Bagdali Bamboo Bridge

26th July 2016

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On hearing this information, we made the priority of our project to work with the community to take action and ensure that a bridge would be built with and for the villagers. After a few weeks of planning and organisation with local, skilled members of the community, the monsoon rain finally ceased and we were given a dry day to go ahead with the construction of the bridge. With the sun beaming over us, as we heaved locally sourced bamboo, rocks and wire to the river, there were high spirits from both the community and ourselves. Each of us worked hard with a smile on our face and adapted to the situation with ease. By the time the bridge was built, all of the team and the villagers were drenched in sweat, mud, and high hopes. Looking back and viewing our masterpiece, we could only conclude it to be an image of hope and beauty for the community. After working in partnership with the community, we are very hopeful that the Bagdali Bamboo Bridge will ensure the education of the children, for the benefit of the children themselves, and the community.

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We must say Bagdali Bamboo Bridge was a roaring success and these are some of the things that our villagers and volunteers would like to share with you…!

If the people living here had awareness among themselves then the bridge would have been constructed a few years ago. All of my sons and daughters who came from different parts of UK and Nepal have worked together to bring change in the community. By building this bridge, you have all provided us with a facility not only for the children of Bagdali, but for the people of the village. Doing this important work and raising awareness here with the community is something that we will always support you in. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in building the bridge.” Krishna Prashad Chaulagain, member of Bagdali village’s leaders.

“The best part of building the bridge, for me, was forming the human chain. Although I have to admit carrying those stones was a bit of a challenge, especially out in the sun. However, I really loved how well we all worked together, both as a team and with the community!” Anuja Thapa, In-country Volunteer.

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“Before arriving on placement I kept telling myself that no matter how small the difference you make whilst you’re there, you’ve made a positive impact on someone’s life/future and that itself is beyond incredible. I eagerly put myself forward for the infrastructure and resources committee, knowing that hands on work was within my capabilities. With the whisper of a possible bridge construction on the horizon I could hardly contain my excitement. I roughly drew up a design which was used to inspire the architects of the bridge, a group of skilled local men with plenty of experience in carpentry and construction, to produce their plan. Once visualised, it seemed like a matter of days before we were all sweating in the sun, smiles spread across our faces, building the bridge from the ground up. To know that we’ve made such a lasting difference to thousands of lives and generations to come will stay with me in my heart forever.” Freya Alice Alden, UK Volunteer.

“We formed helping hands not only in ourselves but also with the village people from the elderly to children. We had amazing team work. It was a lifetime achievement for me personally.” Lomush Adhikari, In-country Volunteer.

“From the day we arrived in Bagdali, we all had our hearts set on building a bridge that would allow children safe passage to school, give adults peace of mind and ease the burden a dangerous stream posed on their daily lives. Through extensive planning and a lot of patience, International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers and the community were able to unite and act as one solid workforce to finally bring this much anticipated bridge to life. Though by the end of the day we were muddy, exhausted and smelling, watching the villagers react to the bridge and the obvious sense of content in the air made the experience incredibly special.” Tess Syed-Tollan, UK volunteer

“I first heard stories about how the children struggled to cross the stream in order to get to the school. And then seeing them use the bridge to cross the very same stream, all smiling and relieved, gave me the ultimate satisfaction. This is just the start as a team giving something back to the community and it will always be one of the greatest achievements of my life.” Sushant Harsha Bajracharya, In-country Team Leader.

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“The thing that has really struck me is how readily available the resources, skills, experience and enthusiasm were within the village. Our role as volunteers was simply to facilitate and support the village to complete the bridge for itself. It was so exciting to see everyone come together and work on a joint project that was so important to the community.

My main motivation for joining this programme as a Team Leader was to support young people to venture out of their comfort zones and achieve something big. I have to admit that building this bridge has eclipsed the (rather high) expectations I had before arriving in Nepal. However, having lived and worked with my incredible team and within this motivated community now for three weeks, I’m happy to say that anything is possible and my original goal has been more than realised. The question is… what’s next for November Charlie 2 in Bagdali?” Cathryn Hamer, UK Team Leader.


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