US charity Bridges to Prosperity has delivered over 350 simply designed and built footbridges around the world to provide rural communities with year-round safe access to markets, farms, schools, health clinics and other critical services.
The footbridge builds contribute towards several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This presentation will describe the innovative construction of a 40 m suspended footbridge in Rutaka, Rwanda, which was completed in 2017.
To reduce time working at height, the volunteer engineering team developed and trialled a low-technology method for launching the deck from a temporary platform, significantly improving safety and quality control. A photography-based community initiative helped the team to positively engage and involve the local community with the footbridge build, in addition to the workers from the community directly employed on the build.
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