Donations to COVID-19 Fight-Directed The Life Preservation Initiative
COVID-19, the disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. This virus, discovered in 2019, has impacted the world in an unprecedented way. In fact, the World Health Organization recently declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Mr. and Mrs. He have contributed to the fight against the coronavirus by helping those affected by the outbreak’s effects.
On January 28, 2020, Mr. and Mrs. He made a donation to the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The donation was used to purchase breathing machines and medical-grade face masks.
On March 4, 2020, Mr. and Mrs. He sponsored and began a project to help students from low-income families with online school. This project was initiated by alumni (Zhang Fan, Liu Ying, Sun Xuemei, Guo Shiyu and 21 others) from the Intensive English Program (IEP). Details about the IEP can be found here. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, traditional teaching in classroom was replaced with online teaching. However, students from low-income families do not have access to computers nor Internet. This lack of access results in a worsening educational inequality, which subsequently causes additional stress on poorer students. On March 2, 2020, Mr. He reached out to Sun Xuemei in China and learned of low-income families’ situation in regard to education, especially from rural areas. Given the urgent situation, Mr. He immediately told Sun Xuemei he would sponsor ¥2,000,000 (1,800 tablets) to supply low-income family students with tablets so they can catch up on their online classes. By partnering with Phoenix New Media and Hunan Wispring Education Development Foundation, Sun Xuemei and others officially published the application for free tables on the Ifeng’s website on March 4, 2020. A total of 5,002 applicants were received within 7 hours, and after all applications were thoroughly reviewed, 1,800 middle and high school students were selected from 25 provinces to receive tablets. On March 10, 2020, students began receiving their tablets and used them for their online classes.
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Mr. He is proud that the IEP Alumni effectively accomplished their project goal of helping students from low-income families within such a short timeframe. Mr. He said, “For the new generation of leaders in philanthropy, the most important thing is not to scale up a certain project but to always adhere to the intrinsic quality and direction of charitable activity. Therefore, the focus of Georgetown University's IEP is to help members think critically and create long-terms solutions through a global lens in a transformational way. With determination, one can go further without being falsely led by short-term prosperity or being defeated by the temporary setbacks.”
In addition to helping fight the effects of COVID-19 in China, Mr. and Mrs. He are also assisting the COVID-19 response in the United States. Currently, Mr. and Mrs. He and the foundation is in the process of donating 90,000 N95 and approximately 800,000 (with uncertainties due to customs issues) non-surgical face masks to hospitals. So far, this is the largest activity that the Daofeng & Angela Foundation has sponsored. A total of 30,000 N95 face masks have been distributed by volunteers to a total 18 hospitals in New York State, Connecticut and the Greater Washington D.C. Areas. More information will be updated while the project is ongoing. The status of the project can be found on the Life Preservation Initiative website, and the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by searching life Preservation Initiative.