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Update posted by Laura Vaughan On Mar 28, 2015

The Timber that was ordered in the process of being put in place for the Bridge to Kimashuku.  The rotted timber beams are being taken out and replaced with new ones, and then nails and boards will be put back into place.  Thank you for all of your support - Tate

 

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Update posted by Laura Vaughan On Mar 12, 2015

Here is Tate giving information on the bridge in German - best to his GAIS classmatesTates video

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Update posted by Laura Vaughan On Mar 12, 2015

Here is Tate giving money (cash USD) to Ann Street to order the timber for the Bridge to Kimashuku repairs. 

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Update posted by Laura Vaughan On Feb 26, 2015

 

The story with the "Bridge to Kimashuku" is that once the rainy season comes to our area in March, most of the nearby villages on the mountain (Mt Kilimanjaro) get cut off by the rivers because of the rainoff.  To get supplies (eg matches, corn, oil, salt, etc), the villagers need to "commute" across the river by way of swimming it or building footbridges.  Because the rains here are monsoon-like and the rivers rise about 6 feet, many people including children drown in the rivers on their way to get supplies for their families when they try to cross the rivers.

Thirteen years ago this footbridge was designed by a swiss engineer and built by the community with a little help.  Unfortunately, several of the large logs have prematurely rotted and need to be replaced.  Timber is Tanzania is mostly imported (not many pine trees here) hence the higher cost for wood. 

 

 

 

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Update posted by Laura Vaughan On Feb 26, 2015

This week (February 26th) the timber for the bridge was ordered! 

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