WZQ at Shaodi Village

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Site Location – Shaodi Village, Hezuo City, Gannan State

Site Background – Shaodi Village locates at a valley of 2,875m above sea level. It is divided into 2 parts with 3 village groups (78 households) by a River Maixi. There is a primary school. Most of the villages are Tibetan people who believe Tibetan Buddhism. They speak primarily Tibetan language.

The Need – Currently, the villagers are using tree trunks as a temporary foot-bridge to cross the river. However, during every rainy season, the bridge would be washed away. During flooding season, water level can reach 1.5 meters high. Local villagers cannot go outside and the school kids at one side of the river cannot go to school as well. In winter, it is danger to cross the river as the bridge surface will freeze. School kids have to be escorted by the teacher while crossing the river everyday.

Villagers Benefited – 256 nos (27 students)

Teacher and student team from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Xian Jiaotong University (XJU) 

Project sponsor – Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.



Milestone

More than 40 professionals and student volunteers mainly both Hong Kong and Mainland Universities built a 30 meters long gabion bridge in Shaodi Village, Hezuo City, Gannan State, Gansu during the period from 2 Aug to 9 Aug.
Project team conducted the 2nd survey trip in early Jun. The bridge design would be confirmed within the month. Also, they are planning to have bridge construction in Aug.

Quotes by WZQers

Ho"In that village far away, in the green grassland, we built a bridge with the villagers. When we worked hand-in-hand, I realised how simple the relationship between us was. It was as if there would be no conflict in the little village......I truly found happiness there. Helping people is very fulfilling because you do not calculate how much you give."
Mr Lui Kwan Ho, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ming"I was overwhelmed by the Wu Zhi Qiao in this 8-day trip. It improved the village's living environment. It connected us. It founded our friendships. It aroused our sense of unity. It gave the volunteers precious memories. I find the trip unforgettable and this is the best reward for me."
Mr Lam Wai Ming, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Matthew"Everyone did their best to build the bridge to help the people. All of us were very responsible and never complained. It is such a wonderful thing that even though we had a different background, we still managed to cooperate smoothly with each other. I gave all I had to help to improve the environment in the village because the hospitality of the villagers motivated me to keep working. This very joyous trip was totally worth it."
Mr Matthew Lee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University