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).
Fengshan Village Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Fengshan Village, Baishi County, Qianjiang District
Site Background – During dry season, the locals cross Baishi River by using of stepping stones. But in the rainy season, villagers can’t cross it anymore due to the high water level. The students can’t go to school as there is no alternative way to bypass. It is estimated that 156 villagers will be directly benefited from the new footbridge. Meanwhile, the team will plan to help improve facilites for the local school, including installing lights, toilet and sports facilities etc.
Villagers Benefited – 156 nos (direct)
WZQ Project Team – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hang Seng Management College, Chongqing University
Funded by: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
During 7 Jan to 13 Jan, a team of 68 student volunteers from over 10 universities of Hong Kong and the Mainland jointly built a new footbridge for the villagers in Fengshan village. Meanwhile, to improve the local's livelihood, the team installed sports facilities for the local school and constructed a new water tank for better water storage. Water pipes were repaired for villagers as well.
Our teams conducted the 2nd investigation for developing the plans further. Please click [here]
to view the report (Chinese version only).
The team conducted the preliminary investigation about the village and the bridge site. Please click here
for the report. (Chinese version only)