Hong Kong Girl Guides Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Maan’qiao Village, Xinan Township, Huili County, Liangshan State
Site Background – Located at the southern tip of Sichuan, Maan Qiao Village of Xinan Township is the only Dai Minority County in Sichuan. With an annual per capita income of RMB700-1000, Maan Qiao Village is one of the poorest villages in the Township. The 6.1 degree earthquake in Panzhihua has even added burden to this deprived village since 30 August 2008. Maan Qiao village is one of the most seriously hit one. However, with minimal media attention and external support, the village has been separated with very limited care and support from the outside world.
The Need – A total of 4 village groups with 117 households are separated by the river. A total of 59 students have to cross the river to attend school. When the flood comes, both the parents and children cannot cross the river. Worse still, after the quake, locals have to carry all the construction materials to cross the river bit by bit. The Foundation has launched not only a Wu Zhi Qiao bridge project, but also a rebuild demonstration project to assist their rebuilding work. Please click here for more details.
Villagers Benefited – 416 nos (about 60 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Chongqing University (CQU), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(HKUST) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Sponsor – The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association
In early Oct, more than 40 professional, Girl Guides and student volunteers mainly from both Hong Kong and Mainland Universities built a 66 meters long footbridge for the locals in Maan Village.
The construction work for bridge foundations was just completed by local contractor and villagers in early Jun.
Project team conducted the 4th survey trip in late Apr. Finally they confirmed the bridge location and dimension. The design of the key bridge structure and bridge foundation work were targeted to complete in May.
Project team conducted the 3rd survey trips in Feb.
Project team conducted the 2nd survey trips in Jan.
Project team conducted the 1st survey trips in Nov.
Click here for survey report of the bridge project (Chinese version only).
Quotes by WZQers
"Perhaps what struck me the most was the villagers. The village representative’s speech highlighted how much the bridge meant to them, particularly after the 6.1 degree earthquake. Through visiting their houses, I realised the significance of the Village Rebuild Demonstration Project, where villagers were rebuilding houses at a wide range of prices and sizes. Their friendliness affected me. I would have never expected dancing with villagers with their traditional music and steps around a campfire could feel so refreshing. Indeed, happiness and music can break language and cultural barriers. Or the children’s pure innocence: I have possibly heard from time to time how “kids from villages” always have the most genuine personalities. However, it did not hit me until I have physically experienced it. It almost felt surreal when a bunch of children swarmed up to me trying to take my camera to take pictures with them, or told me “your hair is very pretty”. It then dawned on me: are “children from the city” actually equally, if not more, happy? To what extent does materialism play a part as the source of joy or to satisfy one’s need? How does one actually measure “happiness”? The primary school student’s representative from the village said “we are poor but we are happy” at the closing ceremony-perhaps this overtly indicates the tranquil country life, coupled with the basic values of love, warmth, care, may beat the hustle bustle of a day’s life in a city?"
Miss Jayne So, WZQ Volunteer