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Our Program
Kabira 3
Bridge Span (feet)
Team Members
Working Days
Lives Improved

The Region

Rwanda is an East African country known for its mountainous landscape and friendly, welcoming people. The geographically diverse nation includes the Virunga Volcanoes, Mountain Gorillas hidden in bamboo forests, the beautiful Lake Kivu and the sprawling Nyungwe mountain rainforest. The landlocked country lies a few degrees south of the equator and is bordered by Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

During the rainy seasons, which take place from March to May and October to December, Rwandans experience strong winds and heavy downpours for most of the day. In the remote areas of Rwanda, this weather causes river crossings to become impassible, cutting off communities’ access to critical resources, including schools, health centers and markets. To help local community members overcome these challenges, the nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) identified a site in the Rutsiro District of Rwanda—a four-hour drive from the capital city of Kigali—to be the location of the new Kabira 3 trail bridge.

The Project

A team of Michael Baker International employees from across the United States traveled to Rwanda to construct the Kabira 3 trail bridge in partnership with B2P staff and local community members. Over the course of two weeks, the team successfully constructed a 157-foot-long suspended footbridge to enable safe crossing over the Mukebera River.

Though the construction team members spoke various languages and came from different backgrounds, the group worked together as a team to achieve their shared goal of constructing the Kabira 3 trail bridge. They started by setting the cables for the bridge, backfilling a concrete abutment with large rocks and prepping the decking panels. Next, the team geared up with harnesses and installed decking panels and fencing along the length of the bridge. The final construction tasks included painting and grading both sides of the bridge to connect to trails.

Throughout the two-week build, the Michael Baker team built strong relationships with members of the local community, including fellow workers on the build site and children who stopped by to watch their progress each day. The team spent an afternoon visiting students who will use the new bridge to get to school. During the visit, the students performed songs and presented each team member with a hand-drawn picture. At the end of the build, the Michael Baker team hosted a barbeque—complete with singing, dancing and a shared meal—to celebrate the completed bridge with the local community

Our Impact

On their final day in the Rutsiro District, the Michael Baker team members participated in a special inauguration celebration with B2P representatives, community members and local government representatives. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the bridge, the team watched community members of all ages walk, run and dance across the new bridge.

The Kabira 3 trail bridge will provide safe, year-round access for the surrounding communities, providing opportunities to empower the local communities out of poverty. The completed bridge exemplifies how, at Michael Baker International, We Make a Difference for communities around the globe.



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