Patricia Mertz was forced to cut short her two-and-a-half year term of service with the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire. She talked about her desire to return and help so much over the next seven years that her niece finally promised to give her $10,000 from the prize money of a singing contest she entered. She didn’t win the contest but the promise had catalyzed Patricia to take action, form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and get work saving the lives of mothers and children in the West African country. The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article. Patricia Mertz is a Founder and Executive Director for Ivory Coast Mothers and Children. Crowdfunding page: caringcrowd.org/provide-children-west-africa-lifesaving-vaccines What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign? Vaccinate 300 children for tetanus, meningitis and typhoid. What has been your experience using CaringCrowd? We have raised money for the installation of about 80 sinks in the classrooms in 2 villages to promote proper hand washing, money to buy vaccines, medical supplies and equipment and aid for the orphans, the most vulnerable children. The matching and also sharing with their employees and working with the capable experienced people at CaringCrowd. How much have you raised on CaringCrowd? About $15,000 More about Ivory Coast Mothers and Children: Twitter: @ivorycoastaid Facebook: Facebook.com/IvoryCoastMothersAndChildren Instagram: @ivorycoastaid Website: www.ivorycoastaid.org ICMC Ivory Coast Mothers and Children is a 501(c)3 organization that works in partnership with The Patricia Nau Clinic, a community-based maternal health clinic located in the village of Braffoueby, Cote d’Ivoire. Through funding and capacity building support, we are building healthier communities by advancing quality medical care for safe births and access to disease treatment and prevention, especially for mothers, newborns, and children under five Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.