Driven By Hope—Latrines in San Joaquin, Nindirí Provide Privacy & Hygiene to Families

Thanks to a group of generous friends and Bridges supporters in Puerto Rico, our Nindirí site built six latrines in July, six in September, and will be finishing up the last six of 18 approved latrines in the community of San Joaquin. These 18 families were selected to receive a latrine based on their current […]

Education Update: Two School Classrooms & Scholarship Student Gives Back to Communities as a Teacher

As the crisis continues in Nicaragua, Bridges has been honoring our commitments to our partner communities by building funded projects when it is safe, and materials are available. In August, the Nindirí site built a classroom at the school in Campuzano, funded by generous donors. Our Masaya site constructed a classroom at the school in […]

A Simple Reminder of the Important Things in Life: Katie Toal

We recently caught up with Katie Toal, a 3 Time Bridges Volunteer with Bronxville High School. She is now a senior at Darmouth College, majoring in neuroscience. Read what she has to say about her Bridges experience*: “I first got involved with Bridges to Community during my freshman year of high school at Bronxville, in […]

Driven By Hope–Teacher Perspective: David Albano, Fox Lane High School

David Albano, Fox Lane High School teacher, has organized and guided students on ten Bridges trips, beginning in 2008.  Though he has experience living in other cultures—he volunteered with the Peace Corps abroad and taught on the Navajo reservation—David is continually surprised by the impact of the trip and the depth of the relationships formed. […]

Driven By Hope–BTC’s Newest Scholarship Student: Marcos

Marcos Aurelio Salgado is an intelligent 13-year-old boy who lives in the community of Campuzano, Nindirí, Nicaragua. He was also born deaf. Marcos loves to go to school, but, was at first denied admission to elementary school as a young boy because of his disability and its incompatibility with the general public school. Though he […]

Driven By Hope–The Elrefais: A Bridges Family

The Elrefais are a Bridges family. Between the five family members, they have been on 23 Bridges trip. Parents Beth and Mohamed Elrefai have watched their three children, Kareem, 21, Waleed, 20, and Deena, 18, develop into adults, aided by their experience with Bridges. Both Kareem and Waleed went on their first Bridges trips at […]

Eyes Opened by Bridges: Carly Craft’s Experience in Nicaragua

As our US volunteers are settling into the new school year, many are reflecting on how their experience with Bridges has impacted them in their lives. Carly Craft from Hanover, NH is one such volunteer. A freshman at Skidmore College, Carly traveled with Bridges to our Masaya, Nicaragua site in March 2018. She had waited […]

Driven By Hope– Siuna Scholarship Student Yadira Francisca Muñoz Seeks to Serve the Health Needs of her Community

As our US student volunteers are heading back to high school and college, our Bridges to Community scholarship students are also thankful to be returning to school. Most of Bridges to Community’s scholarship students were affected by the unrest in Nicaragua during the worst months of violence, primarily from April to June. Of 71 scholarship […]

Driven by Hope–Samantha Huss, BTC Volunteer, Raises $510 for Programming after Profound Trip Experience

Samantha Huss, a rising high school senior at Bronxville High School, raised $510 for Bridges to Community through a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday on April 15th this year. Samantha has been very involved in her high school’s Bridges club since freshman year. Then, in her sophomore year, Samantha traveled to Nindirí, Nicaragua on a […]