Africa Bridge https://africabridge.org Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:21:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 https://africabridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-Screen-Shot-2016-04-26-at-1.02.45-PM-32x32.png Africa Bridge https://africabridge.org 32 32 Data Entry Volunteer Needed https://africabridge.org/data-entry-volunteer-needed/ https://africabridge.org/data-entry-volunteer-needed/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:21:08 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8870 Volunteer Position Description

Africa Bridge is US based nonprofit organization empowering Tanzanian communities to improve the lives of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDs. our five-year program helps villagers identify most vulnerable children and develop care plans for them, establishes agricultural co-ops to produce income for these children’s families, and changes the economy of the entire village.

We pair short-term startup capital with extensive training to help families caring for vulnerable children overcome dire poverty. Our five-year program of sustainable development partners with villagers to identify the most vulnerable children and develop care plans for them, establish farm co-ops to produce household income and nutrition, and deliver microcredit and training that helps the entire community. We also support children’s schooling and health care education.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Data input and management
  • Data analysis and conversion
  • Running reports
  • Any other additional duties as needed

Qualities Desired

  • Computer experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with QuickBooks
  • Organizational skills
  • Timely project management

Time Requirement

This volunteer position is limited to a three-month commitment and could extend into other duties if desired.

To Apply

Please send your resume to  info@africabridge.org  and put in the subject line “Data Entry Volunteer Position”. For additional information please contact Africa Bridge by phone 503-699-6162.

 

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Urgent International Need https://africabridge.org/urgent-international-need/ https://africabridge.org/urgent-international-need/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:42:54 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8858

Help Now
 

As the year ends, Africa Bridge is busier than ever. We have just begun a new investment in Kambasegela Ward, comprised of three villages and located in the rural southern highlands of Tanzania. As always, our goal in these three villages is to empower people through our five-year sustainable development model that pairs short-term startup capital with extensive training to enable villagers to achieve long-term economic success. Africa Bridge knows this model works, as it has been implemented in 34 villages prior to Kambasegela, and has changed lives of more than 7,000 vulnerable children and their families. There are 1,500 vulnerable children in Kambasegela Ward, living in households subsisting on less than one dollar per day. Kambasegela is the poorest ward we have worked with and the children need your help.

Africa Bridge partnered with the Busokelo District Council to conduct an on-the-ground survey of the ward. Our objective was to learn about the current community, identify the greatest needs and opportunities with our programs. The findings during this process were beyond heartbreaking. The ward has a total of five schools and on average, each child walks six miles to school every day. More boys were observed attending schools than girls, and in each school, the children sat on dirt floors, had limited access to text books, and experienced little to no teacher presence. As you can imagine, these villages have some of the lowest rates of literacy anywhere in the world. With low literacy rates, 99 percent of the Kambasegela population relies on subsistence farming to earn income.

To change their future, the people of Kambasegela desperately need sustainable agricultural opportunities that can grow, leading to more food and more income. Africa Bridge understands this vital need, and has committed to providing cows in 2018.

By establishing a dairy co-op, we can help alleviate poverty, improve health, and create economic sustainability. This is accomplished by providing a pregnant cow to households with the most vulnerable children. Africa Bridge will provide extensive agricultural trainings and small business discipline, creating new opportunities and life-long impacts. By donating to the co-op, you are helping provide the most vulnerable children with access to milk to build strong bones, households with new farming techniques that also become desirable job skills, and care-takers with new income streams. Your gift will also help these vulnerable families with increased access to education and health care. Africa Bridge needs to raise $50,000 to obtain these cows for Kambasegela Ward.

Before this year ends, make an impactful contribution. Here are some specific ways your tax-deductible donation can help us reach more vulnerable families with the promise of a prosperous future:

  • For $1000, you can buy a cow and a bull for the dairy co-op to give more families access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income opportunities.
  • For $500, you can buy a cow for the dairy co-op providing more families with access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income opportunities.
  • For $250, you can supply 5 vulnerable kids with school uniforms, workbooks and shoes, supporting their education for a year.
  • For $100, you can provide 25 vulnerable kids with more time to play by sending them to quarterly Children’s Club meetings for a year
  • For $50, you can provide veterinary care to help keep livestock cooperatives healthy and productive.
Please donate to Africa Bridge today. Your contribution will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children, their guardians, and entire communities. We have hard work ahead, but with your generosity, we can build a brighter future for these villages.

