What’s New?

Darien Gap Projects

BAB has been working to create sustainable economic alternatives for the indigenous and refugee communities in the Darien Gap rainforest region that spans across the border of Panama and Colombia. These projects were initiated in 1994 in Choco, Colombia, until massacres in the town necessitated an exodus for a majority of the residents. Since then the project focus has been …

Plan Colombia

As the United States escalates spending for its militarized anti-drug strategy, a growing movement of well-respected Latin American leaders has emerged calling for more peaceful and effective solutions. At the recent Summit of Americas conference in Quebec City, critics ranging from Nobel laureates to former world leaders submitted a letter to President Bush saying that Plan Colombia, while failing to …

Recycled Paper Co-op

Thanks to a seed money grant from the Popular Movement Fund of the Peace Development Fund, a cooperative was formed to provide economic support for the refugee women in Panama (from Colombia) who make recycled paper cards. This has brought some economic hope to a desperate situation. These lovely cards are made of paper recycled from the village, with bits …

Esquelita Por la Paz (The Little School for Peace)

One of our first projects was to get a preschool started where 3-5 year olds can be safe and nurtured. This gives Mom a chance to pursue other avenues for a few hours each morning. The children are assured a nutritious drink and snack each day and the teachers can make a small but incredibly meaningful salary. BAB has initiated …

Wayuu Solidarity Campaign

WAYUU SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: We just returned in April from a visit to the Wayuu indigenous community of La Guajira, Colombia, for the Fourth Yanama: Women and Territory. This community suffered a massacre at the hands of paramilitaries and Colombian military on April 18, 2004. For the last three years, BRIDGES has hosted North American solidarity tours by Debora Barros Fince, …

New BAB Student Group at UF

NEW BAB STUDENT GROUP AT UF: Bridges Across Borders is very excited to announce the creation of a new BAB Student Group at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After a year of paperwork and headache, BABUF has finally become official on campus! Complete with four officers and a growing base of members, BABUF is quickly becoming well-known on the …

2nd Annual Viva La Mujer

2ND ANNUAL VIVA LA MUJER: HONORING THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN EVENT: We are pleased to announce that our 2nd Annual Viva La Mujer event was a huge success! This year’s event was a concert and dance party that once again held at the historic Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville, Florida. The event featured the amazing 12-piece Umoja Orchestra and Colombian-American …

Music Across Borders

Thanks to the support of many friends we continue to work with the violins at Casa TImoteo the children come to magdalena once a week to take Lessons from Maestro Mario…. The violins from Hungry for music and other instruments are still in use….. We continue with the dance program Abya Yala group.  (More about Music Across Borders)

Meals on Heels

MEALS ON HEELS Elders Food Program: Many elders find themselves alone in Jaque when their children have gone off to Panama City to seek employment. Others have families who struggle to feed themselves and to put sufficient food in the mouths of their babies. Rather than ask you to adopt a particular elder, we ask you to adopt the project …

Sea Turtle Preservation

SEA TURTLE PRESERVATION PROJECT: More exciting news from Jaque! BAB Latin America Director Ana Maria Vasquez reports that we have successfully expanded our Turtle Preservation Program’s capacity from 150 to 250 nests. Our program pays local people to preserve and protect the nest sites and aid the little turtles in reaching the sea. The money allows folks to replace the …