Nyaruguru residents come together

FoundationsThe residents of the district of Nyaruguru come together to start the foundations for the Kucyaryseke Bridge. We are looking forward to joining forces with them in January. 35 days to go.

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Freyssinet on board!

F_logV_CQOur team of 10 is finally complete! Our Freyssinet colleagues were announced during the week. They bring a very strong set of skills from a variety of locations.

The 5 to join the project team, selected from more than 60 applicants across 20 countries, are:

Marc GonthierConstruction Lead

Marc is a very experienced project manager in the erection of cable structures. Marc has been based in Togo, and will be taking on the role of the construction lead on the Kucyaruseke build.

Pedro Lozano – Safety Lead

Pedro is a director of quality from Freyssinet’s Spanish operations. Pedro will be  the safety lead for the build.

Michal Ambor

Michal is a structural engineer in Freyssinet’s technical team based in the Paris office.

Marlene Lotte

Marlene is a Commercial Repairs engineer based in France and joined Freyssinet in 2010 as an apprentice.

Nicola Pucellini

Nicola is a bridge site manager with Freyssinet in Hong Kong.

We must overcome the challenges of working remotely as we plan our trip, but we are all determined to do our best. We will be excited to meet properly in Rwanda.

Project Introduction

The community around Kucyaruseke currently rely on a very basic log bridge (see the pictures) as one of their primary crossings over the Akanyaru River.


Image courtesy of B2P

The local residents are predominantly farmers, teachers, and masons, growing beans, tea, and potatoes in the small community of 3,000 in the Southern region of Rwanda. They use the crossing to reach the large market and the government services in Huye (Butare).

When the riverbed is dry and residents are able to safely use this bridge, the market still requires a long walk – 6 kilometers, or nearly 2 hours – from the river. When the river floods and submerges the timber bridge, residents are forced to either wait for the rain to subside (which can be days at a time), or add an additional 6 kilometers to their walk, circling down more than 2.5 kilometers to a vehicular bridge which crosses the river at the road and then making their way back up to the market.

The residents need a permanent, safe structure to carry them through the rainy season and ensure they have access to critical income and resources year-round. The new Kucyaruseke Footbridge will guarantee them this safe access. The charity Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), together with the locals, identified this crossing as an area of need and have prepared plans for a new footbridge.

The new 80m long Kucyaruseke (koo-cha-roo-seh-keh) Bridge will provide a safe, permanent crossing , improving access to healthcare, education and markets for the 3,000+ members of the rural community.

A team of 10 volunteers from COWI and Freyssinet will travel to southern Rwanda in January to support the communities in building their new crossing.

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Image courtesy of B2P

Support this project

The team needs to raise £13,000 to fund their trip to Rwanda and, with a tight deadline to reach their goal, would greatly appreciate any support you can give.

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Any funds not applied to this project will be utilised to support Bridges to Prosperity’s general operations.