A project alliance between the Lyavo community leaders, Lyavo Bible Church, Bridgeway Hope Academy, and Mission Servants Ministry began in January and a bridge was conceived, designed, and built in time for the new flooding this April. A meeting was held during the January Mission Trip 29 and the idea to love the community with a bridge project was met with great enthusiasm. MSM previously sponsored two other bridges for this community.
It has been a very wet year in Western Kenya going back to mid 2019. Flooding continues to be a problem even recently. Last year, the heaviest used of 3 bridges that allowed people, bicycles and motorbikes to cross a small flooding prone river to get to the school and church, washed away. MSM built the other two above the high flood mark 1/2 and 1 km away from this one. This bridge was a simple log bridge set on the dirt banks of the river.
The design plan for this bridge was to have the span surface be at least 1 foot above the previous high water mark, massive concrete footers at each end, a mid stream support, long approach ramps that extend past the mud, and use materials that prevent decay for a long lasting solution. The implementation plan was for all labor to be provided by the local community and church and the funds for materials by MSM. Construction expertise was provided by Pastor Ken of the church, a concrete builder by trade. It was completed in 3 months…an incredible job and great example of Community/Ministry Partnership. A bridge, literally and figuratively.
What follows is a series of photos in sequence on how this bridge was built. The cost to MSM to help make this important community loving project happen was less than $2,000. Praise Jesus. Thank you all for your support and prayers.