Dr. and Mrs. Chang's donation of $10,500 is fully funding a new bridge for a small village in Vietnam. The village is in the Kien Giang province, Huyen Tan Hiep B district. Follow the progress as the new bridge is being built.
The Old Bridge
The old bridge was built in 1998, about 17 years ago. It is a high traffic bridge that many students and village people travel across each day. Most of the students in the village use this bridge to get to school, and villagers use this bridge to get to the market.
The old bridge is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. There are a few problems with it. It is very narrow and can only fit one person at a time. It is also very steep at the end and has a sharp 90 degree turn.
On rainy days the bridge becomes very slippery because of the muddy road that connects with the bridge.
It was reported by many people that there are many accidents associated with this bridge. A Sahaya volunteer who visited the bridge also witnessed an accident himself. The lady who owns the roadside shop at the intersection says she keeps a rope especially to pull people and/or motorcycles out from the canal, which has happened a lot.
The villagers said they have been waiting for a new bridge for 3 years but have received nothing but empty promises. Sahaya Vietnam (our field partner) works in partnership with a local monastery, and the villagers recognize that when the monastery or temple becomes involved then there are results and the quality is ensured.
The New Bridge
The new bridge will be constructed in this location pictured above, a little bit down the road from the old one, in order to build a safer bridge. The new bridge will be 30 meters long and 3 meters wide, which is longer and much wider than the original bridge. As of December 2015, construction work has just begun. Many of the villagers came to say thanks and to express their gratitude and appreciation. Some were visibly moved to tears.
January 9, 2016: Construction Underway
January 13, 2016
January 17, 2016
February 4, 2016: Bridge Completed
The Sahaya Vietnam team worked through the night and camped out at the site to complete this bridge before the Chinese New Year holiday. Much gratitude to Henry and Lisa Chang for their kindness.
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