Road accessibility was voted first priority by community members in 2004.
Construction of about a 3.5 mile gravel road is top concern for community residents and would facilitate travel through rugged mountainous path to Marceline. Benefits would include:
1) Better and faster access to the nearest health care facility in Camp-Perrin. Currently, a make-shift wooden stretcher is used, requiring 5 or more people to transport the very sick from Lougou to the 11-bed hospital in Camp-Perrin.
2) Strengthening the local economy by improving transportation of goods to markets in Camp-Perrin and surrounding localities.
3) Reducing the cost of bringing in construction materials, supplies and goods to Lougou
4) Building a foot bridge
How you can help:
- If you are an engineer, surveyor or have any experience in road construction you can add to existing community skills and resources to help Lougou achieve its first community priority.
- Cost analysis is also needed from an expert.
Foot Bridge Project
We got connected with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) last year and a team of engineering students from Virginia Tech led by a B2P engineer came to Lougou last August to take final measurements for the bridge. Construction work has started since September 2012 and the community is so excited about this endeavor.
Many people from several villages will benefit from the bridge. Students will have fewer if any missed days during the rainy seasons. Families won’t have to worry about their livestock on the other side of the river when it swells. The sick won’t have to wait for the raging waters to recede before they can cross.