On a daily basis, Drake Bay schoolchildren, workers and heads of families have to contrive and even risk their lives to cross the homonymous river which overflows during the rainy season.
The situation is such that students travel with an extra change of clothing to the uniform, just to cross the river, since there is only one school in the area.
Tired of this situation, the villagers organized and launched a campaign, in which they ask for sacks of cement and materials to build a pedestrian bridge that will link the three largest communities in the area: El Progreso, Agujitas and Los Angeles.
The workforce will be in charge of the neighbors.
The initiative indicates that 300 bags are needed.
We managed to get 65, we still need 265 units. We also need about ¢7,500,000 in materials, but at least with cement we can start,”
said Fernando Delgado, project director of the Corcovado Foundation (FUNCORCO).
If you would like to help, contact the Cerro de Oro hardware store directly at 2735-1302.
Each bag costs ¢6,950. For each unit sold, the store will give away a small percentage to buy more materials.
You can also collaborate through the website of the Corcovado Foundation or Fan Page of the institution, but it is crucial to specify that the donation is for the project of the pedestrian bridge.
The 113-meter-long structure will allow neighbors to travel from one town to another without risking their lives on Drake River.
The campaign has already borne its first fruits. Hospital Clínica Bíblica donated the preparation of the plans and the design, while the inspection of the work will be done by Heiner Castillo, an engineer who will workad honorem.
The structure has a cost of ¢37 million. The Corcovado Foundation was able to contribute ¢5 million in materials with funding from the Inter-American Foundation, but the rest is still needed.