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Thank You Sponsors for A Wonderful 2018!



As I sit here and reflect on 2018, I am extremely grateful to our wonderful sponsors, donors and volunteers. Together we were able to touch many lives and fulfill our purpose of connecting the disadvantaged to opportunities.

I am often humbled when I hear the painful stories of some of the families The Bridge Foundation serves. One recent story was that of a father in Ghana whose 10 year old son has suffered multiple strokes as a result of sickle cell anemia disease and seizures. The Bridge Foundation sent him a small donation during Christmas to buy a treat for his family. He used the unexpected gift to fill his son’s much needed prescription. My family and I have been going through a very difficult trial with the health of my son and I am often asked how I continue to smile and have joy. Stories like these help put my own suffering into perspective. My joy comes from knowing I am part of an organization which strives to help so many disadvantaged children. My experience, and I hope yours as well, is summed up in this quote: “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Child Sponsorship Program

The Bridge foundation added 11 new children to our sponsorship program bringing the total number of children in the sponsorship program to 38. Out of these, 25 have sponsors and 13 are awaiting sponsorship. Sponsorship means everything to these children. It means an opportunity to go to school, eat 2 nutritious meals a day and receive medical checkup. They also gain self confidence, a sense of worth and most importantly a deep knowledge that someone, even on the other side of the world, cares deeply about them. Their faces light up when they tell their friends at school about their sponsors. I want that same joy for the 13 children, who even though are in the program and receive an education, meals and medical checkup, do not have a sponsor to tell their friends about. I also want that for the many children who are waiting to join the program. In 2019, our goal is find sponsors for the remaining 13 children and add 37 new children into the program. Click here to watch how Joshua, Raja and Michael’s lives have been transformed through child sponsorship.

Feeding Program

We started a feeding program back in 2017 in a small impoverished village in South India for severely malnourished children while they awaited sponsors. Most of these children were orphans who made a living begging and digging through trash for plastic bottles and other recyclable materials to sell for mere cents. We are currently feeding 34 children one meal a day at a monthly cost of $700. The program is a matter of life and death for these precious children. While waiting to join the program, 2 siblings lost their lives this past August after eating badly decomposed food from the refuse dump near their village. In 2019, we hope to find sponsors for the children so they can receive 2 meals and an education or enough funding to feed them 2 meals a day. Please watch the video to learn more.

Through Their Eyes Fundraising Gala

The Bridge Fundraising gala held on November 17th in Atlanta was a huge success. We were honored to have so many of you come and support us during our first fundraiser. We are looking forward to our 2019 gala which promises to be bigger and more fun. Stay tuned for more information. Click here to see pictures from that night. Click here to watch video one and video two from the event.

The Bridge Christmas Party

The year would not have been complete without The Bridge Foundation annual Christmas and End of Year party. 90 children in India and 60 in Ghana had an amazing time at the parties. Children in India got to eat chicken briyani, a popular Indian rice dish and one of my favorite dishes, cake and drink juice for the very first time. The children in Ghana, got a visit from Santa, played beach volley ball and participated in a dance offs. They were all smiles. See below for pictures.

In 2019, I invite you to continue this incredible journey of partnership with us and together we can change lives and brighten a small corner of the world for a child. It doesn’t matter whether you are able to sponsor 1 child or 10 children or whether you can give a large or small donation, what matters most is you cared enough to show up for one child. I end with one f my favorite quotes: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Adwoa Adu Acquah

Co-Founder and President



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A Tale of Two Worlds – STEM Education Vs. Begging

In most developed countries we hear about programs such as STEM and how to motivate young girls to be interested in STEM. While I highly recommend and support such programs, I can’t help but think of the children The Bridge Foundation serves. In a world far away, we encounter children dying of starvation, children who have never stepped in a classroom and who can not dare to dream beyond today. Their entire lives are consumed by when they will have their next meal. While most children eat breakfast and head to school, the children in Ramapuram, India, walk several miles to the city to begin their day of begging. They stay out all day walking up and down the street hoping a kind soul will give them money or something to eat. Some of these children are very bright and full of talents that the world may never see. They could have been future scientists, programmers, developers, doctors, engineers, politicians, economists, actors, and writers but alas, many die of starvation, their talents, buried with them. The ones who survive continue to live a life of mediocrity and poverty with the world never meeting or hearing of them.

First, we need programs which will provide basic necessities to such children and give them an education which will introduce them to the world of reading, science, technology and computers. This will allow their young eager minds to soar and begin to dream again. See, the children in the developed world, your children, my children, start out in life with so many opportunities available to them. We tell them they can be anything they want to be and strive to give them every advantage in life. The children we serve in Ghana, India and Uganda do not have the opportunity to do 1% of what our children will get to do. That, my friend, is Social Injustice. The Bridge Foundation wants to be a bridge that these children can cross to arrive at a life filled with opportunities they didn’t even know existed. We want them to also have a choice of whether to pursue STEM, the Arts, Finance, or Economics. We want them to laugh and play as children.  We want them to worry about which book to read first and not when they will eat again.

