GOAL's Work in India


The largest democracy and second most populous country in the world, India emerged as a major power in the 1990s. It is militarily strong, has major cultural influence and a fast-growing and powerful economy.

A nuclear-armed state, it carried out tests in the 1970s and again in the 1990s in defiance of world opinion. However, India is still tackling huge social, economic and environmental problems.

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 has since expanded and developed its work, which is done exclusively in partnership with local organisations, to include a range of rural and urban relief, rehabilitation and development programmes.

If you would like to donate towards our work in India, please click here.

Learn more about India and why some of the people there need our help by clicking here.



Blogs and News from India:


Earlier in the year, Blackrock College students travelled to visit GOAL projects in India. Click here to read some of the students' reflections upon their return.

Making Money out of Rubbish Mountains: Simon Roughneen writes in the The Irish Examiner on life in the dumps of Kolkata and how GOAL is helping communities in the slums there.


Our current programmes in India:

Slum Development Healthcare
Model Village Programme Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Brick Kilns

Since 1977, GOAL has spent in excess of €790 million delivering aid to some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world. We have achieved all this on an exceptionally low administration cost base.

GOAL Ireland is a registered charity in Ireland: Charity Reg No: CHY 6271
GOAL UK is a registered charity in the United Kingdom: Charity Reg No: 1107403
GOAL USA is registered in the US as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

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