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Review for G O A L Project, Ambridge, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a donor, missionary volunteer, and serve as chair of the board. I have made mission trips to Romania (5), Russia (3) and Tanzania (1), most recently in 2010, where we have conducted trainings for clergy, medical professionals, and people in recovery. We are one of the few organizations making the connection between substance abuse and allied issues of HIV/AIDS, domestic violence/sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Treatment options and recovery groups have followed our work to a gratifying extent, especially in Eastern Europe, and our new work in Africa is off to a solid start in Kenya and an exciting beginning in Tanzania. Often we are the first ones to introduce the disease concept of addiction and twelve-step recovery into an area where it is badly needed. At our training in Tanzania in May, 2010, we trained over 100 pastors and 50 medical professionals in an area with few treatment options and no recovery groups. We need to build our infrastructure to continue this important work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Most gratifying is watching recovery groups spring up in the wake of our work, and on return trips seeing the results in the lives of recovering people. I have been able to do this in Romania, Russia, and Tanzania.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We need deeper and more solid infrastructure to continue our field work. We have made an exciting new beginning in 2011 and need resources to continue.

Role:  Board Member & I have served as a trainer in recovery concepts and practices for over ten trainings in Eastern Europe and Africa.