Back to Liberia

16 Sep, 2023

At last, we're back with some news! First of all, thanks to all those who were able to attend our sharing evening in Vevey in June. It was a very encouraging evening for us, and we hope that the Liberian flavours accompanied you for a few days.

We've been back in Liberia for a month now, and it feels like we've already lived through at least 3 of them! The children are back at school and Gabriel is very proud to have joined the "big school" and to have his Dakar Academy T-shirt (photo). As for Caleb, he's waiting impatiently for his turn! In fact, he's ready and will soon be able to join the preschool.

A year as directors

Nicolas and I celebrated our first year as leaders. It's been a challenging year, but we're continuing to tackle the task we've been given. At our first team meeting, we reviewed the goals we had set ourselves last year.

First shared goals for September 2022 and our personal assessment:

  • Team unity - in progress
  • State of finances - in progress
  • Generator overhaul - in progress
  • Relationship between SIM and ELWA - improved
  • Hospital governance and quality of care - in progress
  • An appointment with each missionary - not achieved
  • Share SIM's 6 core values - achieved
  • Improve security department - in progress
  • Hospital, higher standards and separated governance - in progress
  • Housing (renovations, distribution, finances...) - in progress
  • Relations with external partners (SP, MAF, Mercy Ships, etc.) - improved
  • Campus life / children's activities - improved

New goals for the next 12 months :

  • Continue to work on team unity
  • Improve financial situation
  • Review generators
  • Hospital governance and quality of care
  • Improve campus security
  • Strengthen our leadership team
  • Strengthening ELWA management

As you can see, we're learning that when a big ship changes course, it takes lots and lots of time and even more patience.

Focus on the dental clinic

Things are going well at the clinic. The first 7 students are about to start their second year of training and will graduate in June 2024! An incredible milestone for Liberia, given that this is the country's first dental school. The school will welcome 8 new students and start a second intake in November this year. Renju and Serin, two dentists from India, have come with their two children to reinforce our dental team. It's a blessing to have them with us!

Focus on our finances

We've been living off your donations for nearly 6 years now, and we're grateful that it's possible! However, we have to share with you that as our budget has increased (3 children in school, Caleb now also pays for a seat when traveling, notable inflation in Liberia...) and donations have decreased, we are actively looking for new donors! A one-off donation or a monthly sum - anything is possible! If you would like to support us, please contact Melvina or SIM Switzerland directly ( And of course, we can't say it enough, but THANK YOU to all our loyal donors! Without you, we couldn't accomplish our mission here in Liberia.

Classified ads

  • We are looking for a young person to come and work as an "au pair", supervising the afternoon French lessons given to our 3 school-age boys. The children attend school in English. Other commitments on the ELWA campus possible in the mornings. Basic English required (local language). Voluntary, min. 2-month commitment. If interested, contact Melvina!
  • SIM Liberia on the ELWA campus is looking for an accountant to help bring the finances up to date and to train local staff in the IT tools used. Volunteer, minimum 4-month commitment, good knowledge of English required. Contact:
  • ELWA Hospital is looking for missionary doctors (general practitioners, pediatricians, surgeons, emergency physicians, etc.). Minimum 6-month commitment. Contact:

Join us in prayer

For our resilience and resistance to stress. For discernment in what God is asking us to do. The to-do list never ends! Gabriel's health is always a subject of prayer. But we praise God for the joy of watching them play with their campus friends every day after school! Pray with us for peaceful and transparent elections.

Melvina, Nicolas, Théotime, Siméon, Gabriel and Caleb

A school like no other

13 May, 2023

Five years ago almost to the day, we set foot on Liberian soil for the first time. Far from imagining what awaited us, we were ready to face the unknown.

For Theotime and Simeon

I often wonder how our children, Theotime and Simeon in particular, experienced this change. When I …

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A look back at the month of January

04 Mar, 2023

Dear friends,

Caleb is at ease on his little bike, Gabriel lost his first tooth, Simeon confirms his passion for maths and Theotime likes to chat on the porch of our neighbors with his friends... There is no doubt, time passes and our children remind us daily.


