The cycle of extreme poverty is not inescapable, but those in its clutches need our help to overcome their insufferable circumstances. Since 1992, Bridges to Community has succeeded in helping families and communities in impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic (DR) and Nicaragua build a better life for themselves and a brighter future for their children.
Currently, Bridges to Community is supporting our partner communities in Nicaragua through our community fund loans and our scholarship program, which provides high school and university scholarships to youth. In the Dominican Republic, we are building a primary school in our partner community of La Guama and will be building latrines in Gajo Largo.
The four pillars of our work are housing, education, public health, and economic development.
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.