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4017 Washington Road #152
McMurray, PA 15317-2520
the Hoi Yen Bridge
Nam Yen and An
Ðinh villages have 324 households between them with 1,370 residents.
Among them are 400 children of school age. The villages are in mountainous
terrain, surrounded by the Cu De River and Hoi Yen stream without a bridge
across the river. Due to the difficult transport conditions, the residents'
financial life is always low. In the dry season, the people can come and
go to centre of the commune and other areas to do business, but in the
wet season, most of the people are isolated by floods and can not produce
or purchase goods. The children find it difficult to go to school. They
must travel by boat, which affects their study and their lives.
Because of this, it was vital to build a concrete bridge. It will surely
help residents in the two villages and the commune with travel, purchasing
and exchanging goods, which will contribute to increasing incomes and
life stability, especially for the children. The Hoi Yen Bridge is expected
to be in use by mid October 2008.
Danang Foreign Affairs Department
here to view an aerial map of the area
here to view a satellite view of the area
here to view the Bridge Mid Term Report
the Hoi Yen Bridge Construction Report Nov 2007
bridge photos have been uploaded
old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you a bridge at the eventide?"
builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."