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Please join us for the next installment of the "Import/Export" series, where we invite guest speakers from slightly outside the A/E professions to present on issues of interest and relevance for international practice. We are pleased to announce that Susie Kinyanjui, Program Implementation Manager for St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, and Erik Benson, Senior Construction and Training Supervisor for Build Health International, will present their work to provide healthcare facilities and services in Haiti through the lenses of the owner (in this case, an NGO) and the builder. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.
The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, founded in 1983 and based in Newton Upper Falls, strives to improve life for the poor of Haiti by facilitating access to quality, affordable health care, educational opportunities and community development programs. Their goal is to create a model of successful, sustainable development in rural Haiti that relies on local leadership and work force and that can be replicated throughout the country. SBHF believes the only way to achieve this goal is by empowering Haitians to help Haitians. They work to improve health and quality of life for all members of the community at every stage of their lives.
Build Health International, based in Beverly, was formed to build facilities that make it possible for global health organizations (such as SBHF and Partners in Health), in partnership with the public sector, to deliver quality and accessible health care to those who need it most. BHI works with organizations that provide free or substantially subsidized health care. Their priority is to serve the poorest among us, while working in close partnership with effective NGOs and the public sector. Their model is based on blending aspects of North American design and systems with systems, materials, and building techniques that are appropriate to resource-constrained environments tailored to each project's location. The results are facilities that raise the standard of healthcare but are affordable and sustainable.
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