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Contact Information

Toni Zen 單冬怡
Development Manager
Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation
Room 1903, Times Tower, 928 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
T: +852 2742 4678
F: +852 2742 4008
http://www.bridge2china.org

Jon Stricker
strickr2@illinois.edu
Bridge to China RSO at Illinois

Organization Mission

Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a charity registered in Hong Kong (IR Ref no: 91/8739). Through encouraging volunteers, especially university student volunteers, to plan, design, build and maintain footbridges and village facilities in remote and underprivileged villages in the Mainland, we aspire to:

  • Improve lives of underprivileged villages in remote areas of Mainland China
  • Inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability.

Through the hands-on experiences, we hope to provide an opportunity for volunteers to gain a deeper understanding of the disparity between developed and developing communities, an appreciation for different cultures, and a communication bridge with the villagers and other volunteers.
Through the involvement of more than twenty universities from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States, the Foundation has completed 30 projects serving some 40,000 villagers since 2007.

Problems and/or Opportunities

Seasonal flooding is prevalent and is a major impairment to necessary activities, such as traveling to schools and markets in some remote villages. For those in desperate need of crossing, this can create life threatening situations. In many such villages, the people cannot afford even the simplest bridges. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation partner each site with a team of two or more universities and fund works to identify villages in need, site investigations and construction, and provide advice to students.
Throughout the project, volunteer teams not only need to understand local livelihood, culture and environment, but need to fully utilize local materials and work closely with villagers to transfer practical skills and knowledge so that the villagers can take charge of the maintenance work in the future.

Solutions and Projects

As part of our on-going partnership with Wu Zhi Qiao, LINC students work on designs for suspension bridge and gabion bridge, school and other development projects that may be needs in the communities, such as sanitation and water filtration, projects to be built on sites identified as a priority by Wu Zhi Qiao. These designs involve engagement in several disciplines of engineering, working closely with our project partners in China, learning about the culture in the area of the project site, and likely performing experiments on campus.
There will be opportunities for interested students to travel to rural China over winter/summer breaks to take part in site assessment and construction projects. Information from preliminary reports and assessment trips will be used in final designs and lead to construction of the bridges and other facilities.
In particular, the team will tentatively be working on two projects, involving a school, two bridges and other civil works in rural areas in Yunnan Province and Chongqing City.
Students will have the opportunity to work closely with many partners, including experienced professional engineers, who have volunteered to mentor our students.

Students of all majors are encouraged to join us in working on these exciting projects. Students will have a chance to work in many different disciplines in a meaningful way during these projects, including civil engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, logistics, and business/accounting.

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