BLACKSBURG, Va., May 6, 2011 – The people of Ti Péligre, Haiti, suffered during the rainy season when river waters became impassable – so dangerous that children were swept away trying to get to school. A new bridge designed by Virginia Tech students is a lifesaver.
They raised money to pay local Haitians to build the bridge and took several work trips to oversee construction and labor alongside community members in Ti Péligre.
Note: Also see reflections written by Matt Capelli, of Mechanicsville, Va., a graduate student in civil engineering in the College of Engineering as well as the Pamplin College of Business MBA program.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.