Completed Projects


11th Annual Christmas Boutique

Every $40 gives an African clean water for life.  138 Africans will receive clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene  by all the shoppers at the 11th Annual Christmas Boutique this year.  BTG Market raised $5,523. It was the most attended Boutique thus far.  Your shopping made a difference for good.


  


New Borehole in Uganda


The school age children were so excited to see a borehole being built at their school in the Kayamake village in Uganda.  Training in hygiene and sanitation is included in this project.  This project is very special to BTG.  Daniel Ololia, the director of TivaWater, oversaw the project and it is in the village that his parents lived in.

   


$5,000 Match Completed


A  $5,000 Challenge Match was announced at the Appreciation Dinner by an anonymous donor. The Challenge began August 1, and ends September 30, 2017.  Though the evening was not a fundraiser, the challenge has already been completed.  The money raised will go to Uganda water projects.


11th Annual BTG Appreciation Dinner


  1. *Daniel Ololia and Wilter Ololia were the guests of honor.  Daniel shared his life journey  from childhood to becoming the Managing Director of TivaWater and the overseer of 4 of BTG’S water projects in Uganda.  A deep appreciation was shown to all the donors who have given to our thirsty world.

  2. *A check of $14,400 was given to Daniel Ololia.  It will be used to put in a borehole, 3 sanitation units at a village school plus 14 TivaWater filters at another village school.

  3. *Over 25,000 Africans have received clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene in the past 11 years.

  4. *The 10th Annual Walk4Water will be on April 14, 2018 and everyone was encouraged to dream how to double the attendance.

  5. *Daniel was surprised by a check of $14,400.  The money will be used to put in a borehole, 3 sanitation units, training in hygiene, and 14 TivaWater filters at a village school in Uganda.


   


April Giving


Throughout  the year BTG receives gifts from many generous people and we do not like money sitting in BTG’S account.  We are excited to announce that are two latest grants have been given to Lifewater International ($12,000) for water projects in Kaliro, Uganda  and Feeding the Nations ($6,500) for a bore hole in Burkina Faso, which were both matched to bring the total to $18,500.  Another 462 Africans will receive clean water for life. Grant and I will be visiting Kaliro this summer.


                           
        





9th Annual Walk4Water


Three weeks ago many of us participated in the 9th Annual W4W by volunteering, walking, or donating.  Some did all three.  We are forever grateful for each one of you.  By working together for good, we were able to give Lifewater International $12,000, WaterTiva $10,000, and World Vision $12,000 which was matched bring the total to $46,000.  1,150 Africans received clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene for life, because you were involved!


  
  

             



2016 Annie B’s Community Drive


BTG received $10,797 from the Annie B's Community Drive. I couldn't help but reflect on the past ten years of Annie B's Community Drive. BTG has received $152,838 from AB's in the past 10 years, which means that 4,093 Africans have received clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene for life. I am forever grateful for your encouragement, giving, and prayers for the past ten years. What a team effort! A special thank you goes to North Valley Community Foundation, who organizes the event that reminds us to be generous in giving.



African Hospitality Institute


It was so fun to surprise Maggie Josiah, the Founder of the African Hospitality Institute $5,000 to complete a safe water project. A big thank you goes out to all the donors.  African Hospitality Institute, AHI, is a place in Uganda, where you can come to relax, to enjoy deep friendships, beauty, and delicious prepared meals, but still have opportunity to do rural water projects, mudding, teaching, and to mingle with people who have great needs. When staying at AHI, we are giving an opportunity for young adults to learn hospitality skills to become employable after two years of training. AHI is a win win and a safe haven for all that are being trained and visiting.



Hygiene Training Grant


$500 was just sent to Sarah Tukashaba for her work in Uganda.  She traveled with us this summer and was a part of our Hygiene Training in rural schools.  Sarah travels throughout the year training people about the importance of hygiene.  Sarah Tukashaba is an amazing woman.  Her family has chosen to live simply so others can live.




