Ethiopia is now working on the construction of 150 footbridges and 230 km of feeder paths.

Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a charity dedicated to rural development, is working in Ethiopia alongside Helvetas, a Swiss development group, and the Ethiopian government to build 150 footbridges and 230 miles of feeder paths.

 
According to the groups, about 80% of Ethiopia's population lives in rural areas, where people must travel tough terrain by foot, bicycle, or motorbike, with excursions typically including crossing gorges or rivers. Thousands of bridges and millions of miles of trail improvements are needed to connect rural regions to critical services, according to B2P.
 
According to Nivi Sharma, CEO of B2P, achieving the amount of transformation that the communities require would require a coordinated plan including local stakeholders and national leaders. In addition, Sharma stated that addressing the problem of rural isolation in Ethiopia will serve as a model for successful, long-term collaboration and would encourage the inclusion of rural transportation access projects in global development efforts.
 
Over 1 million individuals will use the initiative once it is completed, thanks to a USD 10 million three-year funding from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
 
B2P is said to have built pedestrian bridges across Latin America and Africa to improve access to essential services.
 
The Helmsley Trust has a history of funding work assisting vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Alissa Davis, B2P's director of business development, and it contacted B2P about the impact trail bridges could have in addition to their other work building community resilience and holistic wellbeing for Ethiopian children.
 
Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Trust, said in a statement that infrastructure-based projects like these have the potential to address many of the challenges faced by rural families, resulting in increased participation in the regional labour market and an overall increase in school attendance and use of health services.

Posted on : 02 Dec,2022

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