Given the recent passage of the Tax Bill, it makes sense to maximize your charitable contributions this year because it helps reduce your income in 2017 when tax rates are higher. Plus, you might not end up itemizing next year since the standard deduction is nearly doubling Source: Washington Post.

Donations can be addressed to Africa Bridge PO Box 115, Marylhurst, Oregon 97036 or made online at our website https://africabridge.org/invest-now-help-forever/.

Asante Sana,

Deborah Saunders
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Give on Behalf of https://africabridge.org/give-on-behalf-of/ https://africabridge.org/give-on-behalf-of/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:18:37 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8853

 

The holidays are a time of celebration, reflection and giving thanks for our many blessings. This is also the time of year we sometimes scramble to find the right gifts for people who already seem to have it all. Why not give the type of gift that keeps on giving?

Continue your tradition of generosity to Africa Bridge by giving in someone’s name, honoring the recipient in a uniquely lasting way this holiday season. By donating to Africa Bridge, your gift will help support three villages in the Kambasegela Ward of the Rungwe District, located in the rural southern highlands of Tanzania. This is the poorest and most vulnerable ward Africa Bridge has worked with to date – it’s our biggest challenge and need!

Kambasegela Ward is comprised of 5,600 people in three villages, including nearly 1,500 vulnerable children, and most people live on less than one dollar per day. 99 percent of households in Kambasegela Ward rely upon subsistence farming to earn meager incomes. The area has one of the highest rates in the world for HIV/AIDS infection, yet suffers for limited access to health care. The need is great, but so is the potential for change. With your help, Africa Bridge has already created a brighter future for 34 villages and more than 7,000 children, and together we can improve lives in Kambasegela Ward as well.

If you would like to give a contribution – on your behalf or in honor someone else – this holiday season, below are some specific ways your gift giving will help us reach more vulnerable families in Tanzania:

  • For $1000, you can buy a cow and a bull for the dairy co-op to give more families access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income   opportunities.
  • For $500, you can buy a cow for the dairy co-op, providing more families with access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income opportunities.
  • For $250, you can supply 5 vulnerable kids with school uniforms, workbooks and shoes, supporting their education for a year.
  • For $100, you can provide 25 vulnerable kids with more time to play by sending them to quarterly Children’s Club meetings for a year
  • For $50, you can provide veterinary care to help keep livestock cooperatives healthy and productive.

This holiday season, present someone with the gift of giving. When you send a contribution in honor of someone to Africa Bridge, the recipient will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children, their guardians, and entire communities. Who knows, this gift might inspire others to start a new tradition of giving!

Asante Sana,

Executive Director of Africa Bridge

P.S.  We had some technical difficulties with our website earlier this month but all is well now.  Sorry if this caused any inconvenience to you.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Buy A Cow For A Kid https://africabridge.org/8849-2/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:54:15 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8849
Buy A Cow For A Kid
This holiday season help Africa Bridge improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in Tanzania. Africa Bridge recently began services in three villages in the Kambesegela Ward of the Rungwe District, located in the rural southern highlands of Tanzania. The people of Kambesegela are amongst the poorest in the world, living on the equivalent to a dollar per day. Collectively Kambesegela and Africa Bridge have decided to turn poverty into prosperity and we need your help.

Aswile Njaganike is one of the community members from our new ward in Kambasegela. He is 77 years old and his wife, Tosigwege Ikugite is 50 years old. They live in a very poor situation and are looking after 2 children and 7 grandchildren. The family of Aswile was identified by our team during the village assembly and the transect walk as one of the most vulnerable households in the ward; they are very poor, frequently sick and are taking care of orphans and most vulnerable children. The income of the household depends entirely on selling Cocoa, a seasonal cash crop found in Kambasegela.

