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 Fangmaba Village
Site Location – Fangmaba Village, Zhaoyang District, Zhaotong City
Site Background – There is another bridge downstream 4-5 km apart and a stone bridge upstream 2 km apart is used by another village.
The Need – There are primary school, secondary school, hospital, market at one side of the river. A footbridge is necessary to cross the river for daily necessities, attending school and visiting doctor.
Villagers Benefited – 2536 nos (about 300 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Chongqing University (CQU)
Project Sponsor – Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.
More than 50 professional volunteers and students from both Hong Kong and Mainland Universities built a 50 meters long gabion bridge during the Easter holiday.
Project team confirmed the bridge design scheme and planned to have a bridge construction programme in Apr.
CQU conducted the 2nd survey trip in Dec.
After the 1st survey trip, project team proposed the bridge design. Please click here
to see the report (Chinese version only).
CQU conducted the 1st survey trip in Aug.
Please click here for survey report (Chinese version only).
Quotes by WZQers
"I am so proud of myself, right from making the gabions on rain-soaked mud, to moving stones and later tying straws, drilling, putting the poles in place and painting. I have witnessed, if not taken part in, each step. This bridge is the milestone of my career, and I will never forget the pride and excitement that struck me when I saw people walking on that bridge! I guess this is something truly unforgettable… "
Miss Carol Zhao, The University of Hong Kong
"I am now looking forward to similar opportunities in the future as taking part in this Wu Zhi Qiao volunteering trip gave me an experience that I can get from nowhere else – touching the others’ hearts and being touched, changed in order to make changes."
Miss Iris Tsang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
"To work with the intellectual, to achieve the meaningful."
Mr Majie, Chongqing University