Welcome to Albaniabridge!
We are urgently trying to raise money to build a new bridge in the small village of Ure e Shtrentje, in northern Albania.
The village is divided in half by a deep gorge, that has been cut into the mountain by the winter and spring rains. The villagers used to cross it via a large stone bridge. But just a few years ago, the torrents coming down the mountains were so strong and powerful that they tore the old bridge away. Now one half of the village gets cut off from the rest of the world for several weeks, every year, denying the villagers access to school, medical aid or the supply of fresh food.
Stiamo raccogliendo fondi per costruire un ponte nel piccolo villaggio di Ure e Shtrenjte, nel nord dell'Albania. Il villaggio č separato in due parti da una profonda gola attraversata dal fiume. Fino a qualche anno fa esisteva un ponte di pietra che č stato distrutto da una piena del fiume.
Albanian translation of this site
Site updated: 18 October 2009
The bridge has been built!!
It's been a long time since the last post. A lot has happened in our personl lives as well as with our jobs, but in the meantime something great has happened: the bridge has been built!
We weren't able to raise all the funds needed, but luckily Oxfam stepped in, matching the amount we raised to allow the project to start. Here are some recent images of the bridge, taken by Jon Stewart, an Oxfam copywriter who went out to Albania in September to visit various projects. If you click on the images below you'll be taken to his flickr.com pages where you can see more from that trip.
He's taken tonnes more pictures of the bridge which I hope he'll post online soon.
Site updated: 24 February 2008
Nearly at 30 per cent mark!
We've now raised £4,087! That's 29 per cent of our total target.
Here is an interesting reader comment:
I read your website and an addition to what the previous readers
pointed out about the word 'shtrenjte', in some villages (I would say
more northern Albania) the word is used to mean narrow. This would
make the meaning of the village NarrowBridge which makes a little more
sense to me...both other translations are right as well.
Site updated: 21 November 2007
Albania celebrates independence!
On 28 November 2007 is Albanian Independence Day (Wikipedia link). This year Albania is celebrating 95 years (1912 - 2007) of nationhood - and here we want to give you all a challenge: we want 95 people each to donate a little for each of Albania's 95 years of independence!
So far we have raised £3,488, which is 24.9% of our total... Come us guys! Let's get past the 25% mark!
The bridge itself is nearly finished, but we need to repay the loans taken out to get the project going. Please help if you can. Every little helps!
Site updated: 21 June 2007
Things are progressing!
But we still need more money! At the moment we get about 200 people visiting our website each month. If each of you could give just 5 dollars/pounds we would reach our target so much more quickly. Please, please, help if you can!
Site updated: 1 March 2007
In the news!
This article appeared today in the Society Guardian's website:
Raising funds to build a river crossing for Albanian villagers has proved much harder than volunteer Rachele de Felice expected, but the people she met along the way made it all worthwhile.
Quick: see the main web page: society.guardian.co.uk/ (click the purple 'Bridge building' link in the header banner).
If everyone could give just $5, it would make such a difference! Or tell your friends about this project! We really want to make it work, and any help is much appreciated!
Thank you all for your support!
Site updated: 12 February 2007
Thanks to your generous support, so far we have raised £2,235 (about €3350/US$4350). This is just over 15% of our target: thank you! It's a great achievement, but unfortunately we still need your help to get to the £14,000/€20,000 to complete the job… so if you can, please donate to the project!
Everyone in the village is very excited about the new bridge, as they realise what a noticeable improvement it will bring to their lives. Isa Isufi told us, “I am planning to increase my goat flock, as I will have the chance to use the bridge to reach the mountain for their breeding” while 10-year old schoolgirl Saide rejoices she will be able to go to school: “I am very pleased that the bridge is going to be built. Now I won't be looking at the bus passing by, heading to the school and me not able to catch it because of this river in rainy days.”
The latest photos can be found here!
Site updated: 31 October 2006
In the papers!
But we STILL NEED MORE MONEY! We have so far raised over 10% (£1400) of what is needed to finish the job. So if you can spare anything - £10, £25 or more, please help us with your kind donation. If you can help in any other way, through links, by telling friends etc, please do! EVERY LITTLE HELPS!
Some recent photos