Climb for Water

7-Day Climb: June 17th through June 24th, 2016


We all reached the top! Some vomited, had diarrhea, some were short of breath, experienced  freezing cold, wanted to quit, but with the encouragement of each other, the guides, the inner strength from God, and the many prayers whispered at home we made it to the top as a team.


I will never forget the experience... so humbling. Sixteen strong Americans left to climb Kili along with a team of 50 Africans to assist us. Not one of us would have made it without them. There is no transversing... just straight up. I would do it again, but the descent is too brutal.  It would be great to have several zip lines to come down. I want to thank each one of you that gave, prayed, and encouraged our team.

Sixteen climbers, 50 Africans, and all of you will impact thousands of Africans in Ethiopia with

clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene. Yes, I am forever grateful and tears of gratitude

are falling as I write this.


      
        

2016 8th Annual Walk4Water


We all had to make a choice to walk in the rain or not. I am content with all the decisions that were made. As I looked at everyone that participated, all I can say is that there were a lot smiles. Even though I was sick, I had soooo much fun!  We raised $34,000 during the W4W season and $24,000 was matched bringing the total to $58,000.  1,450 Africans will receive clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene for life because you walked and gave.



I cant stop looking at these photos. This week has been quite full with Boutiques, Farmer's Market, and the Alternative Gift Fair to raise awareness and money for clean water in Africa and this morning I was rewarded with these pictures. I know I will walk around today with a smile on my face and in my heart. God in his goodness has allowed us to work together to give the precious gift of water to this village.


   
       



Annie B’s Drive Completed                                            

   
                                

First I want to say thank you to each one of you that gave during the Annie B’S Drive.  Bridging the Gap by Giving (BTG) was given $15,222.  There is much going on in the Water World and because of this BTG will have a good chance of receiving some matches.  We will be keeping you posted how the money is used.  At this time, I would like to share some breaking news that BTG will be participating in:


“NEW YORK, NY (September 30, 2015) — One of the Sustainable Development Goals finalized at the recent United Nations General Assembly was universal access to safe water by the year 2030.

World Vision announced a commitment to help reach that goal through a massive expansion of its clean water program, along with a significant private donation to help realize the goal.


                    
              

Your gift replaced dirty drinking water with clean water. You are making a difference for good.



2015 7th Annual Walk4Water


1,325 Africans will receive clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.


$12,000 will given to four International Partners: Lifewater International, TivaWater, Water Africa (including a $5,000 match), and World Vision. The Walk4Water season generated $53,000.


Over 100 volunteers, 39 corporate sponsors and 23 friends give of their time or finances to make the event happen.



Around 500 walkers became more grateful for all that we have!


Save the Date: 8th Annual Walk4Water, March 5th, 2016



Our theme for the year has been a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone I can do so little; together we can do so much.”  We as a team raised $87,000 and gave 2,177 Africans clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.  You have been an answer to many African’s prayers.  Again, I say thanks for bringing smiles to many faces and heath to many.


                                        Cornerstone Water Project $4,000

                                               Destiny Women $9,000

                                               Kristina Chesterman Project $7,000

                                               Lifewater International $18,000*

                                               Ron Reed’s Water Projects $6,000

                                               Seeds of Hope International $9,000

                                               Uganda Water Project $10,000

                                               Water Africa $6,000*

                                               World Vision $18,000



*Includes matched funds.




The latest hand pumped well drilled in Uganda brought great joy to a village of 700.  Read some the comments from friends of the village:




“Water is life, and safe water is very critical to the community members.  That’s real service beyond self. God bless.”


“Life changing for those women, such a great thing, good job.”


“I can’t wait to see you and all the good work that has been going on. What a privilege to know many of you. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Grant and I are going to celebrate today!” -Shirley


”You should have been here....it was awesome! Full of tears of Joy, plays, drama, music, food all done by local people, very exciting, thank you for making it happen...it's is a dream come true for these 700 people!” -Alfred



Annie B’s Drive




Many people were inspired to give during the Annie B’s Drive. BTG received over $9,000 from years past. The increase in funds was due to generous donors and many shoppers. BTG Market was able to donate $6,000 during Annie B’s.


