GOODWILL MISSION 2014: FROM TAIWAN WITH LOVE
According to a report issued by the World Bank, over 1.2 Billion of the world’s population live in extreme poverty. One third of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Amitofo Care Center (ACC) is a registered international NGO in Africa founded by Buddhist Master Hui-Li. A monk from a Taiwanese farming family, Hui-Li answered the call of Grand Master Hsing-Yun in 1992 to travel and spread Buddhist teachings to the African continent. Ten years were spent setting up and running the first Buddhist Temple and Study Center (Nan Hua Buddhist Temple) in South Africa. Hui-Li also traveled to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, covering Tanzania, Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Congo, Liberia, Swaziland, and Lesotho, among others.
During this time, Master Hui-Li instantly recognized the plight of orphans ravaged by disease, environmental disasters, and civil wars, thus establishing the Amitofo Care Center in Malawi. The Center was the first project that endeavored to house 600 orphans. Its first facilities completed construction in October of 2005.
Supported by Chinese/Taiwanese communities, Master Hui-Li brought aid, medicine, education, and Buddhist wisdom to the Dark Continent through ACC. The children could enjoy health and basic comfort, freedom from fear and starvation, proper education—which also includes Buddhist spiritual practice, Chinese culture and language, and lessons in Kong Fu. A high demand sparked similar projects in six countries, mostly in Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho. Today, the total number of children served exceeds 6,000.
In 2007, ACC began taking groups of children on Goodwill Missions across the globe, stretching from Taiwan, Chinese mainland, countries in Southeast Asia, Japan, to New Zealand and Australia. Enthusiastically received, their performances showcased the children’s talents and extended the group’s gratitude to their supporters. Those who witnessed their performances were able to experience the success story of ACC.
This year’s summer program spans nearly two months (June 18~August 27, 2014) and features the group’s first visit to North America. This leg of their international tour will cover major cities such as Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, and Miami. Master Hui-Li will lead 12 children and eight staff members on a journey touching four continents. The performance will feature songs in African dialects, popular Mandarin and Taiwanese songs, traditional Taiwanese dance, martial arts, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
SPONSORS & SPECIAL THANKS TO:
The City of North Miami, Office of Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy, OCAC Commissioner Tsai-Hui Wu; Ms. Yolanda Woodbridge, Former President of Coral Gables Rotary Club; Ms. Gloria Ann Burns from Miami Community Newspapers, Pete de la Torre Enterprises, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Miami, Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association, TMTelcomm & many other friends. (2014/07/10)