Africa Bridge provides little direct aid. Instead, our model of sustainable development pairs short-term startup capital with extensive training to enable villagers to overcome dire poverty.
|We partner with the community.|
|Africa Bridge’s program is rooted in local values. We start by listening to vulnerable children, their guardians and village leaders to understand the community’s greatest needs and biggest dreams. Our program success comes from this partnership to create a development plan that Africa Bridge guides and villagers implement.|
|We transform villages.|
|Africa Bridge helps the guardians of vulnerable children establish income-generating farm co-ops. We implement operating procedures and small business disciplines, while providing seed capital and ongoing training. As harvests and herds grow, co-op membership expands.|
|We build economic independence.|
|Africa Bridge organizes volunteer villagers into Most Vulnerable Children Committees, which identify and aid those most in need. We train committee members in social services, care-taking skills, legal protections and organizational management, as well as provide access to healthcare and education.|
With deep gratitude to our donors and sponsors, Africa Bridge continues to make great progress in ensuring vulnerable children are educated, healthy and sheltered. Over the course of five years, our program helps Tanzanian families successfully shed their ‘vulnerable’ status.
For example, in Masoko Ward’s eight villages, which graduated from Africa Bridge in 2012, co-op membership had tripled by 2014 and is still expanding – without any further investment. In addition, the chart below shows how we’ve already changed lives in the Mpombo Ward. With your help, we can now create lasting change for approximately 560 households and an estimated 1,400 vulnerable children in Kisondela.
|Kisondela Class of 2021|
|Mpombo Class of 2016
|Families eat 1-2 meals daily||Families eat 3 meals daily|
|Meals include meat once a month to once a year||Meals include meat, fish or poultry 3 or more times per week|
|Children sleep on mats on the floor||Children sleep on mattresses or beds with a blanket|
|Children are poorly clothed and unable to attend school||1,426 children received school uniforms, shoes and workbooks|
|Little access to credit or farm assistance||10 co-ops in which membership has sustainably increased by 41% and is still growing|
|Subsistence living||Economic independence and entrepreneurship|
We invite you to take a bold and more personal journey with Africa Bridge. Through “This Is My Village” (TIMV), we bring together like-minded donors to make a five-year giving commitment that supports Africa Bridge’s model of sustainable development and helps villagers achieve economic independence. During the five-year program, you will receive updates about the work underway and the progress being made.
Your generosity can help create sustainable change in a village. Please consider a pledge of $1,000 a year for five years. For a total of $5,000, you can have a forever impact on the lives of vulnerable children, their guardians and an entire community.
We welcome you to join a village with one of the following pledges:
Your 100 percent tax-deductible gift of $1,000 a year for five years has the power to help Africa Bridge accomplish the following: