Our impact in 2019 changed the lives of more than 4,579 people. We partner with rural communities in the province of San Juan, Dominican Republic, and the departments of Masaya, Jinotega, and Siuna, Nicaragua.
Historically, Bridges has worked in four distinct but overlapping program areas:
A home built by Bridges to Community is much more than four walls and a roof. It’s the difference between safety and vulnerability, health and illness, dignity, and despair. It is the foundation on which everything else is built.
Education is an essential ingredient of any plan to overcome systemic poverty. We are committed to seeing young people grow toward their potential rather than fall victim to the epidemics of child labor and teen pregnancy that plague the rural regions of the DR and Nicaragua.
Bridges’ Health Program takes preventive care and health infrastructure to the people living in isolated rural communities. Our projects range from workshops to the construction of health facilities and potable water systems. Our hygienic latrines and high-efficiency indoor stoves improve sanitation and reduce chronic illnesses. Our volunteers provide medical and dental care, with the goal of ensuring the health and well-being of all ages and providing sustainable management of water and sanitation to the in need.
Bridges supports economic development by setting up community-managed funds that provide interest free loans to community members for small businesses, agricultural inputs, and more. Bridges conducts diagnostic studies with communities to better understand their economic potential, and facilitate workshops and trainings for entrepreneurs, and community leaders to ensure successful business endeavors.
Bridges to Community engages in sustainable community development that has lasting impact for some of the most impoverished people in the Western Hemisphere by forming long-term relationships with communities and bringing volunteers to help work on meaningful projects in housing, health, education and economic development alongside community members.