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).
Wu Zhi Qiao at Liudou Village
Site Location – Liudou Village, Heping Township, Pingbian County, Honghe State
Site Background – There are 135 households with 720 populations in Liudou Village. The villagers are mainly Miu and Han minority. Annual per capita income is about RMB600-1000. The primary school is located next to the main road. 150 students need to walk half an hour for school.
The Need – During raining seasons (May to July), the river is about 9 meters. The water is 1 meter. Currently, the villagers cross the river by steping stones.
Villagers Benefited – 720 nos (about 150 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Project Sponsors – Bull Capital Partners Limited
The team used an abandoned truck to make the main beam of the bridge. Part of bridge spans and handrails are also come from the truck. With the assistance from the villagers, 10 meters long footbridge was built sucessfully on 18 Jan.
During the bridge construction period, 110 meter long muddy road leads to the bridge was restored.
Project team finalized the bridge design in Dec and planned to have the bridge building trip in Jan next year.
CUHK conducted the 1st investigation trip in Nov.