March 28, 2014
Greetings to you and your co-workers.
Let me express my words of gratitude to you and all other members of your team the hard work thus far. I was able to keenly watch the link [of The News Hour story] sent me and it was quite amazing. The interesting thing is that, while it was b eing shown live in the US, I did receive some calls just to inform me of what was happening at that time.
In my mind, this is just the beginning of great happenings. More shall come by the grace of God. With this great step forward, I am optimistic of some positive change in the area of mental health in Liberia and the global community at large.
Personally, I’m sorry for being a bit slow in responding to your mail. All this happen because of some serious challenges.
By March 11, 2014, I lost one of my patients by the name of Jacob Sahn. The late was one of those patients I personally had some good interaction with over the past few years. In fact I carried him to Grant Mental Hospital for treatment before and he was actually recuperating gradually. One sad day, he was seen dead along the highway somewhere in Nimba. After he died, he was buried the same day.
By last Wednesday, March 26, 2014, I closely collaborated with the Ganta Hospital Family, my students, family members, and other friendsfor a colorful memorial service for him. This program was so historical because it was first of its kind to be held in the area especially for a person who was believed to be mentally ill.
Even though, this person has died, but the overwhelming support of everyone shows that the advocacy message is actually taking effect. This activity and other teaching schedules really been keeping me very busy. Please keep me in prayers because the challenges are so enormous. I hope to always do my best in working with such population affected. Mike Otis says hi to you all. He is actually doing well with his school and health in general.
My best wishes to you all once again.