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).
Naliu Village Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Naliu Village, Ayong Township, Funing County
Site Background – In every rainy and flood season, local students have to be carried by their teachers to cross the river to school. The kids can’t cross the river and return home without adults’ help. Sometimes, the students even cried besides the river as nobody can help them. Though there is a temporary and simple wooden bridge, it is too dangerous to use. The commutation between villagers are affected as it takes about three hours for villagers to bypass the river if there is no bridge. It is estimated that 1,025 villagers and 153 students will be directly benefited from the footbridge newly built. Regarding the plan of community enrichment projects, the team will plan to improve the roads near the local school, indoor lighting of classrooms, and environmental hygiene condition within area of the school zone.
Villagers Benefited – 1000 nos (direct)
Partner – Mao Yisheng Science and Technology Education Foundation
Sponsor(supporting community enrichment project) – Bull Capital Partners Ltd.
WZQ Project Team – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Chongqing University
A team of 24 student volunteers from different universities of Hong Kong and the Mainland took actions to improve the community environment during the 7-day construction trip. The team conducted a series of programmes, including fixing the steps and paving the road outside the local school, building a new incinerator and a septic tank, reforming the pig pen etc., striving to improve the villagers' livelihoods.
Thanks to Mao Yisheng Science and Technology Education Foundation, our partner of this project, the bridge has been completed in Sep. Our student team also conducted the 2nd investigation in early Sep.
The team conducted the 1st village investigation about the bridge site and villagers’ livelihood. Please click here
for the report. (Chinese version only)