Baby in front of Vida children's home
September 2020
The Vida Dream
Woman feeding a baby
A shared dream to care for abandoned children comes true in Guatemala

EMI is a Christian non-profit made up of architects, engineers, surveyors, and construction managers who value Design, Discipleship, and Diversity.

“People restored by God and the world restored through design.”

Since 1982, our worldwide mission is to develop people, design structures, and construct facilities which serve communities and the Church—facilities like hospitals, schools, water systems, and more.

Together, we are designing a world of hope.

EMI News

David Wright David Wright Director of EMI Senegal

With four of six team members based in different countries right now, social distancing hasn’t been a problem for us in Senegal.

In some ways, not much has changed as a result of the pandemic. West Africa already had so many uncertainties. Right now, we are wondering how to do a hospital expansion project in a country that just experienced a military coup.

Behind closed borders, we have experienced the pain and frustration of being far away from family and loved ones as they go through serious illness.

Under COVID restrictions, the family we welcomed to our team wonders how to integrate into their adopted community. We can be tempted to feel confused and fearful.

But as we remain in Senegal and experience the first good rains in several years, the green shoots appearing from sand and dust remind us of God’s daily grace and sovereignty.

Even if we can’t see past COVID, He can. And He is already there.

David Wright

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Beirut Response

On August 4th, a catastrophic explosion occurred in Beirut killing over 200 people, injuring thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless. EMI sent a team of structural engineers to assist with assessments of buildings that were damaged from the shockwave of the explosion.

Construction Workshop complete!

The new Construction Workshop at EMI Uganda is up and running! This 2018 ‘Growing Globally’ project expanded the capacity of the Workshop team’s wood and metal fabrication spaces by five times. Though several projects have been postponed due to COVID, this new Workshop will play a central part in the future of EMI Uganda.

EMI USA Network webcast event

Tune in next month for the EMI USA Network webcast event! Join EMI on Friday & Saturday, 16-17 October for technical and missional seminars and also connect with other EMI Network members in your area. Find out more and register at

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Brooks family
Paul & Edith Brooks
Finance Director & Admin Assistant
  • Birthplace: Paul - Ashford, Kent, UK, Edith – Kampala, Uganda
  • Profession: Accounting / Maternity Care
  • Joined EMI: 2014/15
  • Verse: Philippians 4:13
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EMI’s design staff and project teams support Christian charities around the world. Behind the scenes, finance & admin staff like Paul and Edith Brooks help make it all happen.

EMI UK Director Dave Lambert says,

“Paul’s diligence, patience, and calm commitment to God working in EMI is a huge blessing to us all.

For many years, he combined the role with finance work for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in various places around the world, and more recently as front-line retail staff supplying food during lockdown in the UK.

Edith gave up her part-time EMI role in December 2019 to work full-time with the NHS hospital maternity department, prior to the COVID crisis.

We are so grateful to them both for their work in the community and service to EMI.

Paul and Edith have two teenage children, John Luke and Gabriella, and are part of their local church in Ashford Kent.”

Without our Finance, HR, and Administration staff, the EMI body wouldn’t be able to function. Have a look at the EMI team working behind the scenes around the world at:
Children in the GEM Village Children's Home
GEM Village Children’s Homes
Designed & constructed by EMI Uganda
  • Client: The GEM Foundation
  • Completed: July, 2020
  • Project Detail: 3,600 sq. ft. / 13-person capacity per home
  • Location: Kakiri, Uganda
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The EMI Uganda team recently completed an important project on the outskirts of Kampala for orphaned children with special needs.

The mission of the GEM Foundation is to advocate and care for these children. They are truly a one-of-a-kind family in Uganda, with exemplary staff and a huge heart.

EMI Uganda partnered with GEM in long-range planning, architectural and engineering design, and construction supervision for their very own 89-acre campus outside Kampala. The first phase consisted of three children’s homes and an outpatient clinic.

Designed for accessibility, each home contains a play area, three children’s bedrooms, three washrooms (each with a bathtub, seated toilet and hand-wash basin), one caretaker’s bedroom, a laundry room and a kitchen. A ceiling-mounted track hoist system enables easy movement of children from bedroom to washroom.

After occupying inaccessible rented facilities in the city for six years, the GEM team are thrilled to occupy their very own accessible, private, and beautiful new facility!

Check out this and other completed EMI projects in our portfolio at:

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The Vida Dream — Braden Swab, P.Eng, has been part of EMI Canada since 2013. In addition to leading design projects, Braden has helped tell EMI's stories with photography and videography. The Swab family lives in Calgary, AB, Canada.

Lead — David Wright is a Chartered Engineer from Northern Ireland. He has spent most of his career working in Africa and joined EMI in 2012. David is the Director of EMI Senegal. Since late 2016, the Wright family has lived in Mbour, Senegal.

A New Frontier — Graham Frank, P.E. has a background in Civil Engineering and is EMI's Development Director. Graham has been on staff with EMI since 2010. The Franks live in Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

Editor: Matthew J. Coffey, EMI Global

Web Design: Shalom Lazarus, EMI Global

Videography: Braden Swab, EMI Canada

Issue Cover: Braden Swab, EMI Canada

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