& Service Learning
Last summer, Kathryn Hamilton Morgan, wife of Brian Morgan '98, and daughter of Judge Gene Hamilton '64, contacted college officials to see if Westminster had any old microscopes the College would be willing to donate.
Through their Presbyterian Church, Kathryn and Brian had met Dr. Brad Berg, chief of pediatrics at a Seattle suburban hospital. Berg helped found Fight for the Children, an organization dedicated to developing pediatric medical clinics in areas where health care does not exist.
Dr. Bob Hansen, Director of Counseling & Health Services, contacted the Science Department and discovered that some useable microscopes had been retired last year and replaced with new ones thanks to a NASA grant. Four microscopes were found, refurbished and donated to Fight for the Children. Read more...
As a result of getting involved in the donation process, Hansen has embarked on a mini-sabbatical to Africa this fall to work as a part of the development team of Fight For The Children. He will also be returning in the spring to continue his work.
"My main job will be to visit potential clinic sites in remote areas and determine the feasibility of creating a clinic there by talking with villagers and elders, networking with area health officials and finding suitable locations," says Hansen. "I will also help build a clinic, plan health education activities and perform administrative duties."
For more information about Fight For The Children, visit www.fightforthechildren.org