Darwin was first introduced to the global issue of maternal mortality while engaging with Merck’s Office of Corporate Philanthropy in a role that led to the establishment of Merck’s “signature” initiative, Merck for Mothers. This initiative involves a 10-year, $500 million commitment to creating a world where no woman has to die giving life. This partnership led to another initiative called the Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health. This global program leverages the skills and talents of Merck employees to build and support humanitarian organizations’ efforts to answer the health needs of the undeserved.
During 2013, Darwin was selected to participate in this new fellowship program. While working with Physicians for Peace, Darwin was introduced to the Mother’s Monument project. Within days of returning home from his fellowship assignment, he and Matt were able to meet in person and Darwin joined the team to provide strategic and tactical support for the project. He is grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people involved with this project and the to help Mothers Legacy Project in overall strategic planning.