Zambia Project

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Our partnership with the communities of Sindowe and Simulunda in the Southern Province of Zambia was approved by EWB-USA in December of 2017. Our goal in this project is to create a bridge that connects the communities of Sindowe and Simulunda that will allow pedestrians to cross the Kalomo River during all months of the year, especially during the rainy season.

The Need

During the rainy season, the Kalomo River becomes impassable, cutting off markets and medical care from the members of Simulunda and surrounding communities for approximately four months every year. 

The full Kalomo River at the future crossing of the Kalomo River Pedestrian Bridge
The Kalomo River during the rainy season (December 2023)

One member of EWB talked about why this project is important to her: 

"When we first arrived in Zambia, we met with the councilman of the Zimba District, Mr. Grave. Mr. Grave said something that struck me deeply: that at least one person dies every year trying to cross the Kalomo River during the rainy season. He made it clear he wanted our team to complete this project as soon as possible, because every year that we don’t complete the bridge, at least one more person dies. They die because they would rather risk death getting to the hospital than stand helplessly ill on the other side of the river. There are human lives at stake. It was that moment that it struck me how truly important this project is. We are working with real people, with real challenges, with real lives. It is amazing that we have the opportunity to work in this community all the way from Nebraska. I don’t think any other experience has ever taught me more explicitly why engineers do what engineers do. To me, there really is no greater purpose than empowering others, and I am grateful for my experience in EWB-NU that allowed me to do just that."

Our Progress

In the summer of 2018, our team took our first assessment trip to Zambia to learn more about the project and desires of the community. Our team collected preliminary bridge design data, information about the surrounding communities and examples of other projects completed in the area. 

EWB-NU Zambia Team member surveying at the future site of the Kalomo River Pedestrian Bridge
Surveying the bridge site (May 2022)

On our trip in the summer of 2022, additional surveying was completed to determine the location of the bridge, the height of the annual flood waters, and the soil composition in the area. With that information and the help of industry professionals, we were able to make a preliminary design. 

Our team traveled again in the summer of 2024 to collect more soil data and to present the design draft and cost estimation to the community and government officials.

We are currently analyzing the data collected on our most recent trip, iterating our design, and preparing for implementation. 

EWB-NU 3D model of Kalomo River Pedestrian Bridge design
3D model of the bridge design

The biggest obstacle we face is funding for the bridge materials. If you want to help us overcome this obstacle, you can learn more about donating here.

Zambia Facts

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  • Located in the southcentral Africa
  • About 3.7 times as big as Nebraska
  • Population of 18 million; the average age is 17 years old
  • 60% of the population lives under the poverty level, and 42% are classified as extremely poor
  • Zambia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but this barely affects the poor rural population
  • Copper mining is instrumental to the country's economy, consisting of 85% of their exports
  • Zambia is home to Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world
  • EWB-NU Zambia Team at Victoria Falls
    Zambia Team at Victoria Falls (June 2022)
  • EWB-NU partner community members, Sindowe and Simulunda Zambia
    Partner community members from Sindowe and Simulunda Zambia
  • EWB-NU Zambia Team and some rhinos
    Zambia Team and some rhinos (June 2024)
  • EWB-NU Zambia Team having lunch at the bridge site
    Zambia Team having lunch at the bridge site (May 2022)
  • EWB-NU Zambia Team presenting to the community
    Zambia Team presenting to the community (May 2022)



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