THE BRIDGE FOUNDATION


We care about the future of our children and provide practical solutions to problems of adolescent youth.

Who We Are
The Bridge Foundation (TBF) was founded in 1998 by Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, whose vision is to build a society where young people are enabled to maximize their potential to achieve an improved quality of life free from exploitation.TBF provides opportunities and resources for participants to build socio-economic skills through formal education, vocation/life skills training and sports development.

Our Vision
Building a society where children and young people are enabled to maximize their potential to achieve an improved quality of life free from exploitation.

Our Core Values
Community participation and empowerment
Gender equity and equality
Accountability and transparency


We offer Wide Range of Programmes
TBF offers a variety of comprehensive services through centers located in the city of Accra and Kokrobite fishing community about 45 minutes drive west of Accra. Collaboration within the communities served has enabled TBF to expand its networks to include support from local and national businesses, schools, and service organizations. Currently, TBF offers the following community outreach services:  


Educational Scholarship

Vocational Training

Sports Leisure Activities

Mentorship & Internship


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Our operational mission

To empower disadvantaged children /young people with skills that will enable them reach their full potential.
Poverty can shape whole communities for generations. The best strategies for combatting its effects and progressing into better future must come from within the community itself. The Bridge Foundation believes that children in deprived communities are true development experts.
Its ambitious young people have resounding hope and remarkable creativity. They have the talent and initiative to create real, sustainable change. Often times all they need are the resources and some support network to help their ideas thrive.
Through our work, we seek to break the cycle of deprivation and poverty. We empower our children and young people to overcome the challenges they face that hold them back. We develop our programs in the context of local circumstances, in partnership with children, young people and their families, as well as community leadership and local authorities.

Some of the children engaged at the Computer Laboratory Unit at the Bridge Foundation Youth Development Resource Centre,Roman Ridge, Accra, Ghana


Programmes:

These programmes are designed to benefit: TBF desires to assist disadvantaged youth from impoverished homes (orphaned and neglected children, street children, unskilled out-of-school youth, etc) in Accra and Kokrobite. Community outreach services are offered to youth ages 7-19, whose household income falls within the programme requirements. Through TBF mentorship programmes, assistance is also available to support participants families and schools with educational resources and related training. We work to change lives: The Bridge Foundation works for families who find themselves under severely difficult circumstances.You can help these vulnerable children, young people and families now before it is too late by donating here. The Bridge Foundation is the easiest way for you to help children and young people at your doorstep.

 

We work for children and young people


Whose families need support


Whose biological families cannot cater for their needs


Who experience severe difficulties in their daily living


We offer basic literacy and computer skills training


supports vocational skills training to youth out of school


unemployed youth are apprenticed to master tradesmen

Our services

The Bridge Foundation facilitates provision of formal education, vocational and life skills training to children and young people, especially that out-of-school who are trainable, as well as providing them with equipment and tools to practice their acquired skills.
TBF runs a multi-purpose resource and training centre which provides a safe and protective environment for at-risk youth; fostering the needed support network for the provision of basic needs and development through education programmes, one-on-one counseling services and an ongoing atmosphere of concern and hope.




Educational Support Programme

Every child deserves education; TBF makes it a reality for all the children who come to our resource centre. We offer basic literacy and computer skills training, as well as art and craft to under-privileged children and young people. So far, over 150 young people have graduated from the Computer Skills training since the inception of the programme.



ICT Skills Training Support

TBF supports vocational skills training to youth out of school, equipping them with tools after their training to enable them engage in employable trades to earn decent living. Field officers identify trainable unemployed youth who then are apprenticed to master tradesmen.




Sports Development Programme


One of the children, a fan of Barcelona FC, displaying his finished art work Sport is a positive leisure activity and a way in which children/youth are able to identify their talents, keep off drugs, as therapeutic treatment for those using drugs and alcohol, but also to facilitate physical and psychological recovery and development. Using sports to teach healthy life choices and promoting peace across gender and ethnic divides; TBF has established a Youth Training and Resource Centre, comprising a boxing gymnasium, CT laboratory, a library and accommodation units for volunteers which provides opportunities for young people and children to develop and improve their talents in the field of sports and wellness. It also serves as a platform for disseminating messages on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and children rights among young people





 
Success Story

Rose Awatey, 18yrs, is one of 10 beneficiaries of our vocational skills/formal education support and sports development programme; completed Accra High Senior High School in 2014.First of a family of four; dropped out of school at Junior High School because her family could no longer afford her school fees. A friend directed her to TBF. On her introduction to the programme; beaming with excitement, she said I am hopeful life will not be the same, with this opportunity, my life will get better. She is a member of the national amateur female boxing team and currently on scholarship studying in the United States of America.


