You can make a concrete difference in the world!
In January of 2005, Rick Bauman was the sole Canadian in a group of 21 US insurance agents. He went on a house building trip to Nicaragua sponsored by Bridges to Community, a Westchester, New York based charity. He was so taken with the experience that he vowed to return the next year with a group of Canadian insurance brokers.
And he did. In January, 2006, a group of seven brokers and their friends traveled to Las Conchitas, Nicaragua, built two houses and formed a vision to build 100 houses within the next five years. Bridges to Community Canada was created in 2006, and after raising $750,000, house number 100 was dedicated in January of 2012.
Bridges to Community Canada now has a new vision – to raise $1,000,000 and in partnership with the district of Jinotega in northern Nicaragua, build another hundred houses, 80 latrines, two schools and several water distribution systems in the communities of El Sasle and El Mojon. The Vision and Values of the organization are as follows:
By December 31, 2017, we will have successfully met the defined needs of the Jinotega Communities for Housing, Healthcare, Education and Economic Development, by raising $1,000,000.
- Passion – We are passionate about making a positive, sustainable impact on the poverty we see in Nicaragua
- Respect – We respect the people and communities we work with
- Sharing – We believe we are truly blessed and we share our gifts generously
- Advocacy – We tell the BTCC story to anyone who will listen
- Community – We continuously build our community of supporters
We organize 1-week trips for groups of business leaders, families, church members, or schools. Our trip participants have the opportunity to sightsee and get to know more about the beautiful country of Nicaragua. The heart of the week is spent living in the communities where we build houses, working side by side with the families who will live in them. Our accommodation is safe, secure and basic. Our food is wholesome and plentiful. The week is a time of great fellowship, laughter and hard work. There are tasks for all levels of physical ability. Everyone contributes.
Comments from previous trip participants:
“ It was a humbling experience that caused me to consider the impact of being born in the ‘right‘ country has had on me.”
“I think the most important thing I learned on this trip was that we can help these people and communities a little at a time. We can make an impact on their lives, well being and their future.“
Help us to reach our goal to make a concrete difference in the world!
What People Are Saying
"I learned to not to sweat the small stuff. People don't have to have material things to be happy. I learned a real sense of Community, something we now lack back at home. I have a better appreciation for the luxuries we have (washrooms, warm showers, heat)."
— previous trip participant
"The pictures you view and the information you read prior to going are nothing compared to the experience. I learned that great things can be accomplished when everyone works together. True team spirit comes quickly and is sustainable when everyone has the same goal in mind."
— previous trip participant