10 September 2015

CUHK I‧CARE Wu Zhi Qiao Team Built Bridge for Xingguang Village



This summer, the I‧CARE Wu Zhi Qiao Team comprising seven students of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) co-operated with Tsinghua University and Chongqing University to complete a bridge-building and community improvement project in Xingguang Village in Chongqing, an underprivileged rural village in mainland China.  Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, also joined the trip and visited the villagers. The project was sponsored by The Wharf (Holdings) Limited.

To understand the needs of the villagers, the CUHK team conducted site visits in Xingguang Village in August 2014 and March 2015 before starting the construction work this summer. During the 9-day trip, the team built a footbridge and two water tanks, so that the children can go to school safely in bad weather, and the villagers can have sufficient clean water. The team also carried out facilities renovation 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 and the I‧CARE Wu Zhi Qiao Team pose for a photo on the newly built bridge.
Prof. Joseph Sung and the I‧CARE Wu Zhi Qiao Team pose for a photo on the newly built bridge.

Prof. Joseph Sung hopes that the project can foster communication and mutual understanding between people in Hong Kong and the Mainland.
Prof. Joseph Sung hopes that the project can foster communication and mutual understanding between people in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

The volunteers complete the construction of the bridge in only 9 days.
The volunteers complete the construction of the bridge in only 9 days.

The volunteers complete the construction of the bridge in only 9 days.
The volunteers complete the construction of the bridge in only 9 days.

Professor Sung gives out vacuum flasks to the villagers to encourage them to drink more water.
Professor Sung gives out vacuum flasks to the villagers to encourage them to drink more water.

The CUHK volunteers also carry out facilities renovation and health education promotion in the village to improve their living conditions.
The CUHK volunteers also carry out facilities renovation and health education promotion in the village to improve their living conditions.

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