Portraits: Raphael Sack-Tina, Bruce Maier, Rolande Hodel, Frédérique Hervet
After the book crowdfunder, Raphael wrote: "Congratulations for such a great idea for a book. Its inspires me to work on a positive contribution in Civil Engineering in Africa in the near future."
Raphael Sack-Tina, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Senior Structural Engineer at Candu Energy Inc., Mississauga, CANADA
Bruce Maier is a software specialist with a quirky sense of humor--a self-described "lifelong computer geek," living in Long Island, New York. He wrote his first software program in 1968, and worked as a Manager of Emerging Technology at New York City Transit. He published a book on the sciences, asking the question: Are we living in a computer game/simulation? To find out more about the (virtual) book, please visit http://realityisvirtual.com/.
|Dr. Hodel during a |
trip to Cameroon
Dr. Hodel is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, AIDSfreeAFRICA, an organization which has greatly improved the health and well-being of the women of
Africa in countless ways. Dr. Hodel has a Ph.D. in
Organic Chemistry from City University of Queens College, . Dr. Hodel volunteered at the
United Nations where she became aware of the fact that in many African countries
women are disproportionately infected with HIV/AIDS. This information inspired
Dr. Hodel to found AIDSfreeAFRICA, a non-profit organization dedicated to
helping Africans become self-sufficient in producing essential, generic drugs. New York
Since founding AIDSfreeAFRICA in 2003, Dr. Hodel has spent much time in
Africa and has been involved with establishing start-up pharmaceutical companies in . Her work includes
researching the type of equipment the company needs, making sure the company
complies with acceptable manufacturing practices and, of course, raising money
for these causes. Cameroon
In addition to providing the women of
with improved access to urgently needed pharmaceuticals, Dr. Hodel's
organization has helped Cameroonian women in countless other ways. To increase access to health care and reduce
the maternal death rate associated with childbirth, AIDSfreeAFRICA has shipped
ultrasound machines and other medical equipment to Cameroon
and has provided medicine to help stop bleeding during delivery, a major cause
of maternal death in African countries; and shipped scientific books and laboratory equipment
in University of Buea Cameroon. To
create jobs for Cameroonian women,
the volunteers of AIDSfreeAFRICA sell the women's individually designed and
crafted necklaces in the United States.
For some Cameroonian women, this assistance has tripled their yearly income. Furthermore,
AIDSfreeAFRICA has been instrumental in establishing the program "Kick it
which promotes soccer training for girls in Cameroon
by providing them with soccer equipment.
|Frédérique in Paris|
|"Fragment de Pékin"|
Frédérique Hervet trained and worked as an architect, with a degree from the Paris School of Fine Arts, before finding her true calling as an artist. She has exhibited in a variety of cities, and was chosen as an artist-in-residence in Beijing, China. Her website shows the evolution of her work, and her blog, "Walking Beijing," describes her Beijing experiences.
In between shows, she teaches art at Paris schools of art and architecture, and in workshops for disadvantaged youth.
Richard McMillan, Architect and Publisher
Landry Tientcheu: Landry at the Bayou
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