In May of this year, FHECOR will develop together with the NGO Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a solidarity project for the construction of a footbridge in a rural area in Nicaragua.

Five FHECOR volunteers have been chosen to be part of the team that will travel to Central America for the construction of this footbridge, which will serve a rural area and avoid the isolation of many neighboring communities in the rainy season. With this footbridge, hundreds of people will be able to cross the river, safely, to go to the doctor, markets or schools; that would otherwise pose a risk to their lives. This project will activate the social and economic development of the area.

With this project, FHECOR becomes the first Spanish engineering company to collaborate with B2P. Circumstance that encourages us to disseminate and share the experience with other companies in our working field, to turn it into the first of many other collaborative projects that will come from now and we hope several Spanish companies could actively collaborate.

This 2017 project, FHECOR participates as sponsor, contributing 25000£ (GBP) for the development of the project and materials, additionally to contributing with 5 members of its staff to the team, who will build this suspension bridge for 2 weeks of work (one of these weeks, is donated by FHECOR volunteers of their holidays). In addition to this, it will provide information, training, provision of PPE, T-shirts, canvas, etc.

The project will consist on the construction of a footbridge in Monte Verde, Nicaragüa. It will be serving the communities of Monte Verde and La Curena, located near the city of Palacagüina in the region of Madriz. The footbridge will save the Esteli River close to where a previous structure existed but which collapsed last year due to the erosion caused in the rainy season by the strong currents and the displacement of rocks and trees. Since then, two people have disappeared and many others have been injured attempting to cross this mighty river that can reach more than 6 meters deep.

This is a mountainous region where there are more than 500 farms and ranches. On the left there are the schools, the health center and the means of transportation to reach the main cities of Palacagüina and Condega. Farmers on the right side of the river have virtually impossible access to means of transport needed to market their products before they are spoiled and that is why their economies are directly affected. In addition to this they cannot even reach the medical or education center.

After finishing and inaugurating, next May 12, the footbridge will benefit about 5800 people and provide them with both safety and greater opportunities.

For more information and a detailed follow-up of the day-to-day work and progress of this collaborative project you can access the blog prepared for this purpose on the web

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