$10,000 was directed to a borehole in Uganda, $6,000 helped to complete the borehole for the Kristina Chesterman Memorial Clinic in Nigeria, $4,000 went to water harvesting for a schools in Uganda, and the remaining will be used for Bio-sand filters.


“Together we can do so little and together we can do so much.”



8th Annual Appreciation Dinner


    
    

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller.  Shirley had fun greeting the families that volunteer, give, and live out this quote by their dedication to raise awareness and provide clean water to our thirsty world. Our hope was that everyone knew that they made a difference for good.  Over 17,000 Africans have received clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.  For many it was a first for them to eat goat stew, a favorite in Africa.



6th Annual Walk4Water



The community of Chico and friends worked together to make the day perfect.  Our theme for our W4W Season was a quote from Helen Keller.  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Over a hundred volunteers prepared the course, so that walkers could get a feel what it would be like to walk for water instead of turning on the tap.  Generous walkers, corporate sponsors, and friends made it possible to give $36,000 to our thirsty world.  Four of our partners: Destiny Women, Lifewater International, Seeds of Hope, and World Vision received $9,000 each.  World Vision will match their donation, bringing the total to $45,000.  Lifewater International is working on a match.  1,285 Africans will receive clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.



Eighth Annual Christmas Boutique




Bridging the Gap Market gave many shoppers the opportunity to double the goodness, when they shopped. The Eighth Annual Christmas Boutique raised $4,000 and another $2,000 was raised after the Christmas Boutique by continued sales at Farmer’s Market, Beatniks, Cal Java, and our home.  Your shopping gave 171 Africans clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.



Bike4Water




Our East Coast Ride from Portland, Maine to Key West, Florida raised $17,370, which will give clean water to 476 Africans for life.  What a privilege to do something we love to do for good.  The journey and results of the ride inspires us to ride again. Thanks for all your support.



Christmas Boutique 2013 

                     



All ages came to shop and to enjoy the Christmas spirit at the 8th Annual Christmas Boutique.  The shoppers especially liked shopping while Katie Drake sang Christmas Carols, the Wrap Your own Present’s Table and enjoying home baked goodies. $4,000 gifts were purchased and $2000 was given as donations. 

We are forever grateful for the generosity of our community and how funds will change the lives of many for the good.


Annie B’s Drive 2013


I want to thank all the donors that gave $15,519.  Ron Reed was sent $6,480 for two water projects in Tanzania and $7,522 for a bore hole to Destiny Women.  It is so rewarding to see what a group of people working together can do.




A Gift Given to World Vision




Bridging the Gap had the honor of donating $6,000 to World Vision in September to Alan Shiffer, a representative from World Vision. This money will be used in Zambia, Africa for safe water projects.






7th Annual Appreciation Dinner



Many came to enjoy the 7th Annual Appreciation Dinner hosted by Grant and Shirley Adams. Volunteer and donors are the key to the work of providing clean water to our developing countries. They have helped to give over 16,000 Africans clean water, sanitation and training in hygiene. There is nothing that we like to do more than to honor those who are making such a difference.




5th Annual Walk4Water


             
            


The 5th Annual Walk4Water was an Inspirational Day: Our goals were met, the weather was perfect, all the volunteers put their heart and soul into the day, Inspire Choir was refreshing, Corporate Sponsors treated us in so many ways, and all the walkers created a perfect day. We gave $12,000 to World Vision will be matched, $6,000 to Seeds of Hope International Partnership, $3,000 to Lifewater International, and $3,000  to Chikumbuso, which will be matched.  With the matches the total came to $39,000 and gave 1,1114 Africans water for life.




Year End Report 2012


Because of you and matched funds, BTG has given a given $521,000  in nearly 7 years. This money has given safe water, sanitation and training in hygiene to 14,885 people for life in developing countries. Water is the foundation of every village, then comes the growing of crops, health, education, and micro enterprises. People begin to thrive instead of just surviving.



