Goal activities - Sep 2006

Report
from GOAL
Published on 20 Sep 2006
GOAL currently employs 175 GOALies who work alongside over 2,500 local staff to implement humanitarian programmes in 13 countries. GOALies include country directors, project managers, accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, administrative personnel and engineers.

GOAL's programmes target the poorest of the poor and people suffering the effects of war and/or natural disaster. Funding for these projects comes from the governments of, among others, Ireland, the UK, the USA and the EU, charitable trusts and foundations, United Nations organisations and the general public.

Since its inception 29 years ago, GOAL has spent over €400 million on its humanitarian programmes and has employed more than 1,300 GOALies (volunteers). Besides implementing our own programmes, we also work with partner organisations and missionary groups. GOAL believes in keeping its cost base as low as possible, and is proud to have kept administration costs at less than 5% per annum. GOAL pursues a policy of total transparency and accountability, publishing annual audited accounts. GOAL has its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and has offices in the UK and USA.

AFRICA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO(DRC)

The DRC is emerging from seven years of war, which has contributed to the deaths of approx. four million people - 98% of whom died from disease and malnutrition, caused by a healthcare system destroyed by conflict.

In Katanga and South Kivu, GOAL provides healthcare, agriculture, road rehabilitation and water and sanitation. Health services depend on GOAL to provide essential drugs, rehabilitate health centres, train nurses and monitoring. Elsewhere in Katanga, GOAL's primary healthcare programme provides nutritional support to 2 hospitals and 31 health centres. GOAL also implements agricultural, irrigation and infrastructure programmes, rehabilitates roads, bridges, schools and water sources in 10 villages, and is involved in a community-based sanitation and hygiene programme.

In the Mpiana region, GOAL supports local populations displaced by ongoing fighting and in South Kivu, GOAL's primary healthcare programme supports 2 hospitals and 20 health centres. GOAL also distributes seeds and tools, provides agricultural training and repairs roads. GOAL supports community health education interventions at all locations, working with communities to improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

ETHIOPIA

In an average year, 5 to 6 million people seek food aid in poverty-stricken Ethiopia. Since 1984 GOAL has been helping communities recover their livelihoods after drought and implementing emergency, rehabilitation and development programmes. Our Rapid Response team of experienced GOALies consistently responds to emerging food shortages. We conduct nutritional surveys, carry out targeted food distributions, provide specialised feeding to the most vulnerable - especially to children under 5 - and provide training to local health staff and communities in emergency nutrition responses.

GOAL's street children's programme in Addis Ababa has two drop-in centres providing access to healthcare (including HIV/AIDS support), meals, counselling, education, sport, washing facilities, and recreation activities for children. Five night shelters provide over 200 bed spaces for vulnerable, homeless children. Our child protection programme in Nazareth town offers practical support to poor children and their families.

Our Livelihoods Programmes in Sidama and West Hararghe provide training for health workers;healthcare, water and sanitation, infrastructure rehabilitation, aswell as promoting improved agricultural production and emergency preparedness activities. In Sidama, a Community Conversations HIV/AIDS prevention programme is underway and this is currently being expanded to include voluntary counselling and testing and Home Based Care.

The GOAL livelihoods support programme in Borana focuses on improving community health, access to water and education for pastoralists. Similarly, our programme for Kereyou nomads in East Shoa provides education, health and a sustainable water supply.

KENYA

Up to 60,000 children in Nairobi suffer from the worst forms of violation - physical harm, denial of basic needs and child labour. GOAL's street children's programme in Nairobi provides rescue and emergency services for those in urgent need of care and protection in slums. The programme has six components: HIV/AIDS Education, Community Children's Education Centre, a rescue centre catering for 60 children per night, a Vocational Skills Training Centre, a mobile health clinic and a mobile education unit.

Drought, crop failures and livestock deaths continue to cause serious difficulties in Kenya, though rain has now started to fall. The United Nations estimates that 2.5 million people are in urgent need. Working with a missionary organisation, GOAL is purchasing urgently needed food and distributing to 14,000 people in the northern Turkana region. GOAL provides emergency water supplies and supports initiatives in the Kitui and Mwingi Districts that improve the sustainable water supply to drought-affected populations. This intervention will benefit approximately 35,000 people.

