Hello friends of Deeper Missions. I’m Ross Meglathery and I serve as the president of the Deeper Missions board of directors. It’s been a while since our last post and we’ve been busy! As we begin the summer and mid-way through the year, I wanted to update you on an exciting accomplishment.
As you know we are focused on clean energy, safe water and sanitation for schools in Africa. Additionally, as we grow, we are always exploring ways to more quickly and efficiently provide these services while minimizing costs. I am happy to announce that thanks to your generous support and with the help of the Manassas, Virginia-based, SES Companies, we have established our first Eloo storage facility in Sierra Leone. In case you do not remember or are unaware, Eloos are septic systems that do not use water, and use the sun’s heat to kill pathogens and dehydrate the human waste, rendering it safe in a matter of weeks. Not only is the waste harmless, it can be re-purposed safely as fertilizer.
Our “facility” is a 20-foot shipping container that we purchased to ship 16 Eloos from the United States. The container is now in a walled storage compound near the “Mile 91” trading town in central Sierra Leone. It was quite a learning experience getting the Eloos shipped, through the port of Freetown and then over road to its finally destination. Fortunately, late last year we completed our application for International NGO-status with the government of Sierra Leone which now affords us some import benefits along with having some ministerial contacts who were helpful in navigating us through the port bureaucracy.
Our storage facility is just one part of our recent efforts to establish a more permanent presence in Sierra Leone. We look forward to expanding our presence and increasing the number of projects. Again, and as always, thank you for your support in making this possible!