Volunteers from Tony Gee and Knights Brown have successfully constructed a 64m footbridge for a Ugandan village with global charity Bridges to Prosperity (B2P).
Reprising their partnership for the fourth time in as many years, five volunteers from each organisation travelled to the village of Lulwo after successfully raising over £17,000 in donations.
This was also the first B2P initiative with Tony Gee and Knights Brown to feature International representation, with our first volunteer from our Hong Kong office to get involved in the project.
Tasked with building the bridge within two weeks, the team worked tirelessly to complete construction within the allotted time-frame.
The new bridge will provide safe, year-round access for the local communities. This B2P initiative also enables access to essential services such as schools, medical facilities and local trade opportunities, boosting their local economy.
Speaking about her experience on site volunteer, Shermein Wong said:
“Coming from the Hong Kong office, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to be part of this exciting project. Although we were out in an extremely rural part of Uganda, the warmth and hospitality we experienced was nothing short of inspiring.
We got to witness first-hand how the bridge was going to benefit people, especially young children going to schools, during rainy seasons.
Working alongside the local communities was incredibly rewarding as we learnt about their customs and day-to-day lives. The communities mostly consist of small-scale farmers who are often marginalised and receive little support from the government. It is an understatement to say that they were appreciative of our efforts and they were pleased with finally having a safe and secure access across the river!”