In the …

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Our new position

22 Dec, 2022

While we receive lots of beautiful snowy pictures from Switzerland, on our side, the tropical rain is giving way to a drier and warmer season. The children have just started their Christmas vacations and we will take a week's break from December 23rd..

But what do we do more concretely …

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First dental school in Liberia ?

28 Oct, 2022

Dear friends, We are sorry to have taken so long to give you news. We are thinking of you and are so grateful for all your messages, calls, emails and support.

A dental therapy school

This is a milestone for a country that currently …

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August in Liberia

22 Aug, 2022

Dear friends,

We can hardly believe that we have spent 20 weeks in Switzerland and that we are already back on African soil. We would like to thank you for your faithful support during our time in Switzerland. The time passed quickly but we have the feeling that we were …

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News from Gabriel

01 Jun, 2022

Dear friends, dear family,

Thank you for your many messages about Gabriel. Here is finally some news. Back in Switzerland since the end of March, we did many tests at the CHUV. Nothing could be found but the doctors thought that the parasite track had been sufficiently explored in September …

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Almost 2 months...

11 Apr, 2022

Almost 2 months already that we set foot on the Swiss soil! A hospitalization at the CHUV, exams here and there, a gastroscopy, an appointment in Basel... Gabriel is brave and enduring. He even talks about the doctors by saying "my doctors"! We don't have all the results yet and …

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Our agenda

19 Feb, 2022

Dear friends, dear families,

It is time for us to share with you in a few words the plans for the next few months.

We have been keeping you informed about Gabriel's health for over 18 months now. Since it did not get better after taking the anti-parasite medication, we …

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Medical visit in the tropical forest.

04 Feb, 2022

Early Thursday morning, the Landrover, already well loaded, arrives at the dental clinic to pick up Henry and Wannie and all the dental material for this excursion. They load everything on the roof and it's off for more than 10 hours of driving. The privileged ones - of which I am …

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Merry Christmas!

24 Dec, 2021

Dear friends, dear family,

Thank you for continuing to follow our adventure, thank you for your faithful encouragement and perseverance by our side. We are grateful for all that we are able to experience, and we want to wish you a peaceful Christmas:

A peaceful Christmas,
A Christmas far from …

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Return from Switzerland and Gabriel

18 Nov, 2021

Dear friends, dear family,

Thank you for your messages, your calls and your prayers! Thank you for all the attention you have shown to Gabriel's health. We are touched to feel that you carry this concern with us. Here is finally some news from our side.

Stay in Switzerland

The …

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From our guest, Célia

11 Nov, 2021


When I arrived in Liberia after spending all day on the plane, the first thing I noticed was the heat and humidity. After a rainy and cold summer in Switzerland, this is a change! It was often nice and warm (I didn't need to use my sweaters ;-) but as …

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All around

01 Sep, 2021

It is the beginning of September already and we are in the middle of our rainy season. We heard that in Switzerland too, you know the rain this summer!


These last months have been very busy. The little school where Théotime and Siméon were in suddenly closed because of …

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10 Jun, 2021

As the weeks go by, we have the feeling that we have just done our last newsletter. There is no lack of inspiration...! But the quiet time behind our screen to type these few lines.

Doors have opened

In February 2020, we shared openly that Nicolas was looking for a …

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Finally a real program!

30 Apr, 2021

Months of work in advance

Imagine a word file by patient, sorted in the year of their first visit. You all remember the year of your first visit to your dentist, don't you? So imagine 53,000 files stored …

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1 month in Liberia

31 Mar, 2021

It is now more than a month since we are back in Liberia. Switzerland and its beautiful white snow already seem far away.

How are we doing?

Théotime and Siméon have joined the school with 5 other children. They like it there. They prepare a play about pirates 2 afternoons …

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Flights booked for February!

02 Feb, 2021

That's it, we have booked our flights to finally return to Liberia! The departure is scheduled for February 25th. Until then, we have a lot of work to do. Packing 250kg of luggage is not done in 2 days: what it already weighs 20kg!? But we haven't put anything in …

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A few obstacles in our way

14 Dec, 2020

We are very grateful that the health situation is not an obstacle to our future return to Liberia. Covid19 is also present in the tropics but apparently less strongly (climate, young population...).

