Where were you a year ago? At the beginning of this year, none of us imagined that we would be united in confronting a challenge that would impact the important goals we had envisioned. Around the world, people are being asked to pause and scale down their livelihoods for the well-being of all through this extreme global crisis.
On May 5th, Bridges to Prosperity will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and an effort put forth as an emergency and recovery response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. For this day, communities have been asked to come together through social connection, as we maintain physical distance, to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and non-profits around the world.
Just like regular GivingTuesday, #GivingTuesdayNow is not exclusively a day of fundraising. It’s an opportunity for people around the world to stand in unity and use their individual power of generosity to connect with each other about what matters most.
We are not alone as citizens who seek to serve humanity. Our non-profit counterparts worldwide are also confronting setbacks to their impactful work. We must join them in sharing and learning so we can collaborate on ways forward to scale back up.
Generosity comes in many forms – expertise, energy, education, engagement, and countless other examples. You are integral to our resilience and ability to continue making an impact. The contributions you have made to Bridges to Prosperity have helped us design, build, and maintain durable, sustainable footbridges that provide safe access for generations. Safe access is a human right, and that is why our work is critical now and will continue to be as we look to the future.
Here are ways you can participate:
- Connect with us: For the next four days on Instagram and Facebook, we are asking our community to donate photos from your social distancing at home to raise awareness for collective solutions for recovery like ours.
- Share your stories: Counting down to #GivingTuesdayNow, our goal is to collect 170 photos from your social distancing at home of the colors of the Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals) by #GivingTuesdayNow, May 5th. Kids can get involved too! Download instructions here.
- Make a contribution: We recognize this unprecedented global crisis has impacted our community at various levels. Collective solutions to mobilize supplies and resources to those most in need is critical now more than ever. Give if you are able.
We hope that you will participate in #GivingTuesdayNow. A series of individual actions can build bridges to equitable well-being and livelihoods for all.
Taking action can start by just raising awareness. For example, you may recall the story of how a photo brought Bridges to Prosperity together in this work 19 years ago from the “Who We Are” section of our website:
“In March 2001, Bridges to Prosperity founder Ken Frantz saw a photo in National Geographic Magazine that moved him to action. The image showed men dangling precariously, using ropes to pull each other across a wide, high, and broken bridge, spanning a portion of the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. Ken soon discovered that his brother, Forrest Frantz, had seen the photo as well and had the same thought: ‘I want to repair that bridge.’”
The hardest part of being asked to take a pause is the impact we know it delays. We are aligning our #GivingTuesdayNow outreach with the Global Goals because of what is at stake.
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals that are officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. By working together as individual nations, they believed achievement of the Goals by 2030 would create a better and more equitable world.
Through our work as bridge builders and last-mile connectors, we contribute to the first goal – ending poverty. Through our expertise, energy, education, and engagement, we partner with those who work towards meeting all of the Global Goals. In this unprecedented crisis, progress made toward that aim is, unfortunately, set back, but we are not giving up and nor should you.
We ask you to join us as we count down to #GivingTuesdayNow by donating stories from social distancing at home to raise awareness and support the construction of pathways, to recovery and to achieving the Global Goals.
Daily reminders and instructions will be posted May 1st – 4th on Instagram and Facebook.