Dwenase Bridge Development

Authors: Kristophe Zephyrin; Ryan Candy; Hannah Murray; Maggie Ostwald

Advisor: Rob Krueger

Category: Undergraduate

This project focused on the co-design and construction of two bridges alongside residents in Dwenase, Ghana through the combination of our classroom knowledge and the local knowledge of our partners. We used the design and construction of bridges as a vehicle to provide hope and demonstrate the ability of the locals within Dwenase to execute their own development projects that address significant local issues so they can become self sufficient from outside agents. During this project we learned as well about internalizing the art of active listening, participating in thoughtful conversation, remaining open minded to project fluidity, and having an empathetic presence. The challenge of actively applying these character traits is what helped us grow as individuals and professionals

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