MALAWI

A deadly combination of chronic poverty, bad weather, a bad harvest, and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS left almost 5 million people in Malawi in need of food aid in the early part of 2006. GOAL distributed maize, oil and beans, monthly, to over 34,000 households in Nsanje district. GOAL also provided technical support to Ministry of Health Supplementary Feeding Programmes in Nsanje and Blantyre districts.

GOAL's other programmes promote winter cropping for the dry season and growing techniques designed to increase crop diversification including, community gardens; small-scale irrigation; soil & water conservation; compost-making and 40 tree nurseries producing over 500,000 saplings.

GOAL also implements a HIV/AIDS programme in Blantyre and Balaka districts which provides support, treatment and care to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. This is being expanded to include Nsanje.

MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique is emerging from nearly three decades of civil war and HIV/AIDS infection rates are currently estimated at 15%, with more than 500 new infections occurring daily. GOAL focuses on addressing HIV/AIDS and on building the capacity of local organisations and government institutions to carry out prevention, treatment and care activities. In Inhambane Province, GOAL supports a range of HIV/AIDS activities, including prevention through education, voluntary counselling and testing, training volunteers in home based care and distributing food to people living with HIV/AIDS.

NIGER

In July 2005, GOAL was one of the first agencies to distribute much-needed emergency food supplies to the most vulnerable in Niger, where, as a result of drought and locust infestation, over 3.6 million of the 11.5 million population faced critical food shortages. Ranked as the poorest country in the world, GOAL provides family food rations to more than 220,000 people per month. We have repaired and refurnished primary schools, and distributed soap, mosquito nets, basic medicines, livestock, seeds and tools. Repair of over 400 pumps and 27 wells means that 400,000 people now have clean and portable water. Every month, GOAL feeds 2,500 children under the age of 5 who are severely malnourished with special high energy food.

SIERRA LEONE

Sierra Leoneans are recovering from eleven years of devastating conflict, which left more than half of the population displaced, economic activities severely disrupted and infrastructure destroyed. GOAL's activities in Sierra Leone focus on the health, nutrition, water and sanitation needs of rural communities. In the capital, Freetown, our community-based street children's programme assists almost 1,000 children, providing drop-in facilities, healthcare, protection and education. In Kenema district, GOAL's integrated health programme benefits over 24,000 people by providing primary healthcare and a community-based sanitation programme.

SOUTH SUDAN

One of the least developed countries in the region, an estimated seven million internally displaced Sudanese and refugees are now returning home, after 21 years of civil war. GOAL's primary healthcare service benefits approximately 280,000 people who would otherwise have minimal access to medical facilities in this logistically difficult environment. Access to many areas is extremely poor because of insecurity and lack of infrastructure. The healthcare programme focuses on mother and child care; antenatal care; infectious disease control; HIV/AIDS prevention; malaria control; vaccination of children and health education. GOAL implements a complementary water and sanitation programme in the same area.

NORTH SUDAN

GOAL has been implementing humanitarian programmes for over two years in the Kutum region of northern Darfur, West Sudan, where we have established 11 health clinics, supporting approximately 200,000 people. GOAL distributes non-food relief items including seeds and tools, provides latrines, wells and nutrition support for malnourished children, and repairs roads to improve accessibility in remote locations.

Programmes in Malakal and Kassala include primary healthcare, supplementary feeding, and the provision of over 10,000 mosquito nets.

In Abyei, GOAL implements primary healthcare, food security and education programmes. GOAL's informal female education programme in Khartoum has trained almost 150 literacy facilitators, who impart literacy and numeracy skills to local women, and recently won the King Sejong International Literacy Prize from UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

UGANDA

In northern Uganda, one of the poorest regions in the world, 90% of the population, displaced by a brutal 20-year insurgency, now survive in 200 camps. In Pader District, GOAL works in 11 camps delivering healthcare, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter and HIV/AIDS services to approximately 87,000 people.

Elsewhere, GOAL works with local partner organisations to address HIV/AIDS and child rights. GOAL's HIV/AIDS programme promotes prevention, care and support services in the Bugiri district while in Iganga and Luwero districts a disabilities programme is implemented.