Aswile is a known case of leprosy, a situation that hinders him from doing many social and economic activities;
“… My life is very poor, the whole family depends on me and I have no where to get a help, my old poor wife is very sick, she cannot do much to support the family…”

Aswile could not prevent his feelings when he met with the Africa Bridge staff for the first time,

 

“…. I was very happy when I heard about Africa Bridge coming to work in our village…. I was informed that Africa Bridge is going to work with our village leadership to support most vulnerable children and poor households…”

Help ignite hope in Aswile and his family once again through Africa Bridge’s Dairy Co-op program. This program provides a pathway from poverty to improved health, and future economic sustainability. This is accomplished by providing a fertilized cow to households with the most vulnerable children. This program creates life long, positive impacts.  By donating to the co-op, you are helping provide the most vulnerable children and their guardians with access to milk for much needed protein, new farming techniques to help create sustainable job skills, and yield crops to create new income streams. Your gift will also help these vulnerable families increase access to education and healthcare. Our Dairy Co-op business model works.

Help Aswile’s Family 

If you would like to be a part of this life changing mission, below are some specific ways your tax-deductible contribution can help us reach more vulnerable families with the promise of a prosperous future:

  • For just $1000, you can buy a cow and a bull for the Dairy Co-op to give more families access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure and new income opportunities.
  • For just $500, you can buy a cow for the dairy co-op providing more families with access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income opportunities.
  • For just $350, you can send 6 kids to school for a year and provide 200 avocado tree saplings for families.
  • For just $250, you can send 5 kids to school providing education for a year.
  • For just $100, you can provide 200 avocado tree saplings for families.
  • For just $50, you can send 1 kid to school providing education for a year.

Donations can be addressed to Africa Bridge PO Box 115, Marylhurst, Oregon 97036 or make it online at our website.

When you send a contribution to Africa Bridge, you will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children, their guardians, and entire communities. Any gift amount helps this holiday season. We have hard work ahead, but with your generosity, we can build a brighter future for these villages.

 

Asante Sana,

 

Deborah Saunders

 

Executive Director of Africa Bridge

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2017 Annual Appeal: Cows Create Change https://africabridge.org/2017-annual-appeal-cows-create-change/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:46:41 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8844
Cows Create Change

Happy Holidays from Africa Bridge. We hope this season brings you much to be thankful for! Here at Africa Bridge we are thankful for your continued support over the years. Together, we have been able to provide sustainable social services and economic solutions in 32 villages for over 7,000 children. We are grateful for your support, and recognize we could not do this work without you- Thank you! Now we face our biggest challenge yet, the Kambesegela Ward, and we need your help.

Earlier this year, Africa Bridge identified Kambesegela Ward of the Rungwe District, located in the rural southern highlands of Tanzania, as the most vulnerable community in need of support. This Ward is comprised of 5,600 people in three villages, and the majority of people are living on less than one dollar per day. The area has one of the highest rates in the world for HIV/AIDS infection with limited access to health care. There are only two health care facilities within 33 miles of the ward with no official medical doctors, just clinicians, and lack of essential drugs and medical equipment such as ultra sounds and x-ray equipment.

Kambesegela Ward is the poorest community Africa Bridge has worked with to date.

As this year comes to a close Africa Bridge is urging you to give globally.  With 99% of the Kambesegela Ward relying upon subsistence farming and livestock keeping activities to earn income, it is clear families need more access to agricultural resources. The people of Tanzania and Africa Bridge have decided to turn poverty into prosperity through purchasing cows, and we need your help.

Help us bring cows to Kambesegela Ward through Africa Bridge’s Dairy Co-Op program. By donating to the co-op, you are helping provide the most vulnerable children with access to milk to build strong bones, new farming techniques to help create sustainable job skills, and products to provide new income streams. Your gift will also give these vulnerable families increased access to education and healthcare.

How You Can Help

If you would like to be a part of this life changing mission, below are some specific ways your tax-deductible contribution can help us reach more vulnerable families with the promise of a prosperous future:

  • For just $1000, you can buy a cow and a bull for the dairy co-op to give more families access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income opportunities.
  • For just $500, you can buy a cow for the dairy co-op providing more families with access to nutritious milk, rich fertilizer from manure, and new income opportunities.
  • For just $250, you can send 5 vulnerable children to school providing education for a year.
  • For just $100, you can provide medicine and health care supplies to support the local health care facilities.
  • For just $50, you can provide veterinary care to help keep livestock cooperativeshealthy and productive.

