Phebian's Story

Phebian Abdulai was born in Sierra Leone, the daughter of a Kono District midwife. Inspired by her mother's hard work and compassionate care, Phebian enrolled at the Freetown National School of Nursing. Her path changed drastically, however, when a decade-long civil war erupted in Sierra Leone in 1991. Phebian and her family fled to the neighboring country of Gambia, where they lived in a refugee camp. She and her family were able to safely resettle in Buffalo in 2001.

First, as patient of Dr. Myron Glick at Jericho Road Community Health Center, and then as nurse in our clinic for many years, Phebian gradually sensed God calling her back to Sierra Leone to provide quality healthcare for her people. The war had decimated her already under-resourced nation, and she knew the growing needs were profound.

With Jericho Road by her side, Phebian went back to Sierra Leone to build her dream. Construction on our Adama Martha Memorial Community Health Center (AMMCHC- named after Phebian’s mother and grandmother) started in Koidu, Kono District, in 2014.

We were able to open our doors to patients, with "Mamma Phebian" at the helm, in February 2015- during the Ebola crisis.

"This clinic is really needed," Phebian said. "These lives are worth something. In our own little way, we want to take that part of the country and see what we can do for them."