Deeper Missions Board Sets Its Course

This past weekend the Deeper Missions Board held its first annual retreat. It was an exciting time and expectations for a great event were running high–and we weren’t disappointed.

The board celebrated the growth and maturing of Deeper Missions and, with some great discussion, honed our vision and mission (pleasantly, this effort essentially affirmed much of the direction we had been taking). Attention was given to clearly restating  of our values as an organization, starting with the view that every life that touches Deeper Missions is important and that value will shape our operations. We also further clarified some of our operational principles which included an emphasis on sourcing parts and labor locally to the maximum extent possible for all projects, and to conscientiously build into our plans the means to empower community ownership of projects delivered.

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But wait, it gets better! We were honored with a visit from the Honorable Hannah Bundu Songowa, the Majority Deputy Chief Whip of the Sierra Leone Parliament. During our working lunch, the board received first-hand insight into the national government, candid discussions on challenges for both International NGOs and development efforts by the various ministries. Additionally, the Hon. Hannah put a personal face on the regional struggle against the Ebola outbreak.

The meeting continued with a panel discussion including the Hon. Hannah and Mr. Gibrill Jalloh who has worked with the World Bank, is a recent MPA graduate from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and earned a BSc in Environment and Development from Njala University in Sierra Leone.

All in all, for a first effort by a small group with big dreams, the day was very successful! Please look for more updates on the work Deeper Missions is doing (a new well is underway, and we are helping support the national effort for more Ebola protection supplies), and learn more about the goals we’ve set to further address the needs for safe water, proper sanitation and green energy for communities in Africa.

By |August 31st, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

April 2013 Quarterly Board Meeting Recap

We had some new voices last week at our quarterly board meeting, including two new volunteers: Bret Mueller, a George Mason University student who will be helping us market our TBA fundraising event later this year, and Krystle Kline, our new volunteer social media manager (who is currently writing this post). Lee Popkin, Jerry van Rennes, and Derek Reinhard provided a quorum so the board could vote on pertinent matters this quarter.

Derek summarized his report to the board, which included updates on project plans for the annual trip this summer. Deeper Missions has also been approached by several outside organizations that are interested in our work, including a minister at Harvest Mission Deaf Church in Nairobi, Kenya. He wants Deeper Missions to bring vocational training and sustainability projects similar to our Hope for Kakua program to his church. The board voted to consider a possible visit to Nairobi in 2014, and they agreed that Deeper Missions should remain focused on core issues: sanitation, sustainable energy, and clean water projects.

Our last major order of business was to introduce the idea of an inaugural fundraising event this year. The board agreed that our organization is mature enough to start an annual event, although what that event will be is yet to be determined. Lee Popkin volunteered to chair the event committee, which will meet on Sunday, April 21. We welcome your input! Please comment below or use our contact form if you have any suggestions or if you’d like to become involved in the planning process.

The board meeting was very productive, and our volunteers and board members will be quite busy leading up to the summer trip. We all left feeling excited, empowered and ready to do our small part improve the world.

By |April 16th, 2013|Tags: , |