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.
Mar 13, 2013

GGM Disability Sports Association

Snohomish, WA collects soccer jerseys
Snohomish, WA collects soccer jerseys

In April of 2012, Greatest Goal Ministries registered the first Disability Sports Association in Sierra Leone.  The disabled of Sierra Leone are rejected physically, socially and emotionally.  Most are reduced to a life of begging because they are seen as useless and unemployable.  The DSA (Disability Sports Association) allows them an opportunity to showcase their potential, develop self-esteem, and help change the overall attitude toward disabled people in the country.

GGM DSA now has five polio and five amputee teams signed with the association.  A Detroit Harley Davidson Chapter and youth soccer teams from WA State have raised enough funds and collected enough jerseys for all 10 teams to be completely outfitted. 

In 2013 we will begin signing additional teams and include blind and deaf teams.  Our newest development
is our partnership agreement with “Coaches Across continents” that will begin working with coaches in Sierra Leone in 2014. 

Please help us as we find uniforms and soccer equipment for our disabled teams and begin matches in 2014. 
Please consider being part of the change agent for the disabled of Sierra Leone.

GGM DSA soccer logo
GGM DSA soccer logo
Matt Jenkins and Cynthia Frahm raise funds for DSA
Matt Jenkins and Cynthia Frahm raise funds for DSA
Donors sending wishes to the amputees on balls
Donors sending wishes to the amputees on balls
Amputee team in Bo signing with DSA
Amputee team in Bo signing with DSA
Amputee players
Amputee players

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Mar 13, 2013

GGM Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital

The new GGM Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital in Lakka opened the doors in December of 2012.  Currently
operating as a free outpatient clinic the hospital has been seeing an average of 40 patients a day.

GGM is continuing to work closely with the office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone as we develop a cancer screening program and cancer center. From March 16th – April 2 a 10 member team from Greatest Goal Ministries will be
traveling to Sierra Leone.  One of the primary objectives will be a two week water and sanitation household survey of
a 6 mile radius surrounding the new Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital (LDBH) in Lakka in conjunction with the local chief and council members.

An additional objective will be meetings with the First Lady and her team as we progress on our discussions of expansion at the LDBH.  GGM has been busy since December talking to organizations in the USA who may be able to assist in development of this joint dream to develop cancer screening and a cancer hospital.

Two medical mission trips have also been scheduled for October and December of 2013.  These teams are composed of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health care workers and volunteers. 

We are busy trying to learn about our new community and will work with the local chief and decision makers in regard to community health education programs and services GGM may be able to assist with.

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Mar 13, 2013

Water and Sanitation Household Survey

From March 16th – April 2 a 10 member team from Greatest Goal Ministries will be traveling to Sierra Leone.  One of the primary objectives will be a two week household survey of a 6 mile radius surrounding the new Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital in Lakka in conjunction with the local chief and council members.

The survey questions and development of the survey area were created by a MPH (Masters in Public Health) and a PHD research data methodologist. The purpose of the survey will be to identify positive and negative health impacts associated with drinking water and sanitation in the designated  6 mile area.  This will allow for the development and recommendation of appropriate changes to improve the health and prevent disease in the community.

The area has been subdivided into 120 quadrants and these have been randomly placed in order.  A 12 member team composed of USA team volunteers and local interpreters will begin canvassing the areas asking oral questions through person to person interviewing at the selected households.  The survey has been kept small to allow for short answers to avoid reduced response rates.  All questions are closed-ended, multiple choice, ordinal or interval.

A summary of the results of this survey will be reported as well as a more formal document.   Once the results have been compiled the composting latrine concept will be introduced into the community where appropriate.

We are very excited about the information we receive from this survey and how we can then better assist and improve the lives of our new Lakka community.

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