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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

Volunteer Program

There are many volunteer opportunities available.

See the activities

If you want to suggest a volunteer project based on

your skills and interests,

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Come on in for a virtual visit!

A CNN Crew surprised us at

The Bridge-Tune in to the report by

Clicking Here

(For English subtitles push CC)

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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"What Can I Bring?"

A list of much needed items.

You've asked many other questions

about traveling here--location, lodging,  transportation, and more. Click on this link for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

How Many People Do We Serve?

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Comments From Pledge Donors

We asked our Monthly Pledge Donors

"Why did you 'take the Pledge?' "

Click here to see how they answered.

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GoodShop--and now-GoodDining!

When you search the web, shop online,

or eat out 

The Bridge gets donations at no cost to you!

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Financial Information

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The Bridge runs,

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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

Slideshow (AVI)

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.

Bridge to education and microloans for self-sufficiency

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© 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.