We Helped Build Another Bridge!  This one is for Richard…


The Mtilizisa Suspension Bridge was inaugurated this past June.  It was the first suspension bridge done in Zambia.  The matching grant by “Bridges to Prosperity” was for two bridges in Zambia...both of which now have our club’s name as a sponsor, with one dedicated to Richard Madlener.


The club wanted to dedicate this bridge to Richard, who was a founding member of our club.  He passed away during the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  Since Richard was a strong supporter of the Bridges to Prosperity program, our club felt it appropriate to have a bridge named after him.


The Kachenjais section is a collection of subsistence farming families living outside the village of Mtilizisa.   During the rainy season, the Mtilizisa river becomes impassable, cutting the population off from the rural clinic in the village and from being able to travel on to the district capital in Nyimba, where major markets and government services are located.