The children's school will reopen around February 1st.

We were hoping to leave the 3rd week of January …

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Birth of Caleb

18 Nov, 2020

It is with joy and gratitude that we announce the birth of Caleb! He arrived on November 11th at 7:03 am. With his 51.5 cm and his 3kg600, he is not a small weight and looks strangely like his brothers!

Everything went all well and we take our …

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Six months already

09 Oct, 2020

Six months already that we are in Switzerland. This time "imposed" by the circumstances offer us many good things. The children have got the rhythm and can benefit from a psychotherapeutic support for Théotime, speech therapy for Siméon, gym, scouts, play group for Gabriel, birthdays, friends, … Nicolas is doing is …

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4 days to debrief two years?

20 Aug, 2020

It is in Côte-aux-Fées that we settled down for these days of family debriefing. The two big ones came a little backwards but Christian had planned everything: a box of playmobils and a box of lego were waiting for them! He started by …

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News from Liberia

07 Jun, 2020

We hear that Africa is less affected by the virus than the rest of the world. Yes, some numbers seem to indicate that this is true. However, how to know for sure? In average, african countries have realized 68.5 …

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Our stay in Switzerland

05 May, 2020


Weeks are passing quickly and we finally wanted to update you on our situation.

We are very thankful to have been spared by the CoVid. Every body is healthy. Melvina is still receiving treatment at home but feels much better already. We hope that it will keep improving in …

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Challenging time

26 Mar, 2020

I guess you won’t deny if I tell you that we are going through a challenging time. Liberia has now only a few cases of Coronavirus patient, but schools are closed, churches and restaurants too. Only 10 people at the time are accepted at the shops and « street food …

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What next ?

29 Feb, 2020

Dear friends, dear family,

We have received several message from you asking the following question: the first two initial years are coming to an end, what next? We have realized that it was time to share with you our reflections.

In Liberia

When we look …

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29 Jan, 2020

We recognize in the distance the squeaking sound of the wheelbarrow. "Ah Boakai is coming with his banana bread, corn bread and his fish pies". We will generally buy him a few banana bread that we will keep for a morning or afternoon snack. Boakai is 14 years old and …

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Merry Christmas!

20 Dec, 2019

It is with some impressions from the life in Liberia that we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and an happy new Year 2020.

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Dental Clinic

28 Nov, 2019

Second episode

Thanks for your comments about our last news letter. It was nice to read that some of you had the same question in mind : How did Joseph pay his bill ? Let me then give you some news. Joseph is lucky to know a missionary in his community. She …

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Dental Clinic

31 Oct, 2019

First episode

I am welcoming Joseph on my dental chair this morning. A dental infection gives him a distorted face from the ear down in the neck. I look in his mouth and see 2 infected teeth, pus is also coming out of the …

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28 Sep, 2019

During our stay in Switzerland, we have had the same question coming several times : how is your financial situation. Let’s be honest with you. As we are depending on people’s generosity, to talk about our finances means as well dealing with thoughts …

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We are back!

30 Aug, 2019

Dear friends and family, We have left you during our summer break in Switzerland, but are now ready to continue sharing our news with you.

Thank you!

But first of all, we wanted to give you a small feedback of our time in …

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One year in Liberia

29 May, 2019


Yes, the whole family (almost) is counting the days. We are all looking forward to seeing our Switzerland and all its treasures : Family, friends, mountains… and for some others : cows, horses, big Swiss ships, etc.

A marathon?

This first year in Liberia …

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What is happening on Sundays  ?

29 Apr, 2019

To find a local church that is adapted to our family need was not a piece of cake ! Preach too long, music too loud, assembly too large, too many kids ! Here in Liberia, the children attend generally to their own service separated from the adults.

We finally had a crush …

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The new dental clinic

05 Apr, 2019

I don’t flood my patients with my drill anymore and my air water tip is now blowing air only (!), the air conditioning unit is working wonderfully, it’s spacious and bright.

