People crossing at Dhodeni Phant
We will never know which young people in Nepal are alive today because of the generosity of yesterday's anonymous donor/bridge-builders. But we know there are many.
The original requests from villagers for help to overcome their unsafe river crossings often speak of the children who were lost. To our knowledge, where the WireBridges were built, there have been no accidents. None.
For your gift to continue moving safely the children and their parents, these bridges must be maintained. And requests for other new bridges are on the table. Contributions through GlobalGiving help make this happen.
Some of Nepal's communities can manage a small contribution to construction and maintenance. But most are extremely poor, and only slowly overcoming a legacy of distrust, and learning the benefits that come from cooperative community effort (read: local fundraising).
The WireBridges serve as both a real and a metaphorical lesson in this process: sacrifice and work together, and everyone benefits.
In December we will visit at least two existing WireBridges and two communities (Dhodeni Phant is one of them) which have asked for bridges. See the next posting ~~ and thank you, each of you, who have pitched in!