First Footbridge of 2013 with Bridges to Prosperity
Team San Jose de Pire, comprised of Flatiron Construction, E.E. Cruz and Turner employees from across the U.S. and Canada, returned late last week from 10 days of construction for the first footbridge of 2013 with Bridges to Prosperity. The group departed to Nicaragua on April 6, and camped at the bridge site near Condega (about three hours north of Managua).
The team worked alongside community volunteers to construct the 57-meter-long bridge across the Rio Pire river. A representative from the mayor’s office joined the community and team to inaugurate the bridge on April 16. About 2,000 people live in the area where the bridge was constructed, which will allow year-round access to medical services and education for the surrounding communities.
The next group, Team El Dorado, leaves for Nicaragua on May 5. The U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua plans to inaugurate the bridge on May 18.