Patricia (Patsy Nau) Mertz

Founder & Executive Director
Ivory Coast Mothers and Children

I didn't really use my language skills until I was 55 in 2001 and went to French speaking Cote d'Ivoire in the Peace Corps.  Now I visit the village regularly where I started a NGO and opened a community health care center that provides a safe and clean space for women to give birth and also immediate care with doctors, a nurse, midwife, a lab tech and a small pharmacy.