Amitofo Charity Center
Venerable Master Hui Li
Love and Compassion in Africa
According to a report issued by the World Bank, more than 1.2 billion of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty; one-third of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Venerable Master Hui Li in 1992 travled to Africa as an assignment to build the first Buddhist Temple and share the teaching of Buddha. 10 years later Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, located outside Johnanesburg, South Africa, Nan Hua Temple is a landmark, a beacome of Buddhist learning since its construction.
Nine years later in 2001, Venerable Master Hui Li traveled to sub-Saharan Africa to spread Buddhist compassion and love to an ever larger audience whose sufferings he identified with and vowed to help. These travels took him to Tanzania, Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Congo, Liberia, Swaziland, and Lesotho among others.
He instantly recognized the plight and potential of orphans beset by ravages of diseases, environmental disasters, and civil wars. Amitofo Charity Center (aka Amitofo Care Center) (ACC) in Malawi was the first project out of this devotion, which endeavored to house 600 orphans. In October 2005, construction of its first facilities was completed. Backed by Chinese/Taiwanese communities everywhere, Venerable Master Hui Li spent the next decade bringing aid and medicine, education, and Buddhist wisdom to all corners of Africa taking care of orphance. In ACC centers the children enjoy health and basic comforts, freedom from fear and starvation, and aroper education which also includes Buddhist spiritual practice, Chinese culture language, and a dose of Kong Fu. By popular demand, similar projects have been started in six countries. They were most anxiously anticipated in Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho, where the schools and orphanages have been completed and the programs kicked off. The combined number of children served now exceeds 8,000.