Kenya + 10 more

Goal activities - Apr 2006

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GOAL currently employs 175 GOALies who work with over 2,500 local staff to implement humanitarian programmes in 15 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 €350 million on its humanitarian programmes and has employed more than 1,100 GOALies. We have achieved this on an administrative cost base of only 5% per annum. Besides implementing our own programmes, we also work with partner organisations and missionary groups.

AFRICA

KENYA

There are estimated to be as many as 60,000 children in Nairobi who suffer from the worst forms of violation - physical harm, denial of basic needs and child labour. GOAL's programme for vulnerable street children 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 capable of catering for 60 children per night, a Vocational Skills Training Centre, a mobile health clinic and a mobile education unit for street and slum children. Severe drought, failing crops and the death of livestock are causing severe malnutrition in Kenya, where the United Nations estimate that 2.5 million people are in urgent need of food aid. In conjunction with a missionary organisation, GOAL is purchasing urgently needed food to distribute to 14,000 of the most vulnerable in northern Kenya's Turkana region.

ETHIOPIA

Poverty in Ethiopia is stark and profound; in an average year 5 to 6 million people need food aid. GOAL has been implementing emergency, rehabilitation and development programmes here since 1984. We have helped communities recover their livelihoods after drought, and our Rapid Response team of experienced GOALies (nurses, nutritionists etc.), responds immediately to emerging food shortages. We carry out nutritional surveys and provide specialised feeding to the most vulnerable - especially children under 5 years of age. GOAL implements a street children's programme in Addis Ababa which offers two drop-in centres, access to washing facilities, healthcare, subsidised meals, counselling, sport and recreation activities for street children. Five night shelters provide over 200 bed spaces for vulnerable, homeless children. Our child protection programme in Nazareth town also offers practical support to poor children and their families, including those affected by HIV/AIDS. The GOAL livelihoods support programme in Borana focuses on improving community health and access to water and education for pastoralists. Our livelihoods support programme for Kereyou nomads in East Shoa provides education, health and a sustainable water supply. GOAL also implements a HIV/AIDS prevention programme that encourages behavioural change amongst the population in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus in the Sidama region of Ethiopia.

MALAWI

A deadly combination of chronic poverty, bad weather, a bad harvest, and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS has left almost 5 million people in Malawi in need of food aid. GOAL is distributing maize, oil and beans on a monthly basis in 9 rural locations in Nsanje district to over 34,000 families. GOAL is also implementing programmes to promote nutrition gardens and growing techniques to increase the diversity of crops grown; small-scale irrigation; and water conservation, which are making a real difference in the food security of thousands of families. GOAL is also implementing a HIV/AIDS programme focusing on providing support, treatment and care to those infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS.

NIGER

In July, GOAL was one of the first agencies to distribute muchneeded 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.

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 con.ict. 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 monitor service delivery. In Katanga, GOAL's primary healthcare programme provides nutritional support to two hospitals and 31 health centres. In addition, GOAL 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 .ghting. In South Kivu, GOAL's primary healthcare programme supports two hospitals and eight 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.

ANGOLA

Angola's 27-year civil war ended in 2002 having devastated the country's infrastructure. Government support for social institutions remains inadequate and many hospitals are without medicines or basic equipment. GOAL's programme focuses on reproductive health, health education, malaria control and establishing community health action groups and voluntary counselling and testing clinics for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

SIERRA LEONE

Sierra Leoneans are recovering from eleven years of devastating con.ict, 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 bene.ts over 12,000 people by providing primary healthcare and a community-based sanitation programme.

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 30 camps. In Pader District, GOAL works in 11 camps delivering healthcare, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter and HIV/AIDS services to approximately 87,000 people. GOAL also works with local partner organisations to address HIV/AIDS, disabilities and child rights. GOAL's HIV/AIDS programme promotes prevention, care and support services in the Bugiri district. In Hoima and Bundibugyo in western Uganda, GOAL cares for and 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.

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 bene.ts approximately 280,000 people who would otherwise have minimal access to medical facilities in this logistically dif.cult 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, Scienti.c and Cultural Organisation.

ZIMBABWE

The Zimbabwean economy is in a state of prolonged crisis provoked by mismanagement. In Nyanga, Hurungwe and Makoni, GOAL implements agricultural rehabilitation, and primary school food distribution programmes, supporting 170,000 pupils and 110,000 vulnerable rural households. GOAL is also supporting the development of a 'model rural village scheme' in the Sunderbans delta of Bengal. This region is severely impoverished and requires major development assistance. GOAL's programme will see the construction of 12 schools, providing over 2,850 latrines, 45 tubewells, access to improved healthcare for thousands of people and general assistance in livliehood security.

ASIA

PAKISTAN

Last year's devastating earthquake on Oct 8th, killed 73,000 people and left over 2.8 million homeless. GOAL's emergency team, based in Bagh, in the north, is providing essential supplies to almost 100,000 people. Our shelter programme has distributed more than 2,000 winterised tents, 82,000 sheets of plastic and galvanised steel, as well as 70,000 blankets, tarpaulins, and sleeping bags. GOAL has trained 600 masons, carpenters and steel fixers in order to improve local awareness and understanding of earthquake resistant construction techniques. It is hoped that these techniques will minimise the impact of future earthquakes. GOAL distributes food packages of wheat, pulses, oil, salt, dates and energy biscuits to vulnerable families and cash vouchers to a further 10,000 families enabling them to supplement their shelter kits with food and household items. We are rebuilding up to 100 schools and support livelihood recovery programmes by providing survivors with agricultural supplies and tools.

SRI LANKA

GOAL's post tsunami emergency operations in Sri Lanka included clearing water sources, building temporary shelters for 1,400 families, distributing mosquito nets, family hygiene kits, school uniforms and .shing nets, and repairing hundreds of .shing boats. We provided assistance to approximately 180,000 people in three districts -- Ampara on the east coast, and Hambantota and Matara on the south coast. GOAL is now rehabilitating and developing fishery facilities, 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.