Inauguration day // Gatare Bridge is now opened to the community

We took part in the inauguration ceremony this morning, which was an honor for us all. The community was here, and personnalities from Bridges to Prosperity and the government. We shared and danced together. A community member testified about their previous situation without the new bridge. Now children can safely go to school. We feel […]

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Meet our Gatare Bridge team

We are a team of volunteers coming from European couuntries: Switzerland, Greece, England, Ireland, Spain and France.   On the picture, from left to right: Nii, George, Sam, Rachel, Adrian, Franziska, Caroline, Jose and Laurie. Andrew is not on this picture. Here is Andrew. We are in Rwanda to help a community building their bridge […]

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Day 9 // Second abutment completed

Today has been a busy day as we spent it mixing concrete with hands and breaking stones . Here is a picture of yesterday morning. And tonight, bridge completed ! Tomorrox we will be finishing painting and fencing.                

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Days 5, 6, 7 & 8 / We crossed Gatare Bridge !

Didn’t update you for several days, but it doesn’t mean we have been faffing around here at Gatare Bridge. On the contrary, we spent hours mixing concrete with our hands for the first abutment and managed to finish it in one day. Everyone did participate in this collective effort and we also learnt how to […]

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Day 4 / First beams are installed !

First beams were installed today. Everybody worked very hard breaking stones, making concrete, finishing the beams. We have confirmed the cable sag. The first cross beams were installed. Tomorrow we will finish to prepare the deck. Everything is going fine.

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Day 2 / Gatare Bridge is on its way

Today was our first working day with the community. We first met the community and started to try learning how to communicate without speaking the same language. The cables were launched over the river. And we also spent our day cutting timber and beams, and painting. Here are some pictures , and try to update […]

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Day 1 / We finally made it to Gatare Bridge
gatare bridge

Today, our first day in Rwanda,  was very exciting. We arrived in Kigali after the longest flight ever (through Mumbaï and Amsterdam, for Laurie and Caroline it took 24 hours from Paris to Kigali). We all gathered for our first breakfast, and after a big grocery shopping, went directly to our place. The house is […]

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J-7 // Gatare Bridge is taking shape !
Gatare Bridge bridges to prosperity

We are entering our last week before we leave to Rwanda, and Gatare Bridge is already taking shape! We can start to imagine what it will look like when it’s finished. Here some pictures of the bridge. Foundations are and approach ramps are already completed. We will span and adjust cables, install deck and fence. […]

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