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.
Jun 25, 2015

GGM REACHING THE DISABLED

Distributing supplies to an amputee comunity
Distributing supplies to an amputee comunity

Dear Friends,

The State of Emergency in Sierra Leone due to Ebola has been extended through August of 2015.  This means that no sports are allowed to be played in the country.  For this reason we have been unable to create any tournaments for our disabled teams.  But, we are still supporting them with funding from Globalgiving and other sources.  A few months ago five of our staff in Sierra Leone visited additional deaf, blind, amputee and polio communities across Sierra Leone in the Western District, Port Loko, Lungi, Kambia, Kono and Kailanhun districts. 

Not only were hygiene kits and food delivered to these communities but Ebola education and a basic needs assessment conducted.  They were also informed about the programs of Greatest Goal Ministries and information regarding our sports teams was given.

In addition to information and the donation of supplies to the various disabled communities Greatest Goal Ministries is busy collecting gently worn soccer equipment and supplies in WA state that will be shipped to Sierra Leone this fall.   Almost 700 donated Jerseys will have the GGM Disability Sports Association logo placed on them so that once the State of Emergency is lifted we can begin to work with our teams again. 

Also in 2016 GGM plans to host Coaches Across Continents to teach our various teams additional coaching techniques.  The disabled of Sierra Leone are all but forgotten once more as greater issues within the country take precedence.  But as an organization, Greatest Goal Ministries USA is committed to assisting them as best we can.  Please continue to donate and help us help them.

 

Thank you for your support.

Distributing supplies to a polio community
Distributing supplies to a polio community
May 28, 2015

Strengthening health care in sierra Leone

Sierra Leone billboard sign
Sierra Leone billboard sign

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

After having spent four months working in Sierra Leone as part the Ebola Response with Partners In Health,  I now have a much greater understanding of the toll this epidemic has taken on the country of Sierra Leone.

Not only have entire generations of family members died, but those surviving the virus are facing serious medical complications.  After 6 weeks in an Ebola unit,   I spent the next  three months working at the Port Loko Government Hospital setting up triage and opening wards to patient care.  The patients we saw were extremely ill as it has been virtually impossible to receive medical treatment during this epidemic.

Ebola is changing health care delivery in Sierra Leone and the other West African countries.  The need to triage and evaluate all patients for possible Ebola infections after the country is declared Ebola free will be the new normal. 

That is why I am so happy to announce that Greatest Goal Ministries has received a $20,000.00 health-strengthening grant to build a triage center at our Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital in Lakka.  We plan to begin construction in September with the doors to our facility opening shortly after.

The triage center will allow us a safe building to determine whether patients meet the case definition as a suspect Ebola patient and then to safely isolate them for transport to an Ebola center for further evaluation.  Once the country is declared Ebola free we will need to continue this type of evaluation so that if another outbreak develops it can be controlled quickly.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to be a warrior on the forefront of this epidemic.  Our health care work in Sierra Leone since 2007 through Greatest Goal Ministries  allowed me to understand why and how this epidemic swung so out of control.  Because of the length of my deployment during this Ebola crisis I saw firsthand how an Ebola Unit operates.  I saw firsthand how dismal and inadequate health care services currently are in the country and the urgent need to reopen health care facilities.  With the rainy season beginning, malaria, cholera and other infectious diseases will once again surge.

The people of Sierra Leone deserve at least minimal health care.  We are excited that the epidemic is winding down and that we can soon again deliver our high standard of basic medical care for the people of Sierra Leone.  We are grateful to all of you who have supported us and hope that you will continue.  The fundraising efforts from this Global Giving site provide much needed support to continue community education and provide the supplies needed to keep our health care workers safe.

Health care in Sierra Leone must be strengthened.  We can no longer sit by and pretend it does not matter.  The world has become a place where, because of modern travel, we are all connected.  What happens on the other side of the world does make a difference in our lives.

Thank you for all your support!

Ebola unit in Port Loko where I worked
Ebola unit in Port Loko where I worked
Triage at an Ebola Unit
Triage at an Ebola Unit
GGM outpatient facility where triage will be built
GGM outpatient facility where triage will be built
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.

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