Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a charity registered in Hong Kong (no: 91/8739). Through encouraging volunteers, especially university student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland China, to design and build footbridges and village facilities in remote and poor villages in the Mainland with green concepts, we aspire to:
- Foster better communication, mutual understanding and integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland
- Improve lives of underprivileged villages in remote areas of Mainland China
- Inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability.
- Provide university students a real life experience of executing a service project which has direct impact.
Wu Zhi Qiao Project
Wu Zhi Qiao Project is a social service and project based learning opportunity which enhances students’ understanding of the Chinese Mainland, and assists to develop integrity and a commitment to society and life.
These bridge building and community improvement Projects are accomplished by volunteer professionals and university teams, consisting of staff and students, from both Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. To the fullest extent possible, project teams will build the footbridges, eco-dwellings and small-scale facilities with locally available and sustainable materials and utilize local wisdom and green building concepts. During the construction process, the volunteer teams will work closely with the villagers to transfer practical building skills and knowledge of materials that will enable the local people to maintain their footbridges and facilities in the future.
The project is also an intervarsity initiative that provides students with an opportunity to reach out to distant villages over the year, better understand and appreciate their life and culture, provide an essential infrastructure that these villagers need, and most importantly, build spiritual bridges of love, care and friendship which truly connect and bind people. Although the physical bridges and buildings may age with time, the bridges between hearts will strengthen as the years go by.
Over the past years, over 25 Wu Zhi Qiao university teams have successfully completed nearly 60 projects, including 43 bridges, 3 village rebuild demonstration, 3 village centre development and a series of community enrichment projects. Our university network also steadily extended to Taiwan and overseas.