Our Founder ： Venerable Master Hui Li
Venerable Master Hui Li was born in 1955 in Taiwan. Due to poverty, he helped his family with farming since his youth and was often seen as a hardworking and reticent young man.
In 1974, he was ordained under Grand Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan, and graduated from the school of Buddhism Research. He has since been appointed to many positions, from being a director of Public work to the supervision of temple constructions.
In answer to Venerable master Hsing Yun’s request to propagate Buddhism on the African continent, Master Hui Li stepped foot in Africa in 1992 and witnessed the grief of AIDS on the helpless orphans left behind from its wake and the constant threat of disease and poverty on the majority of people. Stricken by the experience he vowed to give this life and after to heal and nurture the suffering in Africa using the Buddha Dharma. His first step was to build Nan Hua Temple; the first Mahayana Temple in South Africa and also the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Then he founded the first Buddhist orphanage in Africa, Amitofo Care Centre in Malawi, and started to rear, educate and offer medical care to those in need as well as revive African culture. The well-rounded programmes and services ACC have are providing the orphans a safe and comfortable environment with sufficient opportunities to learn basic morality and insight through Buddhism and some life skills. This is the goal of ACC; to bring up orphans with a healthy mental, physical and spiritual disposition.
Master Hui Li understands that the vision of “Spreading Dharma in Africa and extending the wisdom of Buddhist teaching" is not one that could be achieved in a lifetime and has vowed to reincarnate as an African monastic in Africa for five lifetimes over 300 years. He instructed his disciples that the wisdom from Buddhist teachings is finally delivering value to the people in Africa, and ACC is a platform where the kids can cultivate their wisdom, love, compassion and willingness to help others. This would create a new generation of Africans who will continue to propagate Buddhist teaching and elongate the life of wisdom on this continent. Most important, we hope that they will make a significant contributions towards addressing issues such as poverty, war, lawlessness and epidemics on the continent.