Twelve year old Sinusia has a good reason to smile: she will have a lot less walking now that the bridge, built with Fair Trade money, is ready. Sinusia lives with her parents and about one
hundred other families in the isolated Govinna-section of the plantation.
To get just about anywhere was either a very long walk or an expensive ride with a motorcycle taxi. But what everyone dreaded most were medical emergencies. An ambulance would have to come on an
eleven kilometre long route. With the new bridge the hospital is just three kilometres away, which means getting help is not nly a lot quicker, it also is cheaper - less than a third of the price
that had to be paid for the old, long route.
And a nearby village benefits too. Twice a year their access to the main road gets flooded, isolating as many as 4000 people. Now they can use the new bridge during the monsoon rains. Generations
of workers have been asking for a bridge to be built, the plan was suggested more than 60 years ago. A good start for the Fair Rubber Association: The bridge is the first Fair Trade project since
it was founded in 2012. Small wonder, the plantation workers decided to celebrate the opening and erect a stone to commemorate the event. It’s been a very long wait for a short journey.