What does time mean to you? Take a minute to think about it. That’s already too much, isn’t it?
In a developed society, we often do not take the path less travelled, but the path that takes the least amount of time. We have the option of choosing a highway over a city street; a car over a bike; the convenience store across the street over the grocery store across town. In addition to this, communication is limited to shooting off emails and asking people to respond as soon as possible, because in our society, time truly is money.
Now look at the world around you. You’ll see skyscrapers touching the clouds, highways cutting travel times from hours to minutes, and public service institutions, like schools and hospitals, standing tall throughout the city. However, not everyone is as fortunate to have everything within their reach.
Our footbridges help with that. In countries, like Bolivia, those who live in rural areas cannot easily reach resources and institutions. Often times, it’s merely geological obstacles that stand in their way, such as swelling rivers and ravines. However, without the right resources, these people have no way of overcoming them. What might be a 30 minute walk during one season can turn into a three hour detour during another. This results in citizens of equal right to be at a disadvantage when it comes to getting an education or gaining employment.
Bridges to Prosperity as a whole has created over 130 bridges in 18 different countries and the impact it has had on these countries has been astounding.
Since this initiative began, there has been a 12% increase in school enrolment, a 24% increase in healthcare treatment, an 18% increase in the number of women employed, and a 15% increase in local businesses across these countries.
Our bridges will open up a pathway that will allow these citizens, from rural or far removed areas within the country, to reach institutions easily throughout the year. They will no longer need to travel for hours just to see a certified doctor or get an education. We may not be able to hand them the world, but we can definitely put it within their reach.