We are a student group at the University of Alberta and a chapter of the international organization Engineers in Action (EIA). The mission of EIA is to work with indigenous professionals to improve the lives of people in need through sustainable programs that build their capacity, while also helping to develop global awareness among program participants. As engineering students, we come from multiple disciplines and have been working very hard to get where we are now. Since our founding almost 4 years ago, we completed our first mentored bridge project in 2017 in Chillcani, Bolivia, as well as our first solo project in Chavarria, Bolivia in the summer of 2018. Because of these two successful projects, we have been awarded a 2019 project in Tijraska, Bolivia where we will be mentoring the Georgia Tech EIA chapter. Our chapter is in charge of every aspect of the project, including design, logistics, construction and helping fund the bridge. We will live with the locals in Tijraska for the entire duration of the project while we will work along side them to connect their community to important resources.
Building bridges are huge feats and extremely expensive, especially for beginning university student groups. Not only are we in charge of building the bridge, but we are also involved in training locals in construction and maintenance. Tens of thousands of dollars is typically required to build a footbridge, not to mention the amount of volunteer time that is needed. Being students, this much money is very difficult to obtain; that's a lot of cookies in a bake sale! That is why we are reaching out to people like you to lend a hand and help us create a difference. We are in charge of providing approximately USD$20,000 to aid with the cost of the bridge in addition to our medical and equipment costs. This does not include the cost of flights, travel accommodations and transportation for our members on the trip. We are also responsible for sending graduated engineers, known as bridge corp members, along with our students to provide expertise and knowledge. Every dollar donated gets us closer to our goal and helps us connect Tijraska!
Last year we had some amazing sponsors as you can see in the image below, and this year we are looking for just as generous donors to help us!
Every member in our group is extremely passionate about humanitarian efforts and about using their knowledge of engineering for the greater good. Our group consists of engineering students with various backgrounds; from 5th year Civil to 2nd year Mechanical and even students in graduate programs. But we all have one thing in common, we care deeply about our group and have been working tirelessly to make the Tijraska project a success. Click each members Advocate Page to learn more!