The Build a Bridge project provides safer, sturdier bridges for villages in Vietnam. The $6,000 donation from Grandma Chu's Love Fund enabled the original "Monkey Bridge" to be rebuilt in 2015.
The Original Monkey Bridge
The “monkey bridge” in Thanh Truc village is extremely fragile. The bridge is very difficult and dangerous for the villagers to cross, especially for the young children and senior citizens. The children have no choice though except to cross the bridge to get to their village school on the other side of the river.
Buu Son temple volunteers took pictures of the bridge to show its current condition. It is 30 meters long and 1.7 meters wide.
This village is part of the Thanh Tri town division, which is in the Tan Hiep district of Kieng Giang province. The villagers here earn their living as day laborers because they don’t own land for rice farming. Most of the young adults work far from the village, leaving the children and older people at home. For a long time all the locals have wished for a sturdy concrete bridge, which would cost 120,000,000 dong (approximately $6000). Now, thanks to our donors from Grandma Chu's Love Fund, these villagers' dreams are coming true!
Bridge in Progress
As of December 2015, the new bridge is nearing completion. Here are a couple of photos of the bridge under construction.
The bridge was completed by the end of 2015. The villagers celebrated with an opening ceremony on December 29th.
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