The Fiji Times » Village hosts $40,000 footbridge

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Children in Rakiraki Village in Yale District, Kadavu now have improved and safer access to school.

Defense Minister Inia Seruiratu on Thursday ordered a new $40,000 footbridge under the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Management’s Community Access Roads, Trails and Footbridges (CARFF) program disasters.

In a statement, Rakiraki Village Chief Aisake Matanibukelevu thanked the government for the new development and said it was highly appreciated by the villagers as it now ensures the safety of all, especially children and limbs. vulnerable groups.

“We used to have a suspension bridge but when it was damaged we resorted to using coconut tree trunks to carry our children to school,” he said.

“However, whenever it rains, the stream usually gets flooded and our children won’t be able to go to school, but thanks to this help from the government, that will never happen again.

“This development has brought us a lot of relief as it has addressed many of our concerns, especially in terms of safety for our children.”

Mr. Seruiratu said it was always a satisfying experience to commission such projects as it had a lot of positive benefits for the villagers.

“The first is the safety of children, women, the elderly and vulnerable people in the community, because this place is always flooded with water during heavy rains and now the children can go to school safely. without any major problem.

“The link between the communities and the school is also important because the community must help out in the school environment.

“It’s also something they’ve been mourning for a long time. In the past, they used local materials to bridge the gap so people could cross, but now that’s ancient history and we are indeed grateful. that children can now be assured of their safety.

He added that the project was part of an empowerment program launched by the government through the ministry.

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