2012


Tanzania Orphanage    $3,000             

World Vision*               $96,000

World Vision**              $36,000



  1. 1.*    Includes dollar-for-dollar matched funds from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

  2. 2.**   Includes 3 Xs matched funds from private donors





Seventh Annual BTG Market Christmas Boutique




A big thank you goes out to all the people, who helped to make the 7th Annual Christmas Boutique a success. The many shoppers, who came raised almost $4,000. When the money is matched, 229 Africans will receive water, sanitation and hygiene for life.




Annie B’s Drive 2012




Gratitude is one of my favorite words and I want you to know that my heart is overflowing with gratitude by your generosity. By your giving during the Annie B'S Drive, BTG raised $17,154 and that will give 490 Africans water for life. You have lightened the burden of many Africans. I will keep you posted on the upcoming projects.







Annual Appreciation Dinner



The Annual Appreciation dinner was an evening to thank the many BTG volunteers. They were treated to a taco bar catered by Lora Adams, while the children enjoyed a pinata, playtime in the pool and homemade popsicles! In six and a half years the volunteers of BTG have helped to raise $493,839 and have given 14,100 africans water for life!




Evangelical Free’s Vacation Bible School




Bridging the Gap was privileged to once again share about our thirsty world. Everyday the children at Evangelical Free’s Vacation Bible School went home and did chores around the home to earn money which they donated for clean water. The children raised $1,249. The children were very creative raising money...one little girl gave her papa a pedicure!




Walk4Water 2012




Thank you for making a difference by walking in the Bridging The Gap By Giving 4th Annual Walk4Water event.  With the combined raised funds of the Coast to Coast Bicycle Ride and the Walk4Water, we are able to donate $37,000.  $3,000 will go to a small orphanage in Tanzania, $10,000 to the Nepal Water Project, $12,000 to West Africa and $12,000 to Zambia Africa.  The Nepal Water Project and West Africa will be matched dollar for dollar and the Zambia gift will be matched 3 times. 2,337 Africans received water for life.







BTG 5th ANNUAL CELEBRATION


The theme of the evening was gratitude. Shirley shared memories from her heart. Donors were thrilled to hear that BTG has raised almost $400,000 with matched funds and has given 11,363 Africans water for life along with sanitation and training in hygiene in the past 5 and half years. Working together as a team has been such a gift. A big thank you to each one of you.





E.V. FREE’S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL


BTG was gifted $1,200 for our thirsty world by the children attending the vacation Bible school at Evangelical Free Church. I was so impressed by the children caring for people in a far off land. Many of the children earned all the money that they donated!



THE EMERGING VOICE ART


The Emerging Voice art show and sale by Amber Sprague raised $850 which was matched dollar for dollar, and gave 49 Africans water for life. Read more about this event in Drink From the Water Girl.




WALK4WATER 2011

The 3rd annual Walk4Water gave buckets of hope. In the pouring rain walkers walked with buckets to raise $19,500 for safe water projects in Africa.




  1. World Vision received $17,000 which will be matched by Conrad Hilton Foundation, and will be directed to safe water projects in West Africa.

  2. Life Water International received $2,500 which will be matched by a private donor.

  3. 1,114 Africans will receive water for life.




YEAR END REPORT-2010




Bridging The Gap (BTG) has given a little over $356,000 in nearly 5 years. This money has given safe water to 10,171 people for life in developing countries. Water is the foundation of every village, then comes the growing of crops, health, education, and micro enterprises. People begin to thrive instead of just surviving.


2010

Seeds of Hope *          $2,500

Life Water *                  $7,500

World Vision **             $96,000



  1. *    Includes dollar-for-dollar matched funds from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

  2. **   Includes dollar-for-dollar matched funds from a private donor



 

Fifth Annual Christmas Boutique

    December 2010



Bridging The Gap Market's Fifth Annual Christmas Boutique was a success! Thank you to all of you who did some serious Christmas shopping to the tune of $4,000. I will keep you posted on how this money will help our thirsty world. It is a joy to do good. BTG Market will be open every Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:30 PM for your convenience or you may contact Shirley Adams for an appointment.





