Changing lives by building a bridge in Bolivia
Written by Nicole Rhoads
Members of the Bridges to Prosperity team at the University of Michigan built a suspended pedestrian bridge in the village of Palca in central Bolivia. The bridge will serve approximately 250 families, helping children arrive safely to school and giving the community better access to their farm fields, markets and medical care.
It took the team a total 25 days in May and June to complete the structure. The bridge was the U-M group’s inaugural project for Bridges to Prosperity, a national organization that has also worked in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Sudan, Zambia, Indonesia, Nepal, Timor-Leste, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Peru.
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