Bridging the Gap Africa Works with Kenyan Communities to Build Bridges

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Bridging the Gap
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Since 2010, Terrell Herring has worked as president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal, a pharmaceutical company based in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2011, he has simultaneously served as president of the Doylestown, Pennsylvania-based Mission Pharmacal affiliate Alamo Pharma Services. Outside of his professional life, Terrell Herring supports organizations including Bridging the Gap Africa, where he serves on the board of directors.

Bridging the Gap Africa (BtGA) is a nonprofit organization that helps rural communities in Kenya build footbridges to cross otherwise impassable rivers. The organization’s founders recognized that the impossibility of crossing dangerous floodwaters often prevented rural Kenyans from getting life-saving support, access to educational facilities, and transport to the market to sell their crops.

Through BtGA, the footbridge recipients are involved in each step of the bridge-building process. The community begins by seeking BtGA’s assistance. BtGA then works with the community to incorporate volunteers into the project, gathering materials and raising a portion of the costs. BtGA provides financial assistance as well as technical expertise, overseeing the community’s construction of the footbridge. Once complete, the community claims ownership of the bridge through a formal ceremony that includes singing, speeches, food, and gifts.

To find out how you can contribute to Bridging the Gap Africa, visit www.bridgingthegapafrica.org.

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Helping Communities Help Themselves at Bridging the Gap Africa

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Bridging the Gap
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The president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal, Terrell (“Terry”) Herring also lends his time and expertise to charitable undertakings. Terrell Herring serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization, Bridging the Gap Africa (BtGA).

BtGA assists local communities in building footbridges across dangerous rivers in rural areas of Kenya. These footbridges have a powerful positive impact in the local communities. Aside from allowing for safe river passage, preventing drowning, and providing an unimpeded route to schools and health care centers, they also improve economic activity.

Just as important, BtGA helps communities help themselves. Local communities must initiate their own bridge undertaking by requesting assistance from BtGA. While the nonprofit provides financial and technical support in building a safe footbridge, the local community must raise a portion of the footbridge cost and enlist volunteer labor for rock and sand gathering to be used for the bridge footings. After project completion, ownership of the bridge is turned over to the local community.

BtGA Golf Classic Events

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BtGA Golf Classic Events
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When not leading Mission Pharmacal Company and its subsidiaries, Terrell Herring serves on the board of directors for Bridging the Gap Africa, a nonprofit organization that builds footbridges across dangerous rivers in rural Kenya. Through efforts like those of Terrell Herring, Kenyans receive safer access to important social services such as health care and education.

One of the programs that helps Bridging the Gap Africa meet its fundraising goals and improve the lives of people in eastern Africa is its golf tournament series. The organization hosts two major golf events in September and October. The first is the BtGA Golf Classic, which is set at the Jericho National Golf Club in the greater Philadelphia area. The second, three weeks later, is the BtGA Charity Golf Classic, set at Cumming, Georgia’s Polo Golf & Country Club. Sponsored by several pharmaceutical, energy, and food companies, these events include the use of practice facilities, meals, beverages, door prizes, and the round of golf.