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 – Dangzheng Village, Hui County, Longnan City
Site Background – Dangzheng Village is located in Southeast Gansu. There are 5 groups with about 800 populations (more than 300 households) in this village. The village is separated by a river.
The Need – Villagers of several groups have to cross the river to go out for daily supplies, education and medical treatment. In winter, villagers put a simple wooden bridge on the river. In summer, the wooden bridge will be washed away. During flood season, students cannot cross the river for school.
Villagers Benefited – 800 nos (150 students)
Teacher and student team from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Peking University (PU), Xian Jiaotong University (XJU), Stanford University, Oxford University
70 volunteers of students and teachers from CUHK, Peking University, Xi’an Jiao Tong University, Stanford University and Oxford University built 30 meters long footbridge for the villagers from 28 Apr to 8 May. The bridge is named as “CUHK Golden Jubilee Wu Zhi Qiao”.
Project team finalized the bridge design and relevant construction drawings in Aug.
Project team conducted the 1st investigation trip in Dec.
Click here for investigation report (Chinese version only).