GOAL receives funding support from the Irish Government for our development programmes as well as emergency funding to respond to emergencies when they occur.
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In 2014 GOAL has received Irish Aid funding to support our response to humanitarian crises such as: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; The refugee crisis in South Sudan; Food Insecurity in Niger; and the conflict in northern Syria.
|IRISH AID FUNDING FOR OUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES|
Irish Aid funding is at the heart of our global development programme. GOAL receives significant support from Irish Aid for our longer term development in our countries of operation. Irish Aid Programme Funding (IAPF) is a multiannual grant (2012-16) which is currently allocated to 9 of our 17 country programmes: Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
IAPF supports the achievement of our strategic objectives within our main areas of operation: Health, Livelihoods and Children’s Empowerment and Protection, while also focusing on cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, HIV prevention and protecting the environment.
The overall objective of our Irish Aid supported work is to reduce vulnerability, fulfil basic needs and prevent loss of life for individuals and communities. We work closely with communities, partner organisations and government institutions to achieve this objective, closely monitoring, measuring and evaluating our performance to ensure that we achieve our objective.
|ACHIEVING CHANGE TOGETHER|
Increasing Access to Water and Sanitation Helps to Improve Health
Almost 10 million Ugandans remain without access to clean water or sanitation facilities and over 12,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Uganda.
GOAL, with the support the support of Irish Aid, has been working to improve access to safe water and sanitation through our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes in targeted communities of Abim, Bugiri, Namayingo, Kaabong and Agago Districts of Uganda.
In 2014, GOAL Uganda WASH programme was operational in 282 villages across the five districts and has helped to construct 381 new or rehabilitated water points. This means that communities have increased access to safe water within a short distance of their households which can be used for drinking, cooking and hygiene purposes, which in turn contributes to reduction in cases of diarrhoea and other infections and improves general health status of the community.
GOAL also promotes improved sanitation using the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. This approach encourages and supports the community to construct pit latrines so that the practice of open defecation is prevented. This helps to prevent disease and ensures a cleaner environment for the community. In total, since 2012, 4,843 household latrines and 3,884 household hand-washing stations have been constructed by the communities.
GOAL has also trained 34 Water User Committees, each of which includes approximately 30 community members who are trained in community water management which ensures that the water infrastructure will continue to function long after GOAL has left.
GOAL are happy to report that the percentage of children under the age of five years of age who suffer from diarrhoea, has been reduced by over 50% since 2012 in the villages we work in.
Tackling hunger is a major priority for Irish Aid
With the support of Irish Aid Programme Grant, GOAL implements programmes to address hunger and malnutrition and empower poor communities to become food secure (having enough food to feed the family throughout the year) though a variety of approaches including:
• Increasing production of different varieties of nutrient-rich foods though improved farming techniques;
• Improved food storage and helping farmers to access markets and get a good price for their produce;
• Increasing women’s income through savings and loans schemes and income generating activities;
• Teaching parents on improving the quality and amount of food they feed young children.
GOAL also uses the Nutrition Impact and Positive Practice (NIPP) approach where mothers (and fathers) come together every week to learn about good nutrition and infant feeding practices and how to prepare nutritious meals through cooking demonstrations using locally available ingredients. The mothers are also empowered to grow their own vegetables through practical demonstrations on micro gardening.
Mrs Mutyamaenza lives in Nyanga District of Zimbabwe and is a member of the Sunshine NIPP Group which is facilitated by GOAL through funding from Irish Aid. Mrs Mutyamaenza’s group of 15 meet every week (over a 12 week period) for discussions and training.
She talks of what she have learnt as she takes us around her homestead: "We all volunteered to join the circle (NIPP circle). We have seen that others who joined before us are doing well. Their children are healthy and their homesteads are clean. Since we started our circle we have learnt many things.
“We have learned how to mould ‘tsotso’ (fuel efficient) stoves. I use mine when I am not cooking big quantities of food. We are encouraged to make children’s porridge on them as they are fast and don’t use much wood, you only need a few sticks. We have also been taught about nutritious foods and how to cook the food so that it remains nutritious. Now I know that you don’t have to be rich to eat well”.
Mrs Mutyamaenza also has a small (5mx5m) nutrition garden. Within the garden there is a combination of vegetable bed types including the use of techniques called ‘double digging’, ‘keyhole’ and ‘bag’ beds. The vegetables that she grows include tomatoes, spinach and onions.
“Because we were taught about mulching, I don’t have to water very often and when I do I use waste water from the household which is not soapy. It’s very easy to maintain. The knowledge which I have gained from circle will help me even after we have finished our weekly meetings. My children are also learning from what I teach them, then they will teach their own children”.
Genet’s story: from the street to employment and education
Genet Fikadu, 18, is from Arbaminch in southern Ethiopia. She was brought to Addis Ababa by a relative and although promised an education and a better life, she was not treated well and eventually ran away, living for over a year on the streets.
GOAL’s ChildSPACE programme works with street living children and youth in Addis Ababa. Genet received training and GOAL helped source her work in a leather factory. She smiles when she remembers her first visit to the drop-in centre.
“I was greeted warmly. I also received counselling and the staff helped me identify what I wanted to do with my life and how to get off the street. I was happy to get such facilities and became a regular visitor for over four months until I joined the leather training,” she says.
Genet has become a proficient leather worker, is putting money aside and has enrolled in the local secondary school for evening classes.