In Hoima and Bundibugyo in western Uganda, GOAL supports people living with HIV/AIDS, and those orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Our Education for Street Children programme works with local street children's NGOs to promote safe sexual health, and improve access to HIV/ AIDS services.

ZIMBABWE

The Zimbabwean economy is in a state of prolonged crisis provoked by mismanagement. GOAL is implementing a food distribution programme for primary schools supporting 170,000 pupils and has just completed food distribution to 20,000 vulnerable rural households, and a shelter programme for Harare residents through a local church partner.

GOAL Zimbabwe is also supporting a range of small projects designed to meet immediate needs. These projects involve the distribution of food for institutions such as hospitals & clinics, school fees for orphans and vulnerable children, textbooks for primary schools, fertilizer for small farmers, non-food items for people living with HIV/AIDS and for AIDS orphans, 200 medical kits for home-based care-givers and bicycles for village health workers.

ASIA

INDIA

GOAL has been supporting programmes in Calcutta since 1977. Today, we support 16 local organisations who provide healthcare, education, water and sanitation to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people. GOAL, and our local partner organisations, has, over the years, given care and support to almost 70,000 of India's street and working children.

In the city, GOAL has set up schools in the slums and red light districts so that vulnerable children have somewhere safe to go and will, in time, be able to break the cycle of poverty by staying in education. GOAL also offers two residential half-way houses to provide street children with a safe living environment.

GOAL is also helping to develop a 'model rural village scheme' in the Sunderbans, Bengal. This region is severely impoverished and requires major development assistance.

GOAL's programme is constructing 12 schools, and providing access to better healthcare and latrines for thousands, as well as tubewells and general assistance in livelihood security.

PAKISTAN

After 10 months of emergency relief, GOAL is wrapping up operations in Kashmir, Pakistan having spent almost €5 million and distributed a further €2 million worth of non-food items to help the most vulnerable rebuild their lives.

The Oct 8th earthquake killed 80,000 and left nearly 4 million people without shelter.

GOAL provided life-saving assistance, basic shelter and food in Bagh, where 90% of infrastructure was destroyed. GOAL helped 10,000 families with shelter, and organised workshops to teach communities how to improve basic shelter.

During the winter, survivors received provisions of food (flour, wheat, pulses, oil, salt and high energy biscuits) and non-food items (including hygiene kits, jerry cans, cooking pots, cups and quilts), and $100 vouchers were given to 10,000 families allowing them to supplement their shelter kits.

Some 450,000 school children lost their schools in the earthquake. Since spring, GOAL has assisted in allowing 180 schools in Bagh return to temporary school buildings and recommence education, so that up to 40,000 school children can get back to their schooling.

To reduce the community's level of dependency, GOAL trained local personnel so that all programmes can continue as GOAL pulls out. Key groups from local communities were trained to increase awareness of earthquake-resistant techniques. The GOAL team also increased the production capacity of hundreds of carpenters by providing them with tools and training, so that they could help their communities with shelter construction and schools rehabilitation.

SRI LANKA

GOAL's post-tsunami operations in Sri Lanka included clearing water sources, building temporary shelters for 1,400 families, distributing mosquito and fishing nets, hygiene kits, school uniforms and repairing fishing boats. We assisted approximately 180,000 people in three districts - Ampara to the east, and Hambantota and Matara on the south coast.

GOAL's current recovery and rehabilitation stage includes providing permanent housing, developing fishery facilities for increasing livelihoods, establishing a waste management disposal system and improving sanitation. A €10 million education project to rebuild 63 schools along the Ampara coastline is underway and will ensure that 30,000 children can continue their education.

CENTRAL AMERICA

HONDURAS

Honduras is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Central America - nearly two-thirds of Hondurans live in poverty, and as many as 300,000 children work and live in the streets. In Tegucigalpa, the capital, GOAL works with four local organizations to support child labourers living in communities surrounding the dumps and markets. These programmes, which support over 3,850 street children, provide education, healthcare, HIV/AIDS prevention and nutritional support. In the rural areas of La Mosquita and Yoro, GOAL supports two local NGOs in disaster preparedness and mitigation programmes.

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