Jungle Masters Grant

    August 1st



A $1,500 grant was sent to Jungle Masters to help with water needs in Peru where there has been a severe oil spill along the Amazon River.  $1,000 of this was matched.




Uganda Match Project

    July 8th


Bridging The Gap By Giving donors just gave $2,500 to the Uganda Match Project through Life Water International. Fans you are making a difference.


Lifewater International - WASH: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education

www.lifewater.org

Lifewater International is a Christian non-profit development organization concerned with providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education to people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.




Water Walk 2010

    April 17th


 



    "When we are truly thankful, it allows us to give abundantly." - Shirley Adams

Look what a group of thankful people gave to help a thirsty world.  $19, 500 was raised during the 2010 Water Walk.  The recipients  of your gifts include:


  1.    World Vision received $ 18,500, which will be matched by the Conrad Hilton Foundation.

  2.    Life Water International received $2,500.

  3.    All of the money will be directed to water projects in Ethiopia

  4.    1,129 will receive water for life.



YEAR END REPORT-2009


Bridging The Gap (BTG) has given a little over $250,500 in the past 4 years. This money has given safe water to 7,143 people for life in developing countries. Water is the foundation of every village, then comes the growing of crops, health, education, and micro enterprises. People begin to thrive instead of just surviving.


2009

World Vision **           $48,000

World Vision *            $24,000

Seeds of Hope            $2,500

Project Mercy              $4,000


  1. *    Includes dollar-for-dollar matched funds from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

  2. **   Includes dollar-for-dollar matched funds from a private donor



 

4th Annual Christmas Boutique

    December 4th and 5th, 2009


 



A delightful time was had by all who attended. People enjoyed shopping by a harpist playing by the fire on Friday and the Alpacs greeting shoppers on Saturday morning. $4,405 was raised for safe water around the world.


Year round shopping can be done by calling Shirley Adams at 530-342-5746.




Annie B's 2009

    October, 2009


Bridging The Gap received $13,110.00 in donations during the Annie B’s Community Drive.  As a result of your giving, Annie B’s added a percentage grant of $918.00 to this amount.  We want to thank North Valley Community Foundation for organizing this worth while event. Annie Bidwell's legacy impacts us daily not only in Chico but world wide. Thank you for supporting the need for clean water.



 


Open House Celebration

    September 23, 2009


 



First, I want to thank the many people who came to Bridging The Gap's 3rd Annual Celebration. There is nothing better then to be surrounded by good people, enjoying great food, and knowing that a group of people can make a difference. For those of you, who could not attend I want to share a little of the presentation.


Bridging The Gap (BTG) has raised $249,095 in the past three and half years. This money has given safe water to 7,117 people for life in developing countries. Water is the foundation of every village, then comes the growing of crops, health, education, and micro enterprises. People begin to thrive instead of just surviving.


Money is raised in various ways such as the Coast To Coast Ride, the spring Water Walk, speaking engagements and sales from the BTG Market. Last year, $17,000 was raised from sales. A special thank you was given to the many donors and corporate sponsors. 100% of the money raised is used for safe water projects and much of the money is matched by the Conrad Hilton Foundation.


To close the evening, $12,000 check was given to World Vision for the West Africa Water Initiative and $2,500 to Seeds of Hope for another water project.

 

Water Walk

    March 31, 2009


  


Bridging The Gap is thrilled to announce that $24,000 was raised from the Water Walk!!!! A dollar for dollar match by a private donor will double Bridging The Gap's check - resulting in $48,000 dollars for World Vision's clean water systems in developing country. Almost 400 people walked, raised money and awareness and learned for the great need for clean water.


The $48,000 will impact four villages in Zambia, Africa. It will lay the foundation for the villages to thrive by putting in four boreholes, sanitation systems and training on proper hygiene.



3rd Annual Christmas Boutique

        December 12, 2008

  


The Bridging The Gap Market hosted its 3rd Annual Christmas Tea Boutique and raised $4,249.00 which doubled last year's sales. Year round shopping can be done by calling Shirley Adams at 530-342-5746.




