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Secluded communities in developing nations deserve the same access we have to schools, hospitals, and marketplaces; a simple footbridge can make that a reality.

Last year I traveled and assisted in a bridge build in Chillcani, Bolivia with the University of Toronto team. I was able to see first hand the joy the bridge brought to the community and I could tell it was a vital piece of infrastructure with them. These communities have the desire and the work ethic to be successful, and just need something simple like a footbridge to give them the opportunities the need to exercise these skills. This campaign brings the U of A one step closer to making this a reality for the community of Tholamarca. 

I invite you to offer a small donation to give us the opportunity to change the lives of the families of Tholamarca forever.

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Bridges to Prosperity provides access to essential health care, education, and economic opportunities to isolated communities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. In order to do this, Bridges to Prosperity focuses on three key fundamentals. To Innovate. To Inspire. To Educate. Not only do we build long-lasting footbridges to help locals, we work with the communities during construction so they are prepared to maintain and repair the bridge on their own.

 

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

-Isaac Newton





Our Chapter

We are a new student group at the University of Alberta and are a chapter of the international organization Bridges to Prosperity. As engineering students, we come from multiple disciplines that have been working very hard the last few years to get where we are now. Our long term goal has been to lead our first complete bridge project in the summer of 2018 which would include designing, funding and building of a footbridge in a developing country. After our successful Tag-Along project to Chillcani, Bolivia with the University of Toronto in 2017, we have finally been awarded a complete bridge build. This project requires our student group to fund raise for engineering advisers to come along on the trip and contributing over $20,000 for bridge construction materials and other expenses related to the project. 


Here's a link to check out our CBC Radio interview and an article that was written about our chapter and this year's project! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/university-alberta-bridges-prosperity-georgia-dunn-1.4554479




Where

So far, Bridges to Prosperity has worked in 20 countries around the world and been involved in the construction of over 200 footbridges. Our focus is in developing nations where infrastructure in rural areas and villages is lacking or non-existent. For the University of Alberta's first bridge building project, we are heading to Tholamarca, Bolivia, an agricultural community located in the southwest area of the Cochabamba region! Tholamarca serves as a home for approximately 75 families including 30 children. The small community is at an impressive elevation of almost 4000 m and is 2 hours away from any major city. There is currently no bridge across the river and it is impassable from December to March when it floods to dangerous levels. The new bridge will span a remarkable distance of 49.2 m over the river!




When

Our trip will begin in early May in order to arrive in Tholamarca for the critical portion of the bridge build. Our students will be in Bolivia for approximately 4 weeks, the majority of this time spent on site. This leaves us a limited amount of time to plan and design the bridge and prepare for the trip. We are very committed to contributing to the full success of this project and to providing the maximum amount of aide we can to the community.





Why we need your help

Building bridges are huge feats and extremely expensive, especially for beginning university student groups. Not only are we in charge of building the bridge, but we are also involved in training locals to help us with the build and for future maintenance. Tens of thousands of dollars is typically required to build a footbridge, not to mention the amount of volunteer time that is needed. Being students, this much money is very difficult to obtain; that's a lot of cookies in a bake sale! That is why we are reaching out to people like you to lend a hand and help us create a difference. We are in charge of providing approximately $19,500 to aid with the cost of the materials and labour of the bridge and our medical and living equipment costs.This does not include the cost of flights, travel accommodations and transportation for our members on the trip. We are also responsible for sending bridge corp members with our students that are engineers with expertise in structural design. 



        

Goal Reached 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 at 09:03 PM (MST)

Get your champagne bottles ready because we hit our goal!! But don't worry, we still have over a week left so donations are still being accepted! We have a ways to go before our full project is funded!


The Last Stretch! 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 at 02:52 PM (MST)

We're already at 95% so less than $600 to go! Thank you to everyone who have helped us get to this point so far! And if you haven't had a chance to donate yet, don't worry, we won't close the donations until the last day, even if we surpass our goal!


75% 

  Published on Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 at 05:19 PM (MST)

We're already three quarters of the way there! Let's keep up the momentum and finish strong! Thank you again to everyone who has donated!


We've increased our goal! 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 at 03:06 PM (MST)

Wow! Before we even reached the halfway mark of the campaign, we flew by our goal of $6000. So we've decided to double it up to $12000!! We need your support now more than ever to reach this goal, so spread the word and tell your friends!


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Make an Impact

Five Deck Screws

Give $5

Deck screws are used to connect the wooden deck boards together. By donating just $5 you can be the connection between us and our goal!

10kg of Tying Wire

Give $10

$10 will allow us to purchase tying wire used to connect and hold the fencing in place. Your donation will really help tie up some lose ends.

7m of Safety Fencing

Give $20

Your gift of $20 will allow us to purchase safety fencing that will be installed on either side of the bridge. Now go click that donate button! No being on the fence about it.

5 Suspenders

Give $30

Suspenders are what hold the cables together to keep the bridge stable. With your $30 we can buy 5 of them! The suspense is killing us.

40kg of Cement

Give $50

Cement will serve as the foundation for the bridge. By donating $50 you can become the foundation for our project!

10x9m Lengths of Rebar

Give $100

Rebar helps strengthen the concrete in the bridge and with this donation you can strengthen the success of the project!

22m of Cable

Give $200

Cables are a vital component of the suspended cable bridge we are building. By donating $200 you could become the vital component of our project! To thank you, you will receive a personalized video shout out by the B2P team! Now that's something money can't buy.

Bronze Sponsor

Give $500

A gift of this amount will help pay for almost all the dump trucks needed to get our supplies on site. As a thank you, you will receive all the benefits of a Bronze sponsor including company logo (if you are a company) on all our social media platforms, and a printed picture of the bridge. On top of this, you will receive a thank you card signed by the B2P team! That's almost worth the $500 alone!

Silver Sponsor

Give $1,000

A gift of this amount covers all of the wood costs for the entire bridge! Wood you believe it? As a thank you for your generosity, you will receive all the benefits of a Silver sponsor which include a print picture of the bridge and your company logo on all of our social media platforms, our team t-shirts and our bridge banner. On top of this, you will also receive a thank you card signed by the B2P team!