While the rest of the team headed back to the bridge site on Monday. Caroline, Tim and I remained in Kigali to construct the crossbeams for our bridge. We have been working at a local university here, IPRC, in the Kicukoro (?) district under the awesome guidance of James, Loriel and Mark.
Our basic task for the week was to make the crossbeams which consisted of cutting and drilling holes into 44 beams. On top of that, we ended up helping with the preparations for two suspension bridges that B2P is building in nearby villages in Rwanda. James, a B2P engineer from Australia, has also taken time to teach us how to read design drawings and how to prepare materials for the shop. It has been such a rewarding experience working in the welding shop, getting to know some of the students at IPRC and learning about all different facets of engineering!
It has been such a great week here in Kigali that I am kind of sad to leave. However, I can’t wait to see the progress that the rest of the team has made back in Rwamahwa!