October 2014       Wine for Change Fundraiser

Building Healthcare for Humanity held its first fundraiser, Wine for Change, on October 2, 2014.  The event was a success and, with the generous donations received, Melinda Lehman will visit the Shelter Children's Center in late October 2014 with representatives from Discover the World, our partner foundation, and Rev. Dr. Doug Millham, the president and co-founder of Discover the World.  The orphanage provides a home for at risk children.  The Center is in need of a new clinic along with other improvements.  After Melinda returns, she will be preparing a project proposal that will be used to seek funding for the much needed clinic and improvements.  Stay tuned for updates when Melinda returns.

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August 2014         Shelter Children's Center, Ngong, Kenya

Excitement is building for our new project—assisting a partner foundation, Discover the World, improve one of their existing orphanages located outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  The Shelter Children’s Center provides housing and education for at-risk young boys and girls. 

Building Healthcare for Humanity is raising funds to assist in the design and construction of a much needed clinic that will serve the orphanage as well as the surrounding communities.  Additionally, improvements will be provided for the aging dorms and structures.

Sustainability is a top priority for construction, operation and maintenance. 




July 2014    

International Academy for Health & Design 10th World Congress - Toronto, July 2014

Melinda Lehman and Gerry  Puchlik were in Toronto in July to present at the International Academy of Design 10th World Congress.  The primary focus of the Congress was on how government and private investment can support the creation of healthy and sustainable social, domestic, commercial and urban infrastructure through ecological and salutogenic design principles. 

Melinda and Gerry were panelists at a session  titled “Learning from Africa:  Innovation in Low-Middle Income Countries.”  Joining them were Massoud Shaker, PhD, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Health, South Africa; and Ahmed Sherif, PhD, Professor of Architecture, The University of Cairo.

Melinda and Gerry presented “A Salutogenic Teaching Hospital in Ethiopia,” which outlined the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered while providing re-design assistance on a partially constructed teaching hospital  in Shashemene, Ethiopia. 

Speaking with the  Ministers of Health from Vietnam, South Africa, and Kurdistan, it became clear that other countries are experiencing many of the same challenges Ethiopia is facing in improving healthcare facilities and infrastructure.  

Download their presentation "A Salutogenic Teaching Hospital in Ethiopia" here.