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.
Dec 21, 2012

Composting Latrines

Building of latrine cover frame
Building of latrine cover frame

In October of 2012, the construction of two composting latrines at the GGM clinic site in Murray Town began.  An amputee with construction experience acted as foreman and 4 high school students volunteered their time on the project. 

The original intent was to build the composting latrines at the clinic compound and use it as a teaching tool for the community.  However there was an unexpected development.  Greatest Goal Ministry was given a
new clinic site and clinic building by the office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone in Lakka just outside the capital of Freetown. The previous clinic was closed and moved to the new building delaying completion of the project. 

The 300.00 USD  raised to date and was used to build the framed concrete covers for 4 latrines.  The new plan is to build the latrines at an all-girls school in Freetown.  The head matron is very interested in the project and the school is in great need of additional toilets. 

The structure to enclose the latrines will be made of chicken wire and paper filled plastic bottles. The gathering of those bottles is continuing and many children have picked up litter from around their neighborhoods and stuffing bottles to assist with the project. 

Completion of the project will take place once the additional funds are raised.  Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.

Metal bars inserted into frame before concrete
Metal bars inserted into frame before concrete
Completed frame with bars
Completed frame with bars
Concrete poured
Concrete poured
Children collecting paper scraps to fill bottles
Children collecting paper scraps to fill bottles
Plastic bottles will be used for the walls
Plastic bottles will be used for the walls
Dec 11, 2012

First Lady of Sierra Leone gives GGM a new clinic

At the Presidential Lodge with the First Lady
At the Presidential Lodge with the First Lady

I returned from a 6 week trip to Sierra Leone in October.  During that time I had arranged a meeting with Her Excellency, Sia Nyama Koroma, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

As an organization we had been praying for expansion of our free primary care clinic in Murray Town, Freetown which was opened in 2009.  During conversations held earlier in spring the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) made it clear that they did not want further expansion at our clinic site.  The land had become a political hotspot for the community between various council people and the widespread encroachment of businesses on the property we had been originally told we could expand upon.

We decided to go straight to the top and see if there was an existing, empty hospital building that we could move our clinic to so that our free health services for the disabled and underserved could continue without disruption but also large enough or with adjacent property that we could expand and build a cancer center on in the future.  There is currently no cancer care available anywhere in Sierra Leone.  To our amazement I was told by the First Lady that I was the answer to her prayer. 

Three days later were given an empty building in Lakka on Peninsular Road just outside the capital city of Freetown.  The former Vice-President of Sierra Leone, Mr. Solomon Berewa had built the 24 bed hospital in memory of his late wife in 2006.  It had never been opened. 

After 3 meetings with the First Lady and 4 meetings with the former Vice President we went to work preparing the building with painting, cleaning, and renovation to the ceiling, electrical and water.  On Friday, Nov. 2 all parties, the current interim Minister of Health and Sanitation, Her Excellency Sia Nyama Koroma, Mr. Solomon Berewa and  GGM had signed off on a 20 year Memorandum of Understanding with 1.5 acres of land available for a future cancer center.

The new name of our clinic/hospital is “Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital”.   The doors are now open and
patients are being seen.  We are excited about this collaborative effort in place with the office of the First Lady and
hope to be able to report many new and exciting developments as GGM continues to strive for improved health care in Sierra Leone.  

Hospital before renovations began
Hospital before renovations began
Hospital front painted
Hospital front painted
Signing of MOU with GGM and Former Vice President
Signing of MOU with GGM and Former Vice President
Entry to hospital prior to renovations
Entry to hospital prior to renovations
Entry to hopsital after painting
Entry to hopsital after painting
Sep 20, 2012

Building of Composting Latrines

Sierra Leone's cholera outbreak is all over the news and a few of the links to the headlines are listed below. Cholera is a preventable disease but it spreads like wildfire in a country such as Sierra Leone ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. Lack of housing, crowded living conditions, poor to no sanitation, a lack of understanding of basic hygiene, lack of clean water all of these descriptions help create the picture of why the epidemic is traveling so fast and why more will die before the epidemic is over.

GGM's construction of composting latrines and their introduction into the Western area of Freetown may help in a small way to introduce new ideas which hopefully can begin to travel faster than the epidemic. On September 22, 2012 a small GGM team will be traveling to Freetown. Working with local teen agers who have previously agreed to assist with this project and, with funds raised to date from our Globalgiving project. A minimum of two latrines will be built on the clinic compound. After one of the latrines is filled it is closed and lies dormant for at least one year. After that time if it is completely dry it can be emptied and the human waste can be used as fertilizer for gardens. While it is dormant the second latine is in use. Once built we will begin to open this idea to the community and help teach them how they can build their own family composting latrines.

We look forward to sharing the results of this project with you when we return in mid-October.

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