For many years, Philip and Anh Sawyer had a dream of having their own non-profit organization which would enable them to promote and do work that was a combination of the Arts and traditional Development work. This was the beginning of Arts Bridge International, whose stated purpose is to “use the arts as a bridge to bring healing and life skills to people from all backgrounds, age groups, cultures and languages. Also, to promote compassion and the arts as economic skills for sustainability and to then share this with others.”
In early 2014, Arts Bridge International received IRS approval to operate as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization. While waiting, Anh and Philip followed another dream to return to Vietnam. You can read about Philip and Anh’s work on the Ha Giang Program page.