L-R: Rose in an exhibition fight with a male counterpart at the Bridge Gym, Roman Ridge, Accra, Ghana.


Programmes Impact:

Our programmes seek to equip children/young people with knowledge and skills, such as:

  • Practical skills leading to job opportunities.
  • Support to basic education, including basic literacy and IT skills
  • Building young people self-esteem
  • Promoting sports development, wellness and healthy lifestyles.













  • Internship Opportunities

    Galvanize your career through an international internship.TBF works with disadvantaged children in deprived communities, NGOs and governmental agencies. Interns can workat the grassroots level in various developmental fields as they gain practical experience in NGO operations during their internship with TBF:

    Social work
    Community development
    Environmental conservation and management
    Teaching
    Childcare
    Construction
    Medical and Healthcare

    Experience the vibrant diversity of the Ghanaian culture while making a difference at the grassroots level. This experience can make your resume outstanding. Our activities are designed to bring a sustainable high impact output after completion.Programs are available throughout the year.

    Be a part of TBF's efforts to inspire learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable children in Ghana. Work with exceptional grassroots projects in community development, personal development, and fundraising. Be part of a progressive nonprofit that has raised support for over 1000 children in need.

    Make a long-term impact in your community of choice it is not just a vacation.


    Why Volunteer in Ghana

    Why volunteer in Ghana:

    Hailed as West Africa's golden gate, Ghana deserves its place under the sun. One of Africa's great success stories, Ghana is reaping the benefits of a stable democracy in the form of fast-paced development.

    With its welcoming beaches, gorgeous hinterland, rich culture, vibrant cities, diverse wildlife, easy transport and affable inhabitants, it is no wonder Ghana is sometimes labeled 'Africa for beginners'. It is easy to

     come here for a week or a month, but no trip can be complete without a visit to Ghana's coastal forts, poignant reminders of a page of history that defined our modern world.

     Travel north and you will feel like you have arrived in a different country, with a different religion, geography and cultural practices. The beauty is that this diversity exists so harmoniously, a joy to experience and a wonder to behold in uncertain times.

    What all Ghanaians share are their hospitality and a penchant for socialization, placing them amongst the happiest, most welcoming people on the planet; and positioning Ghana the most idyllic place to volunteer.

     

    What TBF Provides:

    ·         Airport Pickup and Drop-off 

    ·         Orientation

    ·         Subsidized Accommodation

    ·         Subsidized 24/7 in-country support.


    Volunteers /interns’ Fees:

                                                   

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    Fee (US$)
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    What Do Your Fees Pay For?

    ·         Registration Fee 

    ·         Program marketing costs

    ·         Information pack

    ·         Administration costs

    ·         TBF Fund

    ·         Travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

    ·         In-country trips or tours and spending money (volunteers in Ghana generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

     




    Partnership

    TBF works in partnership with other non-profit organizations and institutions that share common vision; and also extensively through a network of volunteers, both local and foreign. TBF therefore welcome volunteers who would want to work with us for the betterment of lives of disadvantaged children in Ghana.

    Do you want to volunteer? : We are excited to get your placement underway where you will:

    What TBF Provides:
    Airport pickup and drop-off.
    Orientation
    Subsidized Accommodation.
    Subsidized 24/7 in-country support

    What Do Your Fees Pay For?


    Registration Fee
    Program marketing costs
    Information pack
    Administration costs
    TBF Fund
    Travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
    In-country trips or tours and spending money (volunteers in Ghana generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

    Volunteers/Interns’ Other Responsibilities:


    Visa
    Flights
    Travel insurance (mandatory)
    Vaccinations
    Criminal background check
    Souvenirs
    In-country travel and tours
    Personal expenses

    What Volunteers/Interns Should Know:

    TBF is a registered Ghanaian non-profit organization incorporated as such under relevant laws of Ghana and recognized by the Department of Social Welfare with Certificate Number DSW 988. We have received and placed several volunteers and many of these volunteers are active in sharing their experiences through social media platforms. If you wish to talk to a TBF staff member, please free to contact us.

