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Mission Statement

"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, education and economic opportunities."

Our Vision

"We 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."

Our History

GOAL was established in Dublin, Ireland, in 1977, by John O’Shea. John became GOAL’s CEO and main driving force for the next 35 years.

Our History

2016


Timeline - 2016

We continued to respond to crises in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Syria, and also began operations in Iraq

2015


Timeline - 2015

GOAL responded to the ongoing conflict in Syria, floods in the Philippines, drought in Ethiopia and an earthquake in Nepal

2014


Timeline - 2014

We helped victims of conflict in South Sudan and Syria, and of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2012


Timeline - 2012

We began operations in Syria

2011


Timeline - 2011

A drought crisis in the Horn of Africa affected several of our countries

2010


Timeline - 2010

Haiti suffered an earthquake, and we were on the ground within 24 hours

2005


Timeline - 2005

We helped rebuild communities in the wake of a devastating earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan

2004


Timeline - 2004

A tsunami in South-East Asia led to the largest GOAL response programme up to that time

1998


Timeline - 1998

Our teams supported those affected by a massive hurricane in Honduras

1994


Timeline - 1994

GOAL provided emergency aid and assistance after the 1994 Rwandan genocide

1992


Timeline - 1992

The people we supported in Somalia from 1992 were plagued by conflict and devastated by famine

1991


Timeline - 1991

We delivered food and medical supplies to Kurdish refugees in Iraq

1984


Timeline - 1984

We helped alleviate the effects of famine in Ethiopia, a human catastrophe on a barely imaginable scale

We initiated a massive vaccination programme for vulnerable children and fed 20,000 families every day

1979


Timeline - 1979

We responded to famine in northern Uganda

GOAL was one of the first Western agencies to enter Cambodia after genocide had claimed over two million lives

1977


Timeline - 1977

GOAL was established by John O'Shea and a group of like-minded friends, following our work on the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta)

About Us
SINCE OUR INCEPTION, WE HAVE WORKED WITH

TENS OF MILLIONS

OF PEOPLE ACROSS ALMOST

60 COUNTRIES

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Our Locations

OVER 3,500 INTERNATIONAL STAFF

AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

SINCE 1977

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