Dignity:Liberia’s maternity waiting home, House of Hope and Dignity, has been imagined by architect Alvin Wesley Miamen. Born in Buutuo, Nimba County (which is also where Liberia’s 14-year-long civil war began), he grew up in Clara Town, Monrovia where he attended school.
In 7th grade, he was exposed to architecture through a training program at Wilmot Blyden Presbyterian School, Monrovia and continued to seek learning opportunities in that field. He was mentored by Adolphus McCritty, an architect who has worked in the U.S. and Liberia.
When Dignity:Liberia sought out an architect, Mr. McCritty recommended a "talented student." That student, Alvin Miamen, met with Dignity:Liberia’s founder and president, Kathi Gutierrez, and asked about our purpose and history. He believes in giving back and the waiting home project, in his words, “benefits Mama Liberia,” so it fits with what he stands for.
Alvin is married to Satta and is the proud father of 3 girls, Hannah, Alvina and Salvina.
Alvin Miamen, House of Hope and Dignity's architect, standing inside the maternity waiting home during its construction. Alvin is donating his time and professional expertise to Dignity:Liberia.