Ramapuram is an impoverished village in South India where their own government uses their land as a refuse dump. About 80% of the mothers are child brides and almost 100% of them lack a viable employment. They lack basic amenities such as water, electricity among others. They walk about 4 – 6 miles daily to fetch water. Parents and children alike go days without eating. The only employment available is collecting ashes from the refuse dump and selling them for nearly nothing.

The Bridge Foundation is working feverishly to build a bridge for these children through the feeding program we have already started in Ramapuram. We currently feed 26 children twice a day for roughly $650 a month. The parents and grandparents hang around in hopes that there will be leftovers for them to also have. Right now, all we can do is feed them but they have other needs. We are painfully aware that it is not enough and we can’t stop there. The children will need to go to school if they are to have a chance to succeed in life. They need water, access to healthcare, and the adults need a viable source of income. For now the children are content. They don’t have to go begging again nor worry about what they will eat. The Bridge Foundation knows that there is a whole world of opportunities out there for the children to explore but it will start with them getting an education.

The Bridge Foundation will not rest until the bridge has been lowered for all the children to cross over to the other side where literacy, STEM, the Arts, business, sports, good health, and nutritious meals await them. We need your help to make this a reality. Help us with your financial donations and time to beautify this world one tiny corner at a time.

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Thank You Partners for a Great 2017!

Sponsor a Child

James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

2017 has been our greatest year yet. When we first begun this work three years ago, we didn’t know what the future would hold and if we would be able to make an impact. Everywhere we turned, there were heartbreaking stories of children in need. We felt helpless and overwhelmed, but God reminded us that this was His work. Through the years He has used you, our partners, to do His glorious work. Many of you donated in countless ways and often through your generous funds, time, prayers and words of advice and encouragement. Here is what your partnership with God has done in 2017:

Education Sponsorship Program
You provided education, food, medical care and other basic necessities for 30 children through the Making Smiles Happen Everyday sponsorship program. At the beginning of the school year, you generously gave to provide school supplies to about 50 children. You brought smiles and hope to many families and children in Ghana, India and Uganda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeding Program
We brought you the story about Ramapuram, a small forest village in South India, where 75% of the mothers were under the age of 15, where the men’s sole source of income was collecting ashes to sell for mere cents, where 50% of families lived in makeshift tents and all 20 children were severely malnourished and had never attended school. You donated so we could start a feeding program which feeds children two meals a day. The children are thriving and learning about the love of God. Before we started working in this village, the people had never heard about Jesus. Because of your generosity, this people group have come to see the love of Jesus and now believe in Him.

Building A Home For Orphan Boys
When our partners in India met 7 year old Joshua begging for food in Ramapuram, they learned that he was an orphan and lived with his 3 year old brother and disabled grandmother. They often had no food to eat and lived in a makeshift tent. It was winter time and they had no warm clothes or bedding. Through your partnership, we built them a new home and furnished it. You are now the sponsors of the two boys and your contributions provide them with an education, food, medical care and basic necessities. Joshua and his brother currently excel in school and have won many academic awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Saving Surgery for Kwabena
Kwabena, a one year old baby, lives in Ghana. He has esophageal atresia, a congenital defect where a baby’s esophagus does not develop properly, causing coughing, choking and gagging when feeding.
At three days old, the mother abandoned her son, Kwabena. Naomi, a Godly Ghanaian woman who courageously and lovingly runs an orphanage, took the baby in and has cared for Kwabena ever since she found him. Kwabena needs surgery to repair his esophageal atresia; the surgery costs $2000 USD. In August, we informed you about Kwabena’s needs and you abundantly gave out of your compassionate hearts. You helped us raise $1000USD in one weekend as a down payment for Kwabena’s life saving surgery. Due to his low weight, the surgery had to be postponed, and for the last 4 months you have generously given so that we can buy the food which he needs to gain and maintain his weight. Thankfully, his surgery has been tentatively scheduled for January 2018. Now we anxiously wait for the good news of an approved surgery time and date.

 

 

 

 

The Bridge Foundation wants to say a big thank you to all of you for making 2017 our biggest year yet. We could not have done it without your help. You are helping to transform lives, communities and nations and most importantly taking Jesus’ gospel of love to some of the most unreached people groups in the world. We will continue to dream big with God in 2018 and we look forward to partnering with you to make these dreams a reality. In January 2018, we will launch The Bridge Foundation online shop which will feature artisan products from Ghana and India. We will include products made by the women in the Women Empowerment program which will be a source of income for them. We wish you a Happy and Blessed New Year!!