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    Renovating an unsafe bridge

    Day 96

    Bridging the Gap

    A lot of what we do with Rohingya communities is all about making their families safer and more resilient. But there was one problem one community faced that was a clear physical hazard – their bridge.

    Over 1,000 people walk the bridge that connects their neighborhood to a market area every day. But there were no railings and it was starting to fall apart, making it very unsafe for everyone, but especially children and older folks.

    This was something we could help fix. So we told the community about our plan, and everyone jumped into action.

    Our friend Mohamed worked with the community to create a bridge they could be proud of. With bamboo to strengthen the bridge’s stands, railings added to the side, and spray paint to make it bright and colorful, a new bridge started to take shape.

    Everyone working on the bridge decided together what colors they wanted to use, giving it a feeling of energy and joy.

    The most amazing part of this project was the ownership and real pride the community took in the bridge’s restoration. They organized a grand re-opening of the bridge, complete with balloons and a ribbon cutting.

    “Everyone is taking pictures and selfies with the bridge,” said Mohamed. “People are very excited. It makes the community feel proud.”

    People’s safety as they cross the bridge is so important. Now, they can feel not only safer, but a little prouder, too.

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