GOAL's Work in India
GOAL has worked in India since 1977 and the current programmes in India are delivered to some of the poorest of the urban communities residing in Kolkata and the suburbs and two rural locations in Purulia and Jalpaiguri districts. With effect from 2007 GOAL India has adopted an integrated programme approach working with communities in greatest need in specific geographic areas in West Bengal, both urban and rural.
GOAL began a feeding programme on the streets of Calcutta in 1977, establishing itself as a Third World relief and development agency. Later the same year, GOAL began mother and child healthcare programmes in the villages of West Bengal.
In 1978, courtesy of a IR£30,000 donation from the Department of Foreign Affairs, GOAL built a mother and child healthcare training centre on the outskirts of Calcutta (now Kolkata).
GOAL works towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in our 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.
GOAL India’s current programme comprises of “Model Villages Programme” in two locations of Jalpaiguri and Purulia district, “Integrated Programme for Urban Poor (including red light areas)” in Kolkata and Howrah Municipal Dumps, Khidderpore and two wards in Tangra and Topsia, “Integrated Programme for Brick Kiln workers” in 35 brick kilns in North 24 Parganas, “WASH in Schools” programme in the schools of Kolkata, and “Community WASH” in Namkhana, Sunderbans.
GOAL has been present in India for over 30 years during which time a very significant amount of development work has been achieved in collaboration with several local partner organizations and Government agencies. GOAL India does not implement programmes directly but works through 9 local partner agencies to implement its range of development programmes in the core sectors of Health (including WASH), Children Empowerment & Protection and Livelihoods along with the cross cutting issues of Gender, HIV, Environment and Child Protection with funding from Irish Aid. The overarching objective of the GOAL programme is “To reduce vulnerability, fulfil basic needs and prevent loss of life for individuals and communities” through the delivery of integrated multi-sectorial programmes contributing to measurable, appropriate and sustainable improvements in the lives of the poorest of the poor in geographical areas of greatest need. The following are GOAL India’s objectives:
• Health: Strengthen and support health care systems and implementation of affordable, sustainable health, nutrition and WASH interventions that contribute to reducing morbidity and mortality with specific emphasis on maternal and child morbidity and mortality (Contributing directly to MDG 4, MDG 5, MDG 6 and MDG7).
• Education: Ensure children’s right to elementary education for extremely vulnerable children (out of the purview of policy framework) by addressing the obstacles that hinder access to and successful completion of formal primary education (Contributing directly to MDG 2, target 1 and 2).
• Children Empowerment and Protection: GOAL India’ promotes securing a protective and responsive environment in all setting through increased accountability of care givers and building self-resilience of children.
• Livelihood Security: To assist poor households with technical, financial and infrastructural supports to come out of multi-dimensional grip of poverty and to achieve adequate and sustainable access to and control over resources, with increased coping capacities. (Contributing directly to MDG1 & MDG 7).
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