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).
Site Location – Machi Village, Runxi Township, Pengshui County
Site Background – Villagers had built a simple crossing with a few wooden logs as an access for farming or visiting friends. However, it was so unsafe that some villagers fell into the river, got injured and even lost their lives…It is estimated that 210 people will be directly benefited from the new footbridge. The team also identified problems on the conditions of water source and poverty, thus they planned to arrange small scale service programmes such as helping install water pipes and curtain in local families etc., They will also carry out education programmes for students.
Villagers Benefited – 210 nos (direct)
Project Team – Chongqing Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology WZQ teams
From 25 March to 3 April, students from HKUST, Chongqing Jiaotong University and Tongji University jointly made Machi Village Wu Zhi Qiao possible in Chongqing. A new footbridge has been successfully built for the locals and a series of community enrichment projects have been organized, including installing water purification facility, improving water tank, taking educational programmes etc.
The pilot team arrived the project site for foundation construction of footbridge and preparation work.
The second investigation trip was completed in Dec 2015. Please click here for the report. (Chinese version only)
The team conducted the first investigation on the bridge site, architecture, water resources, public health and education of the village in Sep 2015. Please click here for the report. (Chinese version only)After that, the team collected further data of bridge site and village improvement works e.g. water tanks in Nov 2015. Please click here for the report. (Chinese version only)