Michael Baker partners with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit organization dedicated to constructing footbridges in remote, underdeveloped areas of the world, to sponsor the construction of suspension bridges in isolated parts of the world, creating better access to economic, educational and health care opportunities.
According to The World Bank, one out of seven people in the developing world lack safe transportation access to essential services. We work closely with B2P and rural communities to build footbridges where impassable rivers make it dangerous or impossible to reach schools, clinics, markets and jobs.
“I became a civil engineer to make important and lasting infrastructure improvements. Traveling to Bolivia to build a bridge for a community in need was a deeply meaningful experience that fulfilled my passion to give back to others.”
Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists. Rural isolation is a root cause of poverty, and they believe that connection is the foundation to opportunity. We work with local communities, partners and foundations, to build footbridges that connect residents to education, health care and economic opportunity. With a sophisticated data collection and evaluation program, we’re able to prove that the value and impact of our work is sustained long after the opening celebration.
Through its Industry Partner Program, B2P has built more than 200 bridges in 20 countries, serving well over 850,000 people.