     

    Why Volunteer with TBF?

    TBF was established to provide affordable, high quality and responsible volunteer/internship programs for people wishing to volunteer in Ghana. It is built on the following strong values: - affordability, responsibility, support, safety, friendship, loyalty, quality, experience and enjoyment.


    Do You Want to Hep?

    Our vision is to connect volunteers with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable children. We do this by supporting the work of local communities and schools through the placement of volunteers and interns.


    Why Volunteer Abroad?

    People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it is also acceptable to want some benefits from one volunteering. The best volunteering does involve the desire to serve others, but this does not exclude other motivations, as well. Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for people who are not as fortunate as yourself, begin to think of it as an exchange. Volunteering is founded on the concept of giving through the donation of your time, your skills, your energy, and often just simply your presence to help others in need. The lessons and benefits that a volunteer receives while volunteering abroad are endless and can include increased self-confidence and social awareness, development of life skills, personal growth, friendship and building of independence. It can also help to enhance your career prospects. Not only do volunteers increase their skill base, work experience and international contacts through volunteering abroad, employees often look favorably upon those who are willing to go outside of their comfort zone and give up their time to assist others.











     
    Ms. Merle Wexler

    Ms. Merle Wexler is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida (License No.0003188).She holds a Masters Degrees in Social Work (Barry University,Miama -Fl) ; Science, Human Resource, Counseling and Therapy (Biscayne College, Miami-Fl) and Education for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) ,Florida International University. She has been at post as Adjunct Professor in English as a Second Language at Miami Dade College, Florida, the largest institution of higher learning in the United States serving over 60,000 students. Since 1983.she has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, United States largest donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring association, with a mission to create and support relations that provide consistent and positive, one-on-one mentor interactions between a child and adult volunteer. She is a laureate of the Magna Cum Laude-Barry University, Outstanding Citizen Award of the City of Florida; Jane C. Cunningham Scholarship(Academic Excellence Scholarship) and Tri-Beta National Biological Honorary Society Award. Ms. Merle Wexler is the TBF Volunteer and representative in United States of America. If you live in the United States and would want to know more about volunteering at TBF, kindly contact at:merle.wexler@gmail.com













     
    Ambassador Quarcoo donates souvenirs and posed with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas

    Ambassador Ray Quarcoo is the Founder/President of the Bridge Foundation and a Government of Ghana appointed Goodwill Sports Ambassador with Diplomatic Status. He has been associated with sports for a very long time and held several sports administrative positions at the national level. He has served as a Board Member the National Sports Council and President of the Ghana Boxing Federation. He is a Life Patron of the sports Writers Association of Ghana, Since his appointment as Goodwill Sports Ambassador in 2009, he has been helping financially and materially to promote and improve the lives of young sports talents in the country through the pursuit of academic and sports excellence. Serving to create public awareness on the synergy between sports and education; he has been helping to mobilize resources, with a clear message that the youth are an urgent national development priority. This is enough demonstration of an active commitment to promoting sports and education for the benefit of prospective student-athletes and their education and athletic programs. He is currently the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Haiti to Ghana







     
    The Bridge Foundation Youth Sports Development Centre under construction at Roman Ridge, Accra

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    Bridge Foundation Scholarship

    Ms. Grace Konadu Addo, a graduate of Nursing and Health Assistants Training College receiving Cheque for her bursary from Mrs. Victoria Agyeman-Mensah under the Bridge Foundation Scholarship Scheme











     
    Contact us

    If you wish to donate towards any of our programmes, have any questions or idea to share; or would simply like to volunteer with us in Ghana, please contact:

    The Bridge Foundation


    Aviation Road Extension

    Roman Ridge
    P.O.Box GP. 13463
    Accra, Ghana
    Telephone; +233(0)2895-533-020
    Email: bridgefoundationgh@gmail.com

    Website: www.bridgefoundationgh.org







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