April 2017 Braffoueby Visit

In April of 2017 Patricia Mertz traveled to the village of Braffoueby with Laura and Matthew Gifford OD of Red Eye Eyewear and Tammy Heldt, Optician at Aardvark Eyewear.  In Sub-Saharan Africa Optometrists are outnumbered 8,000 to 1 leaving many children and adults without access to proper vision care. Together, they screened over 600

Roaring 20s at the Ballroom 2016

October 1st, 2016 It's The Roaring 20's. Silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar which will be followed by a plated dinner. Music and surprises! Get your flapper on! Dozens of auction items will be featured. trips, Hamilton tickets, sports tickets, art, deluxe packages Since 2013, when construction of the Patricia Nau Clinic

Give the Gift of Soap and Water

So many illnesses start with poor hand hygiene. Salmonella, campylobacter (cause of food poisoning, stomach and intestine inflammation), MRSA, flu, diarrhea and sickness, the common cold, and impetigo are just some of the viruses and infections passed between people who do not wash their hands properly with soap.  A UNICEF study reports that the simple act of washing your hands with

The Best is Yet to Come

When I started Ivory Coast Mothers and Children (ICMC) back in 2008 with a very devoted group of many kind and daring friends and family, I knew if by some miracle we ever made the Patricia Nau clinic a reality, its success would depend completely on a group of people from Braffoueby taking leadership roles together with

Season’s Greetings from Africa

I hope this letter finds you well! I write to you from the Ivory Coast in Africa where I have been spending the month with local government and village leaders, other successful Ivory Coast non-profits, and the team at the Ivory Coast Mothers and Children (ICMC) Clinic to discuss best practices and strategize how we

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