Day 1 and 2 – Journey and arrival

The Ramboll team meet up with Mariale from B2P in Kigali

Jian Fong

Sunday evening and we are all finally here at Gashyushya, a two hour drive out of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. We’ve just had a lovely dinner prepared by the full B2P team where we went through the construction sequence with the core team and get ready for a 7am start tomorrow.

The journey for me began first thing on Saturday morning with a short flight across to Amsterdam airport where I met the rest of the European contingent. I joined up with Roser from Copenhagen, Anthony from Helsinki and Gustav from Gothenburg. The final member of the Rambol group, Sulabh from Gurugram office in India, would meet up with us in Kigali. More on the team here Continue reading “Day 1 and 2 – Journey and arrival”

Meet Ramboll’s Gashyushya team

The Ramboll team comes from across Europe and India. They represent the breadth and depth of expertise across Ramboll, united by a determination to use their skills to make a difference.

Name: Roser Marrè Badalló
Role: Senior Engineer
Role at Bridge Site: Project Lead

Roser is a Structural Engineer from Barcelona with over 5 years of professional experience. She has a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from UPC Barcelona Tech and did an exchange year in KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She moved to Copenhagen 4 years ago in order to pursue her dream of designing bridges. At Rambøll, she has designed bridges and wind turbine foundations, and her role includes structural design, as well as technical support and coordination of teams in India. Continue reading “Meet Ramboll’s Gashyushya team”

Gashyushya, Rwanda 2019

What if every single day you had to send your kids to school knowing there was a chance that they wouldn’t make it back home? Or what if going to the market during the rainy season was potentially a life or death decision?

Unfortunately, this is the harsh reality of the Murama and Munini communities in Gashyushya, Rwanda, where the Makurungwe river frequently floods for days at a time, causing injuries or death for people who attempt to cross.

Explore location in more detail here

In September 2019, a team of five Ramboll engineers from across Europe and India will travel to Rwanda together with the NGO “Bridges to Prosperity” (B2P), to help build a suspension bridge across the river, providing safe year-round access for the local communities. This is the second such occasion we have partnered BTP, following on form the Namawukulu footbridge in eastern Uganda in 2018.

This blog captures the experience of the engineers as they work alongside locals and Bridges to Prosperity experts to complete this vital footbridge in the limited time available.