One year after an earthquake devastated the People’s Republic of China’s Sichuan Province, the generosity of Troy University students is making a lasting impact in the life of a fellow student and many throughout China.
The Chinese Student Association (CSA) launched a fundraising campaign last year in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed 87,000, destroyed buildings in some 50,000 villages and left 375,000 people injured.
Troy University graduate student Zeng Kailin was in Dujiang Yan, one of the hardest hit cities in the province, when the quake hit. Zeng detailed his experiences last year in a series of lectures after returning to complete his studies at TROY.
CSA president Huang Yixin said the organization donated $1,000 – largely from the gifts of others during the fund drive – to Zeng’s family.
“I appreciate the people who helped me,” he said. “The only thing I can do is to work hard and be a good person to show the people who helped me that have helped the right person and that they made the right decision.”
Zeng, who graduated in May with a Master of Business Administration degree, said he plans to fast for one day in order to memorialize the earthquake and the generosity he’s received.
“I am trying to memorialize the day to respect the people who were killed and to realize how lucky we are [to have survived],” he said. “I graduated and could not have made it without everyone’s help. I will give my best to pay back society with my hard work.”
CSA donated another $2,527 to China through its Houston, Texas, consulate office targeting the rebuilding of schools in the province.