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).
Yunnan Simai Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Aidong Village, Sanmeng Township, Luchun County, Honghe State
Site Background – Width of river at site is 13m，the necessary channel for villagers to pass to gain access to the outside world. Normally, villagers construct a simple bamboo bridge to cross, which is destroyed by the river each year. During the dry season with little water, villagers can wad across the river. When it comes to the rainy season, the river floods, so there are frequent tragedies and deaths resulting from pedestrians drowning.
The Need – Apart from approximately 2000 villagers needing to wad across the river for access to the county and beyond, approximately 300 students have to cross the river to go to school.
Villagers Benefited – 2000 nos (about 300 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Kunming University of Science and Technology (KMUST) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Project Sponsor – Yunnan Simai Mining Co. Ltd
More than 35 professionals and student volunteers mainly from 4 universities in Hong Kong, Mainland and Taiwan built a 20 meters long footbridge succcesfully in Aidong Village, Luchun County, Honghe State, Yunnan during the period from 25 Dec to 3 Jan.
In late Nov, project team conducted 4th investigation trip to collect logistic information for pre-construction preparation. Click here for the investigation report (Chinese version only).
The project team will supervise the local contractor to build the piers and prefabricate the parts in Dec.
Wu Zhi Qiao team members from Chongqing University (CQU) and Chongqing Jiaotong University (CJU) had a meeting with the project team to share their bridge building experience in early Oct.
Afterward, the project team conducted the 3rd investigation trip with two members from CJU to further investigate the bridge foundation work and confirm the bridge design.
Project team conducted the 2nd investigation trip in Sep. They found that an original stone arch bridge which was used by about 2,000 local people as main access, collapsed in Aug.
for investigation report (Chinese version only).
Project team conducted the 1st investigation trip in Dec.