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).
Wu Zhi Qiao at Datan Village
Site Location – Datan Village, Zhangjia County, Tianshui City
Site Background – In July 2008, over 60 volunteers and students from Xian Jiao tong University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University built a Wu Zhi Qiao Bridge in Datan Village to improve commutation safety of local villagers. However, there exists another small river separating local villagers.
The Need – Currently, some concrete bars are the key crossing. However, during raining seasons, flood waters will block the entire access.
Villagers Benefited – 1108 nos (about 180 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Xian Jiaotong University (XJU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Other Project – Village Community Centre
16 professional and student volunteers mainly from 6 universities in Hong Kong and Mainland built a more than 10 meters long footbridge with the local villagers successfully in Datan Village during the period from 21 Apr to 25 Apr.
Project team finalized the bridge design and planned to have the bridge building trip in Easter holidays.
Project team conducted a survey trip in Jan.