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Bridge Builder Foundation opens new center

The new center of the Norwegian NGO Bridge Builder was inaugurated in its new location in Parañaque City, Manila, on 21 October 2016.

Leading the ceremonies were Bridge Builder Foundation founder Roger Bastesen, Barangay Captain Dondon Cailles and Ambassador Erik Førner.

Bridge Builder Foundation moved to a new and more spacious location to accommodate significant changes in its operations. Its beneficiaries have increased from 25 children in 2011 to more 60 this year. The programs offered have also expanded to include sleep over and theatrical arts on top of its current line-up of services such as health and feeding assistance, livelihood projects, among others.

‘Opening the new Bridge Builder facility is a very meaningful and inspiring experience. The expansion means helping to get children away from the harms of the streets and towards more fulfilling and better lives,’ Ambassador Førner says.

Since 2009, the Foundation has reached out to abandoned, runaway and orphaned children whose rights and welfare have been compromised. Most of them are in need of special protection and counseling. Bridge Builder has also assisted parents and families gaining more employment opportunities by providing them free skills enhancement programs. All of its revenue come from a flea market charity drive in Sandnessjøen, Norway, and most staff render their services for free.

Ambassador Førner commended the foundation’s founder Roger Bastesen, and the facility’s social workers and house parents for their efforts to help the families and children in Baclaran.