2011-10-27 Opening of ACC in Swaziland
The Amitofo Care Centre (ACC) in Nhlangano (Swaziland) was officially opened on the 22nd of October, in a ceremony that was attended by over 2000 people which include local residents, senior officials from the country’s government, and volunteers and donors from South Africa and abroad. Like ACC Malawi and ACC Lesotho before it, this is the third ACC to become fully developed and it will accommodate around 60 orphans during the first phase of its operational plan, with an additional of 500 kids over the next two years.
Since the establishment of ACC Malawi in 2004, Master Hui Li has worked tirelessly to raise the funding and support required to sustain the organisation, therefore the opening of ACC Swaziland marks a positive step towards his vision in spreading cultural and social benefits in Africa through care, education and spiritual practices. In the ceremony Master Hui Li expressed his sincere appreciation towards those who have provided unlimited and unconditional support to the organisation, and in particular the Swaziland’s government and tribal chief for this care centre. Master Hui Li also said that while ACC will propangate Buddhism and the Eastern culture in the country, he will ensure that the care centre also actively preserves the strong cultural heritage of Swaziland. He believes that this kind of cross-cultural collaboration will positively contribute to poverty alleviation and the healthy development of the country and the continent.
An inspiring speech by Master Hui Li was followed by several entertaining activities, where the kids from Malawi and Lesotho showcased thier talents! This includes a mix of traditional dancing, spiritual chanting and basic martial art demonstration. What astonished the crowd the most though was not how skillful they were, but rather how joyful and confident they were when they performed their acts. This truly reflects the fact that ACC takes care of the kids’ mental and physical well-being.
The tribal chief then expressed his appreciation towards the King of Swaziland who granted the permission for the development of ACC, and Master Hui Li for his tremendous effort in making this possible. The chief also thanked the locals and encouraged them to visit the centre regularly and view it as part of the community. His strong and enthusiastic words were well-received by the crowd.
The event ended on a high note and further illustrated that with love and compassion, cross-boundary collaboration is possible.