Our programs make a real impact in the lives of Dominicans by helping them access to improved schools, strong youth development programs, better sanitation, and a sustainable environmental plan for the future of their communities. For example, in 2013 Bridges to Community completed a much needed 2 classroom addition to the existing school in Derrumbadero. This moved students who were holding classes outside, to be able to study inside no regardless of the weather. It also made the school eligible to hire 3 new teachers and be a site for the National College Exam.
In 2014, Bridges completed a one classroom addition to the elementary school in Caimonial. This allowed an additional 30 students to remain in the community and not have to travel the 3 kilometers to the school in Derrumbadero.
In 2015, Bridges completed a Community Youth Center in Derrumbadero, which includes a library, computer room, and classroom, providing a safe learning and recreational environment for the 1,200 plus youth residing in the area. Prior to the Youth Center, these youth spoke about simply wanting to stay alive and now they are speaking of becoming doctors and lawyers, are taking on leadership roles in their communities and are spearheading community projects.
You too can spark a change similar to this by simply taking part in any of the Bridges’ wide range of volunteering projects in the DR, including home repair, reforestation, public health projects and activities involving youth leadership training.