Since 1997, John Gould and the Gould family have helped the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur build a school in Enugu, Nigeria, upgrade hospitals and clinics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and establish Small Family Farm programs in northwest Peru and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Sisters serve the “poorest of the poor in the most desperate of places” and they do so with great kindness and effectiveness despite limited resources and extremely challenging conditions. We are honored to support their great work (www.sndden.org).
In 2014, the Gould Family Foundation began our work by delivering Maternal Newborn Health PODS to qualified, grassroots health NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, we started a pilot project with the Segal Family Foundation which has led to a partnership where almost all of our partners are also Segal Family Foundation partners. We added Project CURE and Build Health International as medical equipment procurement partners in 2016 - improving the quality and scope of the equipment that we deliver. Today, we procure new equipment for all partners (with the exception of incubators). In 2018, the wonderful folks at DAK Australia offered to provide important biomedical products like oxygen concentrators, sterilizers, ultrasounds and patient monitors, free of charge, to many of our partners. DAK Australia is also co-funding our new biomedical team expansion.
We established our biomedical program in March 2017 with the hiring of our biomedical engineer, Ms. Deborah Aloyo, who is now our Manager of Biomedical Programs & Operations. We have since added biomedical engineers, technicians or apprentices in Uganda, Burundi, the D.R. Congo, Togo, and Madagascar. We will add a biomedical technician to support our work in Rwanda in Q2 2021. Debbie and her team perform facility and staff assessments, determine the appropriate deliverables, install the equipment, train users and establish biomedical programs for each partner - in other words do our best to sustain the equipment long term.
In 2017, we and our partners identified clinical training and assessment as a critical need. We researched alternatives and established a successful pilot project with LifeNet International in 2018. We have extended this program through 2022. The curriculum includes modules on Nursing Basics, Safe Babies Safe Mothers, Pediatrics and Burdens of Disease. Our agreement with LifeNet includes dedicated Gould Family Foundation Nurse Mentors who train, assess, and importantly, provide on-site, hands-on training and mentoring to our partners. The increase in clinical skills from this program is significant - baseline assessments average 45-55%, post training assessments now average 90% +.
In addition to our international work, we personally support the Youth Mountain Adventure Program (YMAP) that was founded by John Gould, in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), in 2005. The YMAP serves underprivileged, at-risk, urban youth between the ages of 12 – 18 by sending them to an AMC location for several days to participate in activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, and canoeing. A winter program includes cross country skiing, snowshoeing and igloo building. In addition to positive outdoor experiences, teambuilding and leadership activities are core components of every YMAP. Experienced AMC instructors lead each program. The program is free to all participants. With help from matching contributions from individuals and corporations the YMAP serves over 1000 underprivileged youth each year.
John has over 30 years of successful experience in high technology sales, marketing and management. He served as VP Sales & Marketing for a high technology start-up that went public during his tenure and was owner and President of an international software distribution company. He has also managed international and domestic operations for two large, publicly held software companies and has extensive international business experience. John is currently Executive Director of the Gould Family Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of KOMO Learning Centres (an NGO focused on improving education and healthcare for the poor in Uganda). He also continues in his role as Founder of the Youth Mountain Adventure Program with the Appalachian Mountain Club.
The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) was founded by Barry Segal in 2008. Since then, they have supported and developed over 200 grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa. They are, simply put, the best foundation working in this space.
We started our relationship with the Segal Family Foundation in 2015 with a pilot project that involved the delivery and monitoring of 5 Maternal Newborn Health (MNH) PODs to 5 SFF partners. We have continued to work closely with the SFF - over 90% of our partners are also SFF partners. Why such a high concentration? They have done an excellent job in qualifying and developing their partners. In addition, they often provide multi-year, unrestricted funding that helps our partners sustain their health operations.
We are proud to have the SFF as our first collaborating foundation and to have the opportunity to serve their partners. For more information about the Segal Family Foundation, please see: segalfamilyfoundation.org.
In 2017, we identified clinical training and assessment as a major need for our partners. We researched alternatives and established a pilot project with LifeNet International in 2018. The success of the pilot project resulted in multi-year extension and expansion of the program. Our agreement with LifeNet includes dedicated Gould Family Foundation Nurse Mentors who train, assess, and importantly, provide on-site, hands-on training and mentoring to our partners.
Please see https://www.lninternational.org.
A primary medical equipment provider is Project C.U.R.E. Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal, the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating and is ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 Most Efficient Large U.S. Charities. We thank Dr. Jim Jackson, Founder of Project Cure and Dr. Doug Jackson, CEO of Project Cure for believing in our model and for founding and leading such an excellent organization.
Please see: projectcure.org.
Build Health International (BHI) is also a new equipment procurement partner. We are proud to have BHI as a core partner. Their extensive experience in equipping operating rooms, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and laboratories will allow us to complete more complex projects.
Background: Jim Ansara, CEO & Executive Director of BHI, previously led one of the largest design and construction companies in the United States. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, at the request of Partners In Health (PIH) and the Haitian Ministry of Health, Jim agreed to work full time with PIH to design and build a new 300 bed tertiary care teaching hospital, the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM).
After the HUM project, Jim and BHI, designed, constructed and equipped a “model” 80 bed hospital —St. Boniface Hospital in southwest Haiti. Recently they added a new, two-level surgical center with three operating rooms and a ten-bed PACU at St. Boniface.
In addition to their work in Haiti, BHI has extensive experience in Africa and is currently working with PIH in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Rwanda. Please see: buildhealthinternational.org
The DAK Foundation was founded in 2010 by Dave and Kerry Rickards to provide medical equipment and eyesight restoration to the poor. During their travels to Asia they realized that about 80% of the blindness is caused by cataracts and glaucoma which is treatable. They work with local eye surgeons and hospitals to facilitate surgeries for people living with preventable blindness and have completed and have funded well over 150,000 restorations to date. They also provide new medical equipment like sterilizers, vital sign monitors, ultrasounds and fetal dopplers to qualified NGOs (including many of our partners). We are proud to collaborate with the DAK Foundation.
Child Relief International Foundation (CRI) was co-founded by Bonnie and Andrew Weiss with a mission to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty. CRI focuses primarily on health in sub-Sahara Africa. CRI is a member of Big Bang Philanthropy and funds organizations they deem poised to have an outsized impact — Last Mile Health, Integrate Health, Project Muso, D-Rev, and Seed Global Health being among them. CRI has recently helped us to complete the funding (along with the Segal Family Foundation) of two important projects in Uganda. We are proud to add CRI as our second collaborating foundation. For more information about CRI, please see: crifoundation.org.
ADAPTIV Architecture & Planning partners with underprivileged communities to design resilient spaces that adapt to the ever changing needs of the community. Their design process is community centric and is focused on healthcare, education and community planning. They provide high quality architectural and planning services to emerging communities at affordable cost through efficient and innovative design processes.
Please see adaptiv.org.