Bridge and Community Projects
With the support of the Ministry of Housing Urban-Rural Development in P.R.C., Foundation has mobilized over 2,800 volunteers to complete more than 44 projects in Anhui, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Gansu, Guizhou, Yunnan and Chongqing, including footbridges, village facilities, village center etc., benefiting numerous villages and over 52,000 villagers since its inauguration in 2007. In 2015, the Foundation looks forward to developing more Wu Zhi Qiao projects in Yunnan, Chongqing, Gansu and Guizhou.
Since 2013, in an attempt to better utilize its resources and promote project sustainability, the Foundation has tried to concentrate its efforts in a state-level poverty stricken county. The Pengshui Miao and Tujia autonomous county in Chongqing was identified as many of villages in the area are still located in remote corners in the mountains and lives of villagers in the area is difficult. In this connection, site exploration was launched in the Pengshui County.
Amongst the 39 villages/townships, as of 1 February 2015, the Foundation has explored project opportunities in 34 of them. In identifying potential projects, the economic level of the beneficiaries was our prime consideration. Volunteers were required to visit the beneficiaries to understand their situation and needs. As a reference, in 2014, the Foundation is looking for areas with an annual per capita net income of RMB4500 (half of the average annual per capital net income of rural villagers in the mainland in the previous year).
It was noted that apart from footbridges, some of the area experienced serious water shortage problem and public health hazards. Our teams will further investigate and explore the possibility to launch related projects to improve local livelihood. The Foundation would assess whether the needs can be met by the Foundation and the WZQ teams before launching the project.
As of 1 February 2015, amongst other community projects, our teams have completed four footbridge projects (two in Zhufo Village, one in Puzi Village and one in Baojia) in the region. Three projects are in progress (third phase of the project in Zhufo Village, one in Lutang Village and one in Tonglou Village).
Qiu Shi (Ji Min) Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Meicun Township, Guichi District, Chizhou City
Site Background – There is a primary school with about 100 students at one side of the river. About 40 students need to cross the river for school.
The Need – Currently, about half population need to cross the existing bridge to cross the river. However, people can’t walk across it when the water level increases upto the exsiting bridge surface during raining season.
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Nanjing University (NJU), Hefei University of Technology (HUT) and Southeast University (SEU)
Villagers Benefited – 2308 nos (about 40 students)
Project Sponsor – Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation
More than 40 professional and student volunteers mainly from Nanjing University, Southeast University and Hefei University of Technology succcesfully built a 32 meters long footbridge in Jun.
Due to weather condition, pier construction and key construction work of the bridge were delayed until late Jan. The original schedule of volunteer construction trip had to be postponed to Jun.
The project team finalized the design. Pier construction and key construction work of the bridge will be completed by local contractor. Volunteer construction trip will be scheduled in Dec for the installation work of planks and handrails on top.
As the construction cost for the original design is too high, the project team is now revising the design to scale down the cost.
The construction drawing has been confirmed and the project team is now quoting the price for construction.
Project team confirmed the bridge design in Oct.
Please click here
to see the design proposal. (Chinese version only).
The representatives from CQU, HUT and SEU conducted the 1st survey trip in Jul.
Please click here for survey report (Chinese version only).