Lauren Waesche, a 16-year traffic engineering veteran in the Baltimore office, provided service at the drop zone to ensure that the supplies safely reached their intended destination.
“Skydiving is about more than jumping out of a plane and freefalling,” said Lauren. “There’s a lot that goes into a skydive. You learn to read the winds, plan your landing pattern and pack your parachute. There’s so much to learn!”
Back home, Waesche is the general engineering consulting traffic design lead for the $9 Billion Traffic Relief Plan—the largest highway private-public partnership (P3) in North America. “I help plan, engineer and define road systems,” she said. “I make sure that roadways are designed in a safe and efficient way.”
She also volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House in Maryland, and traveled to Nicaragua on a mission trip to help a local community and orphanage.
“Whether I’m in the air pumped with adrenaline or on the ground concentrating on how to become more efficient, I’ve come to realize one thing—I’m excited about the possibilities.”
Joanna Dela Rosa, digital platforms and content lead in New York, not only provided manual labor for the project wherever it was needed, but documented all of the work in writing, photography and video.
“For me, it has been a privilege to get to know the people on this team,” Dela Rosa said. “We were strangers, but now we share an experience that will bind us for life.”
She recalled the children that made them laugh who made us laugh, and even if they did not speak the same language, they managed to communicate with through song and dance, and teaching them games while learning new ones.
“We might have built the people of Nyaruguru District a bridge, but their impact on us—individually and as a collective—is so much greater,” Dela Rosa said. “We extended our hands and in return we formed a lasting connection.”
Since 2010, WSP USA has partnered with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that collaborates with local communities, partners and foundations, to build footbridges that connect residents to education, health care and economic opportunity. B2P has built over 300 bridges in 21 countries and trained 100 individuals in rural footbridge design and construction.
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