Partnership is a key element of our mission. The word solidarity means unity among individuals with a common interest, and we refer to each of the diverse individuals and organizations who contribute to our common mission as partners. We have partners in the following areas:
Puente de Solidaridad
We have many partners in this mission, but our closest partner, our sister-organization in Bolivia, is Puente de Solidaridad.
Puente de Solidaridad opened its doors in 2005 to locally manage our programs and day-to-day operations in Bolivia. It is now a legally and financially independent nonprofit, and though we are two distinct organizations, neither of us could succeed without the other.
Puente de Solidaridad is headquartered in Cochabamba. It plays a critical role in nurturing our relationships with partner hospitals and doctors throughout Bolivia. In addition to this work, it employs social workers responsible for screening our surgical patients for financial eligibility and for overseeing follow-up care for those who require it, including all pacemaker implant recipients. Puente de Solidaridad manages a supply warehouse that catalogs, stores, and distributes our in-kind donations ranging from high-value surgical instrument trays to gauze and suture supplies for both mission trips and year-round activities. We are deeply grateful for their commitment to our mission. Together, we harness the energy, skills and compassion of highly specialized medical practitioners in the United States who join Bolivian specialists in valued relationships of professional service and training.
In the United States, partner hospitals and health care systems can support Solidarity Bridge through medical supply donations, missioner recruitment, financial support, and more.
In Bolivia, we have formal agreements with more than a dozen partner hospitals to host medical missions and campaigns or to collaborate in providing year-round operations through our four surgical programs.
In Bolivia, our partner physicians are surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other doctors who receive training and equipment from Solidarity Bridge and provide surgeries for patients throughout the year, while also passing along acquired skills and knowledge to their students and peers.
In the United States, we call our partner physicians missioners. These are medical mission trip volunteers, highly specialized medical practitioners, who travel with us on short-term mission trips to work alongside their Bolivian peers in our common endeavor to bring surgery and medical care to the underserved. Learn more about becoming a missioner.
Medical Organizations, Foundations, And Corporate Partners
Medical organizations, foundations, and corporations throughout the world help make our work possible through in-kind and financial donations. The following are some of our major corporate partners.
Contact Rachel to learn how you can become a partner in our mission.
Fair Trade Partners
Years ago, our mission teams observed the connection between poverty and poor health in Bolivia. Solidarity Bridge championed efforts to improve economic conditions by facilitating the establishment of fair trade partnerships between U.S. businesses and Bolivian artisans who would benefit from expanded markets for their products. Fair trade practices honor the cultural heritage of artisans by respecting their craftsmanship and paying living wages, while also supporting locally sourced, low-impact, or recycled materials.
Read more about our fair trade partners, Dharma Trading and Greenola Style.