It Made A Difference To This One
Author: Russ Neu
This book is based on Chi Heng Foundation and Russ's journey with them.
"Chi Heng Foundation was founded by this Hong Kong American, who was an investment banker but he gave it all up when he heard about the AIDS orphans in China. There was an AIDS epidemic in China and either their parents have died of AIDS or the kids themselves are HIV positive. The reason why there was such a rampant spread was because of the plasma economy. In the mid-90s, many pharmaceutical companies went to China to buy blood. The villagers couldn’t wait to sell their blood because a pint of blood would get them about 20 Singapore dollars that made up 20% of their salary. I went to the AIDS villages and I spoke to the beneficiaries. If I were to use a proverb, “Give a man a fish, you feed the person a day. If you teach a person to fish, you feed him for life.” However, feeding for life doesn’t mean they can get off poverty.