For the past five years, Civic Ventures, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been instrumental in developing the concept of "encore" careers for older Americans, has been awarding the Purpose Prize, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation.
In November 2010, Africa Bridge’s founder, Barry Childs, was one of five winners chosen to receive a $100,000 cash prize.
Growing up in Tanzania, Barry Childs always felt special. He was white and privileged, his mother from South Africa and his father a British agricultural officer. In Tanzania, those qualities made him stand out, and from infancy to the age of 16, Childs coasted on his notoriety.
Business was booming at Stafford Primary School on June 4, when fourth-graders presented handmade crafts for sale to fellow students. All proceeds from the event would benefit primary schools in Tanzania through a charitable organization called Africa Bridge.
The Africa Bridge cocktail party, which they are calling “A School Night Out,” is tonight, Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will be held at The Old Library on the campus of Marylhurst University, located at 17600 Pacific Highway, in Marylhurst, Oregon, which is between West Linn and Lake Oswego.
Africa Bridge is unveiling a new program called “This Is My Village” during an event on September 22, 2010 in downtown Portland. The campaign allows donors to receive updates on how villages assisted by Africa Bridge are doing over a five-year period.
Africa Bridge trip to Tanzania, his boyhood home, led Barry Childs to start a nonprofit to help rural children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Africa Bridge’s Board Secretary, Jim Lewis, was presented the prestigious DEI President’s Award during the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference in Pittsburgh this year. Previous honorees include Carl Kasell of NPR and Ira Glass of This American Life.
Come and meet the staff and volunteers of Africa Bridge, a local nonprofit founded by West Linn resident, Barry Childs, on April 14, 2011 from 5 – 8:00pm. Anyone who attends as a friend of Africa Bridge will be charged a special admission price of just $2.00! As an added treat for our guests, between 5 – 6:00pm, you will be entertained by Mhofu Marimba, a youth band made up of middle and high school students from the Tigard-Tualitin school district. To sample the sounds of this talented group of youngsters, you can check them out in one of their youtube videos athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQzqHe8V0SM and also on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Dancing-Impala-Springbok-and-Mhofu-Marimba/70588842806
Today’s big money politics and the media obsession with personalities and the quantifying of successes and failures of our elected representatives all seemed irrelevant to what these people are doing in their communities and their outreach to similar projects elsewhere.
More than 200 guests turned out for the Africa Bridge Farm-to-Table Dinner at Lake View Farms in North Plains on Aug. 21.
West Linn resident Barry Childs knows what can happen when people are taught to raise a pig or grow a cash crop rather than being given a pig or food.