One of our core missions is to train mental healthcare workers. Here are some ways we do this: 1. Students from nearby institutions complete clinical hours at the clinic. 2. We raise funds for students committed to entering a mental healthcare field. 3. Providing a mental healthcare institute on site.
Updates on Ronald's M.D. Training
Spring 2022 Year 1 M.D. Student Thriving Medical student Ronald is training with the financial help of Living Vine donors to become a mental healthcare physician. He is soon finishing his first of seven years at the Catholic University of Cameroon medical school in Bamenda. From Hedwick: “Ron's schooling is on track and he is doing well. He validated all his courses with no resistance. The results released indicated he is doing great and very excited and more determined to keep up. He will want you to see the transcript when it's available. He lives with me at home and commutes daily by taxi to school.”
December 2021 Living Vine Funds New M.D. Student This fall, Living Vine took on the project of funding the training of a young Cameroonian, Mr. Fonbeh Ronald Dzelamonyuy to become a mental healthcare physician. Ronald, the son of the clinic’s Director, Mr. Hedwick Fonbeh, grew up surrounded by the life-changing work of the Living Vine Clinic. Ronald had a whirlwind early fall passing graduation exams, sitting for the local medical school entrance exams, and waiting to hear if he made it in. He passed and was accepted into the Catholic University of Cameroon medical school in Bamenda. God provided donors to fund $2,143 for the first year's tuition, housing, books and tools, as well as a private gift to fund his personal needs as a new student. His matriculation ceremony was October 28, 2021. After this year, he will have six years to go. Living Vine received a pledge of $1,000/year toward Ronald's future school costs, and we would be encouraged if you could consider supporting him too! Help us fulfill one of Living Vine’s main purposes: “to provide educational and training opportunities to foreign nationals who will serve in their country’s mental health community” (Living Vine Bylaws).
Below are some facts from Ronald himself. We look forward to updating you on his progress in newsletters to come. Birthday: April 5, 2003 (age 18 1/2) Favorite subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Food Science Favorite sport: Basketball but I love rugby and football [soccer] too Favorite verse: I actually have 3 verses which help me maneuver the challenges I face. These are: Proverbs 24:33-34, 2Timothy 3:16-17, Philippians 4:13 Home Church: Redeemer Baptist Church
I have 3 reasons which make me passionate about donning a white coat someday. These are: 1. I have immense love for exploring the human body and engaging in a lifelong field of study which I truly believe only medicine can give that satisfaction, because I have this undying craving to bring about an innovation in medicine. 2. I love facing new challenges that keep me working at my maximum potential and utterly remove me from my comfort zone, and to me only medicine is full of such fascinating yet arduous cases to deal with. 3. I desire to become a blessing to all those around me and be the person to give life to someone else's goals and dreams in life by saving their lives both physically and spiritually. For me there is nothing more fulfilling than helping a person so immensely that they can't pay you back. 4. Also, to be honest I am really mesmerized by the charisma, mannerisms and self-discipline doctors possess; it is so gripping to me which makes me want to become one🥰.
Thanks again for the opportunity Fonbeh Ronald Dzelamonyuy.