The new Namawukulu footbridge in Uganda-Africa
What seemed to be a dream for the local community of 1300 people in Namawukulu-Uganda (GPS Coordinates: 1°00’16.2”N 34°24’06.0”E), which for some months of the year were forced to live separate lives with real restrictions on the access to schools and health facilities,
and what represented a big challenge for all the parties involved has now turned into reality thanks to the project conceived and checked by Bridges to Prosperity and the financial and practical support provided by the 2 partners involved, namely the IABSE Foundation and Ramboll UK who equally shared the construction cost of the bridge (60.000 USD) and donated to the local inhabitants a beautiful and efficient infrastructure.
The new suspended footbridge spans the Ngame river on a total length of 70m. With a constant width of 100cm in cross section, it connects the 2 sides of the village during the rainy season. A team of 9 volunteers, compsed by professional engineers affiliated to the IABSE was sent to Namawukulu to help in the construction of the bridge: 4 engineers supported by the IABSE Foundation (coming from the following partner Engineering Companies: Bolina Ingegneria from Venice-Italy, Bridgewiz from Ankara-Turkey and Schimetta Consult from Vienna-Austria) and 5 engineers from Ramboll UK.
At the end of this fantastic experience, to aknowledge a unique human, social and professional experience, a special thank is addressed to Bridges to Prosperity and to all the Donors that made all of this possible supporting enthusiastically the activities of the IABSE Foundation.