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									             Chicago Professional Chapter
              Guatemala Bridge Project
   Date of TAC Presentation: January 7, 2008

   Project Tracking
        ID Number: (?)
        Location: Department of Izabal, Guatemala
        Risk Level: (?)


   Chapter: Chicago Professional Chapter (CPC)

   Dates of Travel: March, 2008

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            Chicago Professional Chapter
             Guatemala Bridge Project

Overall          Project Objective:
             Build a 96-foot
            suspended cable
            bridge over the El
              Benque River.
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             Guatemala Bridge Project

 Background         of the project:
   The Project is located in the Sierra de
   Santa Cruz Mountains, near the town
   of El Estor, in the department of
   Izabal, in the eastern part of
   Guatemala. The area has eight
   villages, each with approximately 30
   families, or about 1,000 people.

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             Guatemala Bridge Project

 Background of the project:
  Access to El Estor for transportation of
  goods and crops requires travel across
  several bridges, one of which was a
  barbed-wire suspended bridge. That
  bridge collapsed under a fallen tree in
  2005. Accordingly, travel across the El
  Benque River requires traversing two
  steep, rocky banks plus the river.

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             Guatemala Bridge Project
 Present     situation:




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  The old
  bridge




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             Guatemala Bridge Project

 Background of the project:
  Travel currently is difficult for anyone, but
  especially for persons hauling goods or
  crops, other-abled persons such as the
  aged, and beasts of burden. A new bridge
  will improve safety at the crossing and
  help the villagers transport goods and
  crops. Additionally, merchants in El Estor
  will have improved access to trade with
  the villagers.
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             Guatemala Bridge Project

 Community       Ownership:
   Labor, construction, materials, etc.: The
   villagers of El Quetzal will provide all labor and
   will provide transportation of materials to the
   site. They will gather sand and gravel for use in
   The Project prior to construction. They will also
   clear and prepare an area for camping by the
   Chapter volunteers and will construct a bodega
   for cooking and for storage of cement. They will
   also build a latrine.

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             Guatemala Bridge Project

The
contract
with the
villagers



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             Guatemala Bridge Project

 Community       Ownership:
   Labor organization: The Chapter’s contact with
   the villagers will be through two levels. Ingrid
   Perez is a representative of TEACH and
   currently a resident of Chicago. She speaks
   English and Spanish. She will communicate
   with Olger Pop, a resident of El Estor. He is an
   agronomist employed by the local Catholic
   diocese and speaks Spanish and Q’eqchi’, the
   language of the villages.

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             Guatemala Bridge Project

  Community    Ownership:
     The bridge will be owned by the villages.




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             Guatemala Bridge Project

  Community       Ownership:
     Maintenance and repairs: The villagers will be
     responsible for maintenance and repairs. It is
     anticipated that no maintenance will be
     necessary. Occasional repairs to the boards of
     the bridge might be necessary. Since the
     villagers will supply the lumber for the boards, by
     cutting and sawing local lumber, it is anticipated
     that they will have the skills to replace broken
     boards, using locally-available materials.

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             Guatemala Bridge Project

  Cross-
  section of
  the river
  bank



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             Guatemala Bridge Project

  Assessment      for future projects:
       Site assessment for future phases:
        None are anticipated at this time.
       The community’s main concerns:

        Safe transit across the El Benque
        River.


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               Guatemala Bridge Project

  Design       details:
           The bridge will be constructed of
            eight braided steel cables,
            anchored in concrete on each bank
            of the river. Wooden planks will be
            attached to the cables for the
            walking surface.

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  Building    materials:
       Steel cable
       Wooden planks

       Concrete




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               Guatemala Bridge Project

  Construction        challenges and material
     transport:
           The major concern will be transporting the
            construction materials to the site, which is
            fairly remote. The villagers have agreed to
            haul the materials, but the use of animals
            such as horses or donkeys may be necessary.



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               Guatemala Bridge Project

  Safety        and evacuation plans:
           In the event of an emergency, the team would
            have to walk to the road (and carry someone
            if need be) and then either arrange a
            bus/ambulance to the nearest shelter/hospital
            correct. Each volunteer intends to obtain
            evacuation insurance.



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