• Sharon McNeill
  • Mike Conrads
  • Colleen Shearer
  • Nancy Doster
  • Heather Williams
  • Susan Battles 
  • Jill Martin


Our focus at A Bridge to Peace  is our sponsorship of a small African orphanage, Better Life Children’s Home, in Kibwezi, Kenya. Presently, Better Life supports school-aged girls and a few boys, along with a community outreach program.  Better Life is a small home, but a safe and caring environment for the children who live there.   Lucia Katuva and Sharon Mukiso, 2 former residents of A Better Life Home and sponsored thru Peace Bridges are studying to be teachers and are currently working at schools doing their internship.
In 2007 John Schwechten and CJ Anderson founded Peace Bridges with the mission statement of promoting peace in our community and throughout the world.  We began in Bend, Oregon  with efforts toward having a small local bridge designated a peace bridge.  This effort was finally realized when on December 17, 2008, the Bend City Council proclaimed the Portland Avenue bridge "The Peace Bridge of Bend". The bridge crosses the Deschutes River and is adjacent to two parks, Pacific and Pioneer. We also adopted Pacific Park, with the ultimate goal of partnering with the park district in the creation of a naturalized peace garden area. 

Let’s Work Together...

Welcome to A Bridge to Peace, a project of Peace Bridges, Inc., an Oregon nonprofit. Our purpose at Peace Bridges is to encourage non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking at the community level. Our home is Bend, Oregon, a community of 78,000 people sited east of the Cascade Mountains in beautiful Deschutes County. 

John Schwechten and CJ Anderson, Founders


Peace Bridges, Inc. is a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit corporation. All funds received on behalf of our A Bridge To Peace projects go to the designated project. If you wish to support Better Life Children’s Home for example, considering sending a check to Peace Bridges, and dedicating it to Better Life.  Check out our posted photos, seen throughout our website’s links. Please consider joining us in our goal to promoting the education of Kenyan Girls.

Take the First Step. 

If you wish to support our Better Life Children’s Home, consider sending a tax-free contribution to Peace Bridges, Inc. and dedicating it to “Better Life”. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, and 100% of the funds received on behalf of Better Life Children’s Home will go to support this orphanage.