Annie B's 2008

    November 13, 2008

           

Bridging The Gap received $9,984 in donations during the Annie B's Drive and received $1,069.27 as a percentage grant from the overall donation drive. We truly live in a generous community. We want to thank North Valley Community Foundation for organizing this worth while event. Annie Bidwell's legacy impacts us daily not only in Chico but world wide. Thank you for supporting the need for clean water.



West Africa Initiative

    May 16, 2008

   

The West Africa Initiative has expanded into Ethiopia and Bridging The Gap has sent $5,000 to help in this project. Bridging The Gap will be helping women like the woman in this picture. She got up early in the morning with the little one on her back to fetch dirty water. She strains the water in hopes to prevent her family from bacteria. Soon she will have clean water because of your giving.




WELLS DRILLED IN PERU

    March 31, 2008

     

These children are experiencing clean water for the very first time because of your generous giving. Two wells have been drilled in the village of Santa Rita along the Amazon River in Peru.




Recap 2007

    February 01, 2008

     




2nd Annual Christmas Boutique

    December 21, 2007

      


The 2nd Annual Boutique was a very festive and social event. A local harpist added a very special touch. Bridging The Gap raised $2,120 - a $1,000 more than last year.




Check Mailed

    November 02, 2007


A check has been mailed for $30,000 to World Vision for the West Africa Water Initiative. $27,479 was raised on the Coast To Coast Ride. The remaining $3,500 was from previous gifts. The $30,000 will be matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.




Replacing Dirty Water

    July 16, 2007

    


Today, $3,095 was mailed to Jungle Masters for a well drill and a well in Santa Rita de Castilla on the Rio Maranon which feeds the Amazon River. Along the Amazon the primary cause of illness is water borne parasites and bacteria. The drill will be able to be taken to villages throughout the area. The cost of the individual well is $500.




Uganda Orphans Fund

    April 20, 2007

   

$2,000 was mailed to the Uganda Orphans Fund for two bore holes at newly built orphanages in Uganda. All of your donations were matched. Thank you for your faithful giving!




Results

    January 12, 2007


Before we move into the New Year, let's look back to see what we have done as a team. February 2nd will be Bridging The Gap's 1st anniversary and in our first year we have raised $36, 838. The last $12,000 was matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation which brings our total to $48, 838. This was all possible through donations and sales. There are many healthy children because of you. You're beyond generous and I'm beyond grateful.




$12,000 Raised

    January 06, 2007


$12,000 raised by Bridging The Gap is matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, thus $24,000 has been given to World Vision for water systems in the country of Mali. Mali is one of the ten poorest nations of the world.




Success--1st Annual Christmas Boutique

    December 15, 2006

    

1st Annual Christmas Boutique was a huge success. Bridging The Gap raised $1,050. We now have $10,500 for our year end goal of $12,000. Shoppers were happy to shop for gifts that will keep on giving for a lifetime...fresh clean water.




3 New Boreholes

    December 01, 2006

   

Good news was received that our three boreholes were completed for the Uganda Orphans! The workers at the Kumuli Orphanage are thrilled to receive this gift of clean water. The hours of time the workers spent hauling water will now be invested in developing the orphanages.




Our First Well

    September 25, 2006

     

Pumping Water from our first Boreholes given by Bridging The Gap is indescribable. I was overwhelmed by thanksgiving for the team of givers that generously gave.




Summer Projects 2006

    July 01, 2006

   

*$10,000 has been given to pump aid, www.pumpaid.org, for twenty "elephant pumps" (pictured left) in Malawi.


*$4,000 has been given to Uganda Orphans fund, www.ugandaorphans.com, for four water systems for four orphanages that are being built this summer.


* BTG’s logo has been designed by Bobby Menente, a graphic design student of Prof. Greg Berryman of CSUC.


*Web page has been created by Bob Sprague.


* The first news letter has been completed with the help Jaime Happ.


*Shirley Adams has been able to speak at the Soroptmist International of Chico women’s’ club, The Edge, and The Rotary Club.

 
 

Spoon University from CSU, Chico

Pi Chi Theta

Walkers at the Walk4Water

Burkina Faso

Kaliro, Uganda