Bridges Trips Have Significant Impact on Father and Son Team, Jonathan and Sam Sharf

Jonathan and his son, Sam Sharf, 18, have been on two Bridges service trips together. In 2018, they went to Nicaragua and, in 2019, traveled with us to the Dominican Republic. Jon had an incredible experience. He says, “I wish I had gone on a Bridges trip earlier in my life; I really enjoyed it. […]

Aracely’s Family Finally Has Home of their Own

Aracely del Socorro Méndez and her husband Luis Noel Siles live in the community of El Mojón, Jinotega, Nicaragua Aracely’s sister, Lucia, 17, and two children, Bryan, 12, and Luis Noel, 6 months. Both Aracely and her husband grew up on El Mojón and have lived there their whole lives. Aracely stays at home with […]

Bridges Improves Sanitation in Caimonial, DR

When Bridges first began working with the community members of Caimonial, the Dominican Republic, the majority of homes were in poor condition and there were few formal bathrooms. Most families in this region are subsistence farmers, meaning that they survive on what they can grow and if they are lucky, the little extra they can […]

Volunteer Sees the Impact of Bridges Trip on Her Daughters

Rizzel Cornachio is a first-time Bridges volunteer who traveled to the Dominican Republic with her two daughters, Alexis and Camille, in April 2019. Alexis traveled to the DR with Bridges in 2016; she wanted to go again and Rizzel decided to go with her this time. Rizzel says, “Alexis was so affected by the experience […]

Don Bosco’s Community Fund Loan Doubles Crop

Most Bridges projects in Nicaragua require beneficiary families to make some level of payment into a community fund. These funds allow communities to continue the essential work jump-started by Bridges in perpetuity. Bridges works to assemble a credit committee who are trained to manage the community account. This includes organizing a payment schedule with beneficiary […]

Kenia Murillo Meza: “There is No Goal I Can’t Achieve With Determination”

Kenia Murillo Meza is a Bridges scholarship student from the community of San Joaquin, Nindirí. Kenia has a busy schedule: she studies primary education in Managua on Saturdays and, during the week, she works as a preschool teacher in the community of Papayal, Nindirí. A very determined woman, Kenia has worked hard and kept an […]

Education is Key for Paul Flores

Paul Flores is a Bridges scholarship student from the community of Los Lopez, Masaya. In his fourth year of university, he studies English at the Christian Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UCAN).  Paul is also a husband and father to three daughters. Paul works in the storage area of a factory in a free trade zone […]

Bridges Builds Home for Family of 11

Marileyda Alcántara and her husband Aquiles Mora have lived their whole lives in our partner community of La Guama, DR. They have nine children who live with them: Angelina, 24, Michael, 22, Obieris, 20, Morelys, 18, Diabelys, 15, Mariela, 13, Ramen, 10, and Cleydis, 3.  This family relies entirely on agriculture to survive; they plant […]

Service was Eye Opening for Tim Bennitt

Tim Bennitt, 16 years old, just returned from the Dominican Republic on his second service trip with Bridges. He traveled to Nicaragua in 2017 and loved the experience so much that he decided to go on another Bridges trip, this time to La Guama, DR.  While in community, Tim can often be seen running around […]

Bridges is Reforesting Caimonial

In June, Bridges began a new reforestation project in our partner community of Caimonial, Dominican Republic. Twenty families in total will plant twenty-five fruit trees each on their farmland. The families will also fence in a section of their land so that farm animals, like pigs and cows, do not eat the trees, a common […]