Rugby stars visit GOAL projects in Ethiopia

8 July 2013

Ian Madigan shows a photo on his phone to some children
at GOAL's 
drop-in centre in Addis Ababa

Irish rugby stars and GOAL Patrons, Leo Cullen and Ian Madigan were in Ethiopia recently (July 2-5), where they visited urban and rural programmes that GOAL runs for vulnerable children and families.

To read Ian Madigan's blog from his third and final day in Ethiopia, click here

The Leinster duo were travelling with GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews, and Operations Manager, Conor Elliott, and were hosted by the GOAL Ethiopia team, headed by our country director, John Rynne.

Their trip to Ethiopia with GOAL was sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

On Tuesday, Leo and Ian visited GOAL’s ChildSPACE project, which works closely with children working and living on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city.

As part of this, they spent some time at GOAL’s drop-in and rehabilitation centre, where we provide children with a range of services, including education, medical treatment, sport and recreation and shower and clothes-washing
facilities.They also learned how GOAL teaches the children new skills, finds them employment and, in some cases, reunites them with their family. 

To read Ian's blog about his first day in Ethiopia, visiting GOAL's ChildSPACE programme, click here

To read Leo's blog about his first day in Ethiopia, visiting GOAL's ChildSPACE programme, click here.

 Watch our video about Somali refugee, Sureyka Mohammed,
who GOAL has supported at Buramino refugee camp 

On Wednesday, they flew to Dolo Ado in southern Ethiopia, to see our work at Buramino refugee camp. GOAL is providing nutrition and health services to thousands of Somali refugees in the camp, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable members of the displaced population i.e. children under five, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. 

To read Ian Madigan's blog about his trip to Buramino refugee camp on Wednesday, click here

On Thursday, they met and spoke to some former street-living children who GOAL has helped to find employment - and thus a way off the streets - through its livelihood training and education programmes. 

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Leo Cullen and Ian Madigan’s trip to Ethiopia with GOAL was sponsored by Bank of Ireland.


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