We are a group of University of Toronto students dedicated to raising awareness and making a positive impact on student and global life. Our mission is to bridge the gap of isolation in developing communities around the world through the strategic design and construction of footbridges for communities facing impassable obstacles. Our vision is of a world where a lack of adequate infrastructure does not contribute to global poverty. As an organization we value human rights, professionalism, equality, education, innovation and excellence.
Our chapter provides many benefits to developing communities around the world as well as to students at the University of Toronto.
Our bridge projects help to provide access to many benefits for isolated communities in developing countries. Some of these benefits include:
- Health care
- Economic opportunities
Additionally, by working with the communities where we build we assist the local economy via:
- Local procurement of materials
- Employment and training of local workforce
In addition to our bridge projects, we work to enrich student life for University of Toronto students via:
- Educational events and speaker series
- Working with peers from multiple disciplines
- An opportunity to apply education in a meaningful way
In March 2001, Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) was founded through the inspiration of a photo in National Geographic Magazine that moved them to action to form B2P. The image showed men dangling and using ropes to pull each other across a wide, high and broken bridge span over a portion of the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. Built on their mission to innovate, education and inspire, Bridges to Prosperity has supported over 200 bridges in 20 countries, serving nearly 1 million people, since its formation.