Donations can be addressed to Africa Bridge PO Box 115, Marylhurst, Oregon 97036 or made online at our website

 

Freda’s Story


Freda Anderson Kikondo, a current Dairy Co-Op member from Lufingo in the Kisondela Ward,  is a 62-year-old widowed Tanzanian. She takes care of her three orphaned grandchildren ages 14, 10, and 6 years old. Freda’s family was identified by the Most Vulnerable Children Committee as one of the families in need of support. Through this process, Freda was able to get a cow through the Dairy Co-Op last year. Freda shared her thoughts and feelings with Africa Bridge about the program.

“I am very grateful to this project, because they selected and encouraged me to join the cow co-op. Before joining the cow co-op, my life was in a very miserable status, I was very poor and unable to feed my grandchildren. My income was very low and could not manage to serve my grandchildren with three meals a day, buying school uniforms and sending them to hospital. After joining the co-op, I am now feeling more confident, I have attended good training sessions on how to take care of cows using modern methods and techniques. Our cow is progressing very well and after few months, it will be pregnant.” 

-Freda Anderson Kikondo

When you send a contribution to Africa Bridge, you will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children, their guardians, and entire communities. Any gift amount helps this holiday season. We have hard work ahead, but with your generosity, we can build a brighter future for these villages.

Asante Sana,

Deborah Saunders
Executive Director

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Today is World AIDS Day https://africabridge.org/today-is-world-aids-day/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:42:52 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8826  

In 2016 UN AIDS Data found 1.4 Million Tanzanians were living with HIV/AIDS infection. In just one year’s time 55,000 people contracted new cases of HIV/AIDS, and 33,000 people died from it in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

In 2017 Africa Bridge began serving in the Kambesegela Ward, located in the rural southern highlands between two large city centers Tukuyu and Keyela, Tanzania. Due to the location of the Kambesegela Ward many people visit the ward for the business purposes, who then establish casual sex relationships with women and young girls in the ward. This area has one of the highest rates in the world for HIV/AIDS infection with limited access to health care. Kambesegela Ward is comprised of 5,600 people living in three villages, and there are only two health care facilities within 33 miles of the ward.  The majority of people are living on less than $1 dollar per day and don’t have the funds for health care.

Africa Bridge is dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable children and families in Tanzanian villages affected by this disease. Africa Bridge is working hard with Tanzanian government to provide peer-to-peer health education combating the threat of HIV/AIDS. Each day steps are being made to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. If you would like to learn more about Africa Bridge and the work that we do click here.

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Africa​ ​Bridge​ ​Starts​ ​New​ ​Project​ ​in​ ​Tanzania https://africabridge.org/africa%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bbridge%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bstarts%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bnew%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bproject%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bin%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8btanzania/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:56:56 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8819 Press Release

Three Villages in Kambasegela Ward to Benefit from Unique Sustainable Development Program
PORTLAND,​ ​Oregon​ —​ ​November​ ​27,​ ​ ​2017​ ​—​ Non-profit Africa Bridge today announced 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.

 
The Africa Bridge program has proven successful to date in 32 Villages in Tanzania, breaking
the poverty cycle for thousands and bringing hope to a region that is among the poorest in the
world. The area is very remote from the country’s coastal commercial center in Dar es Salaam
or tourist areas near Arusha and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Africa Bridge provides very little direct aid.
Instead, the organization teaches the villagers to help themselves to create African solutions to
African problems.

 
“The people of Kambasegela are among the poorest in the world, with many families living on
the equivalent of one dollar a day,” said Deborah Saunders, executive director, Africa Bridge.
“The area has one of the highest rates in the world for HIV/AIDS infection with little access to
health care. We have started our program in the villages there to provide assistance to the most
vulnerable children and their households with a goal of breaking the cycle of poverty.”
The five-year Africa Bridge program begins with Future Search meetings involving villagers
including adults and children and Africa Bridge consultants. During these meetings, village
issues are discussed and solutions designed beginning with economic development. Within
Kambasegela, major concerns addressed by participants included the increasing number of
deaths of parents and guardians due to HIV, impacts of other diseases such as cholera, few
children being able to attend school, ever-present poverty, child labor, divorces, domestic
violence, illiteracy of community members particularly women, lack of food and school education
materials. All of these issues affect the psychological, economic and mental well-being of
children in the Ward.

