We are lending a hand in building a new bridge to replace an existing, rickety timber bridge in Hậu Giang province. Known by the locals as ‘Cầu Đê ngăn mặn’, it is located at Hamlet 7, Xà Phiên village, Long Mỹ district, 227 km from Saigon and 65 km from Cần Thơ.
The bridge is in an appalling condition, presenting a huge danger to all users. In fact, it has caused many serious accidents for the locals, especially children going to the two nearby primary schools and a secondary school.
The new bridge will be of concrete construction, 28m long, 3m wide and with 5 Ton capacity. Total cost amounts to VND 261 Million (about AUD 16,000), of which Vietnam Foundation contributes VND 140 Million, local people and authorities VN 80 Million and the Đồng Tâm Charity group, which manages the construction, VND 41 Million.
Ground breaking ceremony for the construction was held on 18 August 2018.
Bridge construction is currently underway and expected to be completed in late September 2018.