Amitofo Care Center (ACC) started in Malawi in 2004, a country in south-eastern Africa. Venerable Hui-Li, a Buddhist monk, was horrified by the AIDS epidemic and growing number of orphaned children in African nations. His heart went out to these children who had their homes and their futures taken away from them.
He envisaged a human ecosystem that would help these children, protect them from the violence and poverty consuming their communities, feed them, educate them, and provide them with necessary skills to provide for themselves in the future.
Venerable Hui-Li believes education coupled with Buddhist ethics and a space to learn and grow will assist the younger generation alleviate poverty and other socioeconomic problems surrounding them.
This is when the ACC was born. ACC began their operations in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2015, in Malawi Blantyre, Lesotho, eSwatini (Swaziland) and Namibia respectively. Two campuses are under preparation in Mozambique and Madagascar; Malawi Lilongwe starting in 2019. Today, we call our campuses across Africa, ‘ACC Ecosystem for young vulnerable people with quality education and care’.
Today, the ACC has already set up its offices in Mozambique, Madagascar, and Malawi Lilongwe and aims to expand its care center in the remaining 51 African countries. ACC Mozambique, Madagascar, and Malawi Lilongwe began construction in 2012, 2019, and 2016 respectively. Along with that, ACC also has support offices in Australia, China, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, USA, and 23 contact offices. Together, these support and contact offices help ACC in fundraising activities generating financial support for ACC core value propositions: to finance continuous care and provide diverse education to orphans and vulnerable children, and capital projects in these campuses and expand ACC Ecosystem.
ACC has generated a distinctive model to raise and educate underprivileged and vulnerable child in its center by amalgamating African culture with both Western and Eastern cultures. We continue to develop and improve upon new and existing campuses across African nations with hopes to reach as many vulnerable children to give them the future they so rightfully deserve.