Rwanda 2020

Person in high visibility vest crouched down overlooking the partly constructed Uwumugeti-Kisuga Suspended Bridge
Construction of Uwumugeti-Kisuga Suspended Bridge

Uwumugeti-Kisuga Suspended Bridge

The partnership between Ramboll and Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) continued to produce material results in 2020, despite not being able to physically send out a team of volunteers due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Funded by the Ramboll Foundation and constructed by B2P alongside local craftspeople, the Uwumugeti-Kisuga suspension bridge over the Nyirankumbure river was completed in September and now serves two communities in the rural Nyamagabe Region of the Southern Province of Rwanda. The bridge provides safe access for more than 2,700 individuals who were previously forced to put their lives in jeopardy to seek opportunity.

The Nyirankumbure river is flooded two to three months out of the year, and the precarious timber crossings used by the community in periods of flooding frequently washed away, leaving the communities isolated and without reliable access to government services, healthcare, schools or the local market. In the last three years, there had been two injuries and one death due to unsafe crossing.

B2P staff and the local communities worked for four months to complete the construction of the bridge, which was inaugurated by the communities, local government and B2P in a socially-distanced ceremony on 26th September 2020.

Going forwards, Ramboll is excited to continue to work with Bridges to Prosperity, and the Ramboll Foundation has generously agreed to fund another new footbridge in 2021 to provide safe, reliable connectivity to yet another community. Ramboll will also support B2P with a larger team of 10 volunteers (to be recruited from Ramboll Group globally) who will assist the construction of the new footbridge in person or use their expertise to contribute to B2P’s goals remotely, if travel restrictions are still in place.