CH2M’s Caroline Tong joins Board of Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust
The CH2M Foundation has been supporting Bridges to Prosperity since 2013.
CH2M is pleased to announce that Caroline Tong, Major Crossings Associate Director, has joined as a Board member of the Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) UK Charitable Trust.
Bridges to Prosperity is a non-profit organisation helping eradicate poverty caused by rural isolation through the design and construction of pedestrian footbridges, providing communities with safe, reliable access to healthcare, education and markets. The organisation’s UK Trust has focused much of its support on the Rwanda bridge programme. B2P has worked with the Rwanda Transport Development Agency to identify more than 300 sites in Rwanda for future bridge builds.
The CH2M Foundation has been supporting Bridges to Prosperity since 2013. Each year, employee volunteers partner with B2P to construct pedestrian footbridges with more than 30 employees traveling to Panama, Rwanda and Nicaragua to construct suspension bridges which collectively provided more than 2,000 community members with safe crossing to access schools, health clinics and commercial markets. In 2016, the CH2M Foundation will be sending volunteer teams to Butare, Rwanda in February and La Gloria, Nicaragua in June. CH2M technical experts also lend their leadership to the organization’s technical advisory board.
Commenting on the appointment, Ian Firth, Chairman of the B2P UK Trust said: "We are delighted to welcome Caroline to the Board of the UK Charitable Trust. She will be a huge asset to us as we seek to develop Bridges to Prosperity and grow the support network for the charity here in Europe. CH2M have been long-term supporters of Bridges to Prosperity in America so it is particularly fitting that she should join us and continue the tradition this side of the pond."
Caroline brings to this role more than 25 years’ experience in the transportation sector, delivering major projects and proposals. She has considerable expertise in major bridge schemes, including the Second Severn Crossing and Thames Gateway Bridge and is currently working on the Lower Thames Crossing. She is passionate about developing individuals, and mentoring and motivating people to achieve new challenges. Caroline also is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Civil Engineer.
“As a civil engineer, I have a deep appreciation for the power of engineering to transform lives and am honoured to have the opportunity to join Bridges to Prosperity in its mission to deliver life-saving infrastructure to rural communities, allowing them to live safer and more fulfilled lives,” shares Caroline.
For more information on CH2M’s work with B2P, View this video of the most recent bridge build in Rwanda.