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Toledo villagers build their own bridge

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

In a show of unity, the villagers of San Benito Poite in Toledo took matters into their own hands this week, beginning construction on a bridge to allow vehicular access in and out of the village during the coming rainy season.

San Benito Poite Villagers in the Toledo District, cast their own bridge foundation.

San Benito Poite Villagers in the Toledo District, cast their own bridge foundation.

The villagers, who have long requested a new bridge for the village, began construction on a new concrete bridge across a canal leading to the village with the help of donations from an American missionary group as well as residents in the community.

The community began the casting of the bridge’s foundation on Wednesday and poured 200 sacks of cement, working side by side to complete the project before the start of the rainy season. In years past, the bridge would become easily flooded, preventing access to and from the village.
Toledo West Area Representative, Oscar Requena congratulated the community for its effort, highlighting the community leaders, the missionary group and villagers who donated their money and labor.

According to Requena, the villagers decided to take matters into their own hands following several fruitless requests to government for assistance.
“People power, community power; together we improve the lives of our people,” Requena said in a social media post.

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