• GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. We are a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political organisation.
  • Our History: GOAL was founded in Dublin in 1977 by former sports journalist and current Chief Executive, John O’Shea … (about 1/2).

What; Where; Mission; Advocacy; Media; DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION; Vacancies;
Addresses (1 of 4): GOAL Ireland, 12 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland;

About 2/2: … Since its inception, GOAL has spent in excess of €600 million on humanitarian programmes in over 50 countries. Over 1,500 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. 

Where are our operations?

  • GOAL currently has in excess of 100 GOALies based in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Haiti.
  • Across GOAL’s fields of operation, 2,500 locally-based staff are employed alongside the GOALies, where together they deliver on a range of humanitarian programmes. GOALies come from all walks of life: accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, logisticians, engineers, administrative personnel, and so on.

What we do:


  • GOAL responds to emergencies as they arise, and seeks to meet the needs of victims insofar as our capacities will allow. We also train communities on disaster-preparedness and risk reduction in many disaster-prone regions of the developing world.


  • GOAL health programmes include direct healthcare provision, the building and equipping of health centres and the training of local staff in their management. We also operate emergency feeding, specialised feeding for the vulnerable, and extensive inoculation programmes, and train local communities in health awareness and hygiene promotion.


  • A person’s livelihood is their means of earning a living. GOAL has numerous livelihood programmes in operation in the developing world, each tailored to the particular needs, capacities and circumstances of local communities.


  • GOAL implements extensive formal and non-formal education programmes. Formal education activities include the (re-) building and furnishing of schools, pre-school preparatory work with street and slum-dwelling children, and pupil support through the provision of stationery, uniforms and school fees.
  • Non-formal education programmes include basic numeric skills training for adults, the promotion of health awareness, coaching in livelihood enhancement, and management and healthcare training for health clinic staff.


  • WatSan is a contraction of “water and sanitation” and signifies the interrelationship of the two. Both are fundamental to people’s health and well-being.
  • In every country GOAL has a presence it is involved in the provision of clean water and sanitation facilities, and in training local communities in their maintenance and repair.


  • It is estimated that around 9,000 people die every day from an Aids-related illness, by far the majority of these in the developing world.
  • GOAL is implementing a range of programmes for HIV and Aids sufferers, their carers, and people indirectly affected by HIV or Aids. These include attending to the health, education and social needs of orphans and street-dwelling children through GOAL’s comprehensive Street Children programmes.
  • GOAL’s strategies also comprise extensive education projects for wider at -risk communities, and assisting Aids and HIV affected households with the basic provision of services. Where possible, GOAL provides palliative care and treatment for secondary illnesses.

Click here to see where GOAL is working in the developing world and learn what we are doing in each country to alleviate the suffering of those most in need.

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