 
Fortunately, a relatively small amount of money and know-how appropriately applied goes a
long way in rural Tanzania. This is achieved by providing start-up capital for support committees
and agricultural co-ops, but mostly through extensive training. Some of this is basic farming,
some is beginning business and some is entrepreneurial. Africa Bridge also delivers support
and training in care-taking and social services, as well as access to health care and education.
The Africa Bridge program will be conducted over a five-year period. The program will lead to
measurable improvements in vulnerable children’s lives, the lives of their caretakers, and whole
villages. More information about the Africa Bridge program is available at www.africabridge.com.

 
About​ ​Africa​ ​Bridge
Africa Bridge is a nonprofit, rural economic development organization that creates sustainable
improvement in vulnerable children’s lives by providing start-up capital, education and training
resources to families. Africa Bridge is currently working in 12 villages in Tanzania. Utilizing a
holistic, integrated development model, our self-sustaining programs have improved the lives of
thousands of children and their families, and helped lift 28 villages out of the poverty cycle. See
www.africabridge.org for more information or to donate. Become a follower of Africa Bridge on
Facebook.

 

Press Contact:

Deborah Saunders

Executive Director

deborah@africabridge.org

503-699-6162

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Toast to Tanzania Gala Success https://africabridge.org/toast-to-tanzania-gala-success/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:53:05 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8815 This Fall Africa Bridge hosted its annual gala, A Toast to Tanzania at the Oregon Zoo. The gala was in great attendance this year boasting over 200 attendees and raising $157,000.00 – surpassing 2016 gala amount. Gala proceeds go to fund social services and programming for the most vulnerable children and families in Tanzania. We would like to thank our gala sponsors, donors, volunteers, and staff for making this event a great success.

 

 

If you missed the gala this year, don’t worry you have an opportunity to attend in 2018.

Date: TBD

Africa Bridge Gala

Multnomah Athletic Club

 

More details to follow…

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A Toast to Tanzania Gala Update https://africabridge.org/a-toast-to-tanzania-gala-update/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:07:07 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8804

You will not want to miss this wonderful event. We have some awesome auction items lined up for you. Such as Astronaut Training, a Custom Safari, a Dream Mexico Vacation. Check out how things are shaping up here! We also have a few surprises up our sleeves so register now so you don’t regret it when you hear the after buzz!

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Christina’s Cow https://africabridge.org/christinas-cow/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:14:30 +0000 https://africabridge.org/?p=8779  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kisondela Ward, TZ – Christina Anyosisye never thought she would own a cow. A subsistence farmer and mother of three, Anyosisye struggled financially. “I had wished to pay for my children’s school expenses, and also to buy a new piece of land and build a new better house for my kids, but I coul not afford to do so.” In her spare time she works at a local tea farm, where she earns 20,000 Tsh per month, equivalent to just 9 US Dollars.

Because of their financial struggles, Anyosisye’s family was invited to join an Africa Bridge cow co-op in her village. She met with other community members who were facing similar challenges, like taking care of most vulnerable children, and she attended an Africa Bridge agricultural training session. “It was my first training but I learned a lot of useful lessons, such as appropriate methods of taking care of a dairy cow, how to feed a dairy cow, calf rearing, milking, diseases identification and how to prepare a good fodder farm for a cow.” After training for several weeks, Christina Anyoisye received the first cow she had ever owned.

“It’s like a miracle for me.”

This cow is already pulling its weight. Says Anyosisye, “the cow is providing us manure and we apply it in our farm. One day my children will be drinking milk from this cow, and some of the milk will be sold in order to increase our household income.”

Beyond making ends meet, this new income will also help Anyosisye reach her long-term goals as well. “I will be able to build a better house than the one you are seeing now, and I will afford to cover my children’s school expenses.” Anyosisye says all this was unimaginable before. “It is like a miracle for me. I am really grateful to Africa Bridge for this great support for my family.”

 

 

 

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