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Bringing Community Together by Building Bridges through Volunteer Work






このボラティア活動は、アメリカのNPO法人Bridges to Prosperityによるもので、これまでに東南アジア、アフリカ、南米を中心に世界各地で300橋を超える人道橋を架橋しています。当社は2018年からこの活動に賛同しています。


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Bringing Community Together by Building Bridges through Volunteer Work

Hello everyone! My name is Kawane from Civil Department.

This June, I volunteered with the project in Bolivia and I would like to share my experience with you.


The project of this volunteer work was to build 30 meter-long suspension bridge (Footbridge) in 2 weeks over the river to connect between public facilities such as schools and hospitals and Tarvita village, Chuquisaca in Plurinational State of Bolivia.

4 volunteers from the companies in Denmark and 5 from Spain, and myself, altogether 10 volunteers participated in this project.

The project was funded by the U.S. based non-profit organization called Bridges to Prosperity, which has a record of building more than 300 footbridges across the country in the Southeast Asia, Africa and South America. SMCC has been their partner since 2018.


Tarvita village is located 250 km southeast of the Capital City of Sucre, about 8 hours drive by car, and is a mountainous rural area at an elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level.

When we first saw the site area just after we arrived, we saw a little girl crossing across the river on foot to go to school. At this moment, we all determined that we must build the footbridge as fast as we can so all the kids in the village can commute to school safely.


We had to fabricate, paint and assemble every material manually by hand so it was quite a hard work but the project progressed smoothly as we were encouraged by the kids waiting in anticipation and through various helps from the people living in the village.


Bolivia among other South American countries where football is very common and a popular sport, we often played with the local residents after work. Due to the high altitude, most of us volunteers were out of breath quickly but we enjoyed the time spent together.

On holidays, we also visited schools for activities such as building a model together with kids, to deepen our relationship with the community.

After the completion, the opening ceremony was held and we celebrated together with local community. I felt very emotional when I saw big smiles on the children's face. Although it was a short period, I really appreciate everyone involved in this project and I feel proud to be a part of this volunteer work.

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