映秀 小学

Memorial to Yingxiu School

Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China


It is often said that relationships in China are indirect.
I believe this is generally true, however, some relationships are less indirect than others.
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Yingxiu town is in western Sichuan province, in Wenchuan county, northwest of Chengdu. The area is very poor and under-developed, and many children do not get more than a 7th or 8th grade education.

Myself and many other employees and departments of our company (here in Shanghai) sponsor many impoverished students in this area and pay their education expenses so that they can attend Yingxiu school.

The neediest families were identified by the government social services offices, and we 'adopted' them as well their school.

The pictures on this web page were taken in September 2007 at Yingxiu elementary school on a visit by some of my colleagues.

Yingxiu elementary school was subsequently completely destroyed during the school day by the Sichuan Province earthquakes on May 12, 2008.

Many schools in China, especially serving rural areas, are boarding style where students live at school during the week or even longer, due to the difficulty and time and expense of 'commuting' daily.

This is the view of the main school building. The dormitory is just out of frame on the right.

Here is a pic looking down on the school yard.

Looking across the school yard to the mountains beyond. It is beautiful geography!

谭国强 Tan Guoqiang, Principal of Yingxiu School
Survived the school collapse but lost both his wife and mother in the earthquake.


The following pics are the 13 students sponsored by my department colleagues and I. Many more kids are sponsored by other departments within our company.

董春梅 Dong Chunmei, died in the collapse.


芦月星 Liu Yuexing, died in the collapse.


刘敬容 Liu Jingrong


彭根友 Peng Genyou


赵环宇 Zhao Huanyu
Survived the school collapse, but lost his family.


吴文强 Wu Wenqiang, died in the collapse.


明玲 Ming Ling, died in the collapse.


王梦杉 Wang Mengshan


尚秋艳 Shang Qiuyan, died in the collapse.


骆健康 Luo Jiankang


王毅 Wang Yi, died in the collapse.


吴兴磊 Wu Xinglei


张金惠 Zhang Jinhui, died in the collapse.




Disaster Strikes!

On the afternoon of May 12th, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China was struck unexpectedly by a series of devastating earthquakes.

Yingxiu town was at the virtual epicenter.

By now you have seen pictures on the news of the widespread destruction and loss of life across this region, half a world away from yours.

Yingxiu is quite remote and not easily accessible even in good times. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, all roads to Yingxiu were impassable, telephone service was out, the bridges were down, and 70-80% of the houses have collapsed.

The PLA quickly deployed troops and supplies for rescue operations and disaster relief, however food, water, and medicine were already scarce, and the death toll undoubtedly rose quickly.

Among the total 12,000 people in Yingxiu town, there are only 2,000 survivors presently accounted for.

The Yingxiu elementary school was completely destroyed. The school had 11 classes, 47 teachers, 473 students, and more than 120 people lived at school.

As of August 26, 2008, 222 students are confirmed dead, 19 teachers are dead and one yet missing.

On the positive side, a total of 132 surviving students reported to interim school facilities on August 26 to resume classes. Some students are still under medical treatment or attending classes away from Yingxiu.

At the moment we don't know the fate of all the people we are connected to in Yingxiu, but we hope and pray for the well-being of each of them and their families, and for all the many people affected by the earthquakes.

I hope you will pray for them too !


May 15, 2008
中国 上海

Updated June 17, 2008 and August 9, 2008
Last updated October 4, 2008

The following video is a 10 minute long memorial to Yingxiu posted on YouTube by an unnamed former resident of Yingxiu. The first half is a video and music collage of the tragedy and destruction, and the second half is his memories and discussion (in English) of his youth in Yingxiu. It is worth watching.

The following video is a short news broadcast in English from Yingxiu by the state television producer CCTV.