The Keys to the Congo: And further travels: Memoir of a 2x Peace Corps volunteer

Irene Gertrud Brammertz

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Synopsis: The Keys to the Congo and further travels chronicles the author's experiences using excerpts from her Diary and letters she wrote to her family and friends while serving a 27-month assignment in Zaire, Africa from 1988-90. This memoir is to fulfill goal three of the Peace Corps Mission: To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. The author does that by sharing numerous vignettes of situations and experiences she encountered; some very frustrating but in the end fulfilling. The memoir doesn't end with her service in Zaire. After retiring from her challenging job at a Florida non-profit providing services to migrant and other rural poor families, she signed up to work as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Malawi from 2011-12. Then, serendipitously, she had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013 and describes some of the gratifying things she encountered when she re-visited the people and places she had left behind in 1990.

About the Author: Irene Brammertz, originally from Switzerland, immigrated to the United States in 1964. She became a naturalized US citizen in July 1969. After her children were grown, she applied to serve in the Peace Corps. She was invited to serve in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) in the Public Health Administration Program and was assigned to Kimpese in Bas Zaire (Bas Congo) from 1988 through 1990. Her site was a pilot project for Public Health Administration with over 30 rural health centers receiving technical support through the District Office (Institut Medical Evangelique or IME, the mission hospital of Kimpese) where her office was located. Irene also returned to Bukavu in 1989 and again in 1990 and provided the technical training to incoming Public Health Administration volunteers. After the Peace Corps service Irene pursued first a Master’s degree in Inter-cultural Administration from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT (graduated June 1996) and later a Master’s degree in Public Health, International Health Management, from the University of South Florida in Tampa (graduated May 2001). Her service in the Peace Corps was the catalyst that inspired her to further her education. Irene is currently living in Fort Myers, Florida with her two cats. From 1994 until her retirement in 2011 she worked for Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Immokalee, FL, a non-profit agency that serves migrant and rural poor families. Shortly after retiring, the opportunity presented itself to apply for a nine-month Peace Corps Response assignment in Malawi. She left to serve as an HIV/AIDS Technical Adviser at the Blantyre City Health Department from August 2011 through May 2012 during which time she celebrated her 70th birthday. In the fall of 2013 she traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a mission trip and had the opportunity to visit her site in Kimpese and reconnect with many of her former co-workers and friends. Irene is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of three boys and two girls.

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