National Steel Bridge Alliance
Bridges to Prosperity
NSBA Is Heading to Rwanda!
Update: Due to recent health concerns and travel restrictions, NSBA's trip to Rwanda has been postponed. We will provide more information, such as the new travel dates, once it becomes available.
The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) will soon embark on a trip to Ryakanamiganda, Rwanda, for their fourth collaboration with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit organization that builds footbridges in isolated communities across the world. Stay tuned for more information and make sure to follow our social media pages for continuous photo and video updates from the team in Rwanda.
Last year, ten volunteers and three B2P staff built the La Marca Suspension Bridge in Azurduy, Bolivia. At 361 ft long, La Marca was the largest bridge for an NSBA-sponsored team and the third largest for B2P. The new bridge provided pedestrian access to healthcare and schools and also allowed residents to transport their goods to local markets.
The team flew into Sucre, Bolivia, and drove seven hours to the mountainous Villa Azurduy, about 8,000 ft in elevation and the closest town to the bridge site. The participants provided the labor and skills to construct the bridge during their two-week stay. In order to complete the project, the team worked 11 days straight, side-by-side with the community, to bring the bridge to fruition. During their time off, they did some sightseeing and enjoyed the local culture.
NSBA's very own John Hastings was very excited about taking his second trip with B2P. "I enjoy volunteering and building things, so this was an opportunity to do both of those and use my engineering skills to help a community have access to the basics," he said. "It is also an opportunity to build relationships with a diverse group of individuals in the bridge industry."
This was NSBA's third volunteer trip with B2P; the other two trips were in Lura, Panama, in 2016 and El Macho, Panama, in 2018.
Check out the video from the 2019 B2P Bolivia trip below! Click here to watch the video from the 2016 Panama trip.
Click here to learn more about B2P and how you can become a volunteer or industry partner.