GOAL began operations in Latin America and the Caribbean when the organisation launched an emergency response to Hurricane Mitch in 1998. In the following years, GOAL implemented a relief and recovery programme focused on the most impacted country in the region, Honduras. In 2018, a team of 82 in-country staff managed a budget of €3.3M. Programme delivery is focused around crisis response and disaster risk reduction, as well as WASH and livelihoods activity.
What we do in Honduras
Innovation in community resilience, early warning systems and response
GOAL is a leading agency in the design and implementation of community/national early warning and response systems. Using this methodology, GOAL has helped the Government of Honduras implement a range of interventions across the country. This includes work with identified stakeholders to produce detailed hazard maps and designate alert levels for varied crisis scenarios.
GOAL is also looking to maximise the potential of new technologies, such as drones, and has adapted these to support risk assessment processes. Another advance has been the Analysis of Resilience of Communities to Disasters (ARC-D) toolkit. Designed to measure community resilience, this innovative toolkit has been verified and validated in rural areas of Honduras, Haiti, Ethiopia and Malawi. GOAL has also incentivised national universities to develop low cost, adaptable and scalable monitoring instruments for meteorological data.
Reducing child and adult morality by combatting water-borne infection
GOAL’s WASH programme in Honduras aims to ensure that vulnerable households have increased, equal and sustained access to safe water and sanitation services. This includes the introduction of water harvesting systems to reach 100 schools and 1,405 homes. GOAL also promotes the dissemination of key hygiene messages and promotes improved hygiene practices in both rural and urban communities. Where appropriate, GOAL supports Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to build community ownership of local WASH interventions.
GOAL also works closely with national institutions to build capacity and promote innovative new solutions to improve access to basic services. This includes an ongoing focus on malnutrition in children, with the team working to address behavioural causes, treatment and management of the condition.
Market access for small businesses, producer associations and cooperatives
GOAL is currently helping more than 1,100 producers improve access to key markets that include: fisheries, basic grains, traditional handcrafts, coffee and tourism. We believe that open access to such products is vital to reducing poverty in Honduras.
This is done by building sectoral alliances to analyse and map targeted market systems and create new linkages to jobs. We also collaborate with vocational and professional training agencies to help individuals develop market-facing skills, provide technical support in the design and implementation of high-quality business plans, and facilitate credit access from appropriate financial institutions.
- 31 houses built to relocate families from high risk areas prone to landslides and flooding to a safer neighbourhood.
- 93,148 people received training on disaster risk reduction and seed capital to create resilient livelihoods in Tegucigalpa.
- 7,760 persons have access to improved water supplies through GOAL´s Water Harvest Systems.
- 3683 people assisted through new livelihoods development activities
- 3,500 fishermen trained and certified.