Volunteer Highlight: Liz Keeffe, a Lifelong Impact & Career Path Redirected

“I did not have a strong sense of what I wanted to do and after my first trip to Nicaragua I suddenly did. I suddenly felt really, really passionate about something”. Liz Keeffe was 16 when she went on her first Bridges trip. As a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church, she had heard the experiences […]

International Women’s Day: Impressive Women of Bridges

In honor of International’s Women’s Day, we are sharing stories of some of the amazing women of Bridges to Community.  Katie Viscardi, Bridges Volunteer Originally from Hazlet, New Jersey, Katie took her first Bridges trip over Spring Break in 2013. Her uncle had been taking students on trips to Nicaragua for years, and, after each […]

Health Program Highlight: The Lahn Medical Brigade

Doctor and Bridges Board Member, Michael Lahn, and 4 fellow medical professionals took off for Siuna, Nicaragua in mid-November. Knowing that many people travel on foot for hours to reach the health post in Hormiguero where the medical brigades are typically stationed, Dr. Lahn decided instead to travel into the remote communities to assess and […]

Welcome Caroline Loftus!

Dear Friends, The Board of Bridges to Community is delighted to announce the hiring of Caroline Loftus as Interim Executive Director, following the departure of our former Executive Director John Hannan. Caroline comes to us with many years of increasingly responsible positions in the international humanitarian and development world. Most of her career has been […]

The Ripple Effect of Building 1 House

Our Nicaraguan Housing Model: Housing is the first step toward making a family safe and healthy. Doors and windows that lock keep belongings safe so that all family members can go to work or school. Bridges helps secure land titles for owners and constructs more than 60 sturdy cinderblock homes per year. Housing beneficiaries pay […]

Scholarship Student Highlight: Carlos Hernandez

In 2016, Carlos Hernandez was admitted to the Bridges to Community Scholarship Program and began his first year of high school. He lives with his single mother and and siblings in Mojon, Jinotega and is the oldest of 7 children. Due to his large family size and single parent family, Carlos would not be in […]

Bridges Families Highlight: Maria

Maria is a mother of four children who, for years, had no permanent home to live in. She was forced to constantly move the children, staying wherever someone was able to make space them. After years of hard work, Maria was able to purchase a small piece of land and settle her family. From there, […]

Bridges to Community to Build a Regional Health Center serving 18,000 people in Rural Nicaragua – U.S. Chemicals, A Woman Owned Business Announces Its Strong Support

Ossining, NY – September 27, 2016 Bridges to Community Executive Director, John Hannan today announced plans to build a much needed regional health center outside of the municipality of Siuna, in north eastern Nicaragua, that will provide critical medical services to over 18,000 people living in 51 rural communities spanning 7 health territories. This area […]

Third Quarter Brings Homes, Latrines, Health and Education to More Families

Another three months has flown by and I want to thank you for helping Bridges have another incredible quarter of hard work and successes. Since our last newsletter, 16 more families have received new and repaired homes–families like that of Esmelda and Marvin Hernandez and their two girls–and 15 other families have new latrines or […]

Derrumbadero Youth Center Hosts Youth Economic Development Workshop

This week, Bridges to Community hosted an an iDEA Entrepreneurial Workshop for 35 local teens as part of its economic development program in  the Dominican Republic. The six day workshop was led by entrepreneur and motivator Juan Casimiro of the Casimiro Global Foundation and business consultant Efrain Sora of Sora Global Insurance and Consulting. The workshop […]