Engineers in Action (EIA) - Building Bridge Between Poverty & Resources

Isolation caused by impassable geography is a root source of poverty worldwide. Engineers in Action (EIA) is an organization that strives to combat poverty by connecting areas of rural isolation to resources. Fueled by the humanitarian passion of university students, the organization builds footbridges so that communities have year-round, safe access to essential services such as health care, education, and markets.

The student chapter of EIA at Western University completed their first project last May of 2019 in Lipez, Bolivia. The bridge spans nearly 50m across a local ravine, that was otherwise dangerous to cross, especially during the rainy season. Now, this bridge serves as a connection for more than 500 people to surrounding markets, cities, and hospitals.

Construction of footbridges such as these result in a:
12% increase in children enrolled in school
18% increase in healthcare treatment
45% increase in fertilizer investment
56% increase in crop yield
75% increase in farm profits
30% increase in labor market income
59% increase of women in the labor market
20% economic return on investment

With Dekker Hewett Group's contributions and other sponsors, the Western Chapter of EIA will continue to support communities such as Lipez. EIA “envisions a world where everyone can live healthy and dignified lives with access to essential services.” And we are honoured and proud to support, and align ourselves with this goal. For more information about EIA, please visit eiabridges.org

    

    

    

    

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