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 – Tongmu Village, Tong Lou Township, Pengshui County
Site Background – Tongmu village is assessed as a county-level poor village. Most of the 2000 villagers are Miao and Tujia people. There are many left-behind children and elderly because most of the adults have migrated out for work. During wet seasons between May and October, the river span can reach about 8-10 meters. Water level may rise up to 1.5-2.0 meters.
The Need – The locals need to cross the river for school, market and farm. When the flood comes , they have to take a 2-hour detour until the water level drops after 3-4 days.
Villagers Benefited – 300 nos (about 20 students)
Project Team – Sichuan University WZQ Team, Chu Hai College of Higher Education WZQ Team and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University WZQ Team
During Aug 22-28, the students and volunteers from WZQ teams of Sichuan Universtiy, PolyU, Chu Hai College, Chongqing Jiaotong University etc jointly completed the bridge construction. Moreover, they conducted a series of livelihood improvment works, including repairing school toilet, decorating the school and teaching knowledge of public health by presenting calendars as gifts for villagers.
The foundation was constructed under the cooperation between villagers and 7 volunteers.
The design of bridge foundation was finished. Please click here for the design schematic. (Chinese version only)
The second investigation trip was completed in Jan 2015. Please click here for the report. (Chinese version only)
The team conducted a 3-day village scanning investigation to study the village in aspects including traditional architecture and culture, religion and economy. Please click here for the report. (Chinese version only)