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).
Wharf Xiejia Village Wu Zhi Qiao I & II
Site Location – Xiejia Village, Xueshan Township, Weining County
Site Background – During dry season, the villagers and students normally make use of stepping stones to cross the river near the bridge site of Maoergu. But when the rainy season comes, they can’t access the river anymore and it is said that the local students had ever felt into the river in the storm. Meanwhile, another bridge site of Yangou is the only access for villagers to walk to the town and school. During rainy days in summer, the children can’t cross the river as the highest water level often reaches 2 m. The team plan to build 2 footbridges for the village and it is estimated that around 1800 villagers will be benefited. Based on the on-site investigation, the team is working out plans to improve livelihood, including maintaining water system of the school, building a new incinerator, installing facilities for classrooms e.g. fans and energy saving lamps, and helping document the local folks etc.
Villagers Benefited – 1800 nos (direct)
Sponsor – Wharf Limited
WZQ Project Team – The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi`an University of Architecture and Technology
Around 80 passionate volunteers successfully built 2 footbridges in the village and made efforts on livelihood enrichment activities, including building an incinerator and installing new curtains and energy saving lamps at the school, organizing educational activities for the local students etc.
The team conducted the 2nd investigation and started to plan livelihood enrichment activities and prepare for logistics.
The team conducted the 1st village investigation about the bridge site and villagers’ lives. Please click here
for the report. (Chinese version only)