APM volunteers help build hospital in Bangladesh

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A look at the design for the new Memorial Christian Hospital being constructed in the southeast corner of Bangladesh.

An engineer with APM is now working in the developing nation of Bangladesh to act as project manager for the construction of the new Memorial Christian Hospital in the southeast corner of the country.

Jonathan Barrett is working with his wife, Holly, who is also an engineer. They have been in Bangladesh for the past two months.

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated and poorest countries. The existing hospital is the major surgical resource for 10 million people, although due to its age, layout and capacity, it is unable to provide all the required services.

The Barretts will work as project managers for the construction of a new facility that will better service the area. Their duties will include finalizing the design, ensuring quality and safety control on site and handling the construction budget and schedule.

The modern hospital will be three times larger than the existing facility and have the capabilities to provide all the necessary services.

The Barretts are expected to spend two years in Bangladesh. Though they have traveled for similar projects in the past, this will be the longest and most complex project they have volunteered for.

Jonathan Barratt explains that his engineering experience with APM will benefit his team of local architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical staff throughout the project.

“I have the education and experience to help build this hospital so that the people of the community can get the medical services they require. The goal is for the hospital to be more efficient and I want to pass on some of my expertise to the community and leave a legacy for the future.”

Organizations: Memorial Christian Hospital

Geographic location: Bangladesh, Barretts

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  • GOOD NEWS STORY
    January 07, 2013 - 07:32

    I agree fully with UPWESTER, this young couple are there as VOLUNTEERS and are doing this as a Mission and it has NOTHING to do with the goodness of APM.....NOTHING!

  • Friend of the Barretts
    January 06, 2013 - 22:02

    The Memorial Christian Hospital facility was constructed in 1964 in Malumghat, Bangladesh and it has been a tool to provide physical aid to the hurting people of Bangladesh since that time. Due to its age, layout, and capacity, a new building will be constructed to meet the needs of the patients more effectively and to expand the existing ministry. Our responsibilities include working with the national architects and engineers to assist in finalizing the drawings, selecting a national contractor and overseeing the daily on site construction to ensure the overall structural integrity, quality of construction, specified materials, safety, schedule and budget are not compromised. We will be reporting directly to the ABWE projects office. If you would like to support us or the MCH Renewal project financially and receive a Canadian tax receipt please visit the link www.abwe.ca for a description of the various methods to donate. For Credit Cards call 1-877-690-1009 or cheques can be sent to ABWE Canada at the address below with a note indicating our names “Barrett, Jon & Holly” or “MCH Renewal Project, Bangladesh”. Alternately you can donate on line at CanadaHelps.org – under ABWE using the same descriptions in the drop down menu as above.

  • WE need your talent here
    January 06, 2013 - 21:00

    I commend you on your endeavours...BUT..we need your talent and resources here..we have people in need HERE! on the Island!It looks nice on your CV to do these things in foreign enviroments and you get credits thru your church but for God's sake ..People are in need here,whether it be housing,heating bills or volunteering to help the poor or people dealing with substance abuse.........you get lots of press for this type of activity ... but where is the common sense...... YOU guys make George CARLIN look like a genius....he was right!!!!!!! APM may get good PR but come one ..use your brains..we all give back to the society we live in ..first.,....not cherry pick for the best PR!!!There are peiple on PEI who need your help!

  • gargamel
    January 06, 2013 - 14:58

    Well now, isn't that just special?

  • UPWESTER
    January 06, 2013 - 11:26

    What does this have to do with APM? Are they paying ther salaries while in Bangladesh? Does APM own them? Why are they APM volunteers? The headline should read "Jonathan and Holly Barrett volunteer in Bangladesh".

    • Hey Upwester
      January 06, 2013 - 12:09

      The first line of the story says "An engineer with APM..." That was my first clue that the couple worked for APM, which means they are/were being paid by APM. the second last paragraph quotes the engineer making a point of saying his experience with APM will benefit many. I see that third last paragraph confuses the issue by saying they volunteered for the project. For some reason, the couple are giving credit to APM....could it be a paycheque for working in a dangerous and distant poor country? I say kudos to them whatever the reason, for risking their lives in a nation of the poorest people and many very frightening people with big guns.

    • UPWESTER
      January 07, 2013 - 16:07

      @HEYUPWESTER..The first line of the story says "An engineer with APM..." That was my first clue that the couple worked for APM, It does not say the couple work for APM. You read something that wasn't said. It said an engineer with APM not "engineers", plural so therefore they are not a "couple" who worked for APM.This story headline should not have mentioned APM at all. Got it? It could have been said in the body of the story that one of them worked for APM. See the difference?

  • Choudhury Hasan
    January 06, 2013 - 09:36

    A very nice gesture. Everyone of us should try to give back to the society we live in.

  • Appreciate
    January 06, 2013 - 07:39

    Well done APM. You deserve much praise for making this happen.