The SRTF Erects Steel Bridges in Raqqa Governorate

Raqqa – Monday, 10 June 2019 - The Syria Recovery Trust Fund announced the successful completion of the first (of two) temporary steel bridges as part of its: “Agricultural Support to Farmers-Phase I” project today. The efforts come under the SRTF’s stabilization efforts in Raqqa Governorate.

The single lane light weight steel bridges come to replace badly destroyed ones which were removed back in March. The steel structures will provide farmers and community members with much needed access and easy movement to and from their lands.

 

The first bridge is completed and open for traffic, community members using it expressed words of joy, gratitude and hope. Standing over the bridge, a 75 year old man said: “Members of our community from the youngest to the oldest thank the SRTF for the bottom of our hearts for making our lives so much easier.” Another member said: “Before having this bridge, villagers had to drive 10 kilometers to cross over from the west side of the village to the east side. The new bridge is well situated, and we are so grateful to the SRTF for building it.” 

 

Commenting on this important update, the Director General of the SRTF Eng. Hani Khabbaz said: “the steel bridges are yet another concrete proof of the SRTF’s solid, unwavering will to provide Raqqa community, through its different stabilization interventions, with the means to cross over to a better, more stable future.” The DG added that the second bridge is expected to be completed within a week.

 

The “Agricultural Support to Farmers-Phase I” project targets 2,100 farmers and their families cultivating approximately 2,500 hectares of land in three rural communities northeast of Raqqa City. It is part of a three-phase intervention including phases (II & III) which were launched in 2018 at a total cost of EUR 16 million, serving 14 communities in Raqqa Governorate.

 

For more information on this project, please visit:

Agricultural Support to Farmers in Raqqa Governorate

 

For further information, visit:

http://www.srtfund.org

 

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