Connor’s photos from Week 5

Hello Everyone!

We now have another succesful week in the bag!  Early in the week we were able to successfully set the sag for all five cables. The bridge is really coming together now, and it is awesome seeing all the people who live in the area get so excited as they walk past knowing that it is almost completed. After sag setting we were not able to begin the decking for the bridge because the needed power tools are currently being used on another bridge site in the southern province of Rwanda. We did not waste any time though, and after the cables were set in place we continued to backfill the approach walls and poured concrete to create the ramp that everyone will walk up to get on to the actual bridge. Week six is sure to be another exciting week, with lots of important work still to do!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the past week. Enjoy!

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Getting the cables in place in preparation for sag setting earlier this week.
Getting the cables in place in preparation for sag setting earlier this week.

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Sadi and Medina
Sadi and Medina
Aristo, Mimi, myself, Abraham, and Chris
Aristo, Mimi, myself, Abraham, and Chris
Our friend Abraham invited our whole team over to his house for dinner. We had a great time and enjoyed an authentic Rwandan meal. He told us that we were the first foreigners to actually integrate themselves into their community.
Our friend Abraham invited our whole team over to his house for dinner. We had a great time and enjoyed an authentic Rwandan meal. Abraham is one of our closest friends here, and we are so thankful for all the assistance he has provided us with. He has really helped our team integrate into the community here.
Varun and his favorite tool
Varun the plumber
We have been hard at work fabricating components for another B2P suspension bridge. We have now finished everything and the parts have been shipped out to the site. We got to work alongside James, a civil engineer from Australia interning with B2P.
We have been hard at work fabricating components for another B2P suspension bridge. We have now finished everything and the parts have been shipped out to the site. We got to work alongside James (the guy with the awesome beard) , a civil engineer from Australia interning with B2P.
Loading up the truck with water for the week!
Loading up the truck with water for the week!

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In Kigali we cut the need cables from a large spool of recycled crane cable from the U.S. We then loaded them in our truck and drove them out to the site. This is Etienne, B2P's project manager, along with Tim and Charlotte
In Kigali we cut the needed cables from a large spool of recycled crane cable from the U.S. We then loaded them in our truck and drove them out to the site. This is Etienne, B2P’s project manager, along with Tim and Charlotte.
This is me flying our drone with a GoPro attached to it for the first time. We are hoping to get some cool aerial shots of the bridge when we start decking.
This is me flying our drone with a GoPro attached to it for the first time. We are hoping to get some cool aerial shots of the bridge when we start decking.
This is the morning of sag setting for the bridge. This is considered the most dangerous day of construction, so Jocelyn led a meeting in the morning going over the potential hazards and how we can minimize risk. Etienne was then able to translate what she said to all the other workers on site.
This is the morning of sag setting for the bridge. This is considered the most dangerous day of construction, so Jocelyn led a meeting in the morning going over the potential hazards and how we can minimize risk. Etienne was then able to translate what she said to all the other workers on site.

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Caroline using the survey equipment as we began to set the sag for the cables.
Caroline using the survey equipment as we began to set the sag for the cables.

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The view from the survey equiptment
The view from the survey equiptment
Dancing with the kids after work was definitely one of the highlights of the week for me.
Dancing with the kids after work was definitely one of the highlights of the week for me.

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Sadi teaching us a new trick.
Sadi teaching us a new trick.
Mike and I trying to copy them.
Mike and I trying to copy them.

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David taught us a new beat with cups and had us all singing along.
David taught us a new beat with cups and had us all singing along.
To keep up our strength we do something called
To keep up our strength we do something called “rock gym” a couple times a week, which consists of a lot of pushups and pull-ups. This is Varun crushing some pushups with Bonet.
Caroline and Corrie, the first official crossing of the bridge.
Caroline and Corrie, the first official crossing of the bridge.

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