2012-05-01 The Taiwanese president & the ACC kids
In April 2012 the President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-Jeou, visited Swaziland during his three-day state visit to the southern African countries. In a lunch banquet organized by the Taiwanese ambassador in Swaziland, President Ma were welcomed by the ACC kids who performed traditional dancing and greeted him in Mandarin (Chinese) – a language that is taught at all Amitofo Care Centres. The president was even more amazed when they collectively (and accurately) called his name in Chinese. He picked up one of the kids to show his affection and gave him a ‘red pocket’ - a red envelop with money in it which symbolises good fortune.
During the lunch many talented people, including the ACC kids, took to the stage and performed for the president. The most memorable moment of the afternoon was when an ACC kid named Qing-Shi (which translates to ‘clear mind’) said the following in Chinese, after learning the language for only four months: “We would like to thank our donors in Taiwan who have given us a home and family – the song we're going to sing now is dedicated to them.” Qing-Shi also shared her story around how she became an orphan, which brought many people to tears at the function.
After the event the King of Swaziland, King Mswati, and the ACC kids bid farewell to President Ma. The kids, once again with Chinese, said to President Ma: “We wish you health and happiness, and we will always send our blessing to you!”