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 16, 2015

Construction completed for Ebola screening

Building of the 2,000 concrete blocks needed
Building of the 2,000 concrete blocks needed

Dear friend,

We are so appreciative of your support this year and in the past to Greatest Goal Ministries USA. The West African Ebola outbreak has finally ended in Sierra Leone and Guinea but after having been declared Ebola free for months Liberia recently announced three new cases. Flare ups in all three countries may continue indefinitely until a vaccine is found. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has lasted over 18 excruciating months with over 11,000 lives lost. This is the longest Ebola outbreak in human history.

The effects from this crisis will be felt for years to come due in part to the loss of so many medical personnel, and health care to the general population was severely curtailed during the epidemic. Clinics and hospitals are only just now reopening to the general public and only with strict Ebola screening procedures in place. The countries and healthcare centers will need to remain vigilant.

A few years ago I found a familiar quote from Augustine Burrough’s, “When you have your health you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters”. Imagine living in a country that essentially had to stop providing any basic health care for over 18 months because the risk was just too great.

This is why Greatest Goal Ministries is so excited to report that we have finished construction of our new, freestanding Ebola triage and screening center, patient holding area and community education center as well as an incinerator. Pictures from construction are included in this report. It is important to understand that in order to keep our staff and the community safe we must continue to monitor and screen perhaps indefinitely for any signs of new Ebola outbreaks.

With construction completed our free outpatient facility can reopen after the first of the year providing health care to a community that has been suffering terribly since the epidemic began.

We hope that you can continue to support our work and help us raise the funds needed to train staff, purchase needed supplies and continue to provide free medications and lab tests for people who can barely afford to eat and therefore will fill their belly rather than use what little they have for healthcare. Most of the deaths are unnecessary and due to easily treated and supported conditions such as malaria, cholera, pulmonary infections, skin infections, hypertension, diabetes. But if you cannot afford the care then you suffer even more.

Thank you for your donations and we look forward to the next report announcing our opening!!

Happy Holidays and wishing you and yours the best in 2016.

Early construction of the screening center
Early construction of the screening center
Zinc Roof completed
Zinc Roof completed
Construction continues
Construction continues
Hardboard for the ceiling
Hardboard for the ceiling
Wheelchair ramps for the disabled
Wheelchair ramps for the disabled
Nearly completed screening and holding center
Nearly completed screening and holding center
Completed screening center
Completed screening center
Constructing incinerator for hazardous waste
Constructing incinerator for hazardous waste
Incinerator construction completed
Incinerator construction completed
Sep 30, 2015

Sports Ban due to Ebola Lifted in Sierra Leone

Dear Friends,

The State of Emergency in Sierra Leone due to Ebola is still in effect but the last Ebola patient in the country was discharged on Monday, September 28, 2015 and the country has begun a second attempt at a 42 day Ebola free count down. If the country has no new cases during the next 42 days then the country can be declared Ebola free.

In early August the government of Sierra Leone lifted many of the previously imposed bans in the country. One of those bans was the ban against any sporting events within the country. This means that sports are now allowed.  On October 14th all 22 of our currently registered disabled teams will meet together at our facility in Lakka, Sierra Leone.

The teams are hopeful to have a tournament this year and a chance to forget their disabilities and showcase their talents. We are grateful to any donations that can help us support them and this tournament.

Please take a look at the link attached to this report. It is part of a documentary shown on the Aljazeera Network a few weeks ago. It showcases our Freetown amputee team, the "Flying Stars". and mentions the work of Greatest Goal Ministries.

As an organization, Greatest Goal Ministries USA is committed to assisting the disabled of Sierra Leone in sports and healthcare. Please continue to donate and help us help them, “One Goal at a Time”.

Thank you for your support.

Lynn Pelton Executive Director

Greatest Goal Ministries USA

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Sep 3, 2015

Opening the Lady Deborah Berewa facility

It is an exciting time to be in Sierra Leone. Since 2007 when Greatest Goal Ministries began working in Sierra Leone we were of course very aware of the dismal health care system and the gaping holes in healthcare delivery. Since 2009 we have been offering free healthcare to Sierra Leone and community education as well as healthcare education to all of our Sierra Leone staff through our international medical teams. When Ebola arrived in West Africa we knew that the fight would be long and hard. There just was not enough infrastructure and resources to combat the disease without outside help.  International aid began to pour into the country. Changes at the administrative and oversight level have begun.  Unfortunately, the people still cannot receive the healthcare they so desperately need.

Greatest Goal Ministries has been providing free medical care since 2009 in Sierra Leone and since late 2012 in Lakka at the Lady Deborah Berewa outpatient Hospital (LDBH). But like all healthcare facilities in the country, during the yearlong Ebola crisis, healthcare facilities either closed or became Ebola hospitals and the LDBH was no exception.  For the safety of the staff and patients the LDBH closed in August 2014. The reopening is now a slow process but we are on track to open in the next few months thanks to generous donors. Health system strengthening is happening across the country and Greatest Goal Ministries is working hard to ensure that all funds raised are being used for this purpose.

To ensure that standard screening and healthcare practices are followed the Ministry of Health has put processes in place. Greatest Goal Ministries has now completed all the administrative paperwork and is waiting for government approval.

Funds raised in part from Globalgiving are providing the resources needed for health system strengthening in the following areas:

  • Painting-
  • Walls inside and outside as well as the roof have been repaired and painted. This is the rainy season and if not taken care of mold and mildew rots everything.
  • Plumbing-All sinks and flush toilets within the hospital have been repaired.
  • Several outside pipes that had burst due to the poor materials available have now been repaired with better materials.
  • Electrical-  
  • The Ebola crisis brought a much needed transformer to the Lakka hospital compound for its Ebola unit. GGM was given permission from the National Power Association to purchase and connect a cable from the Lady Deborah Hospital to the dedicated transformer.   On September 1, 2015 for the first time in two years the hospital is receiving electricity. Not having to rely on a generator means more funds are available for direct patient care.
  • Ebola Triage Unit- Architectural plans for a triage center and incinerator are complete and are currently under review by the Ministry of Health.   Construction should begin within the week.

Ebola left the country with fear and uncertainty but it also brought to light a health care system that desperately needed attention. We are continuing our efforts to improve and continue the high quality, basic health care that is so needed in Sierra Leone for the people of Sierra Leone at our Lady Deborah Berewa outpatient healthcare facility. We are so thankful for your continued support.

 Attached to this report is the link to a news report from FOX News in Seattle, WA about Ebola and GGM’s work.

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