Brandon Johnson, Director of Programs for Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), described the organization's efforts teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers throughout Africa and Central and South America.

 
Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists.  Its programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers in partnership with organizations and professionals. Their community engagement model is one key to their success – creating a sense of real “ownership” of bridge projects in the communities they serve.
 
The presentation was of particular relevance as Rotary supported the very first bridge that B2P ever built – and Rotary Clubs around the world continue to provide financial and manpower support to bridge building projects in many locations. Bridges to Prosperity has now completed over 200 bridges in 20+ countries resulting in measured improvements in child school enrollment, access to healthcare, economic growth and employment for women.