Bridges to Prosperity Project
Location: Feleq River, Amhara
Population: 40,000 people
Expected Traffic: 500 people per day
Footbridge Type: Suspended
Span: 65m (213.3ft)
Sponsors: Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club of Gloucester, Virginia
During the rainy season, close to 40,000 people had no access to the hospital, the large open-air market, the schools, or the road. Their only choice was to try to cross the currents when they were desperate, often resulting in death.
This area is one of the most food insecure areas in Ethiopia. It is famous for droughts and famine. The people here live on their sweat earned few crops and have little else. They trade sorghum for corn, barley for teff, and rarely can they afford to eat meat – they do not trade in money.
Bridges to Prosperity, in cooperation with the Woreda and the United Nations World Food Program, decided to help these people gain access to these basic resources for survival. In a single week this community, so excited to have a bridge, gathered all necessary sand and stone for the bridge foundations.