Students Visit in the Town of Luoshi, Sichuan Province

Recently, as part of a group of ACCEF volunteers, I traveled back to the region affected by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake to help distribute funds for ACCEF sponsored students in the town of Luoshi.

We have traveled the route to Luoshi for countless times since the 2008 earthquake. Most of the students we sponsored since 2008 have graduated from middle school and moved on to high school/college/career. Now only 3 students are still in middle school. Seeing how they are doing now compared to 8 years ago made us all very proud of what we have achieved.

One of the old photos taken 8 years ago showed me being interviewed by a Beijing TV reporter when the ACCEF’s 20-ton truck loaded with relief supplies arrived at Dujiangyan. Only then did I learn that ACCEF was the first international charitable organization to reach the frontline of the disaster zone. 8 years on, we are determined to carry on what we have started and continued to sponsor students in the region.

今天又和小伙伴们去什邡洛水镇给5.12地震灾区贫困学生送助学金。

八年间,在这条路上我们不知已经跑了多少次,从08年就开始资助的学生中就只有这三位还未中学毕业,八年间我和基金会的伙伴们(大部份是我公司同事)一直帮助并见证了他们的成长,看到这三位同学八年前后的照片对比,我们很有成就感。

这其中还有一张照片是当年我们基金会满载救灾物资的20顿货柜车到达都江堰时,一北京电视台记者采访我,才知道我们“全美华人文化教育基金会”是“第一个进入灾区一线的国外慈善组织”;八年过去了,或许我们也是唯一还在继续资助四川地震灾区学生的慈善组织。

ACCEF Donated Library Furniture to Junmengling Middle School in JiangXi Province

It has been six years since the main classroom building put to use for Junmenling Middle School in Huichang County, Jiangxi Province in China. Thanks to the efforts of the staff and faculty, there were over 21,000 books accumulated over the years for the students to read and review, except that they there were no tables or chairs in the library. Students had to stand by the window or kneel down on the floor while reading books. (as shown in the picture) And the books were neither organized nor indexed.

Before:

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After:

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As ACCEF received a request for funding from our volunteers in Jiangxi, we have immediately approved the funding for the project. In June 2016, ACCEF volunteers have delivered 9 reading tables, 30 chairs, and 5 book shelves to the school. Along with the installation of the new furniture, the school has established a new set of library rules and policies to ensure proper management of book flow and loan terms. All the 115 teachers and 1633 students in Junmengling Middle School are now able to enjoy reading in a comfortable and pleasant environment.

(Written by Nan Jiang. Material and photos provided by Yonghuang Zeng)

“Books Corners” Opened in Two Highschools of Daliangshan

Ever since ACCEF launched the education program in Daliangshan, we have received donation from all sources. Most recently we have facilitated a few donors from Silicon Valley to fund the “Book Corner” projects in two highschools of Daliangshan. Because of the limited space in these schools, a typical library is beyond their affordability therefore out of the question. However, it is imperative for the Yi students to be able to learn and read Mandarin on a daily basis. With
the financial help from these friends in Silicon Valley, the schools have purchased hundreds of Mandarin books and opened these “Book Corners” in classrooms for the students.

The natural beauty is breathtaking in Daliangshan, yet poverty has stricken the 2 million Yi ethnic people. Poverty due to the barren land and the sheer isolation from the outside world left these villages well behind the drastic economic transformation in most parts of China. Adding to all these obstacles of economic development, this area has been a center for drug traffickers. This has led to the serious drug uses and AID/HIV issues. Health and educational situation is davastating to the local families. ACCEF is dedicated to raising awareness and bringing financial help to this region. Since summer of 2015, we have sponsored over 80 students in Daliangshan region. In 2016, ACCEF is planning to open two classes in a middle school and high school where 100 students will benefit from the sponsored program. We are also looking for funds of different levels, to fund schools improvements and teacher training.

To inquire about ACCEF and Daliangshan Projects, please contact student@accef.net.

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ACCEF met with Qualcomm Employees to discuss charity efforts in Daliangshan

On May 19, 2016, the President of American Chinese Culture and Education Foundation (ACCEF), Charles Huang, board director, Ms. Nan Jiang, and leaders of ACCEF’s education programs, Ms. Yaofang Fu and Mr. Ran Lu, visited Qualcomm Incorporation and had a lunch meeting with more than 20 Qualcomm employees.

ACCEF has a long-standing relationship with Qualcomm employees, who not only made a significant donation to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake relief project in 2008, they have also been actively involved in the “One-on-One Rainbow Project” and sponsored nearly 50 under-privileged students. Charles Huang first expressed deep appreciation for the continuous support from Qualcomm employees.

Charles Huang also shared with the attendants the history of ACCEF, the current focus of their charity effort as well as his vision for ACCEF’s future. His introduction of the “Daliangshan Project” has especially sparked interest among the audience.

One major topic of this meeting was to discuss the feasibility of gathering a pool of donors at Qualcomm to sponsor one class of 50 students in Min Zu High School at Zhao Jue County, Liangshan region. This will be a different approach than the “Rainbow Project”. Ms. Yaofang Fu explained in detail how the project would work and how the criteria of the program have been established.

Quite a few attendants showed interest in participating in the project at the meeting. It was also suggested by the attendants that word about this project should be spread more widely inside Qualcomm as more people are willing to help. ACCEF volunteer leader at Qualcomm, Mr. Wenwei Zha, will facilitate further communication between ACCEF and potential donors via email and other social media platform.

To inquire about this project, please contact Wenwei Zha wenwei@vt.edu or student@accef.net

Article and Photos by Wenwei Zha

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Daliangshan Project Update

In the summer of 2015, ACCEF volunteers Ms. Yaofang Fu, Mr. Ran Lu and Ms. Wendy Zhuang have visited the Daliangshan mountainous region, along with volunteers from the photography interest group “Refraction Era”. ACCEF is deeply concerned about the high dropout rates of local children and their overall health condition. After interviewing  numerous families in the village, we have identified 66 students that need financial aids immediately. Within a couple of months we have located and sent donation for these students, and with the timely help all 66 students were able to return to school in the fall 2015. ACCEF is determined to continue its charitable effort in Daliangshan area, and is currently in the process of identifying more students that need help as well as special projects that will improve the students’ study and living environment. [Photo by James Guo]

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Read more about Dailiangshan (Courtesy of Ms. Jinyi Li)