Founder aims to cre­ate in­no­va­tive Chi­nese NGO

China Daily (Canada) - - DEPTH -

With the fi­nan­cial sup­port by him­self, Xue Yu founded Pearl Hu­man­i­tar­ian Res­cue (PHR) in 2015.

The 28-year-old en­tre­pre­neur, who was born in Shan­dong province, spent over 10 years in Aus­tralia be­fore re­set­tling in China with his fam­ily to pur­sue a ca­reer as an in­vestor.

His res­cue team was the first to reach the epi­cen­ter of the earth­quake in Nepal last year.

In the event of a dis­as­ter, when res­cue or re­lief is needed, PHR sum­mons its con­tracted doc­tors and bears all the costs.

The busi­ness model of PHR is sim­i­lar to that of the No­bel Peace Prize-win­ning Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders. Rather than di­rect fundrais­ing at first, Xue has fo­cused on sus­tain­able mod­el­ing and devel­op­ment to in­te­grate re­sources of Chi­nese en­ter­prises. Part­ners in­clude Huawei, China Rail­way Group and other prom­i­nent in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als.

“How­ever, we are dif­fer­ent from them,” Xue said. “We want to es­tab­lish a brand-new model to team up with big and in­flu­en­tial en­ter­prises, start­ing with Chi­nese ones, to in­te­grate all the re­sources, such as lo­cal per­son­nel and ve­hi­cles, when we reach any corner of the world, since they have branches world­wide.

“This is an ex­ten­sion of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, I believe.”

Xue said Chi­nese peo­ple should do more to help in­ter­na­tion­ally, es­pe­cially with dis­as­ter re­lief.

“China has be­come the sec­ond­largest economy in the world,” he said. “The whole world is watch­ing what we are doing. As of now, PHR has set up re­gional co­or­di­nat­ing of­fices in Nepal, Ecuador and Myan­mar. PHR will cover 17 ma­jor ar­eas of poverty and refugee cri­sis by 2018.”

PHR is plan­ning and pre­par­ing to es­tab­lish the Pearl Char­ity Foun­da­tion with the Chi­naFoundaiton for Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion early next year in Bei­jing. “The out­side world knows too lit­tle about our abil­ity to con­trib­ute to other coun­tries,” Xue said. “We are in the process of com­plet­ing our devel­op­ment plan, to make PHR a shin­ing brand from China.”

— LARRY LEE

The 25-year-old Colom­bian Ni­co­lay Fon­seca (right) and his fi­ancee have been learn­ing Chi­nese for seven years. Fon­seca speaks flu­ently and can trans­late seam­lessly be­tween Span­ish and Chi­nese. He plans to move to China one day with his fi­ancee.

When the earth­quake hap­pened on April 16, Fon­seca was in his home in Cuenca, the third-largest city in Ecuador and not far from the epi­cen­ter. He was ea­ger to of­fer his help to peo­ple in the dis­as­ter-hit area. On the road, he met a team from the Zhe­jiang Cham­ber of Com­merce in Ecuador, and they needed a trans­la­tor. Fon­seca joined the team and met Pearl Hu­man­i­tar­ian Res­cue, an in­ter­na­tional dis­as­ter re­lief NGO es­tab­lished in Bei­jing, in Ped­er­nales. Now he is the Latin Amer­ica rep­re­sen­ta­tive for PHR.

There are more Chi­nese liv­ing in Ecuador than in Colom­bia, which is why Fon­seca lives there. He plans to have a tran­si­tion pe­riod in Ecuador be­fore even­tu­ally set­tling down in China some­time next year.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Pearl Hu­man­i­tar­ian Res­cue founder Xue Yu meets Jose Ser­rano, Ecuador’s min­is­ter of in­ter­nal af­fairs in Quito, Ecuador.

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