Global Outreach and Love of Soccer (GOALS) Haiti assists in hurricane relief.
GOALS is a small local non-profit based in Haiti. The organization is working on long-term impact initiatives to promote sport, health, nutrition, sanitation, gender equality, and education according to Beyond Sport. Their mission is to improve the quality of lives for children and empower them to make long-term changes.
Due to Hurricane Matthew, a few GOALS communities have been inaccessible with all of the flooding. However, GOALS received enough funding to bring aid, supplies, and food for a few hundred people. While making an immediate impact in the short-term due to the natural disaster, GOALS still wants to have long-term impact. This type of change takes years because it’s a movement. Education, nutrition, health, and some of these other social issues need a lot of resources from a time and dollar perspective. As a result, there needs to be a long-term vision and commitment from those in the area. While the impact is not immediate, GOALS will be able to show progress from generation to generation as the organization tackles social issues. This is why it is imperative to have both dollars and awareness for a cause; organizations can address both short-term and long-term social issues.
Once GOALS finishes its work resulting from Hurricane Matthew, GOALS Haiti will tackle the hygiene/cholera issue. According to Beyond Sport, a large part of the non-profit’s role will be to help get communities back to a daily life and normalcy, including reopening schools and athletic fields.
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