Helping People Help Themselves To Self-Sufficiency
El Puente - The Bridge
School Year 2013 Is On!
The "Suiting Up" process is done--and We served 142 students this year.
They are attending 17 schools in Costa Rica and 5 in Panama. We are looking forward to graduations from elementary school this year!
Thank you for your support!
See some of the Bridge Kids--CLICK HERE
To see how you can help, see the official list of
materials needed to start a child in school--CLICK HERE
One of our volunteers took an outstanding foto--
"Homework In the Jungle"! CLICK HERE to see it.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
We provide five services, delivered together,
to smooth the route to self-sufficiency. Learn more
There are many volunteer opportunities available.
If you want to suggest a volunteer project based on
your skills and interests,
VIDEO COVERAGE OF EL PUENTE
Come on in for a virtual visit!
A CNN Crew surprised us at
The Bridge-Tune in to the report by
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More Video Coverage
The folks from Actuality Media visited The Bridge, took a look around, and talked with the Founders Click Here
Even MORE Video of El Puente
We walked around and took video at special events, and built a
Video Channel for El Puente on
YouTube--Come Take A Look!
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To see more about how
The Bridge runs,
We offer educational assistance, food, and microloans mainly to
indigenous people in Costa Rica.
The School Program assists
families with educational expenses for young children. LEARN MORE
The Food Program provides a gathering place, healthy meals, and additional support on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. LEARN MORE
The Microloan Program provides small loans from $20--$400, with approaches that have been helping people out of poverty globally since 1987. LEARN MORE
Used together, these programs provide powerful support for families working toward self-sufficiency, and allows them to build the Hope
necessary to succeed.
What are people saying about us?
Learn more by downloading a
presentation--CLICK HERE for a Powerpoint Show (PPS), or a
We have non-profit status in the USA. This is our 10th year of
How do you help children into the future? One step at a time, just as Nanci is guiding
Alejandro and William across this footbridge in the indigenous reserve.
This website and all graphics are
© 2004-2013 El Puente Del Caribe, S. A.
We rely on volunteers to do many of the things we do at The Bridge. They came here from the US, Canada, England, France, Italy, Greece, Germany. Spain, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Russia, and Austrailia--all ages and stages: students; business owners; tourists; and yes, retirees.
For many, it was a meaningful, transformational experience.
Come and visit us--see for yourself!
We are exploring how we can help with cultural preservation, in
areas such as language and medicinal plants.
We are also exploring links that can be made to enhance community and
create earnings potential here. We provide facilities for a government trade school to teach classes at our facility. We have assisted in initial phases of building a high school.
We are also working to "Bridge" indigenous Bribri producers of cacao (chocolate)
to a chocolate company in the USA. Have an idea for a project?
We are investigating other opportunities as they are presented to us. If you are interested in these or other areas, CLICK HERE to send us your questions or proposals.