BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One day before the world commemorates the tragic massacre at Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, Chai Ling today announced a major commitment to promote democracy and help prevent such bloodshed in the future.
Chai Ling was one of the leaders of the peaceful, student-led reform and democracy protests in Tiananmen Square up until the Chinese Government ended them with extreme force after enacting martial law. She was able to escape, after 10 months in hiding, to the United States where she learned English, earned international relations and business degrees, and then launched a start-up business, which through hard work, a decade later became a leading provider of software, services, and strategies for higher education.
“Through the assistance of others who believed in freedom, I was given the opportunity to earn my degrees and launch a successful career. I would like to thank Mr. John Eliot, who donated $1 million to Princeton University to set up China Initiatives; Professor Yu Ying Shi and his wife for their unconditional support; Mr. Paul Fireman, then Chairman & CEO of Reebok; and Mr. Steve Perlman, then Founder & CEO of WebTV. Now that our business is reaching certain milestones, I am able to fulfill one of my long-term goals: to help the movement in a major way. In the past, I have kept my support private, but now that it is twenty years later I feel it is time to make my commitment public to further demonstrate that we have never and will never forget. We will continue to work for a peaceful, free and democratic China. I am hoping more and more people will join our effort.” said Chai.
The collective $1 million pledge will fund four specific areas over the next five years:
o Supporting the victims of Tiananmen, many of whom have endured extreme hardship in China or have been forced to live in exile
o Supporting the Truth Movement, which is dedicated to chronicling the real history of Tiananmen and revealing information that has been lost or censored
o Supporting human rights and other humanitarian efforts in China and other totalitarian countries or developing countries
o Supporting efforts underway designed to bring about a peaceful, democratic China
The Jenzabar Foundation, which is funded by Jenzabar Inc., the corporation founded by Chai Ling, recently awarded a 2009 Heroic Leadership Award to Tiananmen hero Fang Zheng as part of the its 2009 Student Leadership Awards dinner in Washington, DC on May 28th. The Foundation made a grant on his behalf to Humanitarian China. Fang lost his legs when a tank ran him over in Tiananmen Square 20 years ago while he bravely pushed another student to safety. The Jenzabar Foundation and Jenzabar, Inc. also have provided humanitarian assistance to orphans in China in cooperation with Harvard China Care at Harvard University, and assistance to the AIDS orphans in China in collaboration with Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support (PATS). The Jenzabar Foundation has also given substantial assistance to a wide range of causes, including a recent grant to students at the University of Tulsa working in rural China to help develop basic electric power for remote villages.
"These causes are dear to us, important to the world, and fit in perfectly with the Foundation's mission to support students and their global efforts and education" said Bob Maginn, Chairman of the Jenzabar Foundation and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Jenzabar, Inc. "It is a privilege for us to help the brave people who led the Tiananmen effort and who were victims of the violence."
About The Jenzabar Foundation:
The Jenzabar Foundation issues grants to institutions of higher education and other charitable organizations with similarly aligned missions, and helps promote the activities of grant recipients within their communities and on a global level. The Jenzabar Foundation is a charitable and educational organization that received its initial funding from Jenzabar, Inc., but is now seeking financial support from the general public. Foundation grants are managed by the Foundation itself or through cooperating educational organizations. For more information please visit The Foundation Web site at www.thejenzabarfoundation.org.