10 September 2017

CUHK I‧CARE Wu Zhi Qiao Team Builds Bridge for Liuzhu village



This summer, the I‧CARE Wu Zhi Qiao Team comprising nine students of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) co-operated with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Tongji University and Kunming University of Science and Technology to complete a bridge-building and community improvement project in Liuzhu Village in Yunnan, an underprivileged rural village in mainland China. Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, also joined the trip and visited the villagers. The project was sponsored by the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR government.

Liuzhu village is divided into two parts by the Baga River. Villagers can only risk crossing the river over a bridge in disrepair which is often submerged in flood season. To understand the needs of the villagers, the CUHK team conducted site visits in Liuzhu Village before starting the construction work this summer. During the 9-day trip, the team built a footbridge for the villagers residing in the area so that the children can go to school safely in bad weather. The team also carried out facilities renovation work and health education promotion in the village to improve their living conditions.

About ICARE Programme

With the slogan 'Aspiration through reflection; Renewal through civility', the I‧CARE Programme aims to promote students' holistic development through social and civic engagements in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas countries, and to raise their humanistic and civic awareness. Led by the Steering Committee for Promoting Personal Development through Social and Civic Engagement, the programme adopts an integrated approach and supports students to participate in six programmes, including: 1) Social Service Project Scheme, 2) Research and Study Scheme, 3) NGO Internship Scheme, 4) Social Enterprise Scheme, 5) Local Poverty Alleviation Initiative, and 6) University Lecture on Civility.

Prof. Joseph Sung (2nd left) asks villagers about their living conditions.
Prof. Joseph Sung (2nd left) asks villagers about their living conditions.

Prof. Joseph Sung (6th right) and CUHK students hope that this project could bring changes to villagers of Liuzhu.
Prof. Joseph Sung (6th right) and CUHK students hope that this project could bring changes to villagers of Liuzhu.

Nine CUHK students build bridge with companions from three other universities.
Nine CUHK students build bridge with companions from three other universities.

The new bridge made by steel frame, which is safer and more firm than the old bridge.
The new bridge made by steel frame, which is safer and more firm than the old bridge.

Nine CUHK students join the project.
Nine CUHK students join the project.

Nine CUHK students join the project.
Nine CUHK students join the project.

CUHK students help improve the facilities of an old villager.
CUHK students help improve the facilities of an old villager.