History

STRENGTHENING THE BONDS BETWEEN THE POPULATIONS REPRESENTING THE AFRICAN DIASPORA AND AFRICA SINCE 2019

Bridge-Pamoja was established in 2019 as a network of black faith leaders and culturally specific organizations and leaders serving Africans and African-Americans in the Portland area.

 

Bridge-Pamoja creates an interface for populations representing the African diaspora and Africa. This community-driven program is derived through grassroots, word-of-mouth communication. It emerged from conversations taking place at culturally specific partner agencies and houses of worship who represent the impacted communities.

Pamoja

Pamoja is a Swahili word that means “together” – an apt encapsulation of our mission to encourage togetherness.

Non-profit Status

Funding

Bridge-Pamojoa is on our way to envisioning this future, gathering supporters and partners and building momentum as we go. Bridge-Pamoja is a member of the Black Student Success Network, a new program of the Oregon Community Foundation, which is working to help drive resources to support efforts that will help close racialized opportunity gaps in Oregon.

 

We have also received funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust to advance our strategic goals.

 

Bridge-Pamoja is developing a funding relationship with the Meyer Trust at a time when it has just launched 2020 Justice Oregon for Black Lives: A five-year, $25 million commitment that will support initiatives that advance social justice for Black Oregonians.

Sustainability

Bridge-Pamoja is working to expand our base of supporters and stakeholders as we look to establish the program as a sustainable force in our community. Bridge-Pamoja is currently working to coalesce the movement through coalition building, advocacy, and collaboration.

 

We are working with public leaders to advance a reform agenda that spans multiple focus areas, including education, public safety, housing, health, and economic development. By uniting Black voices Bridge-Pamoja lends strength to the movement as we push for change.

Board of Directors

  • Pastor Levell Thomas
  • Pastor Mark Jackson
  • Dr. Hilary Gbotoe, Ed.
  • Dr. Koffi Dessou DBA
  • Pastor Cliff Chappell
  • Pastor Pascal Kibsingo
  • Bishop C.T. Wells
  • Mother Delores Dillard
  • Pastor Sylvia Jones
  • Pastor Abner Naanyane
  • Pastor Wilfred Kaweesa Majambo
  • Bishop J.S. Bailey

Advisory Board

  • Djimet Dogo
  • Imam Michal Shabaaz
  • Imam Omar Shabaaz
  • Bishop George Jensen (South Africa)
  • Pastor Chris Barasa (Kenya)