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Workshops Well Received

Our GOAL team of trainers has facilitated two educational workshops, one for families at Willow Street Mennonite Church and one for pastors and congregational leaders at Bethesda Mission’s men’s shelter in Harrisburg, changing and informing 50 individuals and six churches. Participants in the workshops had this to say about the experience:

“the information was great, very educational”

“I leave with a great sense of peace that I did not have when I came in here” (a family member)

“Best workshop I have been to”

“This workshop was well put together and well thought out”

“like the combination of faith and educated knowledge.”

“Excellent presentations and interesting positive resources given”

“professional and personal information that offers hope and suggestions”

“loved the faith throughout the presentation”

“excellent presenters – great information”

“As a pastor, ‘workshop’ provided resources and furthered my understanding of addiction.”

“workshop gave me resources and will help me reach out to people that have family members in addiction”

“keep trying to get this in churches”

“great blend of topics and presenters”

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See GOAL in action

See GOAL in action in Uganda. This video depicts our team working in the field to teach about opiate addiction.

The Problem

The Disease of Addiction knows no national boundaries. Alcohol is the most prevalent substance of abuse. Heroin and pain pill misuse and addiction take second place. 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.

The Solution

There are now Alcoholics Anonymous Groups in African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, 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’s missionary addiction treatment and prevention specialists collaborate with the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC) to provide training and resources in Africa, Eastern Europe and other countries as well as in the USA.

The Action

  • GOAL collects and provides books and literature around the world to assist in addiction training and raising awareness.

  • GOAL trains and empowers community leaders, churches, and institutions with knowledge of the disease of addiction and on the 12-step program that alleviates this crippling disease.

  • GOAL holds conferences on addiction and its relationship to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

  • GOAL 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.

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