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).
Chow Tai Fook Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Awozhu Village, Yuanyang County, Honghe State
Site Background – Awozhu Dazhai is affiliated with Dawajie Villager Committee. It is located next to Awozhu Xiaozhai and Xiaowajie village. The people in Awozhu Dazhai (85 households with 405 populations) and Awozhu Xiaozhai (31 households with 155 populations) are Hani . In Xiaowajie village, there are 68 households with 319 Yi people. Currently, no bridge is found. People need to wade across the river everyday.
The Need – During raining seasons (May to Jul), the river is about 20 meters wide with water level about 2 meters. High water level lasts for 6 days .
Villagers Benefited – 879 nos (about 400 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Chongqing Jiaotong University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Minzhu University of China and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kunming University of Sicence and Technology
Project Sponsor – Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited
35 volunteers participated in the second construction trip of the Project between 23 Dec 2014 and 1 Jan 2015. The team completed two toilets, 1 incinerator, household improvement works and the ancillary works for the cable-stayed bridge as well as conducted public health and electrical safety workshops for the villagers. Please click here
for the report. （Chinese Only）
The 31st Wu Zhi Qiao bridge, Chow Tai Fook Wu Zhi Qiao bridge, was accepted by the village government on 16 June 2014. To allow buffaloes to cross the bridge, designs such as steadying lines and invert A beams were used.
Our team finished the community enrichment project successfully prior to the bridge project, including building the eco-toilet, improving power system and facilities of the temporary school, etc. Moreover, the team conducted public education to promote health care among the villagers, and communicate with the local people. Please click here
for the report. (Chinese version only)
to view the final construction design made by the team.
The team formed by students from Chongqing Jiaotong Universitiy, Minzu University of China, The Hong Kong of Science & Technology and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, jointly conducted research about the bridge spot, soil condition, etc. Please click here
for the report.
Project teams conducted the 1st investigation trip in Oct.
for investigation report (Chinese version only).