Emily Holtzman: Bridges Trip Leader & Volunteer

Emily Holtzman became involved with Bridges during her college years at William and Mary. Her sophomore year, she traveled with Bridges for the first time to Nindirí, Nicaragua and it set off her passion for Bridges’ work. She loved the chance to establish connections with the community members and make a sustainable impact as she […]

First Home Built in New Partner Community of La Guama, DR

From January 19-27, Bridges to Community built our first house in La Guama and also received our first group of volunteers in the new community. Bridges staff have been working in La Guama, a small community that subsists on farming, for the past two years, leading workshops with youth and community leaders and building sanitary […]

New Bridges Homes Provide Security for Families to Grow

Albillenny Morillo, 23 years old, is one of the most recent Caimonial, DR community members to receive a new home, along with her husband Narciso (30), daughters Nancy (7) and Anlenn (1). Albillenny is especially grateful because the house was finished in time to welcome her soon-to-be-born baby, due to be born this week. Albillenny […]

Scholarship Student Consuelo Rodriguez Develops Organic Coffee Business

Consuelo Rodríguez is a third-year accounting student at the University of the Autonomous Region of the Caribbean Coast (URACCAN University) in Siuna; from the community of Fonseca, Siuna, Consuelo has been a Bridges scholarship student since 2017. She heard about Bridges to Community in 2016, and the organization caught her attention. She says, “I love the […]

Family Gardens Expand & Provide Extra Income & Food Security in Hormiguero, Siuna

Thanks to a generous donor, Bridges has been implementing a new family gardens project with 8 low-income families (approximately 52 community members) in Hormiguero, Siuna since July. Bridges trained the families on soil preparation and other tools for better cultivation, maintenance, pruning, and other techniques, and then built a family garden on each family’s land. […]

Community Fund Loan Gives Boost to Widowed Mother’s Bread Business

Dalila Nicolasa Méndez has been the sole provider for her 8 children since her husband passed away several years ago. In the past, she worked as a day laborer on farms and harvesting coffee to support her children, but struggled to make ends meet. With the goal of increasing her income and providing a better […]

Bridges Empowers Whole Communities: Los Lopez, Masaya

We are so thankful for you this holiday season! Your support helps to empower our communities to better their lives. The community of Los Lopez, Masaya is a wonderful example of our most empowered communities who are thankful to you this season. Though Bridges stopped working actively in the community in 2013, Bridges continues to […]

Jiffy Lesica, Bridges Champion: 3-Time Volunteer, Trip Organizer & Fundraiser

Jiffy Lesica is a 3-time Bridges volunteer who has become completely devoted to Bridges since his first Bridges trip. A current senior in high school, Jiffy has led and organized 2 Bridges trips and fundraises to support our vital programming. Jiffy’s first Bridges trip was completely different from what he expected. He says, “I had […]

Sophie Gibson, Bridges Volunteer Since 8th Grade, Organizes Trip for her High School Students

Sophie Gibson, a teacher with St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA, is a faithful Bridges volunteer who also organized her first Bridges trip for her students this past June. She wanted her students to be impacted by Bridges the same way she was in her youth.   Sophie was going into 8th grade on her […]

Bridges Adapted to Unrest in Nicaragua This Year

In April 2018, a civil crisis began in Nicaragua. This civil unrest drove the country into a period of instability that is unprecedented in our twenty-four years working there. Because of safety concerns for our North American volunteers, Bridges rerouted all of our volunteer activity to our site in the Dominican Republic and will continue […]