Amitofo Care Centre - Malawi
Amitofo Care Centre (ACC) is a non profit, Non Government
Organization (NGO), working in the district of
Chiradzulu and the Mapanga area of
City. ACC was formed in 2001
and registered as an NGO in 2003. They are currently
based in the Mapanga area of Blantyre in Malawi.
This centre related to Fo kuang shan Chinese temple
in south Africa. After starting Buddhist activities
in south Africa master Hui lee , who was the member
of Nanhua Chinese temple in
south Africa visited to find
some students to African Buddhist seminary. Then he
got an idea to establish a Buddhist centre in
Malawi. Then he followed that idea and full filled
it year 2001.
Currently we can see Buddhist shrine, Bodhi tree, meditation
hall and monks resident. And same place they use for
care centre named “Amitofo Care centre” starting
time Master Hui lee gave his attention to this
place. After that master shihbenkong devoted his
time to keep this alive. Currently graduated two
monks at African Buddhist seminary and other two
lay devotes forwarding religious and social service
Around this temple we can find about 100 Buddhist devotees
who come from
Sri Lanka. They
also now coming to this Buddhist centre and do their
religious service, meditation and other things
from religious service they are running another main
target to work regarding local community. That works
are very attractive to country people to come close
to their mission.
They have five
areas of their mission.
The main mission is to care for and improve the quality of
life of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in
Second is orphans by providing children’s home,
Third education centre,
Fourth skills guidance centre and
Fifth health centre to be constructed at the former Men’s
Young Pioneers base in Mapanga surrounded by Sable
To achieve their mission, they are currently involved in the
following program areas:-
Construction of a children’s home with 12 homes for
12 children and two house mothers each, an assembly
hall, administration block, clinic, a ware house and
staff housing at the estimated cost of US $ 1.2
of 200 orphans currently living in various
children’s homes throughout
of clothing, shoes, and food support to those in
closely with the 12 health clinic’s HIV/AIDS support
groups in the Chiradzulu District.
a Buddhist Sunday School and Buddhist temple in
To sustain and enhance their impact they have established
strong working relationships and solid long-term
partnerships with several organizations. Mainly
following temples and organizations are giving good
hand for them to continue their activities. Without
receiving support from them it is not easy to
continue above projects.
Nan Hua Temple, South Africa
– this is the largest Buddhist temple in the
African continent. It belongs to Fo Guang Shan Mahayana order in
Taiwan. They do
many activities including African Buddhist seminary
in south Africa. While they are
maintaining their activities in south Africa they
help to develop this branch centre.
Fo Guang Shan,
Taiwan – recently
this main temple decided to come out from
Their mother land to other places to light Dharma lamps for others
benefit. Especially they agreed to do some services
to Africa continent. First they came to
south Africa and established a temple and other
centers. Secondly they start to reach Malawi to do
start religious and social service. Then they also
giving some donations to this place.
(District and national departments of gender and
social welfare). – it
Is very important to collaborate with government where they hope to
start good social works. government mean needy
people. They represents local community. They know
what has to do. especially if they come work
together very easy to get success for their works.
Donating land, supplying good counselors, giving
good security and share ideas they can do many
contribution to come true their dreams.
Structures – in Africa still remaining this leadership
System among them. Each and every country we can see this system. Any
order comes from their chief in that area they all
respect to follow it. Because of that it is very
important to make good collaborations with them.
Their partnership is very good contributions make
success above plans.
District Clinics –
already have with clinics centers. And they have
Experience about what and where is needy area to help. Those statistics
and their support also very needy to get success of
Since inception, they have made significant strides in
construction of facilities to be used by Amitofo
Care Centre. Some of there major construction
Renovation of a warehouse creating storage
facilities, offices, four bedrooms, dining area and
meeting room for Taiwanese and Chinese staff.
Construction of a three building complex with six
suites, meditation centre, dining room, two offices
and reception area for local and foreign visitors.
Construction of a Buddhist Shrine Room
construction is our children’s home as mentioned
200 local orphans
donations of over 150 wheel chairs per year
of local Support Groups by creating sewing circles
Challenges and Constraints:
Some of our major challenges and constraints are as follows:-
Education of Taiwanese and Chinese staff and program
providers and donors to learn the local languages of
English and Chichewa,
Understand local religions, traditions and culture,
Understand and abide by the Malawi Constitution, NGO Law,
CONGOMA, the NGO Board, the Amitofo Care Centre
Malawi Labor Law,
Buddhist Conduct and the Bodhisattva Path which are the core
of our compassionate and charitable work.
Their vision for the future is to enable, empower and
capacitate their four projects to become
self-sustaining, independent entities. Amitofo Care
Centre will continue to fund, mentor, train, and
monitor and evaluate the activities of their four
centers. They also envisage the strengthening and
expansion of community based income generating
projects through the local support groups.
I have been here
two times. And I saw how this place activate and how
local people’s response for that. They are really
interest for this works. Africa needs really
practical Buddhism. Not theory or just preaching.
Here many people have poverty, disease, low
education and other disasters. If some body ready to
help through these point many people always around
him. I believe Buddhist centre in Malawi has come to
right path to establish in people’s mind.