As you are aware Goa is full of educated, enthusiastic, talented and dynamic women. Founder Asha Arondekar of Orchid group for the first time in Goa introduced the – First ever exclusive Awards for the “Women Achievers of Goa” to appreciate the women for all the hard work they have done, for the Women by a Woman.
We had the 1st Award function in 2011 and we have successfully grown year after year and this year we celebrate the 9th edition of Orchid Awards for Women Achievers of Goa.
The 8 Award categories are
– Education – Art & Culture – Sports – Social Work – Journalism – Business & – Rural Development – Girl Child Prodigy (age 16 and below).
The Award function will be held on 21st Dec 2019 at Panjim Convention Centre at 7.00 pm in the presence of 400 eminent citizens of Goa witnessing the event. It is a gala evening with Women being the focus and much awaited event of Goa. Our Hon. Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant has agreed to be our esteemed Chief Guest for the function, our Hon. Power Minister Mr. Nilesh Cabral has agreed to be the Guest of Honor and our 1st lady Smt. Sulakshana Sawant has agreed to be the Special Guest for the evening.
We are glad to say that in the past also we have awarded so many women of substance who are still inspiring lives and we are indeed so proud of them. We could give 70 such examples of strong women year after year.
– Chitra Kshirsagar our winner in Rural empowerment category 2013 empowers over 300 homemakers of lower income group to roll chappatis and arranges to supply them to hotels.
– Josephine our winner in Social Work category 2018 houses in her home a 24 bedded beautiful old age home for the sick and ailing. Selflessly working for them with no aid.
– Shubhangi a winner in our Business category 2015 started a business of supplying milk by buying one cow and she now runs a successful dairy business with 100+ cows.
– Pearl our 11 year old winner of Girl child prodigy award in 2018 is a champion at yachting and sailing representing Goa and brings accolades.
– Mangal our Business Award winner 2016 had started a business of home made masala’s and today the Government has given her industrial land and her brand Crop Masalas’ is a known brand in Goa.
– Phulrani our winner of Education Award 2012 is a special woman, an orphan raised by the sisters and today is a full fledged teacher.
We have many such beautiful stories and inspiring Women who have won the Orchid Awards every year and we are glad we continue to honor them year after year.
In fact right from the age of 8 to 80 we have had wonderful strong women as winners.The evening is celebrated by honoring these women with trophies, a cash reward and lots of gift hampers and most of their inspiring stories are taken up and written about.