ACC (Amitofo Care Center 阿弥陀佛关怀中心) 是由来自台湾的慧礼法师，第一次出访非洲，沿途眼见因为国家的贫穷，许多缺乏医疗知识的双亲死于爱滋病，路边可看到许多受飢垂死的孤儿，让慧礼法师心生悲怜，发愿要拯救这些飢饿或有病的孤儿们。当开始扶养时因孩子们体弱多病，故教导他们功夫锻鍊身体，及教育认字等。设立托儿所、办小学、中学并配置宿舍、医疗中心等，甚至送高中毕业的孩子回台湾接受大学教育。二十几年裡，以佛陀行大愿精神的慧礼法师，带领一群有爱心的老师们悉心教导，足迹行遍非洲的Malawi、Lesotho 、Swaziland和 Namibia四个国家。
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 this population lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Master Hui-Li, a Buddhist monk from a Taiwanese farming family, endowed with enlightenment, practical training, and a strong constitution, answered the call of Master Hsing-Yun in 1992 to travel to the African continent to spread Buddhist teachings. He spent 10 years setting up and running Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, the first Buddhist Temple and study center in South Africa. In 2001, he traveled deeper into sub-Saharan Africa to spread Buddhist compassion and love to an ever larger audience whose sufferings he now identified with and vowed to help. The travels took him to Tanzania, Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Congo, Liberia, Swaziland, and Lesotho among others.
Master Hui-Li instantly recognized the plight of African children beset by the ravages of disease, environmental disaster, and civil war. In 2005, the Amitofo Care Centre (a registered international NGO) in Malawi was the first ACC orphanage to be completed and accommodates 600 children as well as their caregivers and volunteers. With support from Taiwanese communities worldwide, Master Hui-Li spent the next decade bringing aid, medicine, education, and Buddhist wisdom across the African continent, while offering their orphans sanctuary at the Amitofo Care Centre where the children enjoy a healthy lifestyle and basic comforts free from fear and starvation. The children are also offered schooling, which includes Mandarin Chinese and cultural studies, Buddhist spiritual practice and Martial Arts training. Based on the success of the first ACC, similar projects have been begun in six other countries. At present, more than 7000 children receive care from the Amitofo Care Centre in Southern Africa.
In 2007, the Amitofo Care Centre started taking groups of children out of Africa on annual goodwill missions to visit countries whose Chinese communities and Buddhists sponsored the cause, stretching from Taiwan and Southeast Asia to New Zealand and Australia to the enthusiastic reception. These trips help spread the message of amazing grace; showcases the children’s skills; extends the group’s gratitude to their supporters; and most importantly, provides an improbable success story that can be cherished by those that witness it.
In 2014 a group of children from the Amitofo Care Centre in Malawi, completed a goodwill tour of North America. The trip was a great success and the children were very enthusiastically received at every event, so much so that North America will once again be included as a destination on this year’s goodwill tour itinerary. This time the children from the Amitofo Care Centre in Lesotho will be traveling and performing on the goodwill tour and they will be very much looking forward to visiting North America.