Bridges to Prosperity wins Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel
An international organisation that builds footbridges has been announced as the winner of this year’s Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.
Bridges to Prosperity has been building bridges over impassable rivers in countries including Bolivia, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda and Nicaragua for over a decade to help provide access for isolated communities to healthcare and schools.
Founded in 2001, Bridges to Prosperity has completed over 200 bridges in 20 countries, enabling 65,000 return trips every day.
Avery Bang, CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, explained to Greentraveller that an important part of the organisation's bridge-building work is to teach local communities how to build and maintain the bridges. The work includes training local construction managers and partners such as universities and established NGOs.
According to Ashden, there are approximtely 100,000 more communities globally that could benefit from Bridges to Prosperity's footbridges, and the organisation has "ambitious plans to grow its work, with a target to build 100 bridges per year by 2020".
Bridges to Prosperity will receive up to £30,000 prize money as well as "tailored business support to scale up their work". The organisation will be presented with its Award at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 9 June, when the winners of the Ashden UK and International Gold Awards will also be announced.