Help volunteer Rickey Gaines build a bridge in Africa!
Imagine a young child in East Africa standing on the bank of ravine filled with rushing water. On the other side of this ravine is the only school in their village and the one way to get there is to walk across a couple of decaying logs nailed together with wooden planks. This is the daily reality for the students of Majevu Primary School in the northern highlands of Tanzania during the monsoon seasons.
Over the past few months, architecture and engineering students from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo have been designing a permanent steel footbridge to provide a safer, more secure crossing for the children. In August, 10 of these students will travel to Tanzania to work with our local build team to construct their design, in true learn by doing fashion.
The students have taken welding classes since the bridge is to be built primarily from steel, but a certified welder, Ricky Gaines, will also be coming to Tanzania to help with construction, further instruct the students and ensure the quality of their work. Rickey’s knowledge and expertise will be incredibly important to this project and we are truly grateful for his commitment.
Rickey has personally covered the cost of his airfare to Tanzania but we are asking for your help to cover the rest of his expenses for the three week trip. 100% of your donation will go directly to his costs, and any dollar amount helps. We are a US registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your donation is tax deductible so please donate today!
About Rickey Gaines
Rickey Gaines is an apprentice commercial plumber, certified welder and member of United Association Local 32 in Washington State. He is also a 10 year veteran of the US Army having served two tours in Iraq and still serves in the Army National Guard. An avid outdoorsman, Rickey is excited to bring his skills to rural Tanzania and work with the Cal Poly students but most of all he says he can’t wait to get to know the locals!
About The Mbesese Initiative for Sustainable Development:
The Mbesese Initiative for Sustainable Development is a 501(c)3 non-profit in both the U.S and Tanzania. The organization aims to help establish routes out of poverty by taking an integrated approach that includes increasing human capital (knowledge, education, experience), encouraging economic growth (more job opportunities, increased labor productivity, positive labor/employer relations), improving living conditions (increased construction jobs, improved living standards, improved health condition), and fostering environmental stewardship (protecting entire eco-systems which affect us all, land and resource management.) Mbesese maintains strategic partnerships with socially conscious organizations such as ARUP and the College of Architectural and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. These partners are integral team members for implementing our integrated methods and achieving our environmental design goals; all while helping students in the U.S. get involved and have a hands on learning experience about rural development.