Five COWI volunteers have just returned from Kazabe, Rwanda where they helped the local community construct a life-changing footbridge.
Kazabe Bridge provides a direct link to both a local school and a community church. After two weeks of hard work and collaboration between COWI, WilkinsonEyre and the Bridges to Prosperity team on the ground, the bridge is already being put into use by the local community.
Our volunteers are back in the office and have been regaling us all with stories of their adventures in Rwanda.
A typical day involved: waking up at 05.45 and getting to site at 7am, doing a few hours of construction, eating a lunch of rice, pasta, plantina and beans, followed by more construction.
For those with any energy, lunch also included a game of football with the children and running races on the way home.
“In the UK, we are accustomed to a 1-2 year design period, with a similar duration for construction. To construct a bridge in a little over a week using simple hand tools that you find in most DIY toolboxes felt like a breath of fresh air, and seeing such immediate results felt incredibly rewarding, despite being so very physically tired at the end of each day,” Oliver Stross recalls