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致扶貧教育基金會全體會員的信
(2008-05-23)
張文基(會長)
親愛的會員 :

代表扶貧教育基金會理事會向您致意,並邀請您支持512地震孤兒。
今年5月12日發生了震央在四川省汶川縣的八級毀滅性的地震, 迄今受災面積 超過10 万平方公里, 55,239 人失去了生命,30,000 人失蹤, 28萬人受傷, 超過5 百萬房子倒塌需要重建。
在地震發生後兩小時內,溫家寶總理立刻趕到災區了解災情,動員軍警、消防 及義務人員及時的開展救援工作。 溫總理發自內心的關懷及救援人員的犧牲 奮戰,透過開放的新聞報道也激勵了全國百姓, 感動了全世界。天災無情人 有情,各方援助從全國及全世界各地擁入災區, 在災難面前,中國人民展現 了空前的團結、決心、毅力及關懷。 歷史將證明2008年是個關鍵年,在這一 年中國成功的轉型成為一個和諧的, 關懷的,有效率的大國 !
理事會于5月17日召開特別會議決募捐專款支持災區孤兒教育。詳細內容請參 考隨函寄上的附頁。 我們希望透過我們的愛心能補助孤兒的部分教育費用, 更重要的是輔助他們受創的心靈,讓他們知道在遙遠的海外也有關懷。
非常感謝您對我們工作的支持。
張 文 基 敬 上 扶貧教育基金會會長 2008年五月二十三日
(English version of the above letter) A Letter To All members Of EFURAC (May 23, 2008)
Dear Sir/Madam, On behalf of the EFURAC board, I am writing this letter to ask for your donation to help China's earthquake orphans. One of the worst earthquakes in decades struck central China on May 12, 2008. At the time of this letter, the 8-magnitude earthquake has devastated an area of 10 thousand square kilometers, killed 55,239 with nearly 30,000 people still missing, injured more than 280 thousand and destroyed more than 5 million homes. Premier Wen Jia-bao traveled to the disaster areas within hours of the massive earthquake. Chinese television covered his movements while leading rescue operations and comforting people in distress. Wearing a hard hat, he was shown standing on rubble and consoling trapped survivors through a loud speaker. The message is compelling: This disaster is terrible but the government is doing everything it can. Riveted by what they saw on television and in newspapers, Chinese people have been turning their personal sadness into resolve, fortitude and compassion. As CNN’s Jaime FlorCruz stated in his article One of the most destructive moments in Chinese history is bringing together -- at least temporarily -- this vast nation of more than a billion people. History will witness 2008 to be the year that China rapidly transformed herself to become a peaceful, compassionate and efficient country. The EFURAC board held a special meeting on May 17, 2008 and decided to establish a "Sichuan earthquake relief fund" to provide educational assistance to earthquake orphans. More than US$20K was pledged by the board members. The fund will be used to supplement the educational expenses for earthquake orphans in the two most seriously damaged areas: Beichuan county and Dujiangyan city. The cost for a donor to support an orphan is US$ 100/year. We will commit to support the orphans for at least three years but donor can choose to either contribute the entire three-year amount immediately or to contribute it on a yearly basis. The number of orphans a donor can support is not limited. EFURAC will provide you with the name, picture and contact information for each orphan when our Chinese contacts have compiled the orphan list, which might take a few months. EFURAC will send a delegation to deliver the fund directly to the orphans, probably by September this year. Every donor is invited to participate. All the administrative cost associated with this effort is paid by the EFURAC general fund and every penny of your donation will be directly used to support the orphans. Your donation is tax deductible. The check should be payable to EFURAC USA INC and mailed to the following address: EFURAC, P. O. BOX 45272, LOS ANGELES, CA 90045 Please write "Sichuan earthquake relief" in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your continuing support. Sincerely yours, Wenji Victor Chang President