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…from a thesis project to the Kito Health Center

The project of the Kito Health Center, now under construction in the island of San Francisco, in the Camotes Islands (Philippines) was born thanks to the thesis research of Doctor Carola Roccatagliata: in fact, Carola has graduated in Architecture defending a thesis entitled “Project Tulang Diot”, in which she has elaborated an architectural project of the Health Center that Kito Onlus is constructing in San Francisco thanks to the OPM – Chiesa Valdese donations.

Tesi Carola

Carola’s thesis

The development of the thesis has been personally followed by our President, Architect Paola Vecchiato, who has believed in the feasibility of the Health Center since the very beginning. Thanks to her precious work of fundraising and fund scouting she has been able to make it possible.

Carola’s research¬†has developed on several levels: after analyzing the characteristics of the island, she has analyzed the local building system; on top of this, an analysis of emergency architecture has completed the research, from which the Kito Health Center has been designed. Not a shelter – a temporary repair -, rather a multifunctional structure that can run during emergencies thanks to its sustainability and its energetic autonomy, which will also function as a stable ambulatory, a medical point of reference for the inhabitants of the island, which is right now lacking any kind of structure dedicated to first aid and ¬†basic healthcare assistance.

Hence, this project has allowed to guarantee access to medical assistance to the population of San Francisco. Moreover, during the construction, trainings will be delivered to the population, in order to introduce them to the topic of resilient and typhoon-prone construction methods: the trainings will be based on the researches done by Carola to guarantee that the Health Center is typhoon-prone; in this way, the knowledge that she analyzed will be useful to the local community as well.

Kito Onlus is very proud to have finally started the works for building the Health Center on the island of San Francisco, and all the staff wishes to thank Carola for the job developed together and congratulate for her results!