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A Bridge For Africa Foundation

Bridge for Africa is a federal 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and the dignity of work in rural Africa.

OUR MISSION
Bridge for Africa aims to give rural Africans the dignity of work by paying them fair wages thereby promoting self-sufficiency and advancing hope for future generations. Our ambitious goal is to provide consistent work for the groups we work with in South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


WHY WE DO IT
While the arts and crafts emerging from Africa represent an extraordinary blend of tradition, vibrancy and beauty of modern Africa, the skilled artists are not often paid a decent wage for their work. We believe that by partnering directly with community organizations, the artists themselves gain more dignity in their work and control over the direction of their lives.


HOW WE DO IT
We accomplish our mission by working with partners in rural African communities who assist in designing and creating a wide range of innovative and unique products. We find markets for the products and reinvest the proceeds to advance training and development, and to create more employment in the region.


SOME RESULTS
We have been the primary US conduit for a bead and wire project supporting 40 women in the Durban South African Township. We work closely with a rural South African weaving project where we help support over 300 weavers. This project has been so successful that where once men traveled long distances for employment, now they are able to stay home with their families where they work with this creative project. Furthermore, the traditional Zulu skill in basketry is revived in a vibrant contemporary art form.

We have created a joint venture with a group in rural KwaZuluNatal where we buy wholesale stainless steel silverware from a South African producer and the crafters enhance it with beads and wire. This effort has created a more marketable product.

For more info please contact:
Vince Mezzera
vince@bridgeforafrica.org

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