Greatest Goal Ministries USA

Greatest Goal Ministries USA is a Christian, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the disabled and under-served people of Sierra Leone to reach their full potential through health care, education, disability sports and disability advocacy.
Feb 23, 2015

Food and Health Education in Fight Against Ebola

Full truck ready to deliver
Full truck ready to deliver

On February 2, 2015, a Greatest Goal Ministries team of five began a week long outreach to support the disabled of Sierra Leone during this Ebola crisis.  With funds donated through GlobalGiving, food items and medical supplies were purchased.  The areas reached were across the country with very rough roads.

Disabled groups from across the country were very excited to see us and to receive care and food supplies. Some said that GGM was the only team that has met them with and the outreach was timely.  They also felt the message was explicit and clear for them to understand.            

In the western area the team met with the deaf and with the blind at Wilkinson Road and the blind at Grafton.  They also met with the Grafton polio victims. As the photos suggest they were very glad to receive food items and medical supplies and the Ebola message.  

In Port Loko, one of the hardest hit Ebola areas, the amputees were very glad to see us.  We were told that we are the only organization that has met with them since the Ebola crisis began, especially because movement has been very restrictive.  They emphasized that their major problems are toilets facilities and clean water wells. These problems remain a real challenge for them and they are requesting GGM to help them with such facilities.

Lungi disabled persons were very grateful for the Ebola message, food items and medical supplies.

Kambia disabled persons were very much appreciative of the fact that GGM was able to reach them for the first time. Reaching them was a very long journey but the GGM staff was committed to reach them with food items and assorted medical supplies.

Kono has been hard hit by the Ebola crisis.  The roads are very bad and the drives are long to reach the disabled. But it was good, according to them, that we actually took the venture to reach them. They said they were very much excited that we had them in our thoughts.

Kailahn was by far the farthest distance and it was a challenge for GGM team members.  

What was made clear to the team is that there has been no Ebola at any of the disabled community sites, deaf, blind, and amputee or polio victims.  That was good news.  But travel restrictions due to the Ebola crisis has created even greater difficulties. 

Information was also gained about how the disabled are surviving in their various communities.  The team learned that most of them don’t have toilet facilities or water wells to help them.  It is a real challenge for them to cope with life.

Nov 11, 2014

State of Emergency in Sierra Leone

Kenema teams recieving food
Kenema teams recieving food

Dear Donors,

In late July of this year, President of Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma, issued a state of emergency in the country. There were several steps announced and among them was the restriction of all public meetings and gatherings. This restriction means that there are no soccer games or practices allowed in the country for any teams.

For Greatest Goal Ministries Disability Sports Association we normally supply soccer uniforms and equipment but the Ebola crisis has changed everything. With country borders closed and villages quarantined, life is difficult for most Sierra Leoneans, but even more so for the disabled population.

In an attempt to help ease some of the pressure of the quarantine, Greatest Goal Ministries USA arranged with our Sierra Leone staff to deliver food items to nine polio and amputee teams in 6 cities across Sierra Leone.

To coordinate an endeavor such as this during a state of emergency took plenty of planning. The Executive Director of GGM USA, Lynn Pelton, wrote a letter to the Emergency Command Center of Sierra Leone requesting special credentials which would allow six GGM Sierra Leone Staff members to travel through the check points to the amputee and polio centers located in the provinces with several of them in the “hot zone”. Those cities included Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Makeni, Kamakuye and Moyamba.

These teams are located in communities that are now very isolated. The food delivered was divided between community team members and their families. In addition to the delivery of food, Phillip Sesay, GGM Lady Deborah Berewa Outpatient Hospital nurse director, taught each community about Ebola and what they could do to help themselves and protect their families.

The Kenema Polio team said that they were extremely grateful for the love and sacrifice that was made on the part of Greatest Goal Ministries Sierra Leone staff. The GGM Sierra Leone staff had to drive over 6 hours one way to meet with the Kenema team. The Kenema soccer team said it was great that as an organization, Greatest Goal Ministries USA thought about them at a time like this when they needed people and organizations to help them. They want to thank everyone involved in the process.

The Bo amputee team headed by coach Darboh has been long time members of Greatest Goal Ministries Sierra Leone Disability Sports Association. They said they were grateful that we were there for them during this difficult time when the government has limited movement across the country due to the Ebola crisis. They said they were looking forward to Greatest Goal Ministries USA’s continued help and they trust that we would be there for them.

It was very difficult before the Ebola crisis for the amputees and disabled of Sierra Leone but it is even more difficult now.  They need help.  Together we can make a difference.  Thank you for your continued support.

GGM staff giving Ebola education
GGM staff giving Ebola education
Ebola community education by GGM to the disabled
Ebola community education by GGM to the disabled
Bo Amputee team recieving food and education
Bo Amputee team recieving food and education
Bo Amputee team recieving food and education
Bo Amputee team recieving food and education
Kenema polio team recieving food and education
Kenema polio team recieving food and education

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Nov 4, 2014

State of Emergency Declared in Sierra Leone

Phillip Sesay teaching the community about Ebola
Phillip Sesay teaching the community about Ebola

Dear Donors,

In late July of this year, President of Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma, issued a state of emergency in the country. There were several steps announced and among them was the restriction of all public meetings and gatherings. This restriction means that there are no soccer games or practices allowed in the country for any teams.

For Greatest Goal Ministries Disability Sports Association we normally supply soccer uniforms and equipment but the Ebola crisis has changed everything. With country borders closed and villages quarantined, life is difficult for most Sierra Leoneans, but even more so for the disabled population.

In an attempt to help ease some of the pressure of the quarantine, Greatest Goal Ministries USA arranged with our Sierra Leone staff to deliver food items to nine polio and amputee teams in 6 cities across Sierra Leone.

To coordinate an endeavor such as this during a state of emergency took plenty of planning. The Executive Director of GGM USA, Lynn Pelton, wrote a letter to the Emergency Command Center of Sierra Leone requesting special credentials which would allow six GGM Sierra Leone Staff members to travel through the check points to the amputee and polio centers located in the provinces with several of them in the “hot zone”. Those cities included Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Makeni, Kamakuye and Moyamba.

These teams are located in communities that are now very isolated. The food delivered was divided between community team members and their families. In addition to the delivery of food, Phillip Sesay, GGM Lady Deborah Berewa Outpatient Hospital nurse director, taught each community about Ebola and what they could do to help themselves and protect their families.

The Kenema Polio team said that they were extremely grateful for the love and sacrifice that was made on the part of Greatest Goal Ministries Sierra Leone staff. The GGM Sierra Leone staff had to drive over 6 hours one way to meet with the Kenema team. The Kenema soccer team said it was great that as an organization, Greatest Goal Ministries USA thought about them at a time like this when they needed people and organizations to help them. They want to thank everyone involved in the process.

The Bo amputee team headed by coach Darboh has been long time members of Greatest Goal Ministries Sierra Leone Disability Sports Association. They said they were grateful that we were there for them during this difficult time when the government has limited movement across the country due to the Ebola crisis. They said they were looking forward to Greatest Goal Ministries USA’s continued help and they trust that we would be there for them.

It was very difficult before the Ebola crisis for the amputees and disabled of Sierra Leone but it is even more difficult now.  They need help.  Together we can make a difference.  Thank you for your continued support.

Amputees recieving the food items
Amputees recieving the food items

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