Africa Bridge

2010 Purpose Prize
Winner: Barry Childs

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.

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Africa Bridge in the Press

News Release 

Portland – Africa Bridge announced today it has initiated work in the three villages with a population of 5600 people in the Kambasegela Ward of the Rungwe District in the rural southern highlands of Tanzania. Africa Bridge implements a unique five-year community-driven sustainable development program to assist vulnerable children and their caregivers with a goal of lifting then out of dire poverty. Results from other villages where the program has been implemented show measureable improvements in the lives of children, their caretakers, and whole villages.

By Africa Bridge
November 27, 2017

News Release

Portland – Africa Bridge is pleased to announce that Frederick Urembo has joined the organization as Program Director; he is the first Program Director to be based in Tanzania. Urembo will lead field operations in Tanzania including program implementation and management. Urembo spent the last twelve years in Dar es Salaam, TZ with The Salvation Army as Director of Community Development Projects. Executive Director Deborah Saunders said, “His program development and leadership skills will help enable Africa Bridge to grow and maximize its effectiveness in working with vulnerable children in Tanzania.” Urembo is expected to travel to the United States this spring to meet with staff, donors and community members. Ellen Worcester who has served as Program Director for the last two and a half years has taken on the role of Research Director which includes securing grants, monitoring and evaluation. Worcester, a West Linn resident, has traveled to Tanzania extensively and has been instrumental in further developing the Africa Bridge model. Saunders said, “Ellen has been critical to our success and we look forward to her insight and skills in evaluation and fund development.”

By Africa Bridge
January 15, 2017

News Release

Portland – Africa Bridge is pleased to announce that Deborah Saunders has joined the organization as Executive Director. Saunders will lead all Africa Bridge operations from Oregon, including Tanzanian program implementation and management. Her leadership skills and fundraising experience will help enable Africa Bridge to grow and maximize its effectiveness in working with vulnerable children in Tanzania.

By Africa Bridge
April 12, 2016

Africa Bridge Listens to Kids

It takes a village to raise a child. In Tanzania—an African country roughly three times the size of Oregon— people in remote villages, hobbled by poverty and AIDS, take the sentiment literally.

By Lee DiSanti
1859, March 1, 2016

Africa Bridge NGO Improves the Lives of Many Orphans

Dar Es Salaam – There are millions of children orphaned by AIDS in Tanzania, but one man has helped change the lives of thousands of them by starting a non-profit organisation.

By Genee Heyl
eNCA, September 3, 2014

A Bridge to Prosperity

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.

By Patrick Malee
West Linn Tidings, September 5, 2013
Stafford Students Work for Sister School

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.

By Kate Hoots
Wilsonville Spokesman, July 16, 2013
Africa Bridge’s ‘A School Night Out’ Event to Raise Funds for Education in Tanzania

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.

By Cornelia Becker-Seigneur
Oregonian, November 15, 2012
West Linn Student Building Africa Bridge

Traveling primitive roads to remote villages may not be every teenager’s idea of a great summer, but it was for West Linn High School junior Oliver Muggli.

By Anonymous
Oregonian, November 9, 2012
Africa Bridge to Unveil New Program with Event

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.

Oregonian, September 14, 2011
Boom! Magazine Cover Story

Africa Bridge trip to Tanzania, his boyhood home, led Barry Childs to start a nonprofit to help rural children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Boom!, September 2, 2011
Veteran Fundraiser Jim Lewis Honored for Public Radio Contributions

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.

Africa Bridge to Partner with Portland Children’s Museum

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 at and also on Facebook at

By Africa Bridge
Oregonian, March 17, 2011
This November’s Winners: Not a Politician Among Them

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.

Atlantic, November 23, 2010
Scene and Heard: Africa Bridge Benefit

More than 200 guests turned out for the Africa Bridge Farm-to-Table Dinner at Lake View Farms in North Plains on Aug. 21.

By Anonymous
Oregonian, September 11, 2010
Stafford Primary Second-graders raise $3,000 for Africa Bridge

Second-graders from Stafford Primary School raised more than $3,000 for the local nonprofit Africa Bridge through Stafford’s Read to Feed/Read to Build reading challenge during April.

By Anonymous
Oregonian, May 21, 2010
Africa Bridge Teaches Self-sufficiency to Villages

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.

By Vickie Kavanaugh
Oregonian, August 27, 2009
Rotary Grant to Help People in Tanzania

The members of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club are optimistic they will soon be planting a seed that will grow into a forest of health and prosperity in Tanzania, Africa.

By Cliff Newell
Portland Tribune, June 11, 2008