Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) organise the funding and construction of footbridges over impassable rivers to provide communities with access to healthcare, education and markets. The local communities are involved in the building of the footbridges and are taught how to maintain the footbridge in the future.
B2P have organised the construction of 250 footbridges, positively contributing to the lives of over 1 million people around the world. As a result, 12% more children are enrolled into school, healthcare treatment increases by 24%, local businesses improve by 15%, and 18% more women are employed.
Our involvement with B2P began in 2016. We contributed £20,000 to the construction of a footbridge in the Gakenke District in rural Rwanda. Five of our engineers and five from BuroHappold Engineering constructed the bridge within a two-week period.
In 2018 we supported B2P with a contribution of £25,000. We partnered with Knight Architects who sent four architects along with our five engineers to construct a 70m suspension bridge in Karehe, western Rwanda. Again, the bridge was built over a two-week period and the local community received training during the construction and to allow them to safely maintain the bridge in the future.
In 2020 we are returning to Rwanda, this time with Walter Lilly to build the 85m Runyani suspension bridge. As well as contributing £25,000 to the construction, we will be sending five engineers to help with the two-week build.
We are also a sponsoring Partner for the Bridges to Prosperity charity.