Bridges of Hope is an International Network of Development Agencies. Our mission is to promote poverty relief and community empowerment amongst the poorest nations of the earth. Click here for our mission statement
Our mission is accomplished in cooperation with governments, donors, organizations and individuals, all who connect to form our network. Our ambition is to inspire and mobilize people to become agents/instruments of change. We seek to enhance the capacity of our network to deliver results that are consistent with our mission.
Bridges of Hope's philosophy is one of interdependence and ongoing cooperation. We recognize that relief in and of itself cannot eradicate world poverty. When business thrives, the need for relief is greatly diminished. Therefore, Bridges of Hope puts a high premium on indigenous enterprise using business creation to combat poverty. Through partnering with local people, we focus on facilitating and supporting sustainable enterprise, which can create employment in the developing world.
There are many valuable charities in the development sector doing incredible work. At Bridges of Hope, we focus our attention and support on the following:
- We focus on grassroots organizations strategically chosen and monitored for effectiveness and efficiency.
- We offer our donors the unique opportunity to give directly to effective grassroots organizations addressing the most serious humanitarian issues. We do so because locally-based and community-owned organizations are highly effective at identifying creative, lasting solutions to local problems. With lower overheads than international organizations, these local organizations almost always provide the most cost-effective solutions. This means that more of the money you give goes to those in need.
- We put a high premium on indigenous enterprises using business creation to combat poverty. Through partnering with local people, we focus on facilitating and supporting sustainable enterprise which can create employment in the developing world.
- We rely on our extensive international network to provide local business solutions to poverty in remote areas to help us identify the best social entrepreneurs who have the ability to bring positive transformation to their communities.
- We’ve spent over a decade building relationships with, and earning the trust of over 100 community leaders with community development experience. In these same communities we have brought over 100 organizations to our donors' attention.
For us, for our donors and for those we impact, it has truly made all the difference.
Through four sectors: Economic Development, Health, Education and Critical Intervention, we provide medical assistance, strategic financing, farming initiatives, water and sponsorship programs. Through these sectors we are able to provide access to literacy, numeracy, food, water and clothing, all contributing to the growth of vibrant and sustainable communities in developing countries. When concern transitions to action, great possibilities are unleashed. We provide you with a brief description of the four sectors:
Despite charitable efforts extreme poverty has continued to rise. It is evident that relief in and of itself cannot eradicate world poverty. When business thrives, the need for relief is greatly diminished. Therefore, Bridges of Hope puts a high premium on indigenous enterprise using business creation to combat poverty. Through partnering with local people, we focus on facilitating and supporting sustainable enterprise, which can create employment in the developing world.
What the world's economically-poor need is new jobs and new income possibilities. They need opportunities that stimulate local, productive enterprise. This includes a growing range of initiatives such as microfinance - grants and loans to both small and medium-sized enterprises - initiatives that help to build a new, hope-filled future.
Treatment and prevention long available in the developed nations has yet to reach the world in its entirety, keeping good health out of the reach of millions!
Through our critical intervention centers, safe drinking water programs and projects, Bridges of Hope focuses on helping indigenous people to improve community health and reduce infant and maternal mortality rates. By creating essential health services and providing access, we are ensuring that hundreds of mothers and children are well nourished and protected from infection and diseases.
Through initiatives like Healthy Child Africa, Bridges of Hope seeks to provide innovative and simple solutions to diarrheal disease problems in the developing world. Healthy Child Africa gathers sponsors to assist with costs in order to deliver the products free of charge to indigenous agencies and organizations that care for and deliver feeding programs to children in Africa.
There is a strong link between education and poverty. Without education we are creating the perfect conditions for poverty to flourish. The lack of education forms a critical barrier to prosperity. Throughout developing nations, primary education holds the key for children to grow into strong and healthy adults. Basic education provides the opportunity for children to become prosperous adults and leaders within their communities.
Many governments in the developing world are not able to provide consistent, quality education for their children. We focus our attention on two main areas within the education sector: Private education, and assuring the opportunity for education of young girls.
Private education in developing nations holds a number of key advantages. It has proven to be more cost effective than public school, despite the scarcity of educational resources. In places where classes are smaller, teachers are personally motivated, and greater attention is paid to the challenges and potential of individual students. Private education provides better academic opportunities for children in low-income families and economically poor communities.
In identifying the best projects, we recognize the particular need to address the deficient educational support available for young girls. Given both the critical benefits of education for girls as well as the key role women play within their broader communities, we recommend projects that bring attention to girls’ education and seek to correct this gender inequality.
Our world is plagued by many forms of injustice. It is time to respond to the millions of helpless children who are homeless, exploited and abandoned.
Many of our partners are so economically poor their lives are endangered and they need critical intervention before they can realize their potential. Therefore, Bridges of Hope engages in life saving relief programs such as feeding and child sponsorship as the starting point of an integrated strategy. We are currently on a campaign to raise enough capital to achieve twenty six million meals per year and insure that one hundred thousand children receive the critical nutrition that they require for abundant life.