Kiiton Press

Martha K. Belleh


The Years of My Life



Martha Kau Sendolo-Belleh. The Years of My Life

ISBN   (10)    0-913491-14-4
                ISBN   (13)    978-0913491-14-0

   Library of Congress Control Number  2012945047

Publication date:  [2012]

Praises for Martha Kau Sendolo-Belleh's Autobiography

The Years of My Life

“The Years of My Life by Martha Kau Sendolo-Belleh is a powerful memoir. Martha has not only written about herself, she has also written about some  aspects of the Mah Culture of Liberia. Her early life experiences are shared by many of us who grew up in Indigenous Traditional Liberian societies or villages. This is a fascinating reading.  This book offers a new and dynamic understanding of what it means to live a transformative life between two worlds."

                                                      Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr., D. Min., Ph.D 
Former President and Dean, 
Gbarnga School of Theology, Liberia,
FormerProfessor, Cuttington University, Suakoko, Liberia 


"The book is thought-provoking and exemplary.  The language is simple, clear and coherent.  It is void of emotion.  Lessons to be learned from it are  numerous as they are significant.  The story of Martha's life is moving."

                                 Joseph Saye Guannu, Ph.D.
     Professor, Cuttington University,
                  Suakoko, Liberia 

"Martha Sendolo-Belleh has given us a rich introspection into the culture, history and challenges of a young girl growing up in rural Liberia, especially in her native Ganta, Nimba County.  From this humble beginning she went on to complete high school among her urban compatriots at the  Methodist Girls Hostel and the College of West Africa (CWA) in Monrovia;  and onward to college and graduate degrees in Nursing. She carved and enviable career in Nursing, becoming the first African nurse to head the ministry of Health and Social Welfare.  The book gives its readers a profound  and insightful reflection of Liberian culture and history."

                           Kenneth Y. Best

Publisher, Liberian Daily Observer Newspaper


"Mrs. Belleh, thank you for the honor of reading your book. I thank you for giving me a vivid picture of village life and the contrast between two worlds in one Liberia.  I now have a better understanding of Liberian culture and traditions. When I read how your father cut grass on Ganta Mission and cut the grass at your house once you returned to  Ganta as a registered nurse with a graduate degree, my eyes filled with tears. I could feel his joy.  May God continue to bless you."

                                                Helen Roberts Evans, United Methodist Missionary, Liberia

                                           From the Foreword


Martha Kau Sendolo-Belleh is currently a registered Nurse at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Virginia, USA. She is former Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing at George Mason University.  She served as World Health Organization (WHO) Short Term Professional staff in Brazzaville, Congo; Bamako, Mali; Mahe, Seychelles; and in Zambia prior to coming to America.  Martha is the first Mah woman to finish college and the first Ganta, Nimba County woman to serve at the cabinet level as Minister of Health and Social Welfare in the Republic of Liberia.  She is former Chairperson of the West African Health Community and Foundation Fellow of the West African College of Nursing.  She filled in temporarily as President of Liberia for 3 days when President Samuel K. Doe travelled to the Ivory Coast in 1987.  She was Public Health Officer of Nimba County, Liberia prior to her appointment as Minister of Health and Social Welfare.  She is former Chairperson, Nursing Division and Lecturer in Nursing at Cuttingtion University, Liberia.  She was educated at the College of West Africa, Monrovia, Liberia;  Cuttington University, Liberia (B. Sc. Nursing); Case Western Reserve University (Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio (M. Sc. Nursing) and at the Ghana Institute of Public Administration, Accra, Ghana (Certificate in Public Administration).  In addition, she was awarded an RN License by the Maryland Board of Nursing and a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) after passing tests administered by them. them.

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