Footbridge for the School of El Yomo in El Salvador
(Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom)
Javier Cañada Pérez-Sala (Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom)
Constantina Coureas (Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom)
Grace Porter (Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom)
Javier Sánchez Fernández (Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom)
Estelle Schurer (Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom)
Moisés Eugenio Batres Alvarenga (Fundación REDES, San Salvador, El Salvador)
Óscar Ernesto Rodríguez Flores (Fundación REDES, San Salvador, El Salvador)
|Conference:||Footbridge 2022: Creating Experience, Madrid, Spain, 07-09 September 2022|
|Published in:||Footbridge Madrid 2022 - Creating Experience|
The El Salvador Project is a student-led initiative born in 2001 at Imperial College London that provides simple and effective engineering solutions to rural communities in El Salvador. The projects are developed in close collaboration with the Salvadorian NGO REDES and the UK-based charity Engage for Development. This paper presents the work developed over the summer 2019, when a footbridge was constructed for the School of the community of El Yomo, in the town of Alegría. The footbridge was intended to restore the path connecting the main settlement with the local school, which heavy rainfall had eroded in the previous years forming an impassable ravine. The footbridge was designed as a 15 m long steel truss beam supported on masonry walls. The construction was a collective effort. The main challenges faced during construction were the unexpected conditions of the site, the unreliable supply of materials and the lack of means for excavation, lifting and auxiliary constructions. The success of the project relied considerably on the knowledge of the local workers. The involvement of the community helped develop a feeling of ownership over the project which has resulted in a strong commitment in its maintenance since the opening. The footbridge was enthusiastically inaugurated by the community and has provided the children of El Yomo with a safer and faster route to their school, based on a comprehensive risk management approach.
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