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Update from BtGA's, Matthew Bowser, M.A. Sci., PE

The Honorable Timothy Ole Mako (Member of County Assembly) and BtGA's Country Manager, Matthew Bowser's hand shake after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for this project.

A huge, and very sincere thank you to all of the donors for the   2017 BE A BRIDGE  Fundraiser   that was hosted by our  Proud Partner Initiative 360   and for the matching funds provided by   WSP Canada ! Because of your efforts and generosity, we are excited to announce that the Oltulelei Community Bridge has officially begun!
  
The Oltulelei Community Bridge will be a 55m span M-Type suspension bridge and will provide an essential crossing over the formidable Sand River. The Sand River separates the local Oltulelei community from the necessities of life and is gravely dangerous to cross in the rainy season. This beautiful bridge will save lives and bring social change by preventing future drownings and linking the community to economic opportunities, education and health clinics.

BtGA has many partners in the bridge building process, starting with the local community who will own the bridge. Recently, we began this process with a meeting that included BtGA's Harmon, Débora, and me, the Hon. Timothy Ole Mako (Member of County Assembly), and several members of the local Maasai community (including Chief Geoffrey). From here, the Oltulelei community will select a bridge committee to hire a local bridge crew to assist in construction and determine the regulations and the governance of the bridge.

BtGA is also collaborating with the Olderikesi Wildlife Conservancy and Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust. Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust is actively engaged in the preservation of natural habitats and wildlife in this vital wildlife corridor of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park. They are also involved in securing the area from poachers and for the protection of the community.

We hope to be breaking ground on this exciting project in April.

Again, much gratitude for our  Proud Partner Initiative 360 WSP Canada , and the many  individuals donating to the 2017 BE A BRIDGE  Fundraiser!   Your philanthropy and kindness are transforming communities!
School Girls at Kakenya's Crossing Bridge
A Message from the Founder

The annual rainy season in Kenya has arrived with a vengeance and is wreaking havoc all over the country. The pounding rains have made rivers and streams break over their banks as never before. There are harrowing stories of people who struggled and survived these dangerous rivers, and sad stories of loved ones who perished from the powerful currents.
 
When the news reports that someone drowns, there are many more stories that go unreported due to the nature of living in a walking world in remote Kenya. For the last twenty-plus years, I've listened to rural communities agonize as they shared accounts of people from their village who drowned while attempting to cross a swollen river.
 
Recently, I witnessed firsthand how one Bridging the Gap Africa bridge named Jack's Crossing helped a Masai community cross the dangerous and flooded Sand River. A few days later, I received this text from a young Masai man from this region written in broken English: 
 
"Morning Harmon
I Keep Remember The Good Deed You Have Done To Our Community At This Time Whereby No River Is Passeable With Torretial Downpour And Natural Calamities That All Bridges Along Mara Road No One Can Pass, your Project Are Firm And Passeable You Be Remembered Forever And My Heart Too Will Stick Remembering The Good Work You Have Done.May God Bless You Abundantly.
Thankrs Jackson"
 
Jackson's text inspires all of us at Bridging the Gap Africa to stay focused and do the 'good work' of building Bridges to a Better World -- one bridge at a time!

With grateful thanks for your support,
Harmon Parker


Masai Mother and Child using The Jack's Crossing Bridge over the flooded Sand River

Save The Date For The 2018 BtGA Golf Classics !

Our 2018 Annual BtGA Golf Classics will be here before you know it! Sign-up has not started yet, but it's never too early to add this to your calendar!

Dates:

Monday, September 24, 2018
Polo Golf & Country Club in Cumming, Georgia

Monday, October 1, 2018 
Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pennsylvania

For more information, email info@bridgingthegapafrica.org.

Team Member Spotlight

Meet Burleigh Law! A dedicated member of BtGA's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) since late 2013.



Burleigh is a professional bridge engineer and senior technical advisor with the HNTB corporation.

Re ad more about our Team Member Spotlight, Burleigh Law! 

How Can I Help?

You can start a fundraising campaign to help save lives with BtGA using Classy!   Meet Classy.  

Classy is a cool new tool that better allows BtGA to connect you with our cause. For example, do you have a birthday coming up? If so, c reating a birthday campaign with BtGA through Classy is a great way to celebrate, connect with friends and family, and support a good cause, all in one place. 

For more information, email info@bridgingthegapafrica.org.



You can use Amazon Smile when placing your Amazon orders. Select Bridging the Gap Inc (Bowling Green, OH) as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to our awesome and life-saving organization. 


It's a pretty great deal and every dollar helps -- something you can smile about!��



You also have the option to  d onate today ! Donate today and  YOU  can be a bridge to a better world!

If you are part of a community organization that would like to partner with BtGA to sponsor an entire bridge project just reply to this email and a BtGA representative will be in contact with you to tell you how we can connect you with a community.