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Not an easy project to manage, with complex logistics, and heavily
reliant on the voluntary labour. Timbers were ordered, cement bought,
poles cut, rocks started to appear, carried by the villagers, and the
building work began.
However, all came to a halt when it was fully realised by the community
that their assurances to supply adequate stone were too ambitious.
So another meeting considered the options and we decided to use our motor-
built November 2015
During the devastating cyclones in early 2015, some roads and bridges became impassable.
We were approached by Village Heads, asking if we could help rebuild the Namalamba Bridge.
In the past, 5 villagers had lost their lives here.
(below) Everybody helps carry stone, including our 2 motor-
Namalamba Bridge served 15 villages (about 7500 people) and had been the main route linking remote villages near the Mozambique border to tarmac roads and services.
On Friday, 21st August 2015, the whole community came together to celebrate the bridge’s official opening. Many Village Heads, community leaders and dignitaries were present for the solemn ceremony -
Enthusiastic singing, traditional dancing, and drama expressed their appreciation to FOMA for the funding, and to Open Hand Projects for project managing the difficult construction of this important new facility.
This is a simple granite rock & cement pedestrian bridge over a gully spanning about 15ft. It’s a busy short-
The gully could be crossed in the dry season—but when the rains came, it would become a fast-
Outside the rainy season villagers just climbed down and up the other side, but in the rainy season it gushed with water—sometimes to a height of 5ft. We agreed that if locals would contribute by collecting stone & river sand, then OHP would supply cement, timbers & builders
The villagers worked hard providing the rocks, and the bridge will now enable safe all-
On Saturday 4th July 2015, the bridge was finished!
All 3 pillars were completed, the poles anchored and the timbers nailed into place.
Committed to work in partnership with local communities, we agreed to supply timber, cement, quarrystone and builders, if they would provide local poles, sand, rocks, & labour.
The bridge would span 8m, with 3 pillars, made of granite rocks cemented together over a 2m-
Official Opening Ceremony
Saturday, 4th July 2015
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