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.
Oct 13, 2014

State of Emergency Declared in Sierra Leone

Bo amputee team
Bo amputee team

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.

Phillip Sesay teaching the community about Ebola
Phillip Sesay teaching the community about Ebola
Bo Amputee Team
Bo Amputee Team
GGM staff present food items to the disabled
GGM staff present food items to the disabled

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Sep 11, 2014

Thanks for helping us join the Ebola fight

Letter of appreciation from Sia Koroma, First Lady
Letter of appreciation from Sia Koroma, First Lady

I am happy to announce that Greatest Goal Ministries USA is shipping a 20 ft. container of hand sanitizer from Manchester, England to Sierra Leone to help in fighting the Ebola Crisis that is raging through West Africa. The estimated day of arrival is September 30th. The value at cost of the sanitizer is 31,577.00 USD or about 137,359,950 Le.

Thanks so much to all of you who donated on our globalgiving web site and helped made this possible.


We are also arranging for 3 additional shipments which should occur over the next several weeks. We will post those shipments as they are shipped.


I will attach pictures of the shipments arrival once we recieve them.  Attached is a letter of thanks from the Office of the First Lady for the $5,200.00 that was initially sent to help purchase sanitation supplies.

Aug 26, 2014

How are we using the Ebola funds.

GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady
GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady

Dear globalgiving donors,
Thank you for all your generous donations towards the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Ebola is threatening the very fabric of Sierra Leone and the other countries involved in the Ebola outbreak. Personal Protective Equipment is needed to protect healthcare workers and sanitation supplies need to be available in communities in addition to education of those communities. Surveillance teams are needed to help contain the spread. Hospitals and health care centers across Sierra Leone have closed for fear of contracting the virus leaving little health care options available to the people.
On August 13 just days after receiving the first installment of funds from globalgiving, $5,300.00 was wired to our Greatest Goal Ministries bank account in Sierra Leone. The staff of GGM presented the funds to the First Lady of Sierra Leone on August 15th. A letter to the First Lady had been sent in advance detailing the expectations in regard to those funds. That letter is attached as well as photos of the delivery of funds at the Presidential Lodge. The First Lady publically announced the donation on the news that evening along with a list of other funds that had been donated from other sources. Pictures are included with this report.
Greatest Goal Ministries USA has established a strong relationship with the First Lady over the past two years as we are assisting in the planning of a future cancer center for Sierra Leone. We feel she is a woman of integrity and honesty. With her husband, President Koroma taking personal charge over the crisis, Greatest Goal Ministries feels strongly that they will know best how to direct any funds donated. A detailed explanation of expenditures has been promised and will be shared once we receive it.
We will soon have additional funds to be used for the Ebola crisis from funds raised during the Paul Allan match. Greatest Goal Ministries is currently working towards the shipment of three containers of Ebola supplies through the office of the First Lady so that they can be immediately distributed at the various isolation sites. We will also be sending staff to communities across Freetown and into our disabled communities in several other cities to distribute sanitation supplies and educate the communities about the Ebola virus. After the news announcement from the First Lady all of the Greatest Goal Ministries staff began receiving phone calls from various communities asking for education and sanitation.
What does this mean, sanitation supplies? The majority of people in Sierra Leone have no running water or electricity. They must carry their water in buckets of various sizes. But each of these buckets has a purpose. There are no extras. The Ebola virus is easily destroyed with a weak chlorine solution. The WHO recommends the set-up of sanitation stations in communities and outside businesses where people can wash their hands frequently. Setting up the sanitation station also allows for an opportunity to sensitize or teach the people about the disease and what they can do to help contain it. To be effective it must be taught by the local people and by those they trust. It is in part due to the lack of trust and understanding that has caused the virus to spiral out of control.
Photographs and information about the communities that Greatest Goal Ministries is visiting will be sent in future reports. Until then we all watch and wait for this deadly virus to be defeated. I recently read in one report this statement from a Sierra Leonean. “The Ebola virus is worse than the rebels during the war. At least in the war we knew where the rebels were. We do not know where this enemy is until it is too late”.

GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady
GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady
First Lady on SL National Television after funds
First Lady on SL National Television after funds

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