Help make a difference in Bolivia by donating to Engineers in Action UofT! This Summer, the UofT team along with The University of Alberta will be working together to build a footbridge to serve a community in Bolivia!
Who We Are
Engineers in Action University of Toronto Chapter (EIA-UofT) is a multidisciplinary team of university students working together to enact positive change in our world both internationally and in our school community. After a year of designing and planning, a team of students from our chapter travels to an isolated community in a developing country every year to construct a footbridge. These footbridges bridge the poverty gap in communities by improving their access to:
- Health care,
- Agricultural Lands,
- Business Opportunities and Markets.
In the past seven years, the UofT chapter has constructed seven bridges (five in Bolivia and one in Guatemala and one in Eswatini), as well as designed and fundraised for another bridge in Bolivia during COVID-19. In total, the bridges have helped improve the lives of over 3000 local residents. Research shows that footbridges result in a 6-to-1 return on investment in the first year after the bridge is built. That is why we think our work is very important and helpful to the local community.
What We Do
Our team of 30 undergraduate students use technical knowledge from the classroom by facilitating the design and construction of footbridges in less developed countries. In addition to building the bridge, we also engage with the community to learn more about their way of life. Back at home, our chapter uses our experience to host workshops for other engineering students at U of T to develop their engineering and global development skills.
How You Can Help
Building bridges is expensive… who knew? We need your help to pay for some of the costs associated with our work. For this year’s project we are going to incur costs in the following areas:
- Materials and Delivery
- Transportation to and from site
We would greatly appreciate any contribution to our meaningful project that can improve the livelihoods of hundreds of people in Bolivia! We know from experience how much these projects mean to the communities and that’s why it would be great if you could help us get a little closer to building a bridge in Bolivia this year!