GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. They are a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political organisation. GOAL works towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in the world and those affected by humanitarian crises, have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life, including, but not limited to, food, water, shelter, medical attention and education.
Since its inception, GOAL has spent more than €910 million on humanitarian programmes in almost 50 countries. Over 2,300 GOALies and many thousands of local staff have worked in the developing world on GOAL’s behalf and the organisation has responded to every major humanitarian disaster since 1977.
"To work towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food, water and sanitation, healthcare and education"
They envision a world where poverty and hunger no longer exist; where communities are prepared for seasonal shocks; where structural and cultural barriers to growth are removed; and where every man, woman and child has equal rights and access to resources and opportunities.
Where are their operations? GOAL currently has in excess of 100 GOALies based in 12 countries: Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Pakistan. GOALies include country directors, project managers, accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, logisticians, administrative personnel and engineers. GOALies come from all walks of life: accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, logisticians, engineers, administrative personnel, and so on.
Project funding comes from a number of sources - national governments and international institutions, such as the European Union and the United Nations, and charitable trusts, foundations and from public donation. Besides implementing its own programmes, GOAL works with partner organisations and missionary groups who have similar objectives.
GOAL has also provided assistance to Irish missionaries in some of the following countries, plus a number of other nations throughout the developing world:
Andaman Islands, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Brazil, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire), East Timor, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, North Sudan, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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