Strengthening This Generation To Welcome The Next
“The ICMC is devoted to supporting Cote d’Ivoire’s growing generations by financing key programs in the region to provide medical and social enrichment. We are devoted to total community involvement through a partnership with village leaders. Our management of this project will serve the community for many years to come.”
Thanks to your donations along with the dedicated hours of work by volunteers here in the U.S. and from the village of Braffoueby, the clinic was opened for the first time during the visit by Pat Mertz on August 21, 2012. Further great news is that a retired doctor from Braffoueby who worked in the Abidjan Hospital for years has taken on the task of organization and management during the development of the maternity center and immediate care facility.
Another piece of wonderful news is that the government has agreed to make the clinic semi-private, which means that they have agreed to pay the salaries and build housing on the campus before the end of the year for the nurse and mid-wife. In addition, the state will also pay for the gas and electricity, but the clinic will remain in the ownership of the village rather than the state. The clinic is officially named Clinique Patricia Nau de Braffoueby after the mother of the Founder.
Amanda Pincock, a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Ivory Coast, accompanied Patricia for the grand warm welcome party, complete with brass band and the “Gin Ceremony” that all the villagers attended followed by a private dinner with foutou, attieke and sauce verte.
Gifts galore were brought from the U.S., each finding a thankful villager and creating grateful smiles all around. The gifts included over 250 knitted baby caps made by Nancye (that’s how she spells it) Healy and her friends at Stone Church Knitwits; 60+ dolls, teddy bears and blankets created by Dollies Make a Difference; plenty of uniforms for the doctors, nurses, midwife, the nurse’s aides and the guards sent by Liz Nau; hand made friendship bracelets made by Grace Kelly; and many baby clothes from numerous caring people.