Day 2

Day 2 started well.

The locals are strong! They’ve definitely put us and our desk jobs to shame in many ways. But thanks to their energy and attitude we are making good progress… Bridge cables almost in position and fabrication teams running well.

The rain and thunder decided to show up today. Took out most of the afternoon. Downpour. An unpredictable but not unexpected challenge.

On we go!

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Waiting out the storm…
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Day 1 on site

There’s so much work to be done in 14 days, and we finally started working on site. We met and introduced ourselves to the workers and the local community – the people that will benefit from this new bridge. We’ve been welcomed with open arms and lots of smiles so far!!

As part of the community meeting, we introduced ourselves to the locals and explained that we are here to work with them and teach them new skills and that this is their bridge once we are gone.

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The Great Kucyaruseke Bridges Bakeoff

The COWI London office held a Great Kucyaruseke Bridges Bake-off and a raffle, which both raised £404. Thanks to all the bakers for their delicious structures and to all those that bought cake to support the charity.

Check out the impressive structures, we had a tiramisu, some lemon curd cupcakes, a cheesecake as well as a bridge, an export terminal, cake bearing, a decommissioned gas holder…

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Table Football fundraiser

This time next week it will be day one on site for the team, as we build the Kucyaruseke Bridge in Rwanda. For now the fund raising continues with a Table Football tournament in the COWI London office.

24 colleagues from the office entered the tournament in pairs and battled for the title as they played mini tournaments through the week, raising over £270.

It was an all Tunnels final with team Carlos and Mateusz Vs Team Artur and Robin. Carlos and Mateusz took the title and walked away as the 2018 Table football Doubles Champions.

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Cryptocurrency donations now accepted!

Balint Penzes, an engineer with COWI UK has kindly helped set up two wallets specifically for cryptocurrency donations toward the Kucyaruseke project.

He has posted an article summarizing the basics of this. I would recommend giving it a read.

If you are keen to help us in this way the the two wallets are:

Cryptocurrency addresses:

  • ETH*: 0x88bF140b1EAD30d439aC040bB96F8536c70e4Ec0
  • BTC: 112phz5dCvK3Gx1e4bzvURcJAtLzodZ5iu

*Together with any tokens on the Ethereum blockchain

The approach does require an element of trust, as we at some point will need to exchange the cyptocurrency for a fiat currency and transfer the funds to B2P. records of all transactions to and from the wallets are publicly visible, and we will provide evidence of transactions beyond it.

If this feels a little too far out to you but you would still like to donate, please use the conventional donation page in the tab above.

 

Everything helps!

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Picture of a community gathering near the bridge site (courtesy of B2P)