Essential Bridge Building Efforts in Africa

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Published on May 20, 2016

Author: TerrellHerring

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1. Essential Bridge Building Efforts in Africa Terrell Herring

2. Introduction • Terrell Herring has enjoyed over 25 years of achievement in the pharmaceutical business. Currently the president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal and president of Alamo Pharma Services, Terrell Herring invests his spare time helping various non- profits meet their operational and fundraising goals. Bridging the Gap Africa, an organization that builds bridges in Kenya, is one such organization. In 1997, Harmon Parker, founder of Bridging the Gap Africa, recognized an urgent need in communities in Kenya. In this area of the world, people walk everywhere they go. If safe passage over a raging river is not available, residents risk death or serious injury in order to obtain the education, medical care, and economic opportunities they want and need. Parker built his first bridge in Africa in 1997. Over the next several years, he coordinated efforts to build 45 more.

3. Bridge Building • When a community recognizes a need for a footbridge, it reaches out to Bridging the Gap Africa to initiate the project. The community continues to be involved every step of the way. Community members recruit volunteers, gather materials, raise funds to cover the cost of the bridge, and help build the structure. Following completion, a celebration is held where full ownership and responsibility is passed to the community as a whole. These bridges have made an incredible impact on the communities they serve. Medical help is now more easily accessible, children can attend school, and needless deaths are avoided.

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