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WSP Senior Structural Engineer Claudia Love helps in Rwanda

WSP Senior Structural Engineer Claudia Love helps in Rwanda

 June 29, 2023

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The company's 67,000 passionate people are united by the common purpose of creating positive, long-lasting impacts on the communities WSP serves through a culture of innovation, integrity and inclusion.

WSP colleagues volunteering design and construction expertise

WSP serves as an industry partner for Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), providing volunteer design and construction services to establish rural last-mile connections via trail bridges. Since 2010, WSP has participated in twelve bridge builds worldwide. 

Almost a quarter of a billion people around the world do not have safe access to critical resources like health care, education, or employment due to rural isolation, often as a result of an impassable river. Trail bridges create a safe connection, transforming the way people plan for, and invest in, their future. 

Inspired to apply important engineering skills

WSP Senior Structural Engineer building bridges to prosperity

In collaboration with nonprofit organization Bridges to Prosperity, WSP is sending ten representatives to Gicumbi in Rwanda to provide volunteer design and construction services to establish a trail bridge. One of the representatives is WSP Australia's Senior Structural Engineer, Claudia Love, who is applying her engineering and design skills to the trail bridge program in Rwanda. The Ruhondo Trail Bridge will span the Rugabano River that is too dangerous to cross during the rainy season. This bridge will serve 1,177 people in the communities of Karambi, and Gahororo/Gitabura, allowing them to access the health center and markets, as well as attend school.

Lake Ruhondo is located in northwestern Rwanda near Volcano National Park which offers magnificent scenic views with lush green vegetation

Helping build bridges to prosperity

Nearly a billion people worldwide lack access to basic infrastructure, infrastructure that would allow access to resources such as healthcare, food and water, and economic opportunity. Stable infrastructure, specifically trail bridges, can increase access to education for children by 12 per cent, access to employment for women by 18 per cent, and access to healthcare can increase by 24 per cent.

WSP's bridges have become lifelines for major cities, and transportation agencies face a myriad of challenges to optimize the flow of goods and people.

From ensuring the operability of ageing structures, to planning, financing, and constructing modern replacements that improve accessibility, solutions to the challenges posed by bridges are essential to social and economic development.

Committed to bridging communities in Rwanda

Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists. Rural isolation is a root cause of poverty, and Bridges to Prosperity believes that connection is the foundation to opportunity. They build bridges to better lives in rural communities. With a sophisticated data collection and evaluation program, they’re able to prove that the value and impact of its work is sustained long after the opening celebration. 

WSP and Bridges to Prosperity have generously donated a significant amount of resources to make this project possible.

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