The old reception small and dark is now in a large and welcoming space! You …

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She can not hide itself

03 Mar, 2019

She can not hide itself. She is visible everywhere. So present that she seems to be part of the landscape. That she could almost become bucolic! On the surface. Nine months that we are mixing with her and we are still not accustomed to her …

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28 Jan, 2019

Our parents

We had the great pleasure to spend a more than 3 weeks with our parents, including 10 days of holiday. They arrived without any problems on December, 26th, the suitcases were real Father Christmas' sacks! The boys were really excited and joy was in our house! A big …

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Christmas in the Tropics

26 Dec, 2018

Snow, snow!


Our Liberians friends had warned us that around Christmas: "snow, snow!"… Really? Snow? Don't worry if you haven't got a white Christmas, we have understood yet that the Liberian's snow is the morning fog slightly refreshing for those who wake up early …

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Trip in central Liberia

29 Nov, 2018

Gbarnga (pronounced: banga) is a small city north-east of Monrovia. 3 hours drives… if you know how to avoid Red Light (the biggest market of Liberia), if you do not have any problems finding gasoline…

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But what is Nicolas doing ?

29 Oct, 2018

Between the Hospital and the office


It was difficult to be precise about the work of Nicolas before coming to Liberia. I think that now after soon 6 months, we can clarify a little bit the question. To start, let's say that …

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A visit of the clinic?

29 Sep, 2018

At 9 am, the first patients, emergencies, are taking seats on our chairs. The wait can be long as most of them arrived at the clinic around 6-7 am! For some of them, they have traveled 2-3 days to arrive to Monrovia,...

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Liberia in and around our house

28 Aug, 2018

Felicia, the nanny

We present you, dear friends, Felicia. Felicia is our nanny, an ideal homemaker (our main invaders: sand and ants!) and cook. She cooks 3x a week Liberian dishes, always based on rice, onions, garlic, tomato concentrate and fish. The main ingredient will vary: okra, cassava leaves, potato …

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A Monday

29 Jul, 2018

The morning

We invite you to experience one of our Mondays! We usually do not need an alarm. We have our own natural alarms. They are called Gabriel or Siméon and are set up for around 5:30 to 6:30. Nicolas is appointed chief of the porridge. We spice …

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The work

26 Jun, 2018

And the school?

8 weeks went by since we boarded the airplane in Geneva... it seems so far away! Lots of things are happening here and it is difficult to sort out what we would like to share with you, but don't worry, we are doing well. The kids are …

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In Liberia !

19 May, 2018

Our new home


Here we are! We have landed in Monrovia almost two weeks ago now. The long trip went well, thanks to the screen behind the seats of the airplane! Directly immersed in the heat and humidity, we were well welcomed by SIM Liberia at the …

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Before leaving

25 Apr, 2018

En Avril… n’ôte pas un fil ?

In french, we have a saying: In April, do not take off a single thread. This year we can put it aside! Our boys have been playing in swimsuit the whole afternoon in the garden!

Almost behind us ...

Last month's tempo was set …

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29 Mar, 2018

The end of the courses

It is already two weeks since we have left our English life. Our time in England has ended well. The kids had adjusted and had started to speak a few words in English! We have made the most of the courses and talked about challenging …

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The Courses

26 Feb, 2018

Hi everyone,

Weeks are passing by but we are grateful that the boys are now well adapted (Siméon goes to school with pleasure!). Ride with bikes, afternoon at a hut or around the bonfire are highlights of our outside life here! Gabriel is visibly growing. He is coming to class …

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Start at All Nations

20 Jan, 2018

Hi everyone,

Here are some news from All Nations where we arrived around 15 days ago. We are gently settling in and we can now follow the every day routine without too much stress. Life here is quite intense! Théotime and Siméon are going to school and nursery (Théotime until …

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Hi Everybody,

13 Jul, 2017

Our Project takes shape !

You will soon receive official news. In the meantime, have a look at this Video ! It'll give you a foretaste of what we are scheming :-)

See you soon,

Melvina, Nicolas, Théotime et Siméon

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Welcome !

04 May, 2017

This home page will be updated on a regular basis with news, photos and short videos. As we discover life in Liberia, we will post news about our family life, our work, our great moments and our challenges.

We look forward to your visits!

Melvina and Nicolas

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