Archive | August, 2010

Santo Domingo’s Storm Team 3

12 Aug

We have our first photo from the AFH Indy team in the Dominican Republic and it demonstrates a hazard that has messed with the scheduled renovation of the HIV/AIDS clinic. Anna Waggoner reports that “storms roll in every day around 3 or 4 pm.” That has brought a premature end to some work days.


And They’re Off!

10 Aug

Three members of the AFH Indy Chapter have touched down in the Dominican Republic and will spend the week working with the Rose-Hulman Chapter of Engineers Without Borders to renovate and expand an HIV/AIDS Clinic in Santo Domingo. AFH Indy is still looking for donations to defray the expense of the airfare. Please click here to learn about that.

Chapter President ChunSheh Teo (third from left above) was at the Indianapolis airport on Sunday to see Carmen Szczesiul, Marco Ladron and Anna Waggoner off for their adventure. And the group is taking photos and journaling its experience. We hope to begin to bring that to you very soon.

Help Us Raise The Roof

1 Aug

As you might have know that we are still actively working on a fundraising effort for the Dominican Republic humanitarian trip to help with the construction for a HIV/AIDS Clinic in partnership with Engineers Without Borders Rose-Hulman Institute Chapter. The project team will be departing from Indianapolis on August 9 and returning on August 16. And we need your help now. We are accepting donations for as little as $1. For a video explaining the project, please click here.

“The Batey Relief Alliance provides medical services to the country and the sugar farmers in the region,” says Anna Waggoner, one of the AFH Indy members preparing for the trip. “Santo Domingo is very close to Haiti and if you saw footage from Haiti in the aftermath of January’s earthquake, you could see the archaic state of medical facilities. I saw doctors using construction hand saws to perform medical procedures and it really tugged at my heart in profound way. I wanted to help the community there anyway that I could and this trip shall provide that by aiding the expansion of the medical community.

“I will also be training the architecture and engineering students on construction techniques which will help the students to be better architects and engineers … I would personally appreciate any donation you could make to this cause. Funds are going to send a group of four architects and nine students to Santo Domingo to complete the first phase of the project which is to enclose the building with a new roof.”

All donors will be listed and acknowledge on the website with the categories below BUT if you or anyone that you know wanted it to remain anonymous, please let that be known and we will not identify the donation. Also to make it easier, if you wish to donate but would be difficult to send it by mail, please contact us at so that we can coordinate someone to pick up the check. All contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations and please let us know if you would like to have a tax-deductible receipt sent to you.

[$100 and up]
[$50 to $99]
[$20 to $49]
[$1 to $19]

If you can just send this message out to your contacts or, even better, if you would like to personally help with this effort, you can make a difference in just two easy steps.

1. Write a donation and make a check payable to Architecture for Humanity. IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to ‘Architecture for Humanity’ with a note in memo section reading, “Indianapolis Chapter — Dominican Republic Project.”

2. Please send your donation to the following address: 40 North Irwin Street; Indianapolis, IN 46219.