ICE Northern Ireland has announced it will send a team of 10 civil engineers to Rwanda this month to build a much-needed bridge for an isolated community.
The project is in partnership with Bridges to Prosperity, a charity committed to ending poverty caused by rural isolation.
Flooding prevents the 6,000 people living in Uwacyeza and Muganza from crossing the Giwsi River for 120 days of the year. When the river floods, local farmers are unable to travel to the local market to sell their goods, students are unable to attend school, and the health clinic is inaccessible. Over the past three years, three people have died attempting to cross the river.
The team will spend two weeks constructing the 45m long suspension bridge.
“This bridge will be a testament to the fact that civil engineers transform lives,” said ICE Northern Ireland regional director Richard Kirk.
“We are imploring our members to help our team deliver this project by donating to this very worthy cause.”
The project is part of the ICE’s bicentenary celebrations and is a joint venture between 10 organisations including Queen’s University Belfast, Arup and Graham. They have committed a total of £50,000 to the cost of the bridge.
The team is currently fundraising to cover flights, accommodation, food and vaccinations.
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