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.
Barry Childs, Founder of Africa Bridge, has been selected as one of 800 international delegates to the 2012 Skoll World Forum on Entrepreneurship. Each year, the Skoll Forum selects distinguished leaders from the social, academic, finance, private and policy sectors for a series of critical debates, discussions and work sessions focused on innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to the world’s most complex social issues. With each passing year, these issues become more global, complex and interconnected than ever before. As a result, the Forum strives to create a collaborative environment where participants from different sectors can openly share entrepreneurial approaches, innovative solutions and ultimately, inspire one another.
Africa Bridge partners with other organizations to achieve its mission in Tanzania. One key partner is ReTree, International, which works to plant trees on idle lands around the world by involving people, especially youth, in planting projects and by educating them on the importance of trees and forests. The link between this environmental project and youth made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS may seem tenuous at first, but this article discusses how, in involving children in this project, we are giving them a sense of pride in their villages.
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.
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.