS, MARGAO, IN ASSOCIATION WITH NISARGA NATURE CLUB, AT A COST OF RS. 10,000/-.

THANKS TO OUR DONORS

THANKS TO OUR PATRIOTIC AND GENEROUS DIASPORA DONORS, GOA SUDHAROP COULD MEANINGFULLY SPEND ABOUT RS. 4,50,000/- IN GOA TO CARRY OUT OUR VARIOUS THEME-BASED PROGRAMMES FOR BETTERMENT OF GOA AND GOANS.

SAVING GOA

GOA SUDHAROP CALLS UPON ALL TRUE GOANS NOT TO THROW HANDS UP  SAYING “GOA IS GONE OR GOING”. YES, THE ENTIRE SCENARION IS CHAOTIC AND GLOOMY -  IN THAT THE AAM  ADMI IS MOST INSECURE AND UNHAPPY ABOUT THE PRESENT AND FEARS ABOUT THE IDENTITY AND FUTURE OF GOANS.  BUT, LET ME STRESS THE TRUTH: SUCCESS COMES JUST AFTER THE POINT WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP. IT IS ALWAYS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN OF LIGHT. THE PRESENT DARKNESS CAN BE A THING OF THE PAST, CERTAINLY, IF WE ONLY REMAIN STEADFAST AND INTENSIFY OUR FIGHT AS TRUE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE LAND:  BE VIGILANT TO RESIST EVERY THING THAT IS NOT IN PUBLIC INTEREST OR IMPOSED FROM ABOVE, REJECTING FALSE LEADERS, AND WORKING FOR PEOPLE-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT AND  GOOD GOVERNANCE.

VOTE OF THANKS

AND, NOW, WITH THE HAPPY ENDING OF OUR PROGRAMME, I THANK OUR HONOURED CHIEF GUEST, WHO IS ALSO THE CO-FOUNDER, AND UNDOUBTEDLY THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND GOA SUDHAROP, AND WELL- KNOWN FOR HIS VISION AND PASSION FOR THE FUTURE OF GOA AND GOANS.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE THE EXCELLENT CO-OPERATION AND SUPPORT WE HAD IN ORGANIZING OUR VARIOUS PROGRAMMES DURING 2010, FROM MR. PRAVIN SABNIS, FR. FREDERICK RODRIGUES, OTHER RESOURCE PERSONS MENTIONED EARLIER, AND ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS, AND INSTITUTIONS WHO SUPPORTED US TO OBSERVE 2010 AS “YEAR OF GOAN VOLUNTEER SPIRIT”.

WE THANK AS WELL ALL THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR AWARDS TODAY FOR AFFORDING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THEM FOR A GOOD CAUSE, AND WE WISH THEM EVERY SUCCESS IN THEIR NOBLE EFFORTS.

AS ALWAYS, GOA SUDHAROP TRUSTEE; MISS VALERIE RODRIGUES WAS MOST HELPFUL WITH HER VALUABLE INPUTS AND KEEN INTEREST IN EVERY ACTIVITY WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN. I ALSO THANK OUR PAST TRUSTEES; ADV. CAROLINE COLACO, AND MARIO MASCARENHAS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT.

PANEL DISCUSSION “ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION IN GOA”.

I WISH TO SALUTE THE TRUE GOAN VOLUNTEER SPIRIT OF THE HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF THIS EVENING’S PANEL DISCUSSION ON “ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION IN GOA” – AN ISSUE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE FOR THE VERY SURVIVAL OF OUR STATE. OUR PANELISTS:  MRS. SABINA MARTINS, SHIBANY KESHKAMAT TET, MR. RAMESH GAUNS, MR. PRAVIN SABNIS, AND MR. SOTER D’SOUZA, AND MODERATOR: MR. SANDESH PRABHUDESSAI, WILL SHOW US NOT ONLY THE GRAVITY OF THE EVIL BUT HOW WE CAN BATTLE THIS MOST DANGEROUS MENACE TO OUR SOCIETY. THEY ARE EMINENTLY SUITED TO THIS TASK, AND I THANK THEM HEARTILY FOR RESPONDING TO OUR INVITATION SO READILY.

ALSO, OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE STUDENT ARTISTS FROM FR. AGNEL COLLEGE OF ARTS AND COMMERCE, PILAR WHO DELIGHTED US SO MUCH THIS EVENING WITH THEIR CHOICE MUSIC, SONG AND DANCE, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR PRINCIPAL, FR. FREDERICK RODRIGUES. THANKS TO ALL MEDIA PERSONS FOR COVERING THIS EVENT. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED US ONE WAY OR OTHER IN ORGANISING THIS FUNCTION. 

AND LAST, BUT NOT THE LEAST, WE ARE GREATFUL TO EACH ONE OF YOU WHO SPECIALLY CAME FROM FAR AND NEAR TO ENCOURAGE GOA SUDHAROP, AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOA WE CHERISH SO MUCH. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!

IBONIO M.B.D.’SOUZA,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (GOA),
GOA SUDHAROP COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INC. U.S.A.

 

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