Your donations are making a difference

I WISH to express my profound thanks to readers for their extraordinary generosity to GOAL’s south-east Asia appeal.

On a recent visit to the affected regions with Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern, I saw the destruction caused by the tsunami. Entire villages have been wiped out and traumatised children will endure nightmares for years to come. These essential donations are now helping our aid workers (GOALies) to rebuild communities in Southern India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Andaman Islands.

The dedicated teams of nurses, doctors, accountants, logisticians and engineers began by clearing the debris and undertook the harrowing task of retrieving bodies from the beaches.

GOAL is providing food and non food items as well as shelter, healthcare and counselling to hundreds of thousands of people who have lost everything.

In Sri Lanka, the US government asked GOAL to take the lead in constructing 2,500 temporary shelters. Our GOALies are also working with fishermen to repair and replace their nets.

In India, GOAL’s community kitchens provide more than 11,000 people with three meals a day and in the worst affected areas of Indonesia, our medical team is administering immunisation programmes to prevent the spread of disease in the relief camps.

John O’Shea

GOAL

PO Box 19

Dún Laoghaire

Co Dublin

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