This year, FHECOR will again send 5 volunteers to Central America to build a new footbridge. This time, they will go to a rural area in the Jinotega region. The location of the structure is really close to the township of Santa Maria de Pantasma and the footbridge will span over the Gusanera river and will serve the communities of San Vicente, Pita Abajo, Los Laureles, Pita el Carmen, Valle los Orozcos in Nicaragua.
During the rainy season, the river floods and the communities become completely isolated, this situation makes it impossible for the people in these areas to go to the market, to the doctor or for 1200 local children to attend school, impacting their learning and their future preparation. Moreover, the construction of the San Vicente Footbridge will avoid the risk of lives of people when they try to cross the river, as in the last few years three persons have lost their lives and three more have been injured.
The area where the footbridge will be built is dedicated basically to agriculture, based on corn, beans and coffee, the footbridge will help around 4.000 people, farmers and their families who live in the surrounding communities, and it will bring them tranquility and better opportunities, promoting social and economic development of the area, and avoiding the isolation they currently endure.
In addition, this year FHECOR will again contribute with 25000£, one week of work of 5 of the volunteers (all of them FHECOR employees), their training, work tools, PPE, etc.
You can find out more about the project and observe its progression if you visit the following website www.sanvicentefootbridge.com.