The chanting of “Om Mani Padme Hum” by eighteen children from the Amitofo Care Centre in Swaziland, Africa set the tone for a night of an African-Chinese cultural show that had the audience clapping along.
These 18 children between 5 and 13 years old from the orphanage in Swaziland have embarked on a tour to raise funds to support activities by Amitofo Care Centre in Africa.
This tour, which began on June 27 until August 29, will take the entourage from Africa to Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. In Malaysia, they are also performing in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching in Sarawak. For this stop in Ipoh, a total of RM382,000 was raised through ticket sales and donations from well-wishers and generous supporters for the cause.
With such strong support, it is no surprise that ACC Africa has performed in Ipoh for the seventh year since 2008.
There are three orphanages in Africa established by ACC Africa – one each in Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland. At present, two more are being set up, in Mozambique and Namibia. More than eight thousand orphans in Africa are presently under the care of ACC Africa.
These children captivated the crowd because they were only taken under the care of ACC two years ago. It was impressive as they have already learned so much of the Chinese culture and language over this short period of time.
This stage performance was an opportunity for them to showcase their mastery in Buddhism, Dizigui, Chinese martial arts, singing in Mandarin and even face mask changing.
It was ACC Africa founder’s vision to change Africa through education, to bring up a new generation of Africans. Ven. Master Hui Li, a Buddhist monk originally from Taiwan, believes that compassion can overcome any difficulty.
Event: ACC Africa Humanitarian Mission
Venue: Syeun Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 8th July, 2014
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