GOAL initiates and responds to invitations to train and equip Church and Local Community Leaders; confronts the disease of Addiction; and cultivates the power of personal recovery so that 12-Step recovery becomes available to everyone, everywhere.
Explanation of the PROBLEM: Why GOAL exists
Alcohol is the most prevalent abused substance in five Kenyan cities. Uganda has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol. 79% of households in Africa consume alcohol, most of it brewed or distilled illegally, five to seven times per week. 57% of women bear the responsibility for drinking spouses.
In Kenya, according to a 2011 NACADA study, ADA (Alcohol and Drug Addiction) causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and TB. 17.2% of respondents in a recent alcohol and drug abuse and HIV infection study in Nairobi (7/2012) reported that they drink alcohol and had been forced or forced someone to have sex while drunk. 15.7% of those didn't use condoms in non-consensual sex because they did not remember.
Explanation of the SOLUTION: What GOAL can do
There are now Alcoholics Anonymous Groups in African countries of Kenya Tanzania and Ghana. GOAL has been responsible for establishing or aiding in the formation of these groups. There are also 15 Narcotics Anonymous groups and over 61 meetings now registered in Egypt.
GOAL works specifically in the Global South and Eastern Europe because these countries have very limited resources and experience in dealing with addiction and its associated problems.
Explanation of the ACTION: What GOAL does
a. Sends books and literature around the world to assist in addiction training and raising awareness.
b. Holds conferences on addiction and its relationship to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
c. Gives teaching seminars and coaches individuals, providing information on the disease of alcoholism and on the 12-step program that alleviates this crippling disease.
d. Looks for more on-the-ground partnerships to confront the plaque of alcoholism and its concurrent disorders; HIV/AIDS, diabetes, liver diseases, hepatitis, chronic poverty, the
break-up of family and societal life, unemployment, unwanted pregnancies, single parents, and abandoned children.