Isolation affects nearly every aspect of life for rural communities that depend on access to broader transportation networks for their health, education, and livelihoods.
Access to reliable transportation infrastructure can dramatically affect residents’ ability to meet their own needs, care for their families, earn stable incomes, and build resilience to unpredictable weather.
Studies have shown that not only do school attendance rates increase and the availability of health care services improve following the construction of a bridge, but a reliable connection to essential services can also profoundly affect the economic status of rural residents.
Bridge construction is often followed by increased investment in family farms, improved agricultural yields, and a greater proportion of harvest sold at market, which results in improved farm profits, increased household income, and decreased household debt. In addition, more women enter the labor market, and labor market income increases. Trail bridges have the power to create reliable connections that mitigate risk and eliminate fear, transforming the way communities live and work.
The support of our institutional partners makes it possible for us to deliver far-reaching impact and build literal pathways out of poverty.