CHILDREN of Sika Settlement in Naitasiri do not have to wade on water again after the Sika Youth Club constructed a new bridge last week that links Sika settlement to Serea Village.
Sika Youth Club president Vaula Batilekau said after many unlucky attempts to get assistance on the construction of the bridge the youth members raised funds for material needed in constructing a foot crossing.
Mr Batilekau said constructing the foot crossing took about one and a half week and getting the materials across the waterway was hard.
"Now the students and pregnant women have better access to school and the maternity clinics," Mr Batilekau said.
"We had to construct the foot crossing in our spare time because most of us work on our farms during the day."
He said transporting produce to sell at the market was always hard particularly crossing the waterway when it was flooded.
"Children would be stranded on one side of the river making them late or absent from school," he said.
"Now students get the chance to attend classes even when it rains heavily here."
He said there were more than 10 students used the bridge to attend the Soloira District School in Serea Village.