We are the Illinois Chapter of the Engineers in Action Bridge Program. Currently, we are planning for our fifth bridge build in Bolivia or eSwatini
this summer. The bridges we construct build opportunity
and empower rurally isolated communities
who cannot safely access markets and public facilities due to an impassable river. Bridges built in the past by this program have led to a 12% increase in children enrolled in school, a 59% increase of women in the labor market, and an 18% increase in healthcare treatment for communities.
These projects build the leading engineers of tomorrow. Participating students gain experience in using engineering design software, planning construction and safety, coordinating with stakeholders, and more. Students also become more globally aware
, as they overcome cultural and language barriers to work together with a community for something greater than themselves. The soft skills they develop on this project are ones that cannot be learned in a typical university classroom
and prepares them to work in the industry. Having this initial exposure to working in a professional team setting greatly enhances the students' career prospects.
The bridge projects are very expensive. Without your support, this program would not be able to exist. Any donation allows us to connect people
around the world. In addition, please share this if you know anyone who might be interested in sponsoring our efforts and/or if you are unable to donate. The money is used directly for bridge materials, in-country labor, equipment, travel costs, and more. Thank you so much for your consideration of our program!!! Learn more about us at https://uiucbridges.wordpress.com/!