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 Shigulabazhi Village
Site Location – Shigulabazhi Village, Yulong County, Lijiang City
Site Background – Labazhi village committee has 8 small village groups. Villagers live in poverty. Initially, above the 10m river, a bridge was built using two decks, but due to the annual flooding during the rainy season washing away the middle column, there is no alternative but to shorten the construction to a 8m single hole wooden bridge. The two retaining walls on each side are 2.5m in height. 3 people have fallen from the river, in which one died and two broke their bones and became disabled.
The Need – The bridge has not been repaired for years, and now part of the (deck of the) bridge has rotten away. There are 4 village groups across the river and 60 odd primary school students from there have to cross this bridge to go to school.
Villagers Benefited – 976 nos (109 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Chongqing University (CQU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Project Sponsor – Ms Anita Tang
Wu Zhi Qiao was successfully built in early Jan. Its opening ceremony was held on 12 Jan.
Project team confirmed to use recycled materials as construction materials for the bridge. Construction drawings were finalized in Nov. The project was expected to complete early next year.
With winning design, project team conducted site vist in Jun. The team also further communicate the design with local construction bureaus and locals to refine details and meet local needs.
More than 40 designs were collected by earlier bridge design competition in Apr.
CQU conducted a bridge design competition to invite bridge design from Mainland, Hong Kong and overseas universities.
Please click here to see its requirement.
Project team conducted the 1st investigation trip in Nov.
Please click here to see investigation report. (Chinese version only)