Ms. Bernardette, Ms. Gemma De Sa and Mr. Gregory D'Costa  established Jan Ugahi by signing the Deed of Trust on 1 March 1997. Following their inner prompting, interacting and finding out the needs of the community and offering their skills and talents, led the work of Jan Ugahi. After over twenty three years, Ms. Gemma De Sa and Mr. Gregory D'Costa retired from all activities of the Trust including Founder on 19 September 2020 at the age of nearly 85 years and 70 years respectively. A deep appreciation to Gemma and Greg for their selfless giving over two decades to Jan Ugahi.
Jan Ugahi is grateful to the following for having served on the Trust Board:




































To Trust :
(i) Vincent Xavier Verodiano Award for Outstanding Social Service - 2004
(ii) Registered as a Children's Home under the Goa Children's Act 2003 and Rules 2004 from 2005 to 2010.

To the Founder -  Ms. Bernardette D'Souza :
(i)   Inner Wheel Club of Margao (District 317) Award for Social Work done in Slum Areas - 2001
(ii)  Gomant Vidya Niketan's  Keshav Anant Nayak Social Service Award  on its 92nd Anniversary - 2004
(iii)  Giants International Award for Outstanding Woman - 2007
(iv)  Popular Front of India Certificate for Distinguished Contribution for Promoting Education among Backward Class, Under Privileged and Downtrodden Sections of
      Society  -  2010


By the Trust:
  • Jan Ugahi was appointed a Nodal Organisation to organise Workshops at Takula and District Levels as part of the participatory process to prepare the Goa Children's Act and Rules.
  • Jan Ugahi has conducted weekly training and provided accompaniment and educational assistance at Apna Ghar over a five years period; helped place children in temporary protective measures when required; and enabled children to be repatriated / restored as required.
  • Jan Ugahi was appointed as a CHILDLINE Collaborative Organisation with a 24-hour helpline for children in need and of care and protection in South Goa by the Central Ministry of Women and Child Development for over seven years.
  • Appointed as Member of the District Inspection Team for the South Goa District under the Goa Children's Act 2003 from 2005 to 2007 by Secretary, Women & Child Development
  • Appointed as Member of the South Goa District Level Inspection Committee under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 from 2010 to 2013 by the Jt. Secretary, Women & Child Development
  • Appointed as Member on the District Inspection Team for Children's Home in South Goa for two terms.

By the Founders:
  • Mr. Gregory D'Costa served as Member of the Formulation and Review Committee for the Goa Children's Act and Rules
  • Ms. Bernardette D'Souza served as under:
          - Member on the State Juvenile Justice Board from January 2003 to March 2006.
          - Appointed as Member of the Bal Mitra Committee of Bal Niketan, Government Home, by the Commissioner and Secretary, Social Welfare
          - Member on the Child Welfare Committee for the South Goa District under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 from
            2011 to 2014
          - Member of the Complaints Committee for Prevention and Dealing with Sexual Harassment of Women at the Work Places under Principal District &
            Sessions Judge, South Goa, Margao
          - Member of the Women and Child Protection Unit of the District Legal Services Authority, South Goa.
          - Member of the Complaint Committee constituted to prevent sexual harassment in the Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women,
            Nuvem from 2010 to 2014.
          - Member of The Complaint Redressal College Committee in Victor Medical & Research Foundation & College of Nursing, Margao
          - Considered as a Fit Person to be entrusted with Juveniles by the Government Child Welfare Committee, Apna Ghar, Merces.
































About Us
S.no.
Name
Designatoon
Joined On
1
Mr. Bernadette D'Souza
Managing Trustee
1 March 1997
2
Mr. Nagesh M. Daivajna
Trustee
1 March 1997
3
Mr. Mohan S. Bhat
Trustee
8 June 2000
4
Engr. Samruddha K.H. Desai
Trustee
1st April 2020
5
Engr. Luis M.N. Da SIlva
Trustee
28th June 2020
6
Mr. Luis F. Gomes
Trustee
Rejoined on 19 Sept 2020
S.no.
Name
Joined On
Retired on
1
Mr. Gregory D'Costa
1st March 1997
20th Dec 1999
2
Mr. Luis F. Gomes
1st March 1997
8th June 2000
3
Dr. ( Mrs.) Anita Naik
1st Dec 2000
10th Jan 2014
4
Mrs. Neeta Sadekar
27th July 1999
19th June 2015
5
Dr ( Mrs.) Anjali Chodnekar
10th Jan 2014
30th Nov 2015
6
Mrs. Starlet Rebello
30th Nov 2015
18th July 2017
7
Mrs. Vishaka Pusekar
18th July 2017
31st March 2020
8
Mrs. Tasha Marissa Vaz
30th Nov 2015
28th June 2020
9
Ms Gema De Sa
1st March 1997
19th Sept. 2020
10
Mr. Subhas Naik Jorge
1st Dec 2000
25th Jan 2021
Without your valuable contribution, Jan Ugahi would not be what it is today. Our deep appreciation to each one of you.
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Current Trustee :
Past Trustee :
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