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 He Yuan Village Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Heyuan Village, Jiuhe Town, Yulong County, Lijiang City
Site Background – There are four villages near the bridge site, and the footbridge will mainly support commutation of 2 villages with population around 300 Bai and Li minority villagers from 60 households. Heyuan village is located in a very remote and mountainous area. Annual per capita income is less than RMB500.
Villagers Benefited – 2020 nos (about 300 students)
The Need – Currently, the river is approximately 43 meters wide. However, during raining seasons (June to September), water level is about 1.2-1.5 meters, and sometimes upto 1.5 meters high. High water level lasts for 2-3 months.
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Xian University of Architecture and Technology (XUAT) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
- Victoria Educational Organisation
- Victoria Nursery & Kindergarten P.T.A.
- Victoria Shanghai Academy
- Victoria Shanghai Academy (Primary) P.T.A
- Victoria Charitable Trust Fund
45 professionals and student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland universities built a more than 50 meters long footbridge with the local villagers successfully in Heyuan Village during the period from 2 Jun to 9 Jun.
Project team finalized the bridge design in May and planned to have the bridge building trip in Jun.
XUAT conducted the 1st investigation trip in Jul.
Click here for investigation report (Chinese version only).