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).
Victoria Daping Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Daping Village, Daping Township, Wanshan District, Tongren City
Site Background – Kemaxi group is subordinate to Daping Village, Wanshan District, Tongren City, with a population of 400. The locals are Dong and Tujia minority. During rainy seasons (Mar-May), the water level reaches 1 meter high with a span of 20 meters. The most frequent high water level is 2 meters with a span of 40 meters. During dry seasons, the average water level is 0.3 meters with a span of 3 meters.
The Need – During floods in rainy seasons, the only access to 800 local and nearby villagers is blocked and adults have to carry the students on their back to school.
Villagers Benefited – 800 nos (about 50 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Sichuan University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Victoria Educational Organisation
- Victoria Nursery & Kindergarten P.T.A.
- Victoria Shanghai Academy
- Victoria Shanghai Academy (Primary) P.T.A
- Victoria Shanghai Academy (Secondary) P.T.A
- Victoria Charitable Trust Fund
Although encountered continuous rain during construction trip, 40 professional and student volunteers from universities in Hong Kong and Mainland with the local villagers made great effort to successfully complete the footbridge.
The foundation construction was completed on 25 May 2014. Family photos were taken for some 40 families of the Kemaxi and Xianwa group during the trip. These will be presented to the villagers during the construction trip.
The project team conducted the 2nd survey about logistics arrangement, construction materials and the community situation etc. Please click here
for relevant report. (Chinese version only)
The project team formed by students from Sichuan University, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University conducted the 1st survey trip in June 2013. Based on the site visit, they finished the 